SAGA gymnast passes the bar

Southeast Alaska Gymnastics Academy's Matisse Geselle is shown during his parallel bars routine at the state championships in Anchorage. COURTESY PHOTO

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.


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