Level 4 and Level 5 Gymnastics Teams Earn a Spot at State Competitions

Level 4 and Level 5 gymnastics teams had a great meet season with 10 athletes in Level 4 and four athletes in Level 5 advancing for State Competitions. Both State meets will take place from March 9-11 in Bloomington, Illinois, at the Redbird Arena at Illinois State University.

Advancing to State competitions is not easy. It requires that each athlete compete in a minimum of five and a maximum of eight invitational competitions throughout the season. Level 4 and 5 athletes also had to earn an all-around score of 34.0 or higher in order to qualify for State.

They are coached by Jacob Huff, Hope Huff, Kiki Backoff, and Damon Wilson. The coaches love all the fun and hard work these athletes put in, and the effort has paid off- several athletes qualified for the Level 4 & 5 State Competitions.

These athletes have to be strong, but their minds need to be even stronger. Training in gymnastics often means working through times when you can’t see your progress. We’re proud of the hard work each athlete has put into their own talent and growth during the year.

Level 4’s advancing to State:

Anna Hinton, 12, Keokuk
Sophia Weis, 13, Quincy
Alaina Loman 11, Palmyra
Lila Winking, 9, Quincy
Gabi Cissna, 11, Palmyra
Samaya Dean, 12, Hannibal
Sameya Dean, 10, Hannibal
Sophia Slater, 9, Canton
Alaina Bange, 11, Quincy
Ashlyn Akerson, 12, Palmyra

Level 5’s advancing to State:

Kielyn Ott, 11, Canton
Anna Venvertloh, 11, Quincy
Ayanna Douglas, 10, Quincy
Sofia Eleazarraraz, 10, Clarence

📸 photos by SK Photography