Gymnastics in Auburn is hot right now as the girls’ and boys’ teams from Auburn Gymnastics finish out their regular season with strong showings.


AUBURN - The girls’ optional gymnastics team competed in Sacramento at the Lions Gate Convention Center where nine gymnasts competed for both individual event titles and as a team while the boys’ team traveled to Rancho Cordova winning three event titles for their respective age divisions.

Leading the effort on the optional team gold for the girls was Ali Herbert. The 12-year-old won vault (9.075) bars (9.6), beam (8.75) and floor (9.525) as well as the all-around. Fourteen-year-old Alyson Osborn earned 2nd on the vault (9.225), 1st on bars (9.4), 2nd on beam (8.45), 1st on floor (9.35) and 2nd in the all-around. Kara Christenson, won the vault with a 9.375, placed second on the bars with a 9.25, placed 3rd on floor with a 9.275. Christenson placed 2nd in the all-around.


Level 7 gymnast Madison Candler, 12, scored a 35.75 placing 7th out of 17 other 12-year-old girls while team-mate 13-year-old, Emily Esteban placed 2nd on the bars (9.4), beam (7.9), and second in the all-around (35.275). Anessa Perez, a 14-year-old from Auburn, placed second on the floor with a 9.325, McKayla Susic,12, placed second on the vault with a 9.05, Emily Benson,13, placed in the top five on bars, floor and in the all-around and 13-year-old, Brittany Mouck placed fourth on every event scoring a 8.2 on her floor routine.
“The job now for our girls’ team is to ready for the State Championships and possibly Regional Championships,” said Coach Jennifer Christenson. “They have had a very successful season and we are always proud to be training such a great group of kids.”


The Auburn Gymnastics boys’ team also had a banner weekend with the six-boy squad of level 4 and 5 gymnasts making a name for Auburn Gymnastics Center.
Six-year-old, Christopher Otis of the level 4 team won the parallel bars (9.8) and placed 2nd on the rings (9.5). He placed 3rd in the all-around as well as 3rd on the pommel and vault. Team-mate Beck Thomas, 7, was against 16 boys placing in the top 5 on pommel, rings, high-bar and in the all-around. Kohen Rugg went up against 16 other 8-year-olds placing on the pommel and in the all-around.


The level 5 team was lead by Zeph Thomas, 10, who won 1st on high bar and 3rd on rings ranking 4th. Bryce Dunigan, 11, placed 1st on vault and 2nd on high-bar ranking 5th overall. Michael Kessler went up against 20 other senior boys scoring a 9.1 on vault and a 9.0 on rings.


The boys’ team travels to San Luis Obispo for the State Championships on March 8-10 while the girls’ team has a month to ready for their respective State Championship meets.

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