2020 All-American Invitational, Puyallup WA (Feb 9th)
SGA XCEL teams competed at the 2020 All-American Invitational at the Washington State Fair & Events center in Puyallup last weekend! This was a huge meet with over 900 gymnasts competing in many different levels and divisions. We are just reaching that halfway point in the season and we are really noticing everyone’s hard work come through!
Here are some highlights from each of the SGA XCEL teams!
Khloe and Merrick competed at the Gold level for the first time and also qualified for State! We also had new skills attempted by Mia and Courtney! We might have had a couple interesting falls but the girls all picked themselves up and continued on #SGAstrong! Silver took 3rd place and Gold took 4th place.
Claire S- BB
Zoe G- AA
Nour S- V
Lauren F- BB & AA
Ella C- FX
Audrey D- BB
Alissa M- UB
Claire S- FX & AA
Zoe G- BB & FX
Hana W- BB
Nour S- FX
Lauren F- V
Ella C- BB & AA
Nina L- FX
Cameron M- UB
Lucy B- V & AA
Addie S- UB
Jillian G- FX
Hana W- AA
Nour S- BB & AA
Lauren F- FX
Courtney L- V & AA
Everly D- BB
Merrick B- BB
Great results and hard work from all the teams!
Brea Wong – 2ndplace vault and bars, 1stplace beam, floor and AA
Berlin Lyman – 1stplace bars
Ihriel Gabaldon – 3rdplace vault
Naomi Weber – 2ndplace floor
Eloise Hamilton – 3rdplace vault
Stella Feaver – 3rdplace bars
Maddy Walls – 3rdplace floor, 2ndplace vault and bars, 1stplace beam and AA
Anna Lai – 3rdplace vault and beam, 2ndplace floor
Eliana Bruington – 3rdplace vault and beam
Freja Skov 3rdplace bars, 1stplace beam
Elise Garnet – 1stplace bars
Emmy Thurlow – 2ndplace floor
Olivia Johnston – 1stplace vault, bars, floor, and AA
Cameron Moskovitz – 3rdplace floor
Nellie Faucett – 2ndplace bars
Maya Schultz – 2ndplace vault
Olivia Cocoro – 3rdplace floor
Only 1 more gymnast needs to qualify for state, and McKenna Smith got 4th place AA! The judges thoroughly enjoyed all of the Silver’s floor routines. They hammed it up which was entertaining to watch, and made the meet a lot more fun! Plus all vaults improved, which was a goal for us!
The golds stayed at the gym through awards until 10:30 – they were troopers! Everyone’s floor performances were so much better! It was great to see they were having fun.
Bianca Butler got 3rd on Vault, Aliah Ford got 3rd on beam, and Elena Kussmann-Carter got 3rd on Floor!
Says Coach Kim, “Power and amplitude were our goals for this meet. Beam was still a bit shaky for us, but after beam we went to floor, where they recovered! Their energy levels were much improved – we’ve been focusing on that a lot. All teams improved their performances, even if their scores didn’t necessarily reflect it. I’m proud of them!”
Roni got 2nd on Vault, Renee got 2nd on Vault & 3rd on floor, Maggie got 3rd on bars, and Zari got 4th on floor – which is the first time she’s placed all season! Plus we had Izzy Brown compete with us for the first time and she did great – she qualified for State!
VEGA Challenge 2020 – Battle Ground, WA (January 18-19th)
The Lake City XCEL girls had a great time at their first travel meet of the season! Silver placed 4th, Gold placed 5th, Platinum placed 3rd, and our Diamond would have placed 2nd(Diamonds did not hand out team awards due to the small numbers of gymnasts per team). Way to go ladies!
Here are the top three placements for each event an, division, and group:
Jr A Group
Berlin Lyman – 3rdplace vault and beam
Natalie Kubler – 2ndplace bars
Maggie Faucett – 3rdplace vault
Jr B Group
Naomi Weber – 3rdplace bars and floor, 2ndplace vault, 1stplace AA
Ihriel Gabaldon – 2rd place vault
Sr A Group
Eloise Hamilton – 2ndplace vault, bars, floor, and AA
Fiona Rothwell – 1stplace floor
Sr B Group
Anna Lai – 2ndplace bars, 1stplace beam, floor and AA
Maddy Walls – 3rdplace beam, 1stplace floor
Sr C group
Darby Greene – 1stplace beam, floor and AA
Sr C Group
Eliana Bruington – 3rd place vault and AA, 2ndplace bars
Sophie Gibson – 2ndplace bars, 2ndfloor
Freja Skov – 3rdplace beam, 1stplace bars
Jr A Group
Sydney Kerr – 2ndplace vault, floor, and AA, 1stplace bars
Jr C Group
Anna Catife – 3rdplace AA and 2ndplace beam
Emmy Thurlow – 1stplace floor
Jr D Group
Alexa Miller-Klein – 2ndplace beam
Jr B Group
Olivia Johnston – 2ndplace bars, 1stplace vault, beam, floor, and AA
Maya Schultz – 2ndplace vault
Summer Lombard – 2ndplace floor
Sr A Group
Poppy Montgomery – 3rd place floor
Sr B Group
Olivia Cocoro – 3rdplace floor, 2ndplace beam
Katie Chaleunphonh – 3rdplace AA, 2ndplace bars, 1stplace floor
Juna Markhotok – 3rdplace floor, 1stplace bars
Ballard XCEL had so much improvement across the board and our floor routines were especially exciting to watch. Our Platinum team took fourth place, Silver took second and Gold walked away with FIRST place. All the sweat and chalk has paid off and we are improving continuously! It was amazing to watch the girls cheer each other on from the sidelines and pick each other up when they “fell” down. We left the weekend with excitement for the next meet and determination to work hard and continue on the upward climb.
