Brianna Fryer: Brianna Fryer’s gold medal beam performance. Photo by Loui Janecky
Brianna Fryer led the way for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers at the Cottonwood Invitational Oct. 20 – 21 in Rio Rancho.
More than 130 athletes, representing six teams took part. The Atomic Tumblers brought home 20 gold medals, 21 silver and 26 bronze.
Fryer dominated the Bronze Level in the USA Gymnastics Xcel program, earning four gold medals on bars (9.5), beam (9.3), floor (9.05), and vault (8.8), and a fifth gold for her all around score of 36.65.
The Xcel program is an alternative to the rigorous USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program, allowing gymnasts the opportunity to perform routines choreographed to fit each individual.
Lilly Bueck: Lilly Bueck takes the gold on beam. Photo by Loui Janecky
Six Atomic Tumblers competed in the Xcel Program, 15 in the Jr. Olympic Program, and two gymnasts, including Brianna Fryer and Anna Clark, competed in both.
Clark stood strong as the all-around champion in the Silver Level Xcel, with a total score of 35.15. She earned a gold on beam (9.25), silver on bars (8.8) and floor (9.0), and a bronze on vault (8.1.)
Suyanna Ferreira took third in the all-around Silver Level Xcel with a score of 34.35, also earning a gold on bars (9.0.)
In the Bronze Level Xcel, Milan Vigil placed second in the all around (34.05), and earned three more silver medals on bars (8.9), floor (8.65), and vault (8.7.)
Anna Batista earned a silver on beam (8.0), and bronze on bars (8.5) and vault (7.6), finishing third in the all-around with a score of 32.3.
Sarah Hutchens placed sixth overall, earning an 8.0 on her floor routine, for a sixth place.
In the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program, the top scorer was Lilly Bueck from the Level 5 Junior B Division.
Bueck swept her division with five gold medals, including bars (9.25), beam (8.25), floor (8.85), vault (8.7), and all-around (35.05.)
Also in Level 5 Junior B, Ramya Stevens earned silver medals on bars (8.9), vault (8.35), and all-around (32.1.)
Ashley Bustos brought in four medals for the Atomic Tumblers, with a silver on beam (7.3), a tie for silver on floor (8.4), and bronze on vault (8.2) and all-around (31.7.)
Elyse Phillips earned a tie for silver on floor (8.4) and bronze on bars (8.35) and beam (7.15.)
In the Level 5 Junior A Division, Charolette Ulrich was the all-around champion, with a score of 33.375. Ulrich earned five medals, including the all-around gold, a gold on floor (8.95), bronze on vault (8.1) and bars (8.1), and bronze on beam (8.225.)
Close behind Ulrich, Anna Clark had a strong third place finish in the all-around (33.025), also earning a gold on bars (8.35), silver on vault (8.25), bronze on floor (8.2), and a bronze on beam (8.225.)
When combining her performances in Xcel and Jr. Olympics, Clark brought home ten medals for the Atomic Tumblers.
Katie Wingo, in the Level 5 Child Division, struck gold three times, including bars (9.05), beam (8.15), and all-around (33.95.)
She also earned silver on vault (8.1) and floor (8.65). Teammate Paetyn Miller took the bronze in the all-around as well as on vault and bars, while Brianna Fryer placed fourth all-around, and earned a bronze on floor.
In the Level 4 Senior Division, Nicole Aldaz took bronze in her floor routine (8.85) and placed fourth all-around with a 33.0. Zoe Mathis earned a silver on beam (8.3) and received an 8.8 on her vault.
Jazmine Tuning, in the Level 4 Junior A Division, vaulted to a gold (9.35), and brought home three more medals with a silver on beam (8.8), silver in the all-around (34.4), and bronze on bars (8.2.)
Allison Warner earned a bronze on beam with an 8.475 and placed fourth in the all-around with a 32.525.
In the Level 4 Child division, Nyla Lee brought two more golds for the Tumblers with a 9.05 on vault and a 9.05 on beam. She placed 4th (34.35) all-around. Addie Richie gave a strong performance on beam (8.35), adding one more silver medal to the team’s tally, and placed fourth on vault with an 8.95. Kaeley Bustos placed sixth in the all-around (30.65), with a notable 8.65 on vault and a sixth place in that event.
Elizabeth Lockhart, the only level 6 Tumbler to compete at the meet, earned a bronze in the all-around (31.825), a silver on vault (8.95), and bronze on bars (7.15), beam (7.825) and floor (7.9.)
Next on the Tumblers’ calendar is the Zia Trick or Treat Meet in Santa Fe Oct. 27-28, followed by the Los Alamos Invitational Nov. 3. Call Los Alamos School of Gymnastics at 505-662-9523, for more information.