Southeast Alaska Gymnastics Academy (SAGA) athlete Matisse Geselle, 9, has earned a berth at the USA Gymnastics Region 2 Championships in Vancouver, Washington this weekend.
Geselle qualified on March 21 in the men’s state championships at the Anchorage Gymnastics Association.
He posted an all-around score of 55.3 to win the gold medal in his age division, overcoming a bad fall during warm-ups for the parallel bars.
Geselle posted a 9.6 in the bars, 9.3 on the floor exercise, 9.6 pommel horse, 8.3 rings, 8.6 vault and 9.9 on the high bar.
In an email, Geselle stated: “It was fun and it was really cool to be in a rotation with boys from other gyms. I was the only one from Juneau and they all cheered me on. I am so happy I get to go to regionals.”
Geselle will be competing against gymnasts from Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
The SAGA girls gymnastics team competed in levels 2-6 of the state championships on March 27-28 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. Over 250 athletes from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, Palmer, Soldotna and Ketchikan competed. Only level 7 girls gymnasts move on to regionals, but the SAGA team performed well in its respective age groups.
Kara Strong won gold in level 3 vault with a 9.550; Ava Brown placed second on uneven bars and third on vault in level 4; Sage Walker earned gold in level 5 floor exercise and third in uneven bars, balance beam and all-around; Sydney Stong placed second in level 6 vault and tied for second on balance beam; and Megan Lujan placed third in level 6 vault and floor exercise.
In the team competition, Moly Brocious, Cadence Campbell, Lujan and S. Strong placed third in level 6 behind Arctic Gymnastics and Anchorage Gymnastics Association.
The SAGA team will next host its annual Gold Rush Invitational on May 15-16. Attending will be Polarettes Gymnastics from Whitehorse.