Hula Fest 2014

Spearfish Level 3 Gymnasts Win Again!

The Level 3 gymnastics team from Spearfish Gymnastics Academy kept their winning streak alive as they won the top team honors at the Hula Fest Gymnastics Invitational Meet in Brookings, South Dakota. “This was our first meet of the year where we competed against all of the teams from the Eastern side of the state”, said Coach Summers, “It was a great opportunity for our kids to see where they are compared to all of the teams in South Dakota, as we have now competed against all the gym teams throughout the state. The girls did an outstanding job and everyone is having a great season so far this year.”

The level 3 team won the team competition with their highest team score of the season, 113.45, and won the meet by a full point, with 2nd place going to All American Gymnastics from Sioux Falls.

The level 3 team also had 3 All Around Champions in this competition. Kathleen Cook won top honors in the 6-7-year-old division with a score of 36.825. Cook also won gold on the Bars 9.15, Beam 9.475 and Floor 9.4. Cook placed 9th on the Vault 8.8. Sydney Nordwick won the Silver medal with a score of 36.75 and Savanna Dunwoody brought home the Bronze medal with a score of 36.30. Nordwick tied for the Gold on Bars 9.15 placed 2nd on Floor 9.225, was 3rd on Beam 9.325 and finished 5th on Vault 9.05. Dunwoody won Gold on the Vault 9.45, placed 2nd on Beam 9.45, 3rd on Bars 8.85 and 7th on Floor 8.75. Daniella Rodriguez came in with a 4th place finish in the All Around 34.850. Rodriguez won Bronze on Vault 9.2 finished 4th on Bars 8.75, 5th on Beam 8.5 and 8th on Floor 8.4. Isabel Cross finished 9th in the All Around 32.70 and Mauve Douglas placed 10th on Vault 8.7 and tied for 14th in the AA 31.150.

In the 8 year old division, Kenlee Engelhardt put up the highest score of the competition, easily winning Gold on the Bars with an outstanding routine that went 9.7. Engelhardt placed 4th on Vault 9.4, 6th on Floor 8.9 and 8th on Beam 8.725. She finished in 4th in the AA with a score of 36.525. Grace Stevens also competed in this age division and finished the day with an AA score of 33.75. Stevens placed 4th on the Beam 8.85.

Gretchen Adamski won the AA in the 9-year-old division with a score of 37.875. Adamski also won Gold on Vault 9.5, Bars 9.4 and Beam 9.475. Nearly making a sweep of the gold medals she won Silver on Floor with a score of 9.5.  Denali Prewitt won the AA Bronze medal with a score of 36.55 and placed 3rd on Bars 9.1, 3rd on Floor 9.375 and 6th on Vault 9.175.  Kaelei Kapust  placed 7th on Bars 9.0 and finished with an AA score of 35.025 for 11th place. Rylie Marchant placed 7th on Vault 9.15 and put together an AA total of 33.425.  While Jadeyn Reiner  placed 9th on Vault 9.1 and scored a 33.150 in the AA.

Alira Termes topped the awards stand in the 10-year-old age division winning a Gold medal for her AA performance with a score of 36.875. Termes also won Gold on Bars 9.4 and Floor also with a 9.4. She brought home a Silver medal on Vault 9.3 and placed 9th on Beam 8.775. Lily Simek won 2 Silver medals on Bars 9.1 and Beam 9.2. She placed 7th on Floor 8.75 and 9th on Vault 8.8. Simek won the Bronze in the AA with a score of 35.85. ALyssa Rafferty managed a 4th place finish on Bars 8.85 and 8th on Beam 8.825 while placing 9th in the AA with a score of 34.65. Kartney Hudson picked up some hardware, in the 11 year old division,with a 2nd on Bars 8.9 and a 9.05 on Vault for 4th, 5th on Floor 8.35 and 6th in the AA 34.10.  Finishing out the day in the 12 and over group, Keeley Hagen placed 6th on Vault 8.95, won a Bronze medal on Beam 9.15 and finished in 7th in the AA 33.175.

