Oakland, California February 2012


AUBURN - Auburn Gymnastics Center boys and girls teams returned Monday after a two-day long competition in Oakland where level 8 team member Janna Woodward won beam and fellow team-mates took to the podium multiple times representing Auburn and enjoying the rewards of their hard work.
Both the girls’ level 7 and 8 and the boys’ level 5 teams competed in the Bay over the weekend against more than 20 teams from California and Nevada.
   For the girls level 8 competition topping the list for Auburn was Janna Woodward who scored a total of 35.425 and placing on three events - beam, floor and all-around. Elizabeth Jordan competed with Woodward in the junior 10-13 division placing in the top five on bars and beam. Jordan’s all-around was a 34.375.
Level 7 Madison Candler scored a total of 32.8 placing in the top 10 on all events.
   “This meet was a turning point for us because we have been working at consistently scoring a 34.00 and hitting our new trick in the routines. If we can do this, we can set our sights on doing well at the state-wide competition and qualifying to Regionals in Las Vegas,” said Coach Natalie Otis. “The girls have hit that mark consistently and now the workouts are going to shift. We are going to be about getting things tightened up and make the tricks huge.”
Boys team members Zeph Thomas and Bryce Dunigan competed late Sunday against fierce teams from Las Vegas, Nev. and Northern California.
   Thomas and Dunigan battled it out with Dunigan placing in the top 10 on vault and high-bar and Thomas earning second on vault and parallel bars and third on the pommel horse.
   “The boys did great. Just to hit the podium at a big meet is good and they were up there standing tall. They are fighting to keep at the top of the podium. Bryce (Dunigan) has won high-bar this year and Zeph (Thomas) has won pommel horse. Once you earn that place you become the kid to beat and you have to work really hard,” Otis said. “This is a great team and our philosophy is to just work harder.”


The next competitions for both teams are in two weeks.


  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
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