Two local gymnasts performed well at their first meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 11 in Liberty, Kan.
Courtney Anderson, a freshman at STC High School and Anna Glendy, a 7th grader at STC Middle School, are members of the competition team at Prairie Fire Gymnastics in Grinnell.
Both gymnasts competed strong at the Make a Wish Classic hosted by Edge Gymnastics. Glendy placed 3rd in beam and 5th in all-around. Anderson placed 2nd on vault, 2nd on bars, 2nd on beam, 4th on floor and 2nd in all-around. Anderson scored high enough to qualify for the state meet which will be held March 14-16 in Hiawatha.
Anna Glendy competes on the high beam during recent competition.
Both gymnasts compete USAG junior Olympic level 8, in their respective age groups. While Glendy didn't qualify for state at the first meet, she came very close and is pleased with her performance. She has added some higher-difficulty skills to her routines this season and performed them for the first time in Liberty. Now that she knows she can compete with these skills, she can focus on improving her technique which will help her qualify for state as well.
Other gymnasts from the team also performed well. Every Prairie Fire gymnast placed high in at least one event. Prairie Fire's level 7 team placed third overall out of 9 teams. Since Anderson and Glendy are the only two level 8 gymnasts at Prairie Fire, they don't have enough members at their level to form a team. They each compete as individuals for Prairie Fire Gymnastics.
On the road to recovery following wrist surgery in mid-November, Anderson is relieved to have the first meet completed, and to have done so well. "I feel good that it's going to be a great season for Anna and me and our entire team!" she said.
Chow's Gymnastics of Des Moines hosted the Winter Classic Invitational meet Jan. 17-19 in the Jacobson building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Chow's is well-known for producing Olympic gymnasts Shawn Johnson and Gabrielle Douglas. Due to their well-known success, Chow's Winter Classic Invitational attracts the top gymnasts from across the country and world.
Two local gymnasts, Anna Glendy and Courtney Anderson, competed at Chow's Winter Classic Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 19. Facing stiff competition, Glendy and Anderson knew they would have to perform each event with focus and determination. Glendy performed a beautiful beam routine and a strong vault, earning her a 6th place in each event.
Anderson's vault earned her 2nd place, barely being edged out by the 1st place winner by a mere .05. She earned a 4th in uneven parallel bars, 6th on beam, 5th on floor and 4th in all-around. Though she placed in every event, Anderson was very disappointed in her 4th place overall finish. "I wanted a third place or better, " she said. "I need to fix a few things so I'm ready for the next meet."
The Prairie Fire Gymnastics team's next meet is on Feb. 2 in Minneapolis.