In the Level 4 competition, SGA again had 3 gymnasts win Gold in the All Around for their respective age groups. Bailey Dana won Gold in the 6-7-year-old division with a score of 34.20. Dana won three more Gold medals, Vault 8.4 Bars 8.75 and Beam 8.825 and picked up a Bronze medal on Floor 8.225. Madeline Cross topped the field in the 9 year old age group winning the AA with a score of 35.175. Cross also won Gold on the Vault 9.0, Silver on Bars 8.5, Bronze on Floor 8.775 and placed 5th on Beam 8.9. Halle Eaton also competed in this division finishing the meet in 10th place with a score of 33.025. The 11-year-old Division brought another AA Champion to light for Spearfish with Ally Ball winning Gold with a score of 35.175.  Ball brought home Gold on Vault 9.15 and Bars 9.05, earned a Bronze on Floor 8.2 and placed 5th on Beam 8.775. Vivian Marta earned 2 Bronze medals on Bars 8.45 and Beam 8.925 and finished in 6th in the AA 32.875.

In the 12 and over age group, SGA gymnasts included Karissa Rasmussen, Britain Menzel, SeAnna Dahl and Savannah Jeffery. Rasmussen placed 5th  on Beam 8.525 and Floor 7.95 with an AA total of 30.875 for 9th. Menzel placed 5th on Bars 8.05 6th on Beam 8.475 and 10th in the AA 30.80. Dahl  tied for 10th on Bars 7.5 and finished in 12th in the AA 30.175 and Savannah Jeffery ended the day with a 6th place finish on Vault 8.0 and tied for 10th on Bars 7.5. The Level 4 team pooled their best scores of the day (3 top scores on each event) to win a 3rd place trophy with a total of 104.75.

Marla Sproul was the lone competitor for SGA at Level 5 placing 2nd on Beam 8.6 and 9th on Vault 8.15.

The Hula Fest also found the SGA Optional gymnasts competing for the first time this season. “We use this as an ‘Are you Ready’ type of competition for our Optional gymnasts”, stated Coach Summers, “It is really early in the season and we want them to see where they are as far as being ready for competition and providing fuel for the fire, so to speak, as they prepare for the Optional Season that kicks off with our Home Invitational on Jan 11th at Black Hills State University.”

The Level 6 team consisted of Eden Shank, Lauren Strand and Isabelle Silva. Strand competed in the 11-12 age group and placed 3rd on Bars 8.625, 5th on Beam 8.35 and won a Silver Medal on Floor with her high score of the day 9.25. Strand finished 5th in the AA 34.675. Shank won Gold in the All Around with a score of 35.875.  Shank also brought home 3 other top honors winning gold on Vault 9.0, Bars 9.3 and Floor 9.125.  She placed 3rd on Beam 8.45. Silva won the Silver on Floor 8.625, brought home 2 Bronze medals on Vault 8.55 and Bars 7.75 while placing 4th on Beam 8.4. Silva’s score of 33.325 won her the Silver medal in the All Around. The Level 6 team combined their scores for a 3rd place finish in the Team Competition with a total of 103.875.

Kamryn Olness competed at Level 7 and won Bronze on Bars 8.9, and placed 5th on Vault 9.2, 5th on Beam 8.25 and 5th on Floor 8.725. Olness ended her day with a 4th place finish in the AA with a score of 35.075. “This meet was an opportunity for Olness to qualify for the next level”, noted Summers, “and she easily reached that qualifying score of 31.00 in the All Around.” She will be joining her level 8 teammates for the rest of the competitive season.

