Strong performance by young gymnasts

By Amber Potter
February 06, 2017

SOLOMON — The McPherson Gymnastics Club recently traveled to Solomon for the Winter Wonderland Meet.

The meet was hosted by Salina X-treme. Other competitors were from Dodge City, Garden City, Hutchinson, Inman, Salina and Wamego. This meet was for Levels 1 through Open Optional Division. The girls all participated in both team and individual competition.

The Level 3 team took fourth place. The Level 2 team placed eighth. There were a number of strong individual finishes at all levels and age groups.

At Level 2 Age 7A, Audrey Weimer placed 5t​h​ on beam, 6t​h​ place on vault, 7t​h​ in bars and floor, and placed 6t​h​ All-Around. Averie Church competed in Level 2 Age 7B and placed 6t​h in bars, 7t​h​ on beam and floor, 8t​h in vault and 8t​h in All-Around.

In the Level 2 Age 8C, Harper Rierson took home 2nd​ in bars, 7t​h​ on beam, 8th in vault and floor and 8t​h​ in All-Around.

In Level 2 Age 9, Lucy Bowman took top honors with a 1s​t​ on beam and a score of 9.2, 3rd​ on bars, 4t​h​ in vault and floor, and 1s​t in All-Around with a combined score of 36.05.

In Level 2 Age 10A, Jayden McWilliams placed 4t​h​ in bars, 6t​h​ on beam, 8t​h in vault,  ​and 9t​h​ in All-Around. 

In Level 3 Age 9, Makyna Munoz took home top honors in vault with a 9.1, 3r​d​ in bars and beam, 6t​h ​in floor and 3r​d​ in All-Around. Level 3 Age 9, Ellie Paulsen placed 1s​t​ on vault with a 9.5, 4t​h​ in bars, beam and floor, and took top honors in All-Around with a combined score of 36.85.

In Level 3 Age 10A, Savannah Souder placed 2n​d​ on beam and floor, and 3rd​ place in vault, and 2nd​ in the All-Around. Kiara Heizelman competed in Level 3 Age 10B and took home 2n​d​ place in vault and 10t​h​ in All-Around. 

In Level 3 Age 11A, Aislyn Soukup took home top honors on vault with a 8.9, beam with a 9.4, and floor with a score of 9.35, bars with a 9.45, 2nd ​on bars and placed 1s​t​ in the All-Around with a combined score of 37.1. Payton Soden also completed in Level 3 Age 11A and placed 8t​h​ in All-Around.

In Level 3 Age 13, Abbey Paulsen placed 2nd​ in vault and bars, 3rd on beam, 5th in floor, and placed 2nd​ in All-Around. Alex Henry took home 3r​d​ place on bars and beam, 4t​h ​place on vault and floor, and placed 4t​h​ in All-Around. Sailor Peterson placed 3r​d​ on vault and 8t​h​ in  All-Around.

Allanah Austin competed in Level 4 Age 13-14, and t0ok 1st on beam with a score of 9.2, 2n​d ​place in floor, 3r​d in vault, and placed 5th ​in All-Around.

In the Level 5 Age All, Andi Buschbom took home top honors on vault with an 8.9, on bars with a 7.5, beam with an 8.8 and floor with an 8.9, and 1s​t​ in All-Around with a combined score of 34.1. Haely Hageman competed in Level 5 Age 9-12, and placed 2nd​ on vault, 3rd​ in bars, beam and floor, and 3rd​ in All-Around.

In the Level Gold Age 12, Amber Smith placed 11t​h​ in All-Around. In Level Gold Age 15-17, Hannah McGowan took home top honors on vault with a 9.15, 3r​d​ in floor, 4t​h on bars and beam, and 4t​h​ in All-Around.

In Level 7 Age All, Ashlon Stanford placed 2n​d​ on vault, bars and floor, 3r​d​ on beam and 2nd​ in All-Around. Larissa Queen took 2n​d​ place on beam, 3r​d​ on vault, bars and floor and placed 3r​d​ in the All-Around.

In Level 9 All Ages, Hannah Wuertz placed 2nd​ on vault and bars, 3rd​ on beam and floor, and 3r​d​ in All-Around.

The girls will compete this weekend at the Heart of Gold Classic in Wichita.


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