Kremmling’s first home gymnastics meet in years sees team earn high marks
May 16, 2008
Excellent first results were earned by the Grand County Gymnastics Team as it hosted the season-opening competition at West Grand High School in Kremmling on Saturday, May 10.
In addition to the host team, teams from Fraser, Greeley, Grand Junction, Durango and Hyland Hills competed. More than 90 gymnasts took part in the events.
“It was the first meet we’d hosted in years, and it was a huge success,” said coach Jenny Krieg of Grand County Gymnastics. “What was even better is that everyone of our 26 gymnasts earned places. It was a great start for our team.”
Brianne Eatough of the Grand County Gymnastics Team had an outstanding first meet by winning an all-around first place in the Optional 1 group for ages 11-12. She earned first places in the balance beam and floor exercise as well as a second in vault and third in uneven parallel bars.
“Brianne took a horrendous fall from the beam, but got back up on it and won first place,” Krieg said. “This was definitely one of the best meets of her career.”
In the more advanced Optional 2 division for ages 7-12, Ashley Matney earned an all-around second place with a first in balance beam and a third in floor exercise.
“Ashley’s balance beam routine was just spectacular, earning a 7.9 score,” Krieg said. “She does moves in her routine that nobody else can do. It was so cool.”
Earning an all-around third place was Olivia Butrymovich in the Optional 2 group. She took a couple of runner-up spots in the vault and floor exercise, a third in uneven parallel bars and a fourth in balance beam.
“Olivia’s bar routine was more difficult than most and she did a good job taking third place that event,” Krieg said.
Also taking an all-around third place was Josie Quinn in the Optional 1 group. She earned a second-place finish in the uneven parallel bars competition.
“The bars judge was really tough,” Krieg said. “And Josie’s second place was the best she’s ever done in that event. Taking that second place was definitely a highlight of the meet.”
Jenna Curran won a couple of first places in Optional 2’s vault and floor exercise events.
Coach Krieg had high praise for the runner-up spot taken by Erin Coatney in the Optional 1’s floor exercise, saying she did “the best floor routine she has ever done” to take that place.
In the Optional 2 competition, Peyton Bodemann placed second in the uneven parallel bars, third on the balance beam and fourth in the floor exercise.
Hava Roloff earned the runner-up position in the Optional 1’s floor exercise while her teammate Mary Acord placed third in the Optional 2’s vault competition.
Moving to the Compulsory 5 competitions, Katrina Quinn battled to an all-around second place for ages 9-10 by taking a couple of third places in the vault and uneven parallel bars.
Jessica Kemp earned an all-around third place in the Compulsory 5 group for ages 11-12 with runner-up finishes in bars and floor as well as a third place on the beam.
Competing in the same category as Kemp, Kandace Conroy earned three third-place finishes in the bars, beam and floor events.
A victory in the floor exercise was won in Compulsory 5 for ages 9-10 by Jaide Smith, who also took a third place in the vault. Krieg commended her floor routine, describing it as “a great job.”
Rounding out the Compulsory 5 results for the team was Hannah Bray who earned a fifth place in the competition for ages 9-10.
Looking at the Compulsory 4 results, the first- and second-year gymnasts from Grand County Gymnastics did an excellent job, picking up several top finishes in the all-around and event categories.
Talise Hansen earned an all-around second place in the competition for ages 11-12. She won the vault, placed second in beam, third in bars and fourth in floor.
Also taking an all-around second place was Delaney Howard in the nine-year-olds’ competition. She wowed the judge with a first-place performance in the balance beam with a routine that Krieg described as “awesome.”
Coach Krieg also singled out Mackenzee McRoy for praise because of her victory in the 10-year-old vault competition with a spectacular score of 9.2. She also placed second in floor and third in bars and beam to take an all-around third place.
Kierra Barr also earned an all-around third place in the competition for 7-year-olds with a second in bars and third in vault.
Haley Weimer won the 8-year-olds’ vault with a score of 8.8 while Reilley Weimer took second place in the vault for 10-year-olds.
In the 9-year-old competition, Mallory Milstead earned a second-place finish in the floor exercise while her sister Madison took a fourth place on the balance beam. Erin Acord earned a couple of third places in the bars and floor events.
Rounding out the team’s results Saturday, Erica Weimer placed fourth in the vault and Darby Howard a fifth on bars for 7-year-olds. Madison Decicco earned a fifth place in the 8-year-olds’ floor exercise.
Generally pleased by all of these first results, Krieg said Saturday’s meet was a good test for the team’s gymnasts.
“Everyone of our girls now knows what they have to work on and what they have to do,” she said. “We already picked up some qualifications for the regionals and we’ll be trying to get everyone qualified in upcoming meets. All of our girls are working hard.”
Coach Krieg also wanted to express her thanks to those who helped organize and run Saturday’s home meet.
“All of the parents were great,” she said. “It was a real team effort on their part. I especially want to thank our Kremmling parents Kim Bodemann, Kathy Matney, Trish Tracy and Laura Bray, who did all of the leg work for this meet. Our other parents did a great job of helping set up and take down the equipment, in particular Pat Acord.”
With their season-opener now history, the young gymnasts of Grand County Gymnastics are training for their next competition, which will take place Saturday, May 31, at Fort Morgan.
For more information about the team and its schedule of meets, call Krieg at 531-0016 or visit caragymnastics.com.
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