Auburn Gymnastics Solid in Season Opener


AUBURN-The Auburn Gymnastics Center gymnastics and cheer teams kicked off their 2014 season on Saturday and Sunday during seven competitions in three different towns around California and the season-opening performances have head coach Jennifer Christenson encouraged about what is to come.

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Beck Thomas shows off his ring skills on Sunday in Oroville. Thomas took 1st place at his first meet of the season as a level 4 this weekend.

“We had an excellent season-opening this weekend from the girls optional team to the boys compulsory to the cheer squad - all of the feedback was positive,” Christenson said. “This weekend was a good indication for us that we’re not just talking about being better, we are better. They’ve put the work in, and our teams are a force.”

Multiple kids at multiple levels changed their skill levels this season debuting new tricks and Christenson said that moving forward the kids have the tricks down they just need to get cleaner in their execution.

The boys’ team started the season in Oroville, Calif. Eight-year-old Level 4 Beck Thomas led the way with an all-around win. He won 1st place beating out 17 other kids in his age division. “That is the way to start a season,” Christenson said.

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Christopher Otis, 7, shows off his flexibility on the rings on Sunday.

He won 2nd place on the floor, pommel horse and the parallel bars, was 3rd on the high bar and 4th on the rings. Team-mate, 7-year-old, Christopher Otis was in the top 5 on the pommel horse and the parallel bars and placed 7th overall with a 56.3.

In the middle level 4 age division 8-year-old Kohen Rugg placed 3rd of 19 competitors on the vault and 4th on the high-bar while 10-year-old Kyle Verweij competed in the older level 4 boys division going up against 18 boys his age to finish 5th on the high bar and 6th on the vault.

Level 6 boy, 11-year-old, Zeph Thomas debuted his new level with solid performances on the rings and high bar placing in the top 10 on the rings.

“I was very, very impressed and excited about the boys,” Christenson said.

<> At the girls’ meet in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Finn Thomas, 13, debuted as a level 6 scoring an 8.825 on vault, 7.850 on bars, an 8.050 on beam and an 8.600 on floor for a 33.325 all-around score. Her top placement came on the vault where she was 4th.

McKayla Susic, 13, scored 9.050 on vault, 8.275 on bars, 8.750 on beam and 8.775 on the floor for a total of 34.850. She was the gold medal winner for vault and took 4th overall for the X-Cel gold meet.

The level 7 team also hit their season running with Alli Herbert, 13, debuting her level 7 tricks by scoring a 9.050 on vault, 8.925 on bars, 8.050 on beam and 8.900 on floor 34.925. She was 2nd on the bars, 4th on the vault and 5th overall.

Janna Woodward, 14, scored 8.900 on vault, 8.425 on bars, 8.750 on beam 8.725 on floor for a 34.800 to take third place in the all-around.

Emily Esteban, 14, went 8.475on vault, 8.200 on bars, 9.000 on beam, 8.550 on floor for a 34.225 in the all-around. She was 6th overall and on the beam.

Allyson Osborn, 15, went 8.725 on vault, 7.500 on bars, 8.850 on beam, 8.100 on floor and 33.175 in the all-around. She placed on the top 10 on vault, bars, beam and in the all-around.

Kara Christensen, 14, competing X-Cel platinum went 9.050 on vault, 8.050 on bars, 7.300 on beam, 8.450 on floor and 32.850 in the all-around. She was in the top 10 on all the events placing 5th on vault.

“We couldn’t’ ask for a better showing to start with that we had in Rancho Cordova – this gets us very excited about our possibilities this season,” Christenson said. The special needs cheer squad also debuted their new routine this weekend at the JAMZ Heaven competition at the UC Davis Pavilion. “They were great,” said Coach Serenah Rinker. “The crowd was pumped up and the team was really excited.”

Auburn Gymnastics Center specializes in teaching gymnastics to children of all ages and abilities and features a special needs gymnastics program that offers scholarships.

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