By Chris Summers
Special to the Pioneer
CASPER, Wyo. — Spearfish Gymnastics Academy Compulsory and Excel teams started out the 2019/20 Season with a bang as both the Level 3 and Xcel Gold Teams won their respective Divisional Championships recently at the Casper Mountain Invitational hosted by K-Larks Gymnastics in Casper, Wyo.
“It is always fun to start out the season with a win,” said Lexie Cathcart, the Spearfish Compulsory and Excel team head coach. “You work really hard over the summer to either move up a level or learn new skills and routines, so going out and doing well in the first meet of the year gives you that boost to realize your hard work paid off and the season is going to go well.”
Starting off the day for Spearfish was Alyse Sorcic in the Silver Xcel division.
“This was Sorcic’s first competition and she did quite well for a “newbie,” Cathcart said.
Sorcic scored a 32.40 in the all around and earned a fourth place medal on bars with a score of 8.95.
The Level 3 Compulsory team performed in the second session of the day.
“This team is a mixture of brand new first year gymnasts and some young second year gymnasts,” said Cothcart. “The second year kids really help to pull the first year gymnasts along and the first year gymnasts learn from watching the more experienced girls and realize that if they work hard they will also excel in theis challenging sport.”
The 7-8 year-old division was lead by second year gymnast Kimber Smoot.
Smoot captured three individual event titles, bars (8.6), beam (8.425), and floor (8.725).
Smoot also took the silver medal on vault with a score of 8.9, and won the all around gold medal with a total score of 34.65.
Molly Albrecht in her first year of competition placed fourth in the bars event (7.1) and finished fourth overall with a score of 29.20.
Devyn Ainsowrth, also a first year gymnast, brought home a fourth place medal for her efforts on the floor with a score of 7.4.
In the 9-year old division, Sydney Mosset took first on the bars (9.225) and brought home the silver medal for her second place finishes on vault 9.05, beam 8.65 and Floor 8.875.
Her all around total of 36.10 gave her the silver on medal just narrowly missing out claiming the gold by .025.
“Sydney has come so far since last season,” said Cathcart. “She is a great inspiration to her teammates and a solid leader on this young Level 3 team.”
Aailiyah Tyrell followed Mossett in the all around taking the bronze medal with a score of 35.45 and earned the silver on bars 8.95.
Tyrell added to more third place medals on the floor (8.85) and beam (8.6). She finished off the day with a fourth place finish on vault 9.05.
In the 10-year-old age group, Avalon Gray was crowned the all around champion, taking the gold with a score of 35.00.
Gray added two more individual titles, winning gold on both the beam (8.65) and floor (8.55). She picked up the silver on bars (8.7), and added a bronze to her collection, taking third on the vault with a score of 9.1.
“As a first year addition to our team, Gray had an outstanding day,” said Cathcart. “She handled the pressure of the meet and just went out there and did her thing. It was really exciting to watch her do so well in her first competition.”
Lily Glines also competed for Spearfish in this age group, ending her day with an all around total score of 29.95.
The Level 3 team put together a team total, comprised of the top 3 scores on each event, to take the team championship trophy with a score of 106.575.
Also competing in the second session of the day were the Level 4 gymnasts.
In the 7-8-year old division, Megan Markovetz stood on top of the podium with her all around gold medal performance, scoring a total of 34.425.
Markovetz also earned gold on the beam 8.725 and floor (9.0). She added a silver on the vault (8.15) and picked up the bronze for third on the bars (8.55). Morgan Jenkins added a silver medal on the beam (8.525), and finished the meet with an all around total score of 31.775. Taycee Ziegler competed in the 9-10-year-old age division and won a bronze on the balance beam with a score of 8.575. Her all around total for the day was a 30.225.
“All 3 of these young gymnasts moved up a level this year. They were strong Level 3s last season, and the jump to Level 4 is a difficult one. They had some good events and then they struggled on some events but, overall did well for the first meet of the season,” Cathcart said.
There combined total in the team competition earned them a third place finish overall.
The final session of the Casper Invite featured the Xcel Gold team.
Spearfish was represented by Laila Ratzsc, Grace Wolterstorff and Rian Jagow, all competing in the 10-11-year-old age group.
Ratzsch was the top finisher of the day putting up a total of 35.475 in the all around and taking the gold medal for her efforts. Ratzsch also won gold on the beam (9.2), placed second on both the floor (9.2), and Bars (8.90).
She then added a fourth place finish on the vault 8.175.
Following in the silver medal position in the all around competition was Wolterstorff, with a score of 34.825.
Wolterstorff won the individual gold on the bars (9.0), and added another gold on the floor (9.425).
She picked up the bronze on the vault (8.25), and finished fifth on beam (8.15).
Tying for second place in the all around with a score of 34.825 was Rian Jagow.
Jagow took the silver medal on beam (9.125), and placed third on both the bars (8.875) and floor (8.95).
Amber Speck, head coach for the Spearfish Xcel team, was pretty excited over how well her team competed in the first meet of the season.
The girls went 1,2,3 in the all around and also won the team championship trophy with a combined score of 105.12.
“A pretty awesome start to the season for coaches Cathcart and Speck. They have really done a great job getting their young gymnasts prepared for the season,” said Phil Summers, the SGA owner. “The kids and their parents should be excited to see how this season progresses from here.”
The Spearfish gymnasts next meet will be Nov. 23-24 at the Black Hills Invite hosted by Just Jymnastics in Rapid City.
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