Steamboat gymnasts perform well at state championships |

Steamboat gymnasts perform well at state championships

Excel Gymnastics Level 4 and 5 girls wrap up their season

Annika Fahrner competes on the balance beam Sunday at the Level 4 Colorado State Gymnastics Championship in Denver.

— The Excel Gymnastics Level 4 and 5 girls wrapped up their season the past two weekends at the state championships.

The Level 4 girls competed Satur­­day and Sunday at the Uni­­ver­­sity of Denver, and the Level 5 girls competed Dec. 4 and 5 in Love­­land at Premier Gymnastics.

“I was very pleased with how they did,” coach Steve Murray said. “The girls placed up to expectations. This laid a really nice foundation for next year. We have the potential to have 10 kids at Level 5 next year. That will allow us to compete for a state title as a team.”

Competing in the Level 5 state championships were Emma Cooke and Alyssa Groves.

Cooke scored a 34.38 in the all-around, which includes vault, bars, beam and floor exercises, while Groves scored a 31.38.

On the Level 4 side, Annika Fahrner, Sydney Shelton, Isabella McCarble and Maddie Craigen competed.

Fahrner led the way with an all-around score of 37.05, taking 13th place. McCarble followed with a 36.58, Craigen scored a 35.73, and Shelton scored a 34.1.

“The vault was my favorite event because it was my best score,” McCarble said. “I was amazed that I was less nervous during the state championship meet than I was during the meets trying to qualify for state.”

The state meets culminated a long season for the gymnasts. Most started training in January, devoting three or four days a week and often three-plus hours after school.

Murray said he was excited about the possibilities because his team is young and all members can compete at Level 5 next year.

“Most of the girls hit all four of their routines and performed up to expectations,” he said. “There were a few falls, but that is to be expected from young kids. We made a showing in a few places on the awards stand.”

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