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ROSCOE, Ill. — The Kids Spot Tumbling and Trampoline Team of Roscoe, Ill., traveled to Bourbonnais, Ill., Sunday, Feb. 10, to take part in the USTA Invitational Liberty Meet.
Twenty-two gymnasts and their families made the nearly two-and-a-half-hour drive to show off their skills in power tumbling, trampoline and double mini, and brought home 26 top-three finishes.
“These invitational competitions are an important part of their training because they provide an opportunity for the athletes themselves to gauge their progress,” said coach Megan Owens. “It also helps to get them accustomed to the pressure of competition, so that by the time we attend state, the nervousness that comes with being in the spotlight and being judged is gone.”
Next up for the young athletes is the Pot O Gold Invitational, March 17 in Plainfield, Ill.
Following are Kids Spot results at the Liberty Meet:
Sub Advanced Girls: 1. Abby Hellinga, 2. Kayla Hesano, 3. Sophie Dutz, 4. Sophia Domberg;
Sub Advanced Boys: 2. Alex Callahan;
Intermediate Girls: 2. Delaney Slabaugh, 3. Madeline Burke, 4. Amiah Presson, 5. Erica Anderson, 6. Amanda Steinhagen;
Intermediate Boys: 4. Max Barker;
Novice Girls: 1. Jersie Stiff;
Sub Novice Girls: 1. Brynn Schlaht, 1. Valeria Guevara, 1. Alyssa Noble, 2. Kira Daehne, 2. Samantha Baker, 9. Kayla Nelson;
Sub Novice Boys: 1. Josh Hedberg
Advanced Girls: 2. Abby Hellinga, 3. Gretta Wulf;
Advanced Boys: 2. Alex Callahan;
Sub Advanced Girls: 3. Madeline Burke, 5. Sophie Dutz;
Intermediate Girls: 2. Jersie Stiff, 4. Amiah Presson, 5. Delaney Slabaugh;
Intermediate Boys: 3. Maxwell Barker;
Novice Girls: 1. Brynn Schlaht, 5. Taylor Mohns, 6. Gracie Wolfe;
Novice Boys: 1. Josh Hedberg, 4. Luke Mohns
Double Mini Trampoline
Advanced Girls: 4. Abby Hellinga;
Advanced Boys: 4. Alex Callahan;
Sub Advanced Girls: 3. Gretta Wulf, 4. Madeline Burke;
Intermediate Girls: 2. Amiah Presson, 2. Jersie Stif, 4. Delaney Slabaugh;
Intermediate Boys: 2. Maxwell Barker;
Novice Girls: 2. Taylor Mohns, 4. Brynn Schlaht, 5. Gracie Wolfe;
Novice Boys: 1. Josh Hedberg
Kids Spot wins gold at Golden’s
Kids Spot gymnasts competed at Golden’s Gymnastics Academy in Kankakee, Ill., Feb. 9-10.
In the level three competition, 8-year-old Madison Davenport of Rockton, Ill., stole the show with three firsts on uneven bars, beam and floor, second on the vault, which placed her first in the all-around.
Seven-year-old Caytlin Johns of Rockford placed first on bars and floor, second on vault and balance beam, which earned her a gold medal in the all-around.
Six-year-old Samantha Schleis, of Beloit, Wis., won gold medals on uneven bars and balance beam, and received third place in the all-around.
Alexandra Lake, 7, of Roscoe, placed first on beam and third on all-around; Ameria Tell, 6, of Roscoe, placed first on balance beam; and Gabrielle Collier, 7, of Rockton, placed first on vault.
In the level four competition, Tierny Myers captured the gold on all four events with a 9.65 on bars, 9.3 on balance beam, 9.4 on floor, and a 9.5 on vault, ending her with a 37.85 all-around.
Mariah Sauter of South Beloit won the all-around in the 9-year-old age group with a 36.15, receiving individual first places on balance beam and vault with a 9.3. Keira Shannon of Roscoe placed second to Sauter in the all-around with an overall finish of 35.45. Bailey Wilder placed second on vault with a 9.2.
In the 8-year-olds, Natalie Williams of Roscoe finished first overall with a 35.90, earning individual firsts on bars with a 9.2 and 9.00 on balance beam. Elizabeth Shockley of Machesney Park placed second overall, winning balance beam with a 9.45.
In the 6-year-old age group, Whitney Schlat of Machesney Park took first overall and Marlee Peterson of Rockton won third.
For more about the gymnastics program at Kids Spot, call (815) 623-5437, or visit the facility at 9461 N. Second St., Roscoe, for a tour.
Posted Feb. 20, 2013