NW Team Challenge – Woodinville, WA (February 29th – March 1st)
Only the Level 4’s and 5’s attended this meet, and they both crushed it! The level 4’s scored their highest team score of the season and took first place as a team! Eleazer, our level 5, placed first in AA in his division. Amazing work boys!
We finished Sunday in 4th, but we were still just as excited to get to compete in the finals. Such a fun meet!
BlackJack Men’s Championships – Las Vegas, NV (February 21-23rd)
The competition was fierce but the boys did well, with some great individual placements and personal bests! The level 6’s got their highest team score of the season with a 177.6, and the level 7’s placed 3rd as a team! From level 8, Tom placed 7th AA, and Hammet got his personal best score on High Bar! Says Coach Corey, “The best part was seeing their positive attitudes. There were, of course, some mistakes, but the boys persevered and did not let a mistake bring them down, and they came back even stronger on the following event. Very proud of these guys!”
All our boys competed really well, with many boys getting their personal best on multiple events. Says Coach Aslan, “We had some falls as we often do in the middle of a season. It is always hard with a week of break prior to a meet as well. Falls or not, our teams did really well and had fun in the process at this cool meet. It was an inspiring meet with many athletes competing very difficult routines. Our athletes got a chance see what they are working towards, or revitalize their passion about doing gymnastics. I love it when I hear, ‘I want to do that,’ or when the kids ask the names of skills because they want to learn all about the sport. It makes me happy that we are inspiring our kids to do something amazing.”
Top Gun Team Challenge at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (February 8th)
The Boys Team went to McMinville for their second time this year to attend the Top Gun Team Challenge put on by OMEGA Gymnastics! Such a great venue and fun meet! They boys had a great time and showed some really good performances. Level 4’s placed 1st, Level 6’s Placed 3rd and the Level 7’s came in 2nd. Strong work boys.
While we still have some room for improvement in team scores, the Ballard Boys had some great individual accomplishments at this meet: Level 10 Mateo A. competed his front-full for the first time of floor, Level 6 Beckett competed his round-off / back handspring / back tuck for first time, Level 5 Logan B. completed 5 circles on the mushroom, Level 4 Logan L. had his best meet of the season, and Junior Developmental Owen placed 2nd all-around and won parallel bars. Great job, guys!
IFC Coaches Cup at Metropolitan Gymnastics (Kent)
Last weekend (January 25-26) both the Ballard and Columbia City boys attended the ICF Coaches Cup at Metropolitan Gymnastics in Kent. This competition is a fundraiser for the Iron Cross Foundation scholarship fund. ICF helps defray competition-related expenses for JO athletes for level 5 and up who would otherwise not be able to compete. We are happy to support this foundation! Our boys had a great time and had some great results!
Columbia City Team placements: Level 4’s placed 2nd, level 6’s and level 7’s both placed 1st! Congratulations boys, keep working hard!
Ballard was back in action after a 6-week break. Shaking off some of the cobwebs we brought our game to ICF! Although we had some falls, the boys’ routines were all pretty clean. The next month and a half leading to States we will be working on making consistent, clean routines to push our way to the podium.
Level 4’s – 4th place (only 0.6 off of 3rd!)
Level 5’s – 5thplace; we know what to work on to improve!
6’s – 4thplace (only 0.7 off of 3rd!)
Junior Developmental – No team Score
Level 10 – No team Score
Jr Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado
Last weekend was the first time our boys attended the Jr Rocky Mountain Open. This competition was held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. We had a blast! A portion of the proceeds from this meet directly support the AFA men’s gymnastics program. The boys performed well and went up against some really tough competition! Aside from competing, they got to watch a college meet on Saturday with some of the top collegiate teams in the country along with some members of the National Team who were trying to qualify to this years’ Winter Cup in Las Vega, Nevada. As a team our level four’s placed 2nd, level six’s placed 4th and the level seven’s placed 3rd.
Washington Open at University of Washington
Cold Turkey 2019
The Columbia City and Ballard boys team had their first competition this weekend! The annual Cold Turkey. It’s a great pre season meet to get out all the competition nerves and get back into the groove of competing! They had a pretty great start to the season!
From Columbia City, Level 4 and Level 6 teams took second place and the level 7 team placed first! We only have one level 5 gymnast, Eleazer, so there is no team award, but he took first place in his division. As for our Level 8’s, Hammet Lear placed first in his division and Tom Young placed third in his! Nice work team!
From Ballard, Level 4, 5 and 6 teams all landed in fourth place, but were so close to snagging third! We are proud of the way the Boys overcame some some falls and challenges, and as we continue to work on routines for the season, our goal is to hit 100% of our routines by the end of the year for State and Regionals!
Ballard’s Junior Developmental did not place due to only two athletes, but they very clean routines, and are working hard on new skills for the season.
Ballard’s Level 4’s enjoying their first meet of the season (below)