The Level 8 team was on the floor at the Hula Fest with Kiara Brown, Journey Childers and Lyric Williams.  Williams competed in the 9-11 age group and won 5 bronze medals for her efforts of the day. Vault 7.9, Bars 6.9, Beam 8.375 Floor 7.4 and a 30.575 in the AA. Childers and Brown were both in the 13 and over age group. Childers placed 5th on Vault 8.1, 5th on Bars 7.3, won Silver on Beam 8.825 and placed 4th on Floor 8.575.  Her AA score of 32.80 put her in 5th place. Brown placed 3rd on Vault 8.85, won Silver on Bars 9.4, placed 3rd on both Beam 8.6 and Floor 8.85 and finished with a Silver medal in the AA with a total of 35.70.

The Hula Fest was a chance for Wynter Childers, Level 10, to debut her new routines for the 2014-15 competitive season. Childers did not compete Vault in this meet, however she won the three remaining events.  Bars 9.2, Beam 9.4 and Floor 9.2.

“At the end of the weekend, this was a great experience for all of our gymnasts”, Summers said, “We are doing well at the Compulsory levels and our Optional gymnasts are on track for their competitive season as well.” All of these gymnasts will be competing at home on Jan. 10th and 11 as Spearfish Gymnastics hosts their annual invitation competition at Black Hills State University. This meet will have over 300 competitors this season and showcase some of the best gymnasts in South Dakota. We hope everyone will come out and cheer on their favorite gymnast at the Spearfish Gymnastics Invitational on the Campus of Black Hills State University Saturday January 10th and Sunday January 11th.

Holiday Break

Just a reminder to the gym kids and tumble bears that we will be closed December 20th through January 4th for the holidays. Classes will resume on Monday, January 5th. We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks to all for supporting Spearfish Gymnastics Academy this year, and we will see you next year!

New Building Update

We have the steel on the ceiling almost done and the steel half way up the walls. We are really making progress with the new gym. We are getting closer everyday!

 

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New Building Update

We now have all pits dug and cemented, as well as two part of the floor done. We also have the ceiling dry walled in the lobby. The new building is really coming along!

 

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Black Hills Invite Champions

The Level 3 gymnastics team from Spearfish Gymnastics brought home their second Team Championship of the season easily winning the Black Hills Invite hosted by Just Jymnastics in Rapid City. The team score of 112.55 bested the rest of the teams by a full 2 points. Just Jymnastics placed 2nd with a score of 110.55 and they were followed in 3rd by Rapid City Gymnastics with a total of 106.40. “This group of young gymnasts are really putting it all together for this early in the season and they have a promising future ahead of them,” said head coach Phil Summers. The team leaders for this meet were Kathleen Cook and Gretchen Adamski, who both won the AA in their respective age groups with a score of 37.35. Cook was in the 6-7 age group and placed 5th on Vault 9.0 won Gold on Bars 9.4, won Silver on Beam 9.5 and won Silver on Floor 9.45. Also competing in the 6-7 yr old division was 1st year competitors Savann Dunwoody, Sydney Nordwick, Daniela Rodriguez, Isabele Cross and Maeve Douglas.  Dunwoody won the Bronze medal in the AA with an impressive 36.95 in her first competition ever. Dunwoody won Vault 9.4 placed 3rd on Bars 9.05 and Beam 9.25 and finished 4th on Floor with a score of 9.25. Nordwick finished 4th in the AA 35.40 placing 6th on Vault 8.9, 2nd on Bars 9.1, 8th on Beam 8.8, and 3rd on Floor 9.4.  Rodriguez placed 4th on Vault 9.25, 6th on Bars 8.4, 5th on Beam 8.4 and 6th on Floor 8.6. Isabele Cross brought home a 4th place medal on Beam 8.45 and placed 8th on Floor 8.5 while Maeve Douglas medaled on Bars with a score of 7.4 for 7th and 8.6 on Vault for 8th.

