Braun, Tara, Griest are state champs
Tribune staff reports
Eric Braun, Casey Tara and Kevin Griest each won state meet events and qualified for regionals in Arizona this week.
Braun captured the floor exercise with a routine that scored 8.75. In addition, he was fourth on pommel horse (7.9), fifth on rings (7.4), fifth on vault (7.3), sixth on parallel bars (6.3) and fifth on high bar (7.0). His all-around score of 44.650 qualified him for regionals.
In the class five meet, where Tahoe Gymnastics placed third in team competition, Tara won the steel rings (9.2). He was second on pommel horse (9.4), fourth on parallel bars (8.2), eighth on high bar (8.1) and ninth on vault (8.6). His all-around score of 50.80 was good for fifth place.
Griest was runner-up in all-around (53.150) due to his consistency in each event. The regional qualifier was first on rings (9.35), second on floor (9.2), third on high bar (8.9), fifth on pommel horse (8.8), sixth on vault (8.6) and sixth on bars (8.4).
Also, Petr Colwell was fifth on high bar (8.0) and eighth on vault (8.8) and Jason Reum scored the fourth-best mark on vault (8.8). Reum was eighth in the rest of his events and all-around (45.75). He scored 8.0 on floor, 7.0 on pommel horse, 7.9 on rings, 7.05 on parallel bars and 7.0 on high bar.
In the class six division, Mitchell Lincoln was in command of his performance, placing fourth in all-around (53.55) and second on high bar (9.5). Lincoln also took third on pommel horse (9.4), fourth on floor exercise (8.6), fifth on rings (9.15), fifth on vault (8.7) and seventh on bars (8.2).
C.J. Lindner and Matt also competed in the class six division. Lindner was eight on vault (8.6), while Vane was eighth in all-around (49.20) by virtue of placing eighth on floor (8.15), pommel horse (8.7), vault (8.45) and parallel bars (7.2). He also scored 8.75 on rings and 7.95 on high bar.
In the class seven meet, Garrett Singer won parallel bars (9.4) and high bar (9.75) to post the fourth-best all-around score of (53.85).
Singer also was fourth on rings (9.55) and scored 8.3 on floor exercise and 8.55 on horse.
The highlight of John Herrera’s state meet was a third-place medal on high bar (9.45). He also scored 8.4 on floor, 8.3 on horse, 9.4 on rings and 8.8 on bars for a 52.15 for all-around total.
Other TG state results were Donovan Maholland, 8.0 on floor exercise; and Kyle Hannah, 8.0 on floor, 8.5 on horse and 9.25 on rings.
“The kids all performed greathly,” said Tahoe Gymnastics coach Judi Sabo, who shares coaching duties with Susan Lum and George Hery Jr. “We are very proud of all our team members and feel an extreme amount of respect for the hard work and dedication they put in all year.”
Shirley tops girls at state
Michelle Shirley of Tahoe Gymnastics finished third in all-around and notched second and third in two events at the Nevada state meet recently in Las Vegas.
Shirley was second on parallel bars as her score 9.3 was off the first-place mark by only .1. She was third on beam (8.95), fifth on vault (9.525) and sixth on floor (9.175). Her third-place all-around score was 36.95.
Her teammates also turned in some impressive performances.
Glory Pillsbury had the ninth-best all-around score at 35.85 and was fifth on bars (9.2) and ninth on floor exercise (9.075).
Veronica Jenks was sixth on bars (9.05), seventh on vault (9.4) and finished the all around with 34.725.
Kaelyn Dion, competing in a younger group, was eighth on vault (9.325), bars (8.8) and floor exercise (9.0) and finished the all around with 34.90.
Sabo excels at state
Former Tahoe Gymnastics competitor Raion Sabo captured three runner-up finishers in the class two state meet while competing for High Sierra Gymnastics out of Reno.
Sabo was second on floor, pommel horse and rings; third on bars and high bar and fourth on vault. His solid work led to third place in all-around.
He’ll compete at regionals and can qualify for nationals for the first time if he maintains or bests his all-around score of 41.00.
Mesecher runner-up at state
Despite injuring her foot in warm-ups, Alyssa Mesecher of South Lake Tahoe was the girls’ class six all-around runner-up and balance beam champion. Only .1 of a point denied Mesecher from finishing first overall.
However, Mesecher’s team, Silver State Gymnastics, claimed the first-place trophy. Her winning balance beam score was 9.2.
Mesecher will advance to class seven competition next year.