Nicole Aldaz gets the gold in all around. Photo by Jeannette Aldaz
Nicole Aldaz was the top all-around scorer (35.6) in the Level 4 Senior Division for Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers.
Aldaz’s strong performance earned gold on vault (9.1) and bars (8.4), and silver on beam (9.05) and floor (9.05.)
Aldaz was among 215 gymnasts from 11 teams that gathered at Zia Gymnastics in Santa Fe on Oct. 27-28 to compete in the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic and Xcel Programs.
Twenty-eight Tumblers’ competed in the meet; 14, including Aldaz, competed in the Jr. Olympic Program, 12 in the Xcel Program, and two competed in both.
The Xcel program is an alternative to the rigorous Jr. Olympic Program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform routines choreographed to fit each individual.
Also in the Level 4 Senior Division, Zoe Mathis earned bronze on bars (8.25) and beam (8.7), and 5th all-around (33.35.)
In the Level 4 Junior Division, Jazmine Tuning took gold on vault (9.1) and bronze on bars (8.45), placing fourth all-around (34.35.)
Teammate Allison Warner gave a strong performance on vault (8.65) and placed fifth all-around (32.45.)
Addie Richie scored 32.075 in the all-around, with a solid performance on beam (8.65) and vault (8.55) in the Level 4 Child Division.
Kaeley Bustos earned an 8.2 on vault and finished tenth in the all-around (31.35) in this very competitive field.
Competition was also high in the Level 5 Division. Lilly Bueck, in Level 5 Junior B, earned gold on vault (9.1) and took fourth on bars (9.25), beam (9.2), floor (8.85), and all-around (36.4.)
Bueck was the top scorer for the Tumblers’ in the Level 5 Division. Ashley Bustos earned a bronze on beam (9.1) and finished strong in the all-around with a 34.05. Ramya Stevens finished with a 33.7 in the all-around, including a fifth place on bars (8.8) and a solid performance on beam (8.6.)
Closely behind Stevens, Elyse Phillips finished with a 33.65 in the all-around, with an 8.45 on bars, 8.65 on beam, and 8.65 on floor.
In the Level 5 Junior A Division, Anna Clark earned a bronze on beam (8.95), and fourth on vault (8.15), bars (8.4), floor (8.65), and all-around (34.15.)
Charlotte Ulrich took bronze on floor (9.05) and fifth on beam (8.8), finishing with a 33.95 in the all-around.
Katie Wingo was the top scorer for the Tumblers’ in the Level 5 Child Division. Wingo took fourth on beam (8.9) and gave a strong performance on bars (9.0), finishing sixth in the all-around (33.45.)
Brianna Fryer finished with 31.25 in the all-around, earning an 8.45 on beam. Paetyn Miller earned an 8.1 on beam and finished with a 30.7 in the all-around.
Elizabeth Lockhart, the only Level 6 to represent the Tumblers’ at this meet, placed third on vault (9.05), earned an 8.5 on beam, and finished with a 32.05 all-around.
Anna Clark takes bronze on floor. Photo by Loui Janecky
In the USA Gymnastics Xcel Program, Brianna Fryer was the top scorer in the all-around (36.7) for the second meet in a row.
Fryer competed in the Xcel Bronze Child Division and brought home a tie for gold in vault (8.7) and bars (9.6), and gold on beam (9.2), floor (9.2), and all-around.
Teammate Kayli Lincoln earned another gold medal for the Tumblers’ with a 9.6 (tie) on bars.
Lincoln also earned a tie for silver on vault (8.6), silver on floor (8.95) and all-around (35.15), and held the second highest all-around score in the Xcel program at this meet.
Katerina Kovalevskaya was close behind Lincoln, earning a bronze in the all-around with a score of 35.1.
Kovalevskaya also earned a tie for gold in vault (8.7), silver on bars (9.3), and bronze on beam (8.2) and floor (8.9.)
With an all-around score of 34.0, Danielle Bellamy took fourth place, and earned a tie for gold on vault (8.7) and a tie for bronze on bars (9.0.)
Milan Vigil tied for silver on vault (8.6) and tied for bronze on bars (9.0), with an all-around score of 33.7. Anna Batista placed third on vault (8.3), and had a strong performance on bars (8.9), finishing with an all-around score of 32.6.
In the Xcel Bronze Junior/Senior Division, Katelynn Skeen brought home a bronze on bars (9.2.)
Skeen placed fourth on floor (8.4) and took the fifth spot in the all-around (33.4.) Charolette Gonzales earned a bronze on vault (8.4), placed fifth on beam (8.3), and finished with a score of 33.1 all-around.
Hannah Mullen had a solid performance on bars (9.1), earning fourth place. Sarah Hutchens took sixth on floor with an 8.0.
Anna Clark and Suyanna Ferreira added seven medals to the Tumblers tally in the Xcel Silver Junior Division. Clark earned silver on bars (8.7), beam (8.3), and all-around (34.3), and a bronze on floor (8.9.)
Ferreira finished second on floor (9.0) and placed third on vault (8.5) and bars (8.4), taking fourth in the all-around with a score of 32.7.
For her efforts, Eugenia Trost earned gold on floor (9.1) and vault (8.7) and placed fourth all-around (33.4) in the Xcel Silver Senior Division. Cherie Mc Creary earned a fifth place on floor (8.3) and vault (7.3) and came in seventh all-around.
See the Atomic Tumblers’ in action Nov. 3, when Los Alamos School of Gymnastics hosts the Los Alamos Invitational.
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