 
In the 8 year old Division, Kenlee Engelhardt was the shining star for Spearfish winning gold in the AA with a score of 36.25. Engelhardt also won gold on Vault 9.25, Bars 9.4 and Floor 9.3, while placing 4th on Beam 8.3. Grace Stevens placed 3rd on Beam 8.5, 4th on both Vault 8.6 and Bars 7.9. She scored an 8.6 on floor and scored a 33.40 in the AA.
The 9 year old Division brought home more gold in the AA with Gretchen Adamski taking the AA with a score of 37.35. Adamski won gold on the Bars 9.5, took the Silver on both Beam 9.2 and Floor 9.35 and placed 3rd on Vault 9.3.  Adeline Norstegaard scored a 9.1 on Vault for 9th, placed 5th on Bars 8.9 placed 9th on Beam 8.7 and 8th on floor with a score of 9.0.  Norstegaard finished the AA with a score of 35.70 for 5th. Denali Prewitt  placed 6th on Bars 8.85 won the bronze on Floor 9.3 and finished 7th in the AA with a score of 35.15. Rylie Marchant placed 5th on Vault  and Jadeyn Reiner scored an 8.7 on Beam for a 9th place finish.

 

In the 10-11 age group, Alyssa Rafferty topped the award stand in the AA winning Gold with a score of 35.95. Rafferty won Vault 9.35 placed 2nd on Bars 9.0 finished 3rd on Beam 8.6 and Floor 9.0. Alira Termes also tied for 1st in the AA with a score of 35.95. Termes won Silver on Vault 9.2, Won Gold on Bars 9.45 placed 7th on Beam 8.2 and won Silver on Floor 9.1. Kartney Hudson placed 4th on Vault 9.0 and finished 8th on Floor 8.5.

 

In the 12 and over age group Keeley Hagen won Gold on the Vault with a score of 9.3 and finished with an AA score of 30.40.
The Level 4 Team from SGA  brought home a 2nd place Team Trophy for their efforts.  Their team score of 109.20 was bested only by the host team from Just Jymnastics who won the competition with a score of 110.65. “I was pleased with how this team performed,” stated Summers. This is their first year at this level and they have shown already this season that they will be very competitive by the end of the season.

 

In the 7-9 year old division,  Madeline Cross placed 2nd in the AA with a score of 36.20. Cross won the Vault competition with a score of 9.4, placed 2nd on both Beam 9.0 and Floor 9.3 and placed 3rd on Bars 8.5. Bailey Dana brought home a Silver medal  on Beam 9.0, won the Bronze on Floor 9.0 and Vault 9.1 and finished 4th on Bars with a score of 8.3.
In the 10 year old Division, Ally Ball won the Silver in the AA with a score of 35.80. Ball placed 2nd on both Vault 9.45 and Bars 9.1, she finished 9th on Beam 8.75 and 14th on Floor 8.5.

 

Vivian Marta won the Bronze on Floor 9.1,placed 4th on Bars 9.0, 7th on Vault 8.5, and 13th on Beam 8.4. Marta finished the AA in 6th place with a score of 35.00. Halle Eaton placed 6th on Beam with a score of 8.9 10th on Floor 8.8 and 12th on Bars 8.2.  Eaton ended in 11th in the AA with a score of 34.00.

 
In the 12 and over age Division, Britain Menze placed 4th in the AA with a score of 35.30. Menzel won Gold on Floor 9.25, Silver on Beam 8.9 and finished 6th on both Vault 8.6 and Bars 8.35.  SeAnna Dahl brought home two 8th place medals on Vault 8.2 and Bars 8.25  Savannah Jeffries placed 7th on Vault 8.3 and Karissa Rasmussen won Silver on Vault with a score of 9.2 and Bronze on floor with a score of 8.5. At Level 5 SGA was represented by Marla Sproul. Sproul placed 5th on Vault 8.8 and 3rd on Beam with a score of 8.2.

 
“Overall this was a great meet for our gymnasts,” said Summers, “this is a hard working group of young ladies who have set goals for themselves and are determined to reach them. It should be a very fun and exciting season.” These young gymnasts will be accompanied by the Optional gymnasts from SGA as they travel to Brookings, South Dakota to compete in the annual Hula Fest Competition on Dec. 6th. Good Luck At Hula Fest, Girls!

