Auburn Gymnastics Center snags team title at National Gymnastics Festival


  AUBURN – Nine gymnasts from Auburn Gymnastics Center’s optional team competed at the National Gymnastics Festival held at the San Mateo County Event Center on January 29 and 30 with the X-Cel team taking top honors by winning first place team. The high point of the weekend came from four members of the X-Cel team Platinum that swept the competition winning first place on every event as well as the team gold.
   Haley Christenson earned a 35.675 with an 8.775 to win vault, a 9.05 to win bars, an 8.525 go her second on beam and a 9.325 earned her the first place on floor as well as the all-around. “It felt really good to go out there have fun and score well,” said the 16-year-old gymnast Haley Christenson. “This is a really fun team to be a part of and I am really loving gymnastics right now.”
   Teammates include Cassidy Noreen, Kaitlyn Woytus and Shelby Jungers. Cassidy Noreen won second place all-around with a 34.1 and Kaitlyn Woytus came in third with a 32.8 winning beam with an 8.55. Level 7 and 8 gymnasts competed in separate meets with level 8 Alice Neff winning second place all-around and second on beam with an 8.4
and second on floor with a 9.0. Level 8 Kellie Oestering placed on floor with an 8.925.
   Level seven girls – Janna Woodward, Devin Van Burkleo and Elizabeth Jordan – had their stand out day on floor with all earning a spot in the top 10. Jordan scored a 9.05, Woodward scored an 8.7 and Van Burkleo a 9.0.
   “This was out first gymnastics meet this year and the girls gave us their best,” Coach Natalie Otis said. “That is all we can ask for. I am really proud of the team and the gym.” The team competes again next weekend in Oroville.



  Auburn Gymnastics Center specializes in teaching gymnastics to children of all ages and

abilities and features a special needs gymnastics program that offers scholarships.

Call (530) 823-2031 or go to
www.auburn-gymnastics.com for more information.