Level 4 Boys Qualify for State Championships!


AUBURN- The last regular season gymnastics competition for the teams at Auburn Gymnastics Center turned out to be full of surprises as the momentum continued to help the strong boys’ team ride the wave of wins this season.
A Season high for Zeph Thomas was a 10.5 on the rings where he took silver, Christopher Otis took gold on high bar and parallel bar and the silver in the all-around while Gavin Otis and Justin Burns took the gold on vault. Kannon Rector delivered and took the gold on high bar and pommel horse as well as the silver on floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and the all-around.
With just one meet to go before the State Championships the team came out to Pleasanton, Calif. to the West Coast Classic strong and with a new team-mate, 8-year-old, Parker Steinmann.
Kannon Rector, Gavin Otis, Cason Medlyn, Justin Burns and Parker Steinmann, the level 4 gymnastics team from Auburn, dominated vault with Steinmann’s help taking 1st as a team on the powerhouse event.
“We definably locked it down with a ton of big scores,” Coach Natalie Otis Said. “The judge even came up and told us we had a great set.”
Gavin Otis lead the team on vault with a 10.0, Justin Burns scored a 9.8 while Kannon Rector scored a 9.6. Carson Medlyn took 5th with a 9.6 and Parker Steinmann, scored a 9.1 and took 6th.
“Vault is always a great event for us,” Coach Natalie Otis said. “We train to be fierce. You have to run at a stationary object as fast as you can. It’s intense.”
Vault wasn’t the only stand out for the team. Always consistent, Kannon Rector, took 1st on pommel horse with a 10.4 and scored a big 11.0 out of 11.5 on the high bar taking the silver with a 62.00.
Gavin Otis was right behind Rector in the bronze position for the all-around while Carson Medlyn was in the top 5 on rings and high bar.
The level 5 team followed behind the group in the second session of gymnastics meets, this time going up against 95 Level 5 gymnasts.
Christopher Otis lead the effort with a banner meet earning a 61.5 and placing 2nd in his age division and 10th out of the 95 gymnasts in the all-around. With 26 kids in his age division, the coaches were thrilled with the placement.
“This was certainly a great meet for him,” Coach Otis said.
The 3rd-grader from Bowman Charter School took 1st on the parallel bar with a10.9 and the high-bar with an 11.
Beck Thomas was just behind with a 59.3 taking the bronze on the rings and 6th overall. Kohen Rugg was up against 30 gymnasts and took 8th on the parallel bars with a 10.2 while teammate Alex Daniels took 6th on vault with a 9.4.
The last session of the day gave way to bigger and getter gymnastics as level 6 Zeph Thomas delivered standout sets starting with a blow out routine on the rings and ending with a 4th place overall-finish in a 22-person deep age division.
“His ring routine was defiantly a stand out with a silver finish we are very pleased,” Otis said. “He stepped up big time.”
The State Championship meet is in San Francisco on March 14 and 15 for the Level 4 and 5 boys and March 22 for the Level 6.


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