Silver medalist Anna Clark on the balance beam at State Championships. Photo by Josh Landon
Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers traveled to Albuquerque last weekend to compete in the annual Junior Olympic Level 4 and 5 New Mexico State Championships.
Suyana Ferreira, a LASG level 4 gymnast and a student at Barranca Elementary, was the big winner. Her all-around total of 37.75 was golden. Ferreira also received a gold medal for a 9.575 bar routine. The rest of her events were all silver, with 9.575 on vault, 9.20 on beam, and 9.40 on the floor exercise. She stood on the podium throughout the awards!
Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers took home a total of 19 medals from this meet (three gold, eight silver and eight bronze). Other entrants for Los Alamos in the level 4 meet included Paetyn Miller (also a Barranca student), Brianna Fryer (Mountain Elementary), and Cherie McCreary (Los Alamos Middle School). Miller took away a bronze on bars with 9.10, and was fourth in her age division with 33.90. Fryer was fifth in her age division with 34.125. McCreary scratched due to illness.
In the level 5 competition, LASG earned 13 medals. The gold was earned by Elyse Phillips (LAMS) on the balance beam. Phillips won the level 5 juniors balance beam championship with 8.725. Phillips also won the bronze on floor exercise with 8.85. She was fourth all-around with 35.15. In this same division Ashley Bustos (LAMS) totaled a 35.75 all-around for the silver medal in that division. Bustos also placed second for silver in floor exercise (9.15) and balance beam (8.65). An 8.70 earned her a bronze on uneven bars.
In the child’s division, Katie Wingo (Aspen Elementary) took bronze in the all-around with 35.275. Wingo also won silver on the floor exercise with a 9.20. In the youth division, Anna Clark (Canyoncito Montessori) took silver on the balance beam with 9.075 and bronze on vault (9.30) and floor (8.975). She was fourth all-around in this division. In the senior division Ramya Stevens (LAMS) was third place for the bronze in the all-around with 33.875. Stevens also won a bronze medal on the balance beam with an 8.40.
Though the entire coaching staff works with the gymnasts, the level 4 girls are coached mainly by Lynne Taylor and the level 5 team by Svetlana Skurkhin.