South Lake Tahoe gymnasts compete at Eyeopener Meet, Alviso takes first in age group
RENO, Nev. — A group of gymnasts from the South Shore’s Inversion Gym tested its skills while competing in the 18th-annual Eyeopener Meet last weekend. Seven local girls strutted their stuff in the meet held at High Sierra Gymnastics on Saturday, Dec. 5, and the team brought hardware back to South Lake Tahoe.
The Inversion gymnasts delivered strong results despite studying the compulsory Level 3 routine only since last October. At Saturday’s meet, Izabella Giunta (8 years old), Rosie Friedrich (9), Chase Mosedale (9), Yona Abiko (10), Tegan Haugrud (11) and Christa Alviso (14) all competed in various age groups.
Alviso delivered a floor routine to near perfection, leading to a first-place finish in the 10-plus age group. She won first place in the floor, beam and all-around competitions.
Abiko took eighth all-around in the same age group, highlighted by her highest score on vault — both her and Alviso qualified for the next level in upcoming competitions. Haugrud’s strongest event at the meet was bars, which helped her finish in ninth place all-around.
Mosedale finished sixth place all-around in the 9-plus age group, led by a strong balance beam performance; Friedrich delivered her best floor routine en route to a seventh-place all-around finish. Giunta, the team’s youngest member, produced her highest score on the beam and finished 12th in the 8-year-old age group.
Inversion Gym owner Amy Thompson and coach Betsy Mann accompanied the team to the Eyeopener Meet, the first-ever competition for the girls. Both coaches said they are excited to have such a strong team and are looking forward to more practices and strengthening the girls’ skills for the next meet, which they will attend in February or March.
Inversion Gym is located at 867 Eloise Ave. in South Lake Tahoe. For more information, visit http://www.inversiontahoe.com.