Local gymnasts strong in meet

The day after R. A. C. Gymnastics officially changed its name to Crosstumblers, the optional girls' gymnastics team did extremely well at the USAIGC State qualifier held in Santa Rosa, Calif., on May 2. Excited by their new name, the girls pulled out all the stops and were well rewarded for their efforts.

The team was led by 10 year old, Michelle McDonald, who first on the balance beam with a score of 9.2. "Michelle's dance background and extreme flexibility really stand out in the more advanced levels" coach Steffany Walker said. McDonald also placed fourth on bars with an 8.4 and fifth in the all-around in her age group.

McDonald's teammates also performed with distinction. In the junior division, Annika Crowe placed first on vault (9.0) and floor exercise (8.9) and fourth in the all-around. Katherine Crowe placed second on beam (8.9), third on unparallel bars (9.1) and fifth in the all-around.

Kayla Skog placed third on floor (8.7). Sarah Melia placed fifth on vault (8.3) and sixth on bars (8.7). In the children's division, Hannah Ediss placed second in the all-around with a second on bars (8.55), and third on vault (8.25), beam (8.8), and floor (8.2). Gina Gallo placed third in the all-around and second on vault (8.4).

Michelle McDonald, Annika Crowe, Katherine Crowe, and Danielle Hollenbeck-Pringle will travel to Mountain View, Calif. on Saturday to compete in the State Championships with the hopes of qualifying to the National Championships held in Orlando, Fla.

Crosstumblers is located at 940 Mallory Way No. 3 in Carson City. For more information, call Walker, 883-5477.

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