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Juneau gymnasts compete at state

Posted: April 8, 2014 - 12:00am
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Southeast Alaska Gymnastic Academy's Ava Brown competes on the balance beam during the teams recent meet in Anchorage.  COURTESY PHOTO
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Southeast Alaska Gymnastic Academy's Ava Brown competes on the balance beam during the teams recent meet in Anchorage.

The Southeast Alaska Gymnastics Academy (SAGA) took 26 girls from their competitive team up to the state championships at Anchorage’s Chugiak High School on March 22-23.

The meet was hosted by Anchorage’s Arctic Gymnastics Center and SAGA competed against teams from Ketchikan, Fairbanks, Palmer, Soldotna, Wasilla, and Anchorage in USA Gymnastics compulsory levels 2-5, and optional levels 6-10.

“The girls had a great time, and got what they needed to out of the experience,” SAGA coach Alexis Howard said. “Most of our team that went up to state this year competed in the compulsory levels, and it is a strong field, statewide. They competed well, and for the most part, scores were high. Two of our first-year team members won the all-around for their divisions, and several other girls placed in the all-around or in a single event. Two thirds of the team came home with a top three finish in something.”

In the Level 2 Junior Division, Megan Miller placed first in the all-around with 37.85 points, taking the top spot on vault, bars, beam and floor. Ruchi Haight placed third with 33.9 points (second on vault and floor).

Ava Brown placed first in the Level 3 Senior C Division with 36.45 points, taking first on the bars and second on floor.

Abigail Booton finished third in Level 3 Junior C Division with 35.7 points (first on vault, third on floor).

Bridget Gehring placed second in the Level 3 Senior D Division with 37.25 points (tied for first on vault, first on floor, third on bars). Audrey Welling place third with 36.275 points (second on bars, third on floor).

Sage Walker place third in the Level 4 Senior A Division with 34.475 points (second on vault and bars, third on floor).

Karmen Funderburk placed second in Level 4 Senior D Division with 34.65 points (first on floor, second on bars and beam)

In addition, nine other gymnasts placed in the top three of their divisions in one or more individual events.

SAGA will next host Whitehorse and Ketchikan in the Gold Rush Invitational on May 18. The team will also travel to Whitehorse for the Yukon Championship Meet in early June.

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