The 2014 Gymnastics Legends Invitational was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center as a two day affair beginning Saturday February 22. Wildfire competed on Sunday with 26 athletes representing Levels 7 to 10. Participating, in total, were 674 gymnasts from programs numbering just under 100 teams. Wildfire by the end finished out as having All Around wins at every level, then concluding by becoming Level 10 and 9 Gymnastics Legends Invite Team Champions of 2014.
Wildfire Level 10 gymnasts won each of the two age groups contested as part of their Sunday afternoon session, they being Senior division All Around Champion Jill Van Mierlo (1st Vault - 9.750) and Junior AA Champion Karli Houghton (1st Bars). A total 76 Level 10 gymnasts competed in course of two days including all age groups and sessions and from that 76, Jill ranked 7th, she then becoming the top scoring Southern California Level 10 gymnast of the meet. Wildfire’s individual event champions were listed as follows: Kylee Gauna - 1st Beam, Lauren Weisel - 1st Floor and Erin Weisel - 1st Floor (9.50).
Wildfire Level 9’s did the same by winning both age divisions in their session. Junior All Around Champion Emily Lopez (1st Vault, Bars and Floor) and AA Champion Lindsay Riggs (1st Beam). Four Wildfire gymnasts competed and all four finished their meet ranked among the top two All Around. Individual event champions were Wildfire’s Katelyn Johnson - 1st Bars, Caylx Hampton - 1st Vault, 1st Floor.
All Around Champion, Kara Lussier, was not only Wildfire’s leading Level 8 scoring gymnast at 37.20 (1st Vault, 1st Beam), but was as well, Southern California’s leading scoring Level 8 from a total of 126 athletes competing including all age groups and sessions. Third place AA finisher Tessa Watkins was Wildfire’s second highest scoring Level 8 of her session winning Beam in the process. Logan McBain took 1st on Floor.
Level 7 All Around Champion Jiana Reeves achieved a 38.20 AA total (1st Vault, 1st Floor - 9.85), and by doing became Wildfire’s leading scoring gymnast accounting for every level from Level 7 to 10. She also managed to place herself inside the top 5 among the total of 120 Level 7 gymnasts participating including all age groups and sessions. Madison Wong was our second ranked athlete at Level 7 maintaining a very strong and consistent season by posting here a 37.80.