The weekend of October 25th marked the occasion of the 2014 SoCal West Sectional Championship, the SoCal State Championship qualifier. All 59 Wildfire gymnasts qualified to State Championships, this event to be held in San Diego beginning November 14th. From these qualifiers came 27 top 6 All Around rankings, 12 of them among the top 3, having then 6 of them, finishing in AA Gold Medal positions.
Wildfire Gymnastics finished out as 2014 Level 3 SoCal West Sectional 1st Place Team Champions. All Around Champions Ailani Tran (38.40, 1st Vault - 9.550, 1st Bars - 9.625) and Tasmyn Dahan (1st Vault - 9.625, 1st Bars - 9.550, 1st Beam - 9.650) led the effort. This effort included leadership support from 10 year old Payton Polana (38.375), 11 year old Addie Anderson (38.10) and tying second AA as Silver Medalists, 8 year olds Presley Wickman (38.10, 1st Vault - 9.70!) and Kaitlin Boutros (38.10). AA Bronze Medalist, Lauren Bowers, age 10 (38.20, 1st Beam - 9.825!) & 4th place Alison Thomas, age 8 (38.00, 1st Beam 9.70) round out our top 8 All Around finishers each accumulating no less than a 9.50 individual event average.
Wildfire culminated the weekend as the 2014 Level 4 SoCal West Sectional 1st Place Team Champions. Of the 154 Level 4 athletes participating, our Brisa Mariano (38.450, 1st Vault - 9.450 and Floor - 9.650, 2nd Bars - 9.625 and Beam - 9.725) was the highest scoring gymnast including all age groups, sessions and days. In fact Wildfire’s top 5 ranking gymnasts and their All Around totals, matched 5 of the top 8 Level 4 AA scores of the meet which involved that number of 154 gymnasts. In addition to Brisa, Wildfire’s Champions include 12 year old Amy Sullivan (38.125, 1st Vault - 9.500, 1st Beam - 9.700, 1st Floor - 9.625), 8 year old Avery Byun (38.125, 1st Vault - 9.400, 2nd Bars - 9.650 and Beam - 9.675), 2nd place All Around runners up feature 9 year old Katarina Delgado (38.075, 1st Vault - 9.650, 1st Beam - 9.750) and Makayla Hoyt (37.725) with 10 year old AA Bronze Medalist, Natalie Rydel (38.125, 2nd Beam - 9.800!, 3rd Floor - 9.600).
Team Wildfire Level 5 finished as the SoCal West Sectional 2nd place, runner up Team Champions for 2014. Wildfire’s top three scoring gymnasts rallied the same AA score of 37.800. Thirteen year old All Around Champion Erica Flaherty did so while on her course to win each of the four events, they being Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor. As part of the 11 - 12 year old age division, both Julia Patrick and Makenzie Stanton tied for 2nd AA, also with a 37.800. Rounding out our top six All Around competitors are 4th place finisher Leah Ellwein(37.625), Jordyn Warner and Olivia Roberts.