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Griest, Tara flourish in Stanford meet

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Tahoe Gymnastics’ Kevin Griest and Casey Tara took on the best class six gymnasts from the region on Super Bowl weekend and came out winners like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Griest won two events and finished second in the all-around while Tara also won two events at the Stanford Invitational.

Griest claimed first on pommel horse (9.3) and vault (8.7). He nearly won three other events, finishing second on floor exercise (8.9), third on rings (9.45) and third on parallel bars (9.3). His second-place overall score was 54.55 in the field of 130 gymnasts.

“He’s been doing great all season long,” said Tahoe Gymnastics coach George Hery Jr. “Every meet he wins a few events and is in top three in all-around.”

Tara won the pommel horse with a score of 9.1 and the rings with a 9.4 effort. He was third in parallel bars (9.0) and ninth with an all-around score of 49.3.

That depth helped Tahoe Gymnastics finish seventh out of 28 class six teams.

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“After vault I was a little bit disappointed, but they pulled together and still had a good rest of the meet,” Hery Jr. said.

Ricky Braun showed his versatility and consistency in class five by placing eighth or better in five events. He was fifth on pommel horse (7.45), sixth on rings (8.75), sixth on floor exercise (8.3), seventh on high bar (8.35) and eighth on vault (9.25). These steady results translated into a sixth-place all-around score of 50.50 for Braun.

The three-day meet attracted gymnasts from California, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada and Maryland.

“The Stanford meet is pretty much who we are going to see at the regional championships,” Hery Jr. said.

Also competing in class six were Jason Reum, ninth on vault; and Petr Colwell, second on rings (8.9) and 10th on high bar (8.6).

Garrett Singer led Tahoe Gymnastics’ class seven competitors on the high bar. His score of 9.4 was worth fourth place.

Also, C.J. Lindner came in eighth place on high bar (9.15) and 10th on pommel horse (9.1) and Matt Vane finished 10th on floor exercise (8.80).

Jacob Junge was the team’s lone class one entrant. He scored 7.75 on floor exercise and 7.4 on vault.

“These guys did a great job,” said Tahoe Gymnastics coach/owner Judi Sabo. “They train so hard for this huge meet and to place in the top 10 out of so many competitors is just fantastic.”

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