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Velocity Gymnastics takes first at state competition
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Velocity Gymnastics takes first at state competition

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Velocity Gymnastics dominated the Montana State Gymnastics Competition in Kalispell March 18-20.

They had three first place teams, a second place team and several competitors placing as state champions and all-around state champions.

Crystal Lawrence, coach and owner of Velocity Gymnastics, said she is proud of the team.

“These girls do this sport all year and workout four to 18 hours every week,” Lawrence said. “They are all dedicated to this sport and have great sportsman-like personalities. We are always proud to hold our own competing against much bigger teams, often winning the competitions.”

In gymnastics, beginners start at level two learning the basics. Advanced gymnasts of level eight and up continue to further competition.

Abigail Gleason was the level eight state champion on vault. She place third on beam, third on floor and third all-around. Gleason qualified to compete at the USA Gymnastics Regional Gymnastics Championships, April 1-3. She will compete on the state team on April 1, and then will compete individually April 3.

Gleason said she is excited to advance to higher competition.

“This is my first year qualifying for regional competition,” Gleason said. “I have an idea what to expect but it will be a new experience for me.”

Gleason has participated in gymnastics for 10 years and competed in the sport for eight years.

“I like the team family aspect of it,” Gleason said. “I like the presentation and showmanship but most of it is the skills and abilities. I just like the sport.”

Level five competitors also did well at the state competition.

Chesnee Lawrence took the highest all-around honors of the level five competitors at the meet. She placed first on vault, first on bars, second on beam and first all-around.

Dawsyn Brewer placed second on vault, third on beam, first on floor and third all-around.

Madison Johnson placed second on vault, first on bars, third on beam and second all-around.

Ella Dowd placed first on vault, third on beam and second all-around.

Sidney DeLong placed second on beam and third all-around.

Anna Seifert was the floor champion and placed fifth all-around.

Camas Cratty placed third on floor and sixth all-around.

Kailen Herbstritt placed third on bars and eighth all-around. The level five team won first place team for the state competition.

The level four Velocity Gymnastics team got high honors scoring the most points and taking first place. The group had several all-around champions.

Paige Colprete placed first on vault, third on bars, first on beam, first on floor and first all-around. She also took top honors winning the highest all-around score of the level four competition.

Harlie Smith placed first on vault, second on bars, second on beam, third on floor and first all-around.

Rylee Herbstritt placed second on vault, second on bars, second on beam, second on floor and second all-around.

Chaeley Lawrence placed second on vault, second on bars, first on beam, and second all-around.

Simona Rizzon placed third on beam, third on floor and third all-around.

Kaitlyn Brion placed fourth on bars, beam and floor. She also placed fourth all-around.

Emily Barcus placed third on vault, and seventh all-around.

Melanie Race placed third on vault and seventh all-around.

The level three Velocity team swept the competition placing first for team in the state.

Anise Walker placed first on vault, second on beam, first on bars, first on beam, first on floor and first all-around.

Sage Beyer placed second on vault, third on bars, second on beam, second on floor and second all-around.

Brooklyn Dowd placed first on bars, second on floor and first all-around.

Julia Seifert placed first on bars, third on beam, third on floor and third all-around.

Mia Plettenberg placed third on vault, first on bars and third all-around.

Camdon Partney placed fourth on beam and floor and sixth all-around.

The level two Velocity team was just edged out receiving second place for the Montana state team award.

Charlotte Hawkes took high honors winning the highest all-around score of the competition for level two. She placed first on vault, first on bars, first on beam, first on floor and first all-around.

Hayden Houser placed first on beam, first on floor and first all-around.

Reagan Burrows placed first on vault, third on beam, second on floor and third all-around.

Lily Apedaile placed third on vault and fourth all-around.

Jaelyn King placed third on vault, third on bars and third all-around.

Laila Smart placed second on beam, third on floor and third all-around.

Alyssa Bixler placed second on floor and fourth all-around.

Sophie Hagberg placed third on vault, second on bars, third on beam, third on floor and third all-around.

Emma Hollingsworth placed second on beam and fifth all-around.

Eden Smith placed sixth on floor and eighth all-around.

Reach reporter Michelle McConnaha at 363-3300 or michelle.mcconnaha@ravallirepublic.com.

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