First Place Diamond Team members Brianna Fryer, Kayli Lincoln, Chantel Bibeault and Hannah Gram. Courtesy photo
LASG sweep on vault with Anika Lovato, Layla Warner, Holly Martinez and Rafaela Rocha. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos School of Gymnastics traveled to Albuquerque School of Gymnastics this past weekend to compete in the New Mexico Xcel State Championships against 11 other teams from around the state.
In the highest level of competition, Diamond Division, Los Alamos won the banner for first place team. In the second highest division, Platinum, Los Alamos took second place team, and in the Gold division they placed third as a team.
Four Los Alamos gymnasts won their age division by taking a gold medal in the All-around competition. Anika Lovato won in the Platinum division with a clean sweep, taking all five gold medals! Her total was 37.50, with her gold medal half twist on, half twist off vault scoring a 9.35. Her bars scoring 9.45, her beam 9.20, and her floor exercise 9.50. Layla Warner claimed an all-around gold medal for first place in the Gold division competition with 36.45. She also won a gold medal for her 9.325 beam routine. She got a 9.05 on her handspring vault winning a silver medal, and won a bronze medal on floor exercise with 9.125. Holly Martinez won an all-around gold medal for first place in the silver division with 37.475. She also took gold medals in vault (9.275), beam (9.40), and floor exercise (9.45). Her bars won a bronze medal for a 9.25. In the Bronze division competition Rafaela Rocha struck gold, winning the all-around with 37.25. She also won individual event gold medals on bars and floor exercise, scoring 9.40 on both events.
The Diamond team, besides taking first place team, brought home two all around and six individual event medals. Brianna Fryer won the silver medal in the all-around with 35.975, and Kayli Lincoln won the bronze medal in the all-around with 35.625. Brianna also won a gold medal on bars , where she competed a giant swing into a layout flyaway for the first time, scoring 9.075. Her beam score of 8.90 was good enough to add another silver medal to her count. Kayli Lincoln won two additional bronze medals by scoring 9.15 on a half twist onto vault and full twist off and earning an 8.75 on beam. Chantel Bibeault also scored an 8.75 on beam, tying with Kayli for a bronze medal. Hannah Gram scored an 8.75 to win a bronze medal on bars.
In addition to Anika’s sweep, Colette Bibeault added to the LASG Platinum medal count with a silver and three bronze medals. The silver medal was for a 9.40 on bars, the bronze medals were for 36.35 all around, 9.375 on floor exercise, and a 9.225 on vault. Sara Gardner won a silver medal on vault with 9.225. Other scores that contributed to the second place team win included: Megan Brown’s 9.125 on bars, and Danielle Trellue’s 8.50 on the floor exercise.
Adding to Layla’s four medals, Caris Hatler upped the LASG gold division medal count with a gold medal on vault (9.35), and a silver medal on bars (9.25). Colleen Gurule won a silver medal on bars with a 9.35, and a bronze medal on vault with a 9.20. Aria Warner took away two bronze medals with a 9.20 on floor and an 8.95 on bars. Kylee Lovato won a bronze medal on beam for an 8.60. Ellie Reass added to the team total scoring her personal best at this level with a 33.85.
Helping Holly in the silver division competition, Aspen Kendall brought home two silver medals for scoring 9.35 on both bars and floor exercise. Leah Rector won a bronze medal on floor exercise for a 9.075 and added a 9.30 to the team score on beam. Claire Whitley added to the team score with a 9.15 on vault. Samantha Stone added to the team score with a 9.25 on bars. Izzabel Stone contributed a 9.20 to the team beam score. Emily Xu’s high score was a 9.00 on beam and Claudia Jablonski scored an 8.70 on floor.
Besides Rafa’s success in the Bronze division competition, Dellany Balkey took a silver medal in the all-around for a 37.025, a silver medal on bars (9.45), and bronze medals on vault (9.35) and floor exercise (9.225). Meera Nadiga won a bronze medal in the all-around with 37.00. She also won a gold medal on bars with 9.60 and a bronze medal on floor exercise with 9.40. Maya Graves took a bronze medal in the all-around with 36.95. Maya also took a gold medal on vault (9.65), a silver medal on floor (9.30), and a bronze medal on bars (9.40). Anna Simakov won a silver medal on bars for 9.40 and bronze medals on vault (9.425) and floor exercise (9.275). Eliana Rodriquez won a bronze medal on the bars (9.35). Victoria Skibyak’s high score was a 9.075 on bars. Julie Fadner’s high score was a 9.00 on bars.
In total Los Alamos School of Gymnastics won three team awards, celebrated 4 all around state champions, two all-around silver medalists, and four all around bronze medalists. In the individual event competition they had fourteen gold medal event champions, eleven event silver medalists, and twenty bronze individual event medalists. Four Diamond gymnasts; Brianna Fryer, Kayli Lincoln, Chantel Bibeault and Hannah Gram, four Platinum gymnasts, Anika Lovato, Colette Bibeault, Megan Brown and Sara Gardner, and five Gold gymnasts; Layla Warner, Caris Hatler, Aria Warner, Kylee Lovato and Colleen Gurule, also qualified to represent New Mexico at the Region 3 Championships in Galveston Texas in May.