The weekend of November 7th marked the occasion of the 2015 SoCal West Sectional Championship, the SoCal State Championship qualifier. All 55 Wildfire gymnasts qualified to State Championships, the event to be held in San Diego beginning November 20th. From these qualifiers came 31 top 6 All Around rankings, 20 of them among the top 3, having then 8 of them, finishing as AA Gold Medal winners. Wildfire Team Level 3 won their Championship, the Level 4’s placing 2nd and Level 5’s third. Wildfire was the only team at the competition ranking a team among the top three at every level contested, these levels being 3, 4 and 5.
Wildfire Gymnastics finished out as the 2015 Level 3 SoCal West Sectional 1st Place Team Champions posting a 9.550 team event average. Leading the way was All Around Champion Brianna Taurek (38.475, 1st Vault - 9.850, 1st Beam - 9.625, 1st Floor - 9.700). Brianna was the 4th highest scoring gymnast of the competition which included 430 athletes representing every level, age group and session. Outstanding All Around performances were also present, highlights being from 6 -7 year old Arianna Espinoza (38.175, 1st Bars), AA Champion Nina Khamnei (38.075), AA winner Gina DiDodo and All Around Silver Medalists both, Ashley Ables (38.025, 1st Floor - 9.600) and 8 year old Abby Callihan (37.700, 1st Beam).
Wildfire culminated the weekend as the 2015 Level 4 SoCal West Sectional 2nd Place Team Runner Up. The team event average was just under 9.550. Wildfire gymnasts accounted for 42 top three awards, 17 of them being Gold. Of the 170 Level 4 athletes participating, 10 year old All Around Champion, Mia Giordano (38.325, 1st Bars - 9.625, and 1st Beam - 9.700, 1st Floor - 9.675) was ranked third highest scoring among them. Additional Wildfire AA winners include Skylar Ruffner (38.275, 1st Floor - 9.725), Sydney Leitch (38.200, 1st Vault - 9.625, 1st Beam - 9.600) and 11 year old Gold Medalist, Lauren Bowers (1st Bars). Notable successes reflect also, the efforts of AA Silver Medalists Emily Tjon (37.825, 1st Vault - 9.500, 1st Bars - 9.550) and Alexa Alcantar (37.650, 1st Floor - 9.700) and Dominique Oertel. Individual event Golds went to Sarah Assad and Payton Polana for Vault, Amanda Acosta for Beam (9.675) and Mia El-Bayar for Floor (9.600).
Team Wildfire Level 5 finished the 2015 SoCal West Sectional Team Championships at 3rd. Of Wildfire’s eight competing Level 5’s, our top three scoring gymnasts were All Around Silver Medal recipient, Amy Sullivan (1st Vault - 9.900!!), AA Bronze Medalist, Brisa Mariano (2nd Vault - 9.825!, 1st Beam - 9.550, 1st Floor - 9.625) and Dasha Knobel (37.600). Sectional Beam Champion Kaitlyn Tran scoring a 9.675 finished well her competition by her AA total of 37.425.