(Level 3’s Top, Level 4’s Bottom)

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Level-4-Team-Awards

Casper Wyoming Meet

The Spearfish Gymnastics Academy’s Level 3 and 4 teams kicked off their competitive season this past weekend in Capser, Wyoming. Both teams came home as team champions making the meet a huge success!

The Level 4 team started out the day with some wonderful performances from all members of the team. “These girls have been working so hard all summer so it was great to see them have a very successful first meet,” said team coach Lexie Cathcart. When it was time for the awards ceremony it became very clear just how successful the day was.

In the 9 year old and under age division Maddie Cross brought home 1st place on Vault (9.0), 1st place on Beam (9.1), 2nd place on Floor (9.2), and 4th in the All-Around (34.35). Halle Eaton finished 5th on Vault (8.6), 2nd on Bars (8.55), 3rd on Beam (8.75), 4th on Floor (9.0), and 3rd in the All-Around (34.95). Bailey Dana rounded out the 9 year old and under age division with a 4th place finish on Vault (8.7), 3rd on Bars (8.45), 5th on Beam (8.55), 1st on Floor (9.25), and 2nd in the All-Around (34.95). In the 10 – 11 year old age division Vivian Marta finished 5th on Vault (8.5), 3rd on Bars (8.9), 3rd on Beam (8.75), and 4th in the All-Around (34.25).  Ally Ball lead the team with many great performances that earned her a 1st place finish on Vault (9.3), 1st on Bars (9.15), 2nd on Beam (8.85), 1st on Floor (9.35), and 1st in the All-Around with a score of 36.65. In the 12 and up age division SeAnna Dahl finished 3rd on Vault (8.2), 5th on Floor (8.1), and 4th in the All-Around (31.9).  Britain Menzel rounded out the day with a 1st place finish on Vault (8.8), 1st on Bars (8.4), 3rd on Beam (8.7), 2nd on Floor (8.8), and 1st in the All-Around (34.7).

The Level 3 team was up next and they continued the success started by the Level 4 team.“It was so great to see all the improvement these athletes have made from last year. They really came together as a team today and it showed in their performances,” Cathcart said.

In the 7 year old and under age division Kathleen Cook came away with a 1st place finish on Bars (9.3), 1st on Beam (9.45), 1st on Floor (9.45), and 1st in the All-Around (37.1).  In the 8 year old age division it was Gretchen Adamski who led the way for SGA finishing in 1st place on Vault (9.5), 1st on Bars (9.1), 1st on Beam (9.25), 1st on Floor (9.425), and 1st in the All-Around with a huge score of a 37.275.  In the 9 year old age division Alira Termes finished 2nd on Vault (9.3), 4th on Bars (8.3), 1st on Beam (9.35), 2nd on Floor (9.2), and 1st in the All-Around (36.15).  Denali Prewitt finished 6th on Vault (9.0), 2nd on Bars (8.55), 5th on Beam (9.0), 1st on Floor (9.35), and 2nd in the All-Around (35.9). In the 10 year old age division Alyssa Rafferty finished 2nd on Vault (9.2), 2nd on Bars (8.55), 6th on Beam (8.25), 6th on Floor (8.5), and 4th in the All-Around (34.45).

Spearfish Gymnastics Academy’s Level 3 and 4 teams will be headed to their next competition this weekend in Rapid City. Good luck girls!

(Level 4’s Top,Level 3’s Bottom)

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Olympic Gymnastics

This article is a good look at how gymnastics has changed over the years and how it has become more physically demanding.Link Here 

Weekly Quote

“I don’t run away from a challenge because i am afraid.

                                                       Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear  

                                                                                                                                      is to trample it beneath your feet.”

                                                                                                            -Nadia Comaneci