Truckee qualifies 21 gymnasts to regional championships
Special to the Sun
As USA college gymnasts are making news for their outstanding routines at recent meets, budding gymnasts in Truckee are striving for the best.
Truckee’ team of 58 gymnasts competed in more than a dozen competitions this season, all culminating in the recent state championships and the upcoming regional championships next month in San Diego.
Seasonal meets in Reno and Northern California began last August and went through the winter. With every meet, gymnasts had the opportunity to qualify for the state championships by achieving high scoring standards set by USA Gymnastics. Truckee had 29 state championship qualifiers, who then traveled to Oroville and McClellan to compete in Xcel States.
In Oroville for Xcel Bronze, where more than 400 gymnasts from Northern California attended, Truckee gymnast Adie Vaughan rose to the occasion and placed third on vault.
Nearby, McClellan hosted 40 Xcel Silver, Gold and Platinum teams from all over Northern California. In Xcel Silver, Violet Fillinger secured her third-place All Around medal by taking third on vault. Fellow teammate Lilian Goddard also placed third on beam. Xcel Gold winners included Kaya Siig with a first-place finish on bars and Ashley Moore placing first on vault. Samantha Milne from Truckee earned second places on vault and floor, Alexandra Oliva scored third place on beam and Abby Winterberger swung into third place on bars. Maddie Sloane placed third on beam in Xcel Platinum.
Each of Truckee’s 21 athletes at the championships qualified for the regional championships. Of those, 16 plan on attending, and will begin preparation for the Xcel Regionals in San Diego this May. The three-day event hosts 2,700 participants from across the West Coast.
Truckee Gymnastics is celebrating its 15th year training and supporting athletes in the Truckee Tahoe area and said they are looking forward to many more. The facility began competitive coaching five years ago with seven athletes, growing to more than 50 to date. All girls ages seven and older with some gymnastics experience are welcome to team tryouts, to be held every spring.
Please contact the gym for more info at 530-587-7404 or Info@TruckeeGymnastics.com.