SPEARFISH — The Spearfish Gymnastics Academy’s compulsory gymnasts recently had another opportunity to strut their stuff in front of friends and family at the Black Hills Invitational, hosted by Just Jymnastics, in Rapid City.
The Spearfish Excel gymnasts competing in the first session were Jayden Werlinger and Olivia Lyons.
Both girls competed at the Gold Level.
Lyons placed fourth on bars (7.1), took the silver for second on beam (8.45), and finished fourth in the floor with a score of 9.0.
Her all around total of 32.45 had her taking the bronze medal for third place.
Werlinger placed second on bars (8.7), took third on beam (7.85), and captured the gold medal on floor with a score of 9.5.
Welinger grabbed the silver medal in the all around competition with a final total of 34.45.
The SGA Level 4 team took the floor next.
In their third meet of the season, these four young ladies showed good improvement as their season progresses.
In the 8/9 age division, Brookly Moser won the all around with a total score of 34.80.
Moser also placed third on vault (8.5), fourth on bars (8.5) and captured two silver medals, finishing second on both beam (9.1), and floor (9.1).
In the 10/11 age group, Sierra Sandford had an outstanding meet winning two individual titles on her way to a gold medal performance in the all around, with a score of 35.85.
Sandford placed first on vault (8.8) and bars (9.3).
She took the bronze for third on beam (8.65) and finished fourth on floor (9.1).
Edyn Citrowske also had a gold medal performance, taking first on the beam (8.85), and she won silver for second on vault (8.7).
She finished in the bronze medal position in the all around with a score of 35.00.
Addie Bunney jumped in the medal count with a sixth place finish on beam (8.35), and took eighth on floor (8.65), and eighth in the all around with a total of 33.30. The Level 4 team ended up in second overall as a team with a total of 105.65.
The Level 3 team from Spearfish finished out the meet with a bang, winning the team championship with a score of 109.65.
“The Level 3 team continues to excel,” noted head compulsory coach Lexie Cathcart. “They have started out strong this competitive season and are showing improvement in their performances from meet to meet.”
In the 6/7 age group, Mia Bush once again put together a string of gold medal winning performances claiming all four individual titles and taking first in the all around with a score of 37.00.
This was the highest all around total of anyone in the meet regardless of age divisions.
Bush scored a 9.25 on vault, 9.45 on bars, 9.1 on beam, and 9.2 on floor.
Megan Markovetz claimed the silver for second in the all around with a score of 34.00, and placed third on vault (8.75), fourth on bars (8.25), second on beam (8.7), and fourth on floor (8.3).
Also standing on top of the podium from Spearfish was Morgan Jenkins, who followed her teammates and placed third in the all around with a total of 33.25.
Jenkins placed second on vault (8.9), third on bars (8.4), and second on floor (8.2).
Winning her first medal of her gymnastics career, Kimber Smoot placed fourth on beam with a score of 7.8.
In the 8-year-old division, Avery Coyle brought home the gold in the all around with a score of 35.65.
Coyle also won two individual titles, taking gold on bars (9.25) and beam (8.85).
Coyle scooped up two more medals placing fifth on vault (8.85), and finishing third on floor (8.7).
Brooklyn Grundstadt placed fifth on bars (7.9) and fourth on floor (8.55).
Teammate Sydney Mossett placed third on bars with an 8.3, and Clara Currier placed fourth on bars (8.1).
In the 9-year-old age group, Liliana Swisher topped with podium with a total of 36.85 to take the gold medal.
Swisher also took gold on the bars (9.2) and floor (9.45).
She added two silver medals, taking second place on both the vault (9.3) and beam (8.9).
Priscilla Bruce turned in her best all around total of the season with a score of 35.15, and earned the silver medal.
Bruce took first for gold on the beam (8.95), placed second on bars (8.85) and finished fourth on both the vault (8.75) and floor (8.6).
Taycee Ziegler earned three bronze medals, placing third on bars (8.75), beam (8.75), and floor (8.65).
Her all around total of 34.70 had her finishing in fourth place overall.
Payton Reede added two fifth place medals with her performances on the vault (8.7) and bars (8.5), then she picked up a fourth place on beam 8.45.
She finished fifth in the all around with a total of 33.75.
In the 10-year-old division, Kyra Vandenberg placed sixth on vault (8.35) and sixth on bars 8.35.
She finished sixth overall with a score of 33.40.
“Overall our compulsory gymnasts have started out the season very strong,” said Cathcart. “We are very pleased with how well they have competed this season and look forward to some continued great performances when they come back from the Christmas break.”
The Spearfish squad’s next competition will be Jan. 5 and 6, at the Wild West Invitational, hosted by Spearfish Gymnastics Academy, to be held at the Rushmore Civic Center in Rapid City.
The meet will showcase approximately 350 competitors from South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana.
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