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Klahhane gymnasts finish strong in Puyallup, Vancouver

The Klahhane Gymnastics Teams competed in two competitions March 3-4. The Recreational Optional Team competed at the Recreational Optional State Championships in Vancouver, Wash., hosted by Vancouver Elite Gymnastics Academy, while the Level 4-7 teams participated in the Crystal Classic hosted by Crystals Gymnastics at the Mel Korum YMCA in Puyallup.


Intermediate gymnasts Adare McMinn and Sydney Miner both had an excellent competition, placing in all the individual events as well as the all-around competition.

McMinn, competing in the Junior D division, earned second in the floor exercise (8.9 points), third in vault (8.9), fourth in balance beam (8.6) and seventh in uneven bars (7.9), to place fourth in all-around scoring (34.3).

Competing in the Senior D Division, Miner scored second in uneven bars (8.9 points), fourth in floor exercise (8.75), fifth in vault (8.55) and balance beam (8.4), to place fifth in all-around scoring (34.6).

Lillian Oden, competing in the Junior E division, was fifth in balance beam (8.5 points) and scored all-around 32.65 points.

In the Recreational Optional Competition Advanced Division, the top competitor for Klahhane was Hannah Middlestead, who came away with the state title on balance beam in the Senior D age division.

Middlestead placed first in balance beam (9.35 points) and fifth in uneven bars (8.4) for 33.975 all-around points, good for fifth overall.

In the Senior C division, Lexi Hefton was third in balance beam (8.5 points) and sixth in uneven bars (7.95) for 32.35 all-around points.

In the Senior A division, NIkki Price scored 31.35 all-around points.

In the Junior F division, Emily VanDyken was second in balance beam (9.1 points) and fifth in vault (8.55) for 33.975 all-around points.

In the Crystals Classic, Klahhane’s Level 4 Team had an excellent meet, taking fourth place with a team score of 107.55 points.

Individual medalists included:

• Kianna Miller, third in the 10-11 age group (36.15 points)

• Chelsea Hallinan, third in the 7 and younger age group (34.35)

• Anne Edwards, fourth in the 8-year-old age group (33.45)

• Emma Sharp, fourth in the 9-year-old age group (33.15)

• Aiesha Mathis, seventh in the 9-year-old age group vault (9.2)

• Elizabeth Groff, ninth in the 9-year-old age group vault (8.6)

Also competing were Gracie Sharp (31.80 points), Natalyn McCabe (30.30), Rose Erickson (32.85) and Shania Dumdie (32.85).

Maya Wharton took a second-place medal on floor exercise in the 12-year-old division, scoring 8.9 points to earn a state-qualifying score of 32.95 points.

In Level 6 action, Danica Miller took second on floor exercise (8.65 points), third in balance beam (8.35) and fifth in all-around scoring with a 32.025 points.

Haylee Ward, competing in Level 6, 11-and-younger division, also finished second in floor exercise (8.0 points), finishing with 31.4 all-around points for second place.

In Level 5 competition, Karlie Gochnour was seventh in the 12-and-older age group, scoring 33.0 points. Laura Rooney was 10th in the 10-11 age group. Christine Beirne also placed 10th.
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