BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Some competitors from the recent North Shore Gymnastics Association who qualified for the seven-state Region IV championships in Fargo North Dakota did well enough to advance to the next level.
Amanda Bartemio, a Level 10 gymnast, placed fifth to secure a selection to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Jackson, Mississippi. To advance she needed to place in the top seven in her age group.
Competing in the Level 10 Senior A Division, Bartemio, 16, placed 11th on vault (9.3), 10th on uneven bars (9.25), third on balance beam (9.25) and fifth on floor exercise (9.275). Consistency netted Bartemio an all-around score of 37.075.
Sarah Ellingboe, Breanna Murray and Amanda Montplaisir were competing for spots to the Level 9 Western National Championships in Boise, Idaho.
In the Level 9 Senior A Division, Ellingboe, 14, placed first in the all-around to advance. She finished second on vault (9.325), first on bars (9.525), fifth on balance beam (8.9) and third on floor (9.325). Three of her four scores were personal bests at Level 9, as was her all-around score of 37.075.
After sitting out all of last year with an injury, Murray has been working hard to get back to a championship form this season. Competing in the Senior B division, Murray (16) posted an all-around score of 34.975 to finish 11th and earn one of the 12 spots on the Region IV team. Murray finished 10th on bars, 11th on beam, 12th on floor and 18th on vault.
Also in Level 9, Montplaisir had a good meet with an all-around score of 35.2, which placed her 14th in the all-around. She qualified as an alternate in the Junior C division at the Western National Championships.
For Level 9, the second highest USA Gymnastics level (USAG), the United States is split down the middle. Gymnasts from eastern states compete in the Eastern National Championships and gymnasts from the western half in the Western National Championships.
USAG Level 10 is the highest level and is differentiated from the others in that there are no restrictions in skills that can be performed.
For Level 8 gymnasts, the Region IV Championships are the final meet of the season. Isabelle Schuster capped off her season in style, scoring 9.05 on vault, 9.225 on balance beam and 9.025 on floor, all personal bests. Adding the uneven bars score of 8.075, the all-around score of 35.375 also was a personal best, good enough for 11th place.
Megan Nelson completed her season with an all-around score of 34.95.
Boys compete in Iowa
The six-state Region IV boys Regional was conducted at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. NSGA qualified 16 gymnasts from the state meet to the field of more than 500 at the regional.
Level 10 gymnast Levi Gustafson, 16, was awarded a fifth place medal on floor to qualify for the Junior Olympics Nationals May 6-11 in Long Beach, California.
The Level 8 team finished fifth, led by Daryn Strub, 12, who was awarded the first place trophy in the all-around competition. He also placed first on floor, vault and parallel bars and took second on pommel horse, fifth on high bar and sixth on rings.
With his first place all-around finish, Strub qualified to compete in all events at the Junior Olympics Nationals.
Josh Fix, 15, was only able to compete in four events due to injury. However, he finished second on pommel horse, rings, vault and parallel bars. The Level 8 team included Sam Senneka, 13, and Charlie Kramer, 12.
Level 7 gymnasts were Kyle Elliott, 11, and Max Bortnem, 12. Level 6 was represented by Cole Smith, 10, and Jack Yerxa, 11.
The NSGA Level 5 team finished sixth with William Wehmann, Haden Paravecino, Mac Harmer, Levi Sherman, Henry Meisel and Jacob Carlson.
Information: 763–479–3189 or www.northshoregym.org.