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Top tumblers: Velocity Gymnastics takes championship title at state tournament
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Top tumblers: Velocity Gymnastics takes championship title at state tournament

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Velocity Gymnastics dominated the Montana State Gymnastics Competition in Bozeman, March 28-29, becoming state champions. One advanced gymnast qualified to compete at the regional tournament in Tacoma, Washington in April.

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

“They did awesome we had so many first ‘all-arounds’,” said Lawrence. “We have a smaller team but they are able to take such high places against huge teams from bigger cities.”

Lawrence attributes the success to the dedication of the competitors on the team and the excellent coaching staff.

The gymnasts are ranked by level of ability. Beginners begin at level 2 and learn more skills up to level 8 – Velocity Gymnastics’ highest level. It is only at this level that gymnasts have acquired enough skills to move on to further competition.

Mariah Brelsford, competing at Level 8, qualified as one of the top eight finalists in Montana and will compete at the USA Gymnastics Regional Gymnastics Championships, in Tacoma, Washington, April 16-18. She will be on the State level 8 team on Thursday, April 16 and will compete individually Saturday, April 18.

Brelsford, a sophomore at Hamilton High School, said she loves biology, hopes to become a veterinarian and has competed in gymnastics for seven years.

“I love doing something different,” said Brelsford. “I love being part of a team and enjoy the balance beam competition best. I’m most consistent in that event.

“I’m really excited to go on to the regional competition.”

As part of Region 2, Brelsford will be part of a team with the top eight competitors from each of seven states: Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington.

Other results for Velocity Gymnastics at the recent state competition include:

At level 7: Abigail Gleason was the level 7 state champion, winning first on vault, first on floor and first all around and Rylee Wiediger placed first on vault and second all around.

Competing at level 5: Dawsyn Brewer placed eighth all around and Chesnee Lawrence placed second on vault and fifth all around.

The level 4 Velocity Gymnastics team got high honors scoring the highest points and taking first place for level 4 teams in the state. They had several event and all around champions in this group: Sidney DeLong received first place beam champion and third all around; Simona Rizzon was the sate beam champion in her age division; Rylee Herbstritt was the state vault champion in her age division and fourth all around; Kailen Herbstritt was took first place on vault, second on bars and fifth all around; Camas Cratty was the state beam champion in her age division and also received second all around; Kaitlyn Brion took fourth on bars with her personal best bar routine; Anna Seifert was state champion on bars, state champion on beam, state champion on floor and the Montana State Champion in the all around for level 4 in her age division; Ella Dowd was state champion on beam in her age division, state champion on floor and Montana State Champion in the all around; Madison Johnson received second place on bars and floor. She was state champion on vault, beam and the Montana State Champion in the all around.

The level 3 Velocity team swept the competition placing first out of all teams in the state: Chaeley Lawrence was the Montana State Champion in all around for level 3 in her age division. She was state champion on bars, beam and took second on floor; Emily Barcus was the state champion in all around in her age division and she was state champion on bars and state champion on beam; Harlie Smith was Montana State Champion in all around, state champion on vault and floor; Paige Coloprete was Montana State Champion in all around and she also was state champion on bars, beam and floor; Melanie Race was state champion on bars and placed third all around; Brooklyn Dowd placed fifth on bars, floor and fifth all around; Hailey Anderson placed second all around, second on vault, second bars and second beam; Alyssa King took high honors, placing second in the all around and she placed third on bars and beam; Camdon Partney placed fourth on beam and seventh all around; Jenna Guisinger placed second on beam and third all around in her age division.

The level 2 Velocity team was just edged out of first, receiving second place for Montana State team award: Mia Plettenberg was Montana State all around champion and she was state champion on vault, state champion on beam and state champion on floor; Sage Beyer was the Montana State all around champion in her age division and she was state champion on bars and received second on beam; Julia Seifert was the state champion on bars receiving a huge score of 9.725; Anise Walker was state champion on bars and received third all around; Ellaysa Peatry took second on floor and second all around; Hayden Houser took fourth on bars, beam and floor and she also received second all around.

“These girls do this sport all year round and work out 4-18 hours every week,” said Lawrence. “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.”

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

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