Brooklin- Vault & Beam
Hana- Vault, Bars, Beam & AA
Nour- Vault, Bars, Floor & AA
Lauren- Beam & AA
Ella- Bars, Floor & AA
Nina- Beam Amy- Vault, Bars & Floor
Audrey- Beam & Floor
Cameron- Bars & AA
Carmen- Vault & Floor
Claire S- Beam & AA
Claire H- Vault, Floor & AA
Alissa- Vault, Bars & AA
Claire D- Floor
Everly- Vault & Bars
Addie S- Floor
The XCEL teams from SGA Ballard, Columbia City and Lake City all trekked down to the Vancouver, WA area on Jan 19-20 for the VEGA Challenge, hosted by Vancouver Elite and held at Battle Ground High School. Each team had a great showing and we are so proud of them! Read more about each team’s results below, and check out the highlighted Instagram stories from this meet on our IG bio pages for more pics!
Xcel Silver – Bianca qualified for Gold with the high team score of 36.85! She has also been working on her nerves at meet and going slow: she was able to maintain control and showed us some of her best routines! Our goal as a team was just to clean up our routines and improve on last meet, which we definitely did. Almost every single gymnast qualified for State! We are especially proud of Jensen and Edith, who were unfortunately sick for the last meet, making this their first meet. Can’t wait to see how we improve!
Xcel Gold – While everyone at some point had a routine or performance they weren’t proud of, everyone was able to recover very well, brush it off, and either compete well at the next event or show their team support by cheering loudly. The team support and vibe was awesome. These girls are starting to see the benefits of brushing it off, thinking mistakes are OK, and taking each event and each skill as it comes. Caitlin had one of her best meets and was able to take 3rd on Vault, Beam, and Floor! Manon, who competed Gold for the very first time at this meet, placed 2nd on Vault, Beam, and All-around!
Xcel Platinum – This team rocked it! We struggle sometimes with our nerves as a team, and they have a tendency to get the better of us. However, the team support was SUPER strong this time, and the girls all seemed revved up by it! Renee not only landed everything on floor for the first time as a Platinum (it has been a 2 season struggle), she got 1st on floor as well! She also competed – and stuck – her backhand spring on beam for the first time at a meet! Maggie competed Platinum for the first time ever in this competition, and she received 2nd on bars, and 6th on floor! Our goal specifically was to hit our cast requirement on bars and everyone did!! Almost everyone qualified for State as well! Shae received 4th on BB.
Xcel Diamond – Josie was our only Diamond, due to our others staying home to study. She received 3rd on Vault and 3rd on floor! She also had a crazy fall on beam: her foot slipped in her dismount, which caused her to miss a requirement. It was our first event, and she was clearly disappointed. However, we went to floor next where she was able to find a lot of joy in her routine, and she was able to finish the meet strong!
Holiday Express at Metropolitan Gymnastics, Kent
Ihriel Gabaldon – 1st place Vault and AA
Natalie Kubler – 1st place Bars and Floor, 3rd place AA
Berlin Lyman – 1st place Beam
Maggie Faucett 2nd place Floor
Brea Wong – 2nd place vault, 1st place bars, beam and AA
Ginger Dodge – 2nd place beam, 1st place bars
Naomi Weber – 2nd place floor
Stella Feaver – 3rd place bars
Anna Lai – 3rd place floor, 2nd place vault, 1st place bars, beam, and AA
Eloise Hamilton – 3rd place vault, 2nd place bars, 1st place beam
Fiona Rothwell – 3rd place beam
Maddy Walls – 2nd place beam, 1st place vault, floor, and AA
Ellie Kerruish – 3rd place Vault, bars, 2nd place AA, and 1st place Beam
Chloe Hanscom – 2nd place bars
Darby Greene – 1st place Bars, beam, floor, AA
Freja Skov – 2nd place Bars
Sydney Kerr – 3rd place bars
Lila Brown – 2nd place Floor
Emmy Thurlow – 3rd place floor
Cameron Moskovitz – 3rd place AA, 2nd place floor
Olivia Johnston – 1st place Vault, beam, and AA
Summer Lombard – 3rd place floor
Poppy Montgomery – 2nd place Beam and 1st place floor
Olivia Cocoro – 3rd place beam, 1st place vault, floor
Juna Marhotok – 3rd place bars, 2nd place AA and 1st place Floor
Katie Chaleunphonh –3rd place vault and 2nd place floor
-We had 4 gymnasts competing their first meet as Silvers to qualify for Gold, and all 4 accomplished that! Next meet they’ll compete Gold and we are excited to see how they do!
-We had lots of new skills being competed for the first time, and I’m proud of everyone’s effort and ability to show them off at their first meet!
-Special shoutout to Josie in particular, who competed Diamond for the first time and had one of her best meets yet!
-McKenna Smith received 2nd on beam in Silver
-Aliah Ford in Gold placed 2nd on beam
-Josie Czeskleba placed 3rd AA at her first Diamond meet!
SGA Ballard at Reindeer Games (Auburn Gymnastics)
SGA Ballard attended our first Xcel competition of the season this past weekend (December 7, 2019) and it went great! This meet was a critique meet, which means we had the opportunity to get direct feedback from the judges. We were able to ask clarifying questions and hear first-hand what they are looking for this season. The girls were complemented on their fun floor choreography and were provided with corrections to take back to the gym and work on. We are so excited to kick off the season and cannot wait to see how our athletes improve! Awesome job to all the competitors this weekend!