The Level 8, 9 and 10 Region 1 Championships were conducted this year at the Disneyland Hotel during the weekend of April 11. The meet also serves as a qualifying vehicle to J.O. Level 9 Western Championships (Idaho) , J.O. Level 10 National Championships (Mississippi) and the USAG National Invitational Tournament (Mississippi). Twelve Level 9 gymnasts per age group qualify to Westerns. Seven Level 10’s per age group qualify to J.O. Nationals. Level 10 gymnasts ranking 8th and 9th per age group qualify to NIT. Competitors at Regionals were 946 in number, representing over 100 teams from SoCal, NorCal, Utah, Nevada and Arizona.
Wildfire was one of just four teams participating who had no less then four athletes finishing as Regional All Around Champions. We were the only team from Southern California to achieve this. Wildfire, was as well, among just TWO teams of 100 with that rare distinction of having gymnasts culminating with AA wins at every level, they being Levels 8, 9 and 10. Again, Wildfire was, in this endeavor, the singular team representing SoCal.
Five time J.O. National qualifier and 2013 Level 10 National All Around Champion, Maddy Stover (U of Utah) is the 2014 Senior D Regional AA Champion, she finishing with a 38.675. Winning her division, Maddy’s score was the 4th highest of the entire roster of 225 Level 10 gymnasts competing including all age groups and divisions. Jill Van Mierlo (BYU), a 2013 NIT National Bar Champion, completed her regional experience advancing her first time to J.O. Nationals. This veteran, rookie duo of Maddy and Jill, will together be competing at Nationals with five others on the Senior D team representing Region 1. Grace Kramer, a 2013 J.O. National qualifier, placed 9th in 2014 and will be participating at the USAG National Invitational Tournament.
2014 Level 9 SoCal State AA Champion and current Region 1 All Around Champion, Lindsay Riggs distinguished herself by posting the highest Senior D qualifying score in the Western United States. Regions 1, 2, 3 and 4 comprise the Western National Championships. Emily Lopez qualified to Westerns, ranked 2nd AA of 24 junior A’s. Her score of 37.90 calculates as the 7th highest among the complete roster of 253 Level 9 gymnasts participating, including all age groups and divisions. Wildfire’s third 2014 Western National qualifier was 2013 Level 8 SoCal State and Region 1 All Around Champion Calyx Hampton.
Wildfire’s 2014 Region 1 Level 8 AA Champions include the 2014 Level 8 SoCal State All Around State Champion Kara Lussier and 2013 Level 7 State AA Champion Tessa Watkins. Kara having scored a 38.20 AA total along the way, in course of won three events becoming a four time Gold Medalist (1st Bars - 9.625, Beam - 9.425 and Floor - 9.600). Tessa compounded her achievement as All Around winner by strong individual event performances including a SoCal State Vault Championship (9.625) and standout efforts on Bars (9.725) and Floor (9.625). Level 8 Logan McBain was Wildfire’s second leading scoring gymnast among Wildfire gymnasts representing Levels 8 through 10. In that regard Logan ranked 2nd behind Level 10 Maddy Stover. Logan, placed 2nd AA as a Senior B - 2 with a 38.250 total, and with this came too, a SoCal State Beam win accounting for a 9.675. Wildfire athletes to earn additional individual event Gold include All Around Bronze medalist Madison McIntyre for Floor and 4th place All Around finisher Alison Rannalli helps for Vault.