The Door County YMCA Strivers Gymnastic Team took 20 national qualifying gymnasts to the 2019 YMCA Gymnastics Nationals June 19-23 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The competition hosts 2,000 gymnasts from 93 YMCA’s across the United States. Gymnasts compete in 10 levels of competition. Levels 1-10 are divided into Child, Junior and Senior divisions. Each division awards medals to the top 30 percent in an age bracket. Gymnasts throughout their competitive season (Nov-Apr) qualify for State and Nationals by scoring a certain All Around average within their competitive level.
Level 2 gymnast Lauren Pratt returned to nationals and defended her 2018 title earning her back to back championships. Level 2 teammate, Amira Anschutz captured her first title on the floor exercise while Excel Gold gymnast, Desirae Guilette captured balance beam title. Level 8 gymnast Miya Eliyha competed in the preliminaries and earned a spot in the top 25 to compete in the Championships for Level 8. Miya bumped up into the top 15 earning her a Level 8 All Around medal.
Competing their way to the top ten in their level and age bracket were:
Level 8 – Miya Eliyha 15th All Around, 3rd beam, 10th on floor and bars.
Level 6 – Mikaila McCambridge 2nd on bars, beam and All Around, 7th vault, 6th floor
Excel Gold - Desirae Guilette 1st beam, 9th All Around – Stevie Routhieaux 2nd beam, 5th All Around – Abby DeClark 6th on bars and bem – Abi Tooley 2nd bars, 4th beam, 6th All Around 9th vault - Eliana Kerscher 9th All Around, 10th on floor and bars.
Excel Silver – Jozlynn Burlo 2nd on vault and bars, 5th on beam and All Around – Anna Gallardo-Ibarra 4th on bars, beam, floor and All Around, 9th vault – Shylee Asher 6th on bars and beam, 8th on vault and All Around and 9th floor.
Level 4 - Daylia Sund 3rd on bars and vault, 4th All Around and 9th beam – Sophia Sternard 4th vault, 5th floor.
Level 2 – Lauren Pratt 1st bars, 2nd All Around, 3rd beam, 7th floor, 9 vault – Amira Anschutz 1st floor, 2nd All Around, beam and bars, 8th vault – Alexa Jimenez-Seyfer 4th vault, 7th floor, 8th All Around, 9th beam – Laylia Stai 7th beam, 9th vault – Madison Voight 3rd bars, 7th All Around, 8th floor, 9th beam.
Striver Coaches are Nikki Pollman, Amy Gamble, Heather Haese, Gerritt DeJonge, Mikki Rankin, Libby Pieczynski and Erin Hemminger.
Photo Credit to: Amy Gamble