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High-flying gymnasts win at state meet

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Staff Report

Emily Smith became the first member of High Flyers Gymnastics to win an all-around state championship March 7 in Albuquerque. Smith finished first in the level 2 Junior Olympic meet, winning the vault and floor exercise to catapult her to the all-around title.
Three other high flyers also won state championships in individual events. Megan Martinez and Valarie Valdez both placed first on level 2 balance beam in their age groups while Sofia Enriquez won the level 3 uneven bars title with a score of 9.45.
There were 22 gymnasts from High Flyers who competed in the championship meet, which included both level 2 and Level 3 age group competitions.
In level 2, Ashley Hammond took second place all-around. She finished second on the floor exercise with 9.025, had a third-place finish on balance beam and fourth-place finishes on both the vault and uneven bars.
Despite fighting a stomach virus, Elizabeth Merrill competed and finished in fifth place all around.
Other Level 2 all-around results included Anna Kirkland’s fourth-place finish. Megan Martinez placed fourth all-around and third on the bars with a 9.15. Kwan Jemu Lopez Moya placed fifth all around. Cammie Pressett finished sixth. Ashley Smith took fifth. Aubrianna Telchy placed fifth. Valarie Valdez took third on the bars and fourth all around.
In Level 3, Alexandra Hinckley took fourth all-around and scored a 9.0 on the uneven bars to take fifth in that event.
Other Level 3 competitors included: Gianna Benelli, eighth all around; Michelle Berning, seventh all around; Sarina Borden, ninth all around; Sofia Enriquez, ninth all around; Elaina Irving, sixth all around; Kylie Johnson, seventh all around; Kira Lorenc, seventh all around; Hailey McDowell eighth all around; Bailee Nasise, fourth on vault (9.1) and ninth all around; Jillian Puckett, sixth on bars (9.05) and sixth all around; Siena Rolfe, seventh all around.
Four additional High Flyers gymnasts competed in the Level 4 state championships held March 14 in Albuquerque.
In the all-around competition, Bella Aguilera finished eighth, Brittney Nguyen placed ninth, Norissa Valdez took ninth and Sarah Worley finished eighth.