2016 River City Classic gymnastics competition in Elk Grove, Calif

Inspired Auburn Gymnastics Center athlete takes gold


AUBURN-Fresh off the inspiring performance from the dominating women’s gymnastics team at the Olympics, it was now Frieda Grassmann’s day to take it in and lift up her own gold medal.

The 9-year-old from Auburn Gymnastics Center took the gold in the all-around at the 2016 River City Classic hosted by Elevate Gymnastics Academy in Elk Grove, Calif on Sunday.


Frieda Grassmann nailed a solid beam routine to secure a 1st place win at the 2016 River City Classic gymnastics competition in Elk Grove, Calif.

Grassmann scored a, 9.2 on vault, 9.475 on bars, 9.0 on beam and a 8.725 on floor for a total of 36.4 out of a possible 40 to take a gold 1st place all-around title for the weekend.

“She was elated,” Coach Hannah Brocke said.

It was the first gymnastics competition for much of the 15-person level 3 and 4 teams from Auburn Gymnastics Center over the weekend. The girls are from 5 to 11 years old and they won the 3rd place team award and took home five 1st place finishes.

“We are happy and impressed with such a strong start,” Brocke said.

Cecily Pedri, was one of those 1st places finishers. She was 1st in the individual events on vault and bars and 2nd on the beam. She won 2nd place in the all-around, at just 5-years-old Jayde Knight took 1st place on bars with a 9.175. Teammate Grace Fisher was 3rd on the bars with a 9.15.

“We definitely did well on the bars. This is the first meet of the season for the team and I’m proud of how they looked,” Brocke said. “We expect to see a lot of growth even from here. This is just the beginning.”

The coaches said they look at where the kids did well first then look at what needs to come up and be improved on.

“We want to look at our strengths – defiantly,” Brocke said.

Level 4 Gracie Hamilton had an impressive start to the season on beam with a 9.225. Level 3 gymnast Paulina Spencer and Hannah Kerry did their best on the vault with scores of 9.2 and 8.85 respectively. Eleven-year-old Phoebe Appert did her best on the bars while 7-year-old Arie Celio and 8-year-old Emma Allmon stood out on the beam.

At just, 8-years-old Aryana Albert was consistent on the vault, bars and floor while Zoe Moeller was stunning on vault with a 9.15. Six-year-old, Angelina White did her best on the bars making it into the top five, while 6-year-old Katie Rector was in the top 10 on the vault. Level 3, Brighten Bookey, scored an 8.3 on the vault.


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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