Phenomenal Performances Earn Auburn Gymnastics Top Honors.


AUBURN- Self confidence isn’t going to be a problem for the gymnasts at Auburn Gymnastics Center.

The girls’ and boys’ gymnastics teams have fared well during at the start of their season breaking into stride with multiple 1st place finishes and a girls' team 1st place win.

“This weekend has given the athletes just the boost they need to swing into high gear as their season of competitions is getting underway,” Coach Jennifer Christenson, said.

The shocker for the club at the latest meet was a few first year boys’ gymnasts that took to Stanford University for the 2015 Stanford Open and, at just 6 years of age, they beat out 28 other kids to capture two event titles.

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Beck Thomas, 9, delivers a stand-out ring routine that landed him on the podium at the 2015 Stanford Open.

Gavin Otis won rings with a 10.8 and Kannon Rector won vault with a 9.6.

“These were some proud little guys,” Coach Bobby Huckins said. “This was their first meet ever and they did great.”

Kannon Rector went on to earn 4th overall as well as 2nd on rings and Gavin Otis earned 3rd vault and 6th in the all-around.

Teammate Justin Burns, at his first gymnastics meet ever, in the 8 year old division was 2nd on bars with a 10.3 and Carson Medlyn started the season with an all-around of 53.1.

Boys’ level 5 and 6 gymnasts Christopher Otis, Beck Thomas, Zeph Thomas, Kohen Rugg and Alex Daniels showed up as veterans at Stanford University. Their divisions had up to 54 kids. “That is a lot of competition,” Huckins said.

Zeph Thomas earned 7th place on vault with a 9.4 while Beck Thomas medaled on the rings with a 10.6.

While the boys’ team was in Stanford the girls’ team was in Wine Country cleaning up.

Rebekah Durham stole the show with a career stand-out meet. She won the level 6 all-around with a 36.7. She was 1st on vault with a 9.225, 1st on beam with a 9.4 and 3rd on both bars and floor.

“She just had the meet of her life,” Christenson said. “It was a pleasure to watch.”

Maya Thrasher came in 2nd with a 36.075, Sierra Gartrell came in 3rd with a 35.9, placing 1st on bars and Annaliese Nobile came in 3rd on vault and beam. Midori Ogino won floor with a 9.375.

On level 7 team, Emily Esteban won floor with a 9.525 while Ally Osborn put up a big score on vault of a 9.6 and a 9.25 on floor. Both were in the top 5.

The girls’ team has a bye weekend while the boys’ teams travel to Oroville for a day of meets on Saturday, Jan. 24. Auburn Gymnastics Center trains all levels both competitive and recreational gymnastics for fitness.


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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