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REG gymnasts at their best in regional, state meets


Redwood Empire Gymnastics has had a multitude of good fortune and strong performances in its championship meets this season.

All teams currently in season, including Optionals, Boys and Xcel teams, flexed their athletic prowess and showed why the REG team is a force to be reckoned with. Over the past two weeks, REG athletes have competed in a number of competitions, including State and Regional championships, providing many highlights.

Last weekend, the Level 8, 9 and 10 Optional Girls team traveled to Visalia to compete in the Region 1 Championships, that includes the best athletes from both Northern and Southern California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. At this meet, REG had many standout individual performances.

In the Level 8 division, Audrey Brostrom was the bronze medalist on bars with a 9.225 in the Senior 6 age group. Highlights in the level 9 competition included Kira Lim placing fourth on beam with a 9.575 in the Senior 3 age group and Athena Koehler winning the silver medal on vault with a 9.625 in the Junior 8 age group. Lim and Koehler also were in the top 7 of their age group at this Regional meet, which qualified them for the Western National Championships for Level 9.

At Nationals, they will represent Region 1, where they will compete against top Level 9 athletes from west of the Mississippi. The Level 9 Western Championships will take place in Boise, Idaho at the end of the month. This is the most prestigious meet that a Level 9 can qualify for, and REG qualified two top athletes.

Also in Level 9. in the Senior 8 division, Alex Green was fifth on floor with a 9.275. Green plans to attend Boise State in the Fall. In the Senior 2 division, Camille Mantoani was fourth on floor with a 9.425 and Devyn Valuch was sixth on floor with a 9.475 in the Junior 1 age group. Both athletes qualified as third alternates to Western Nationals.

In the Level 10 competition, Jasmine Henley placed 11th on vault with a 9.225.

Another optional highlight in the State Championships was provided by Savannah Engler, Level 9, who placed seventh on Floor with a 8.75.

In the Level 6/7 State competition, hosted at McClellan in Sacramento, REG showcased more of its optional team.

In the Junior C competition, Siena Bertacco placed fourth on vault with a 9.35. In Senior C, Molly Retterer was fourth on vault with a 9.25 and Ellie Hall was state vaulting champion with a 9.45.

In the Level 7 competition, Natalya Gigliello was seventh on floor with a 9.375 in the Junior E age group, Isabel Eskes was second on vault (9.50) and in the AA.

In the Junior D age group, Katherine Dedrickson also was second on vault in the Senior A age group with a 9.35, and Shanti Adams was the bronze medalist on vault with a 9.475 in the Senior C age group.

All of the Level 7’s from REG have qualified to the Level 7 Regional Championships that will be help in Ontario later this month.

The optional girls team is coached by Maureen Koehler, Greta Leach and Eric Van der Meer.

The REG boys team also had its State and Regional Championships these past few weekends. One of the biggest highlights was from Level 7 REG team member Bryce Cannon. At the State Championships, Cannon qualified for the All-Star team, which means he scored in the top four in his age group at State.

Cannon had the honor of being part of the Nor Cal Team at Regionals, where he placed second on vault with a 8.65. This is quite an honor for a gymnast to receive.

Other highlights from Regionals include Devaun Dhatii (L7) receiving 13th place on vault with a 8.3, Sam Oryn (L5) placing sixth on pommel horse with a 10.55 and Leif Halstead, who was crowned regional Level 5 vault champion in the 11-year-old age group.

Regionals for boys include all of California, Arizona and Nevada.

Other highlights for the REG boys from their state competition include Sebastian Johnson (L5) receiving fourth on vault with a 9.4, Angel Marin (L5) getting a 9.7 on pommel horse, Morgan Stump (L6) receiving eighth on high bar with a 8.05, Diego Velasquez earning the a gold medal on vault with a 9.3 in the 11-year-old L5D2 group and Ricky Waite winning on floor with an 8.7 also in the 11-year-old L5D2 age group.

The boys team is coached by Nolan Watt and Eric Van der Meer.

In the Xcel State championship, REG competed in the Bronze, Silver and Gold Divisions.

Highlight for the Bronze level: Jordan Beardslee with a 9.525 on vault, Kendall Clemons with a 9.225 on beam, Addison Fields with a 9.4 on bars, Kaiya Agin with a 9.235 on vault, Allie Antoun with a 9.2 on bars, Faith Lotter with a 9.225 on vault, Leila Harding with a 9.2 on vault, Jaden Smith with a 9.225 on bars, and Emma Freeman with a 9.2 on floor.

Highlights for the Silver level: Galilee Vestnys with a 9.425 on vault, Taylor Smethers with a 9.1 on beam, Kate Freeman with a 9.075 on vault, Flor Naal Aguilar with a 9.0 on vault and Riley Smethers with a 8.95 on beam.

Highlights from the Gold level: Carissa Stoudt with a 8.8 on floor, Nicole Gabbert with a 9.0 on floor and Lily Louden with a 8.95 on vault.

The Xcel team is coached by Katelyn Chipman and Nick Walsh.