Coblentz, Garcia win at Jr. Olympics

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The Los Alamos High Flyers Girls Gymnastics Team ended its competitive season Feb. 24 with an impressive showing at the women’s Level 3-4 Junior Olympic state championships.
In total, the 12 member team brought home thirty-two medals and trophies, including two first-place, nine second-place and 13 third-place awards.
In Level 4 competition, Amaya Coblentz took first place on bars with a score of 9.10.
She took third on floor exercise and placed third all-around with an accumulated score of 35.50.
Coblentz was joined by High Flyers teammate Bella Garcia with a first-place finish. Garcia earned a 9.15 on balance beam in Level 3 competition.
Along with her win on the beam, Garcia finished second in all-around competition with a combined score of 35.775. She was also second on vault (9.325).
High Flyers’ Sarah Worley took third place on beam and was sixth all-around in the competition.
In the older age category, Alexandra Hinckley received a third-place medal for her bar routine and placed eighth in all-around competition.
Making their first appearance at the state championships, nine girls competed for High Flyers in the Level 3 division. In the same 9-year-old age group as Garcia, Ella Gaffney placed third on beam with a score of 8.95 and was seventh all-around.
Brittany Nguyen took second place all-around in the ten-year-old age division with a combined score of 34.725. Nguyen was second on both beam and bars and third on vault.
Teammate Sofi Vandenkieboom, who took second on floor exercise and third on beam, finished the competition in third place in all-around competition.
Lily Houghteling took second on vault with a score of 9.05 and placed fifth in the all-around.
Sarina Borden took fourth place in the all-around after netting third place medals on bars and floor exercise. Jillian Puckett was fifth overall, placing second on beam with a score of 8.80 and third on both vault and floor exercise. Heidi Johnson placed sixth in all-around.
Competing in the 11-year-old age group, Emme Mooday placed fourth all-around with a combined score of 34.85. She placed second on vault with an impressive score of 9.4 and was third on beam.
The state championships were sponsored by the New Mexico branch of USA Gymnastics, the governing organization for all Junior Olympic gymnastics competition in the United States. Its program focuses on safe, progressive skills development with competition available for girls in Levels 1-10.
High Flyers Gymnastics offers gymnastics classes for boys and girls ages 18 months through adult.
For more information on gymnastics classes, contact High Flyers at 500-5699 or visit lahighflyers.com