There were 417 gymnasts competing at the 2016 SoCal State Championships, they representing together 59 teams at Levels 8, 9 and 10. Wildfire, by meet’s end, placed 2nd as a team at levels 9 and 10, they being the highest ranking teams from Orange County. The results indicate, Wildfire Level 9’s ranked as a team, 1st on Beam, 2nd on Floor, 3rd on Bars and 4th on Vault. Wildfire’s Level 10’s ranked as a team, 2nd on Bars and Floor, 3rd on Vault and Beam. Wildfire’s Level 10 team has inside the last six years, ranked among the top three places five times, winning the SoCal Team Championship three of those six years.
Since 2006, it has been 11 times now that a Wildfire gymnast has won a Level 10 SoCal Championship All Around Gold. Nicoletta Koulos win here (2015 J.O. National qualifier and 2015 6th ranked Nastia Cup competitor) was the most recent addition to that list of Championships. Of the 106 Level 10 athletes at this year’s event, 2 Wildfire gymnasts finished among the top 6 of that number of 106; they being, fifteen year old State AA Champion Nicoletta Koulos (38.100) and 17 + AA Bronze medalist - 37.950, Grace Kramer (2015 Level 10 State AA Champion, 2015 USAG J.O. NIT All Around Silver Medal winner). 2016 AA Bronze medalist, Emily Lopez (2015 J.O. National Qualifier) produced a most outstanding Bar effort highlighting a win on the event with a 9.600.
There were 115 Level 9 gymnasts participating. Three Wildfire gymnasts ranked among the top 6 of that number of 115. Leading by score was Jordyn Duffield (37.825), followed by State All Around Champion Logan McBain (37.725, 1st Bars - 9.425, 1st Beam - 9.650!) and 12 - 13 year old AA Champion, Avery Serna (37.700, 2nd Vault - 9.500). Individual performances reflecting outstanding effort include Alison Rannalli’s win on Floor (9.600) and 2015 Level 8 Regional AA Champion, Juliana Harrison’s victory on Beam (9.575).
Having a strong season this year, Isabelle Hing (37.625) led by score Wildfire’s Level 8 effort, she winning Floor (9.675) in that process. Teammate Jayden Ruth well supported that effort with her overall performance highlighted by her State Championship win on Bars (9.400). And, congratulations to Morgan Langseth for ranking 3rd as an All Around Bronze Medalist and adding to that a Silver for Floor (9.500).