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Gymnasts put the "t" in team

Tribune staff reports

Michelle Shirley finished first in all-around at the Sweetheart Meet on Feb. 8 in Carson City and was one of three Tahoe Gymnastics competitors who exceeded U.S. Gymnastic’s passing standard.

Shirley won the vault (8.95) and floor exercise (8.8) and was second in uneven bars and balance beam en route to her first-place all-around score of 34.6.

Teammates Veronica Jenks and Glory Pillsbury also consistently scored in the top four in their events.

Jenks won the uneven bars (8.5), was second on floor exercise (8.25) and third on vault (8.45). Her all-around score was 32.4.

Pillsbury finished third on the balance beam (8.2) and came in fourth on vault (8.1) and floor exercise (8.1). Her all-around total was 31.4.

“The girls had a great meet,” said Tahoe Gymnastics coach/owner Judi Sabo. “Glory, Michelle and Veronica compete very close in scores and are very supportive of each other, as well as the rest of the team.”

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Kera Higdon, Harley vane and Kaelyn Dion also competed at the meet. Higdon was second on vault with a score of 8.6 and accumulated 30.20 all-around points. Dion and scored 28.00 and 27.20 in all-around, respectively.

“Kera, Harley and Kaelyn have made great improvements in all aspects of their routines and are looking forward to the remainder of the season to perfect their competitive skills,” Sabo said.

On Feb. 9 at High Sierra Gymnastics in Reno, the boys’ class 7 gymnasts received some valuable experience in their first competitive meet.

Kyle Hannah and Donovan Maholland were impressive in their debuts. Hannah, 6, won the vault with a score of 8.4 and he received an 8.2 for his rings routine. Maholland was second on pommel horse with 8.1 and second on vault with 8.6. He also scored 8.3 on parallel bars and completed his first high bar routine.

TG’s veteran class 7s also performed well at the same meet.

C.J. Lindner scored the highest all-around total at 53.10, drawing on a first place in pommel horse (8.5) and runner-up finishes in floor exercise (9.05) and vault (8.9) to take first overall. He also was third on rings (8.9), fourth on parallel bars (8.8) and scored 8.95 on high bar.

Garrett Singer won the high bar (9.2) and tied Lindner for first on pommel horse (8.5). Singer was second on parallel bars (9.0), fourth on vault (8.7), fifth on floor exercise (8.6) and sixth on rings (8.5). He scored 52.50 on all-around.

Matt Vane was a familiar face among the top-6 finishers in his events. He was runner-up on rings (9.0), third on high bar (9.0) and fourth on floor exercise (8.9). In addition, Vane was fifth on parallel bars (8.7), sixth on pommel horse (8.0) and sixth on vault (8.4) as he scored 52.0 in all-around.

The gym’s class 6s performance Feb. 15 at Rohnert Park Gymnastics was highlighted by Kevin Griest’s perfect routine on rings.

In winning the rings, Griest scored 9.7. The routine begins with a score of 9.7 and gymnasts have a chance to score a .3 bonus.

Griest also won the floor exercise (9.5) and vault (9.4) and was second on high bar (9.5) and fourth on the pommel horse (8.85). He was third-best in all-around at 52.25.

Casey Tara placed second on pommel horse (9.05) and was fourth on parallel bars (9.45). Also, Tara was fifth on rings (9.2) and fifth on high bar (9.45) and scored 53.65 all-around.

Also representing Tahoe Gymnastics were Jason Reum: 8.9 on rings, 9.1 on vault, 8.5 on parallel bars and 8.7 on high bar; Petr Colwell: 8.95 on rings, 8.9 on high bar, 8.7 on vault and 8.2 on parallel bars; and Mitchell Lincoln: 8.7 on vault and 8.4 on high bar.