Atomic Tumblers Finish Strong at State Championships

Atomic Tumblers Ramya Stevens, Jenna Weatherbie, Katya Skurikhin, Elyse Phillips and Elizabeth Lockhart, foreground, cheer on their teammates at the State Championships. Courtesy/LASG

Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ three optional gymnasts gave a solid finish to their season at the New Mexico State Championships March 17, held at Sandia Prep in Albuquerque.

Forty-one of New Mexico’s top Level 7 gymnasts competed in the morning session. 

LASG Level 8 gymnast Annika Bronkhorst finishes up a tumbling pass with a full twist layout, while coach Loui Janecky looks on. Bronkhorst took silver at the State Championships with this floor routine. Courtesy/LASG

Senior Luvina Lucero gave her best performance of the season, taking gold on balance beam (9.375) and bronze overall (35.225) 

In the junior age division, Katya Skurikhin earned silver on vault (9.250), and took sixth place overall (35.425) in an especially tough competition.

The Atomic Tumblers’ only Level 8, Annika Bronkhorst, also finished at her season high. 

She placed second on floor exercise (9.05) and third on bars (8.80); her total score of 35.175 earned her the bronze all-around and qualified her to represent New Mexico at the USAG Level 8 Regional Championship in Kansas later this spring.

LASG Level 8 gymnast Annika Bronkhorst stands up a giant during her bar routine at the State Championships in March. Coach Svetlana Skurikhin looks on. Courtesy/LASG

Next on the Tumblers’ calendar is the Spring Thing intersquad meet on April 21 at LASG, 555 North Mesa Road.  

This event is open to the public: boys compete at 9 a.m., Levels 1-3 girls at 11:30 a.m., and competitive team girls (Levels 4-8) at 1:30 p.m. 

For more information, call the gym 3:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays at 662-9523.

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