Gymnastics: LA Tumblers to host invite Saturday after busy month

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers will play host Saturday when they entertain several teams from around the state for the Snowflake Invitational.

The Snowflake Invitational will be held at the team’s facility on North Mesa. Competition in levels 5 and 7 will start at 11 a.m., while levels 3, 4 and 6 will start at 2:30 p.m.

Admission for Saturday’s competition is $5.

Teams from Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque are expected at Saturday’s meet.

This month has been a busy one for the Atomic Tumblers.

After a break from practice during the holidays, the Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers bounced right back into form at the annual Gold Cup Classic in Albuquerque Jan. 16-17.

Then, following the Gold Cup, the Tumblers’ took part in the Precision Gymnastics Winter Fiesta in Albuquerque last weekend.

At the Gold Cup, the Tumblers competed against 15 other teams from Texas and New Mexico at the Gold Cup.  

Los Alamos’ high scorer at that meet was Level 4 Katrina Vinyard, who finished with a 34.95 all-around score. Vinyard placed fourth all around in the 9-year-old division.

For the event, Vinyard placed second on the uneven parallel bars (9.30), third on vault (9.15), fifth on floor (8.35) and sixth on balance beam (8.15).

Vinyard’s teammate, Ramya Stevens, placed ninth all around in the 9-year-old division with 32.35, picking up a seventh-place finish on bars (8.35) and beam (8.00) and an eighth-place finish on vault (8.75).

The highest all-around finishes for Los Alamos over the weekend were two third places. Rachel Martineau, Level 5, and Megan Kuzmack, Level 6, both finished third in their respective divisions.

  Martineau was third in the Level 5, 14-and-over age division with a 34.50 all-around score, picking up second on bars (8.70), third on vault (8.45), fourth on beam (8.75) and fifth on floor (8.60).

Kuzmack also placed third in the Level 6, 12-year-old division at the Gold Cup with an all-around total of 34.60. She placed first on floor with a 9.40, which was the highest floor score for all Level 6 age divisions.

Kuzmack also placed second on vault (9.05), sixth on beam (8.60) and ninth on bars (7.55) with a fall on her dismount.

Kaelan Prime was the only other Los Alamos Level 5 competitor at the Gold Cup. She finished 10th in the 11-year-old division with 32.15 all around. Prime placed sixth on beam (8.55) and eighth on bars (8.15).

Claire Garnett placed fourth in the 13-year-old Level 6 division with 34.50 all-around. She was second on bars (9.05), sixth on vault (8.85), sixth on beam (8.00) and sixth on floor (8.60).

Katya Skurikhin was eighth in the Level 6, 10-and-under age division with 34.75 all-around score. Skurikhin placed second on vault (8.95), fifth on bars (8.80) and 10th on beam (8.60).

Los Alamos’ Rebecca Runnels competed in her first Level 6 meet, finishing 10th in the 14-and-over age division (32.70). Rebecca placed eighth on vault (8.70) and beam (8.20) and ninth on bars (7.50) and floor (8.30).

Also at the Gold Cup, Jessica Allen and Annika Bronkhorst competed in the Level 7 session.

Allen finished eighth in the 12-and-under age division with 34.70 all around, taking third on beam (8.95) and sixth on vault (9.10). Bronkhorst placed fourth on vault (9.30) and 10th on floor (8.80).

Bronkhorst was the top finisher for the Tumblers at the Winter Fiesta, who was fourth in her division. For that meet, Bronkhorst grabbed a 35.60 all-around score, taking third on floor (8.65), fourth on vault (9.15), sixth on beam (8.45) and seventh on bars (8.65).

Allen, for her part, was ninth, earning a 34.575 all-around score. She was fifth on bars (8.90), seventh on floor (9.025) and ninth on beam (8.40).

Luvina Lucero was second in the level 5, 13-and-over division with her all-around of 35.025, taking second on floor (8.825) and vault (8.35). She was third on bars (9.00) and beam (8.85).

Martineau was fifth in that division at the Winter Fiesta (33.65). Martineau went third on floor (8.80), fourth on beam (8.45), sixth on vault (7.95) and seventh on bars (8.45). Jackie Cooke was eighth in the division, placing placed fifth on bars (8.75), seventh on vault (7.85) and eighth on beam (6.35) and floor (6.75).

Prime took third on bars (8.90) and 10th on vault (8.00). Teammate Elise Kessler was eighth on bars (8.25).

Jenna Weatherbie was ninth for the Tumblers in the 10-year-old level 5 division with 31.35. She placed fifth on vault (8.20) and seventh on beam (8.30) and floor (7.95).

Sophia Jeffery was ninth in that same division on beam (7.90) and 10th on floor (7.75) and vault (7.00).

Carley Stilwell competed in the 9-year-old division of level 5. Stilwell was seventh all-around (31.20), seventh on beam (8.20) and eighth on vault (8.00) and floor (8.25).

Vinyard was seventh in her age division at level 4. Vinyard placed fourth on beam (8.85) and sixth on bars (9.05) and vault (8.75).

Also in level 4, teammate Dominique Lucero placed ninth in the 9-year-old division (32.75), taking third on vault (8.70), seventh on bars (8.55) and 10th on beam (7.75).

Ramya Stevens was sixth in the 10-year-old division with 32.00 going third on bars (9.00) and vault (8.35), fourth on beam (7.50) and 10th on floor (7.15).

Sally Grindstaff took sixth all-around in the 12-year-old level 4 division with a 34.00 all-around score. Grindstaff was fourth on vault (8.45) and beam (8.65), sixth on floor (8.50) and seventh on bars (8.50).

Garnett placed seventh in the 13-year-old level 6 division (34.825). Garnett placed sixth on beam (9.025), eighth on floor (8.70), ninth on bars (8.70) and 10th on vault (8.40).

Kuzmack placed seventh in her division with a total of 34.50. She was second on beam (9.00), fourth on floor (8.85), and 10th on bars (8.45).

Skurikhin was sixth in the level 6 10-and-under division (34.15) at the Winter Fiesta. She placed fourth on vault (9.00) and beam (8.25), sixth on bars (8.60) and 10th on floor (8.30).

Rebecca Runnels competed in the 14-and-over age division, finishing fifth with a 32.35 all-around.  Runnels placed fourth on bars (8.40) and floor (8.15), fifth on beam (7.45) and sixth on vault (8.35).