The gymnastics team from Prairie Fire Gymnastics capped off their season by winning several medals at the USAG Jr. Olympic Iowa State meet over the March 15th weekend. Gymnasts must qualify for state during the regular season by achieving a required all-around score, which differs for each level. For level 7, the qualifying score is 31, for levels 8 and 9 it is 32. Every gymnast on Prairie Fire's level 7-9 team qualified for state this year.
Competing for level 8 in the junior age division, Anna Glendy placed fourth on vault and fifth on beam.
Courtney Anderson, also a level 8, competed in the senior age division. Anderson placed 3rd in vault, 5th on bars, 3rd in floor exercise and 5th in all-around. Anderson also qualified for Regionals. Qualifying gymnasts from seven states will compete at the Region 4 Junior Olympic Regional meet in Fargo, ND on Sunday, April 13. Courtney will be one of the level 8 gymnasts representing Iowa at regionals.
Anna Glendy, Paige Ryan and Courtney Anderson placed in every event at the Mississippi Valley Vacation Classic Gymnastics Meet in Dubuque. For more photos see page 9.
Photo Submitted/Taylen Anderson
Results for the level 7 team from Prairie Fire include gymnasts from Grinnell: Elizabeth Ashing Senior A age group - 1st vault, 6th bars, 8th beam, 8 floor and 7th all-around. Junior C age group - Mallorie Doty placed 7th vault, 8th bars, 4th beam, 8th floor exercise and 6th all-around. Gabby Dahlby-Albright placed 7th bars, 6th beam, 7th floor and 7th all-around. The level 7 team placed 6th in state as a team.
Paige Ryan, a level 9 gymnast from Brooklyn, placed 2nd in vault.
"We had a great season, with lots of improvement over last year," Courtney Anderson said. Anna Glendy added, "We won more medals and placed higher in all events than last year. Success feels great! We are ready to advance to level 9 for next year. "
Anderson places in top 20 at Regional Gymnastics Competition
The USAG Jr. Olympic Region 4 Regional Gymnastics Championship was held in Fargo, ND April 10-13. The top level 8-10 gymnasts from seven states competed in the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and all-around.
Prairie Fire Gymnastics team member Courtney Anderson qualified for regionals by achieving a qualifying all-around score at the state competition in March. She competed in level 8 and placed 17th on bars, 18th on beam and 20th in all-around. "It was an honor to compete at regionals representing Iowa and to finish in the top 20," Anderson said. She will move up to level 9 next year and hopes to qualify for regionals in 2015.
Submitted by Michele Anderson