High Flyers Level 4 gymnasts have successful first meet of the year. Courtesy photo
High Flyers Gymnastics had a successful launch of its 2017 competitive season, taking home five gold medals at the Zia Winter Fiesta Dec. 3 in Santa Fe.
Siena Rolfe placed first all-around in the Level 4 middle age division with a 35.0, beating out her nearest competitor by .45. In the same age division, Emily Smith placed first on balance beam with a score of 9.05.
Sarah Worley took the gold medal on balance beam in the older Level 5 age division, while Mairen Hoch scored an impressive 9.5 to win vault in Level 3.
Seventeen High Flyer gymnasts competed in the meet, which included eight teams from around the state and El Paso. This was the first meet competing a new, higher level for eleven of the seventeen athletes.
In Level 3 Junior B results, Kiara Thornton took second on vault with a score of 9.45 and fourth on balance beam, placing fifth all-around. First-time competitor Sarah Newman tied for 3rd on floor exercise and placed sixth all-around.
In the Junior C division, Mairen Hoch tied for sixth, with teammate Katelyn Tapia placing ninth all-around. Maia Cannon tied for 3rd on floor exercise in the Senior A division and placed ninth all around. In the Senior B division, Sophia Enriquez scored 9.15 on uneven bars to take the silver medal on that event and fifth all-around. Anna Kirkland placed sixth all-around, with Valerie Valdez coming in eighth and Hailey Herrera taking the 12th place spot. Kailey Posegate had solid fourth and fifth place event finishes to capture fifth place all-around in a younger age division.
In Level 4, Siena Rolfe took the first place medal on vault in addition to the all-around win. Emily Smith placed seventh all-around. In the older age division, Megan Martinez placed fifth all-around, with teammates Hailey McDowell in sixth place and Alex Hinckley in ninth.
Competing for the first time in Level 5, Sarah Worley took second place all-around with a second on vault, third on bars, and fourth on floor exercise. Gianna Benelli placed second on both vault and floor exercise in the younger age division, finishing third all-around.
The girls next compete Jan. 7 at the Albuquerque Gravitational Invitational.