AUBURN – Auburn Gymnastics Center boys and girls squads hit the mark over the weekend earning more than 40 top ten placements in their individual event efforts.
The boy's gymnastics level 5 team, from Auburn Gymnastics Center, ranked No. 2 after a local competition in Rancho Cordova, Calif. on Sunday. The team hung tough for much of its Sunday afternoon meet against five teams from Northern California to take one of the top finishes.
Brady Turner had an impressive meet earning the first place spot on rings and high bar and finishing third in the all-around for the young age division. Teammate, Rhett Miller , won second place all-around in the middle age division and first on pommel horse and parallel bars. Competing in the older age division for his team was David Hunt who took third all-around and second on the parallel bars. Drew Strange took 5th out of 12 on the vault and Joshua Hartman took 4th helping the team win its second place title.
The level 4 team was lead by Zeph Thomas who placed second overall in the younger level 4 division. He won his division on the rings. Younger division teammates Kyle Verweij and Kedin Etievant had their best performances on the rings and vault. Bryce Dunnigan and Austin Schmitt competed in the middle age division with Dunnigan placing second on rings and with Schmitt right behind him on the rings placing in the top half. Older level 4 competitors Chas Van Middelhoop and Austin Richards competed against 16 other boys their age. Van Middelhoop took first on the parallel bars.
In girls gymnastics, the Auburn Gymnastics team competed in Oroville, Calif. Out of the six optional competitors four scored into their state meet at their first competition of the season.
Level 7 competitor Haley Christenson took to the floor Saturday earning the second place medal with a 9.25. Teammates Janna Woodward, Devin Van Burkleo, Kendall Sprowl and Elizabeth Jordan all had their best day on floor.
“Each routine was the best they could do and it was remarkable how well received their dance and technique was received at their first meet of the season,” coach, Natalie Otis said. “We are very optimistic about these hard-working young female athletes.”
Level 8 gymnast Kellie Oesterling had her best performance on the bars on Saturday at the Snowflake Invitational. Out of 14 gymnasts in her age division, she placed in the top have on both the bars and floor in addition to qualifying for her state competition. She will travel to San Diego on Friday seeking out more competition at her level.


  The girls and boys competitive gymnastics and cheer programs are just a few of the

curriculum based gymnastics instruction offered at Auburn Gymnastics Center

where little ones as young as 6 months can enjoy movement in a gymnastics setting.

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