Steamboat gymnasts perform well at state championships
Excel Gymnastics Level 4 and 5 girls wrap up their season
Steamboat Springs — 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.”
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
It is going to be a hot week in Steamboat Springs.