Precision gymnasts take state
Katelyn Hixson, Amelia Bernard and Brighten Carter lead the way
Hard work and dedication paid huge dividends for Precision Elite Level 4 gymnasts in December, as they won the Level 4 team championship at the 2014 Fall Compulsory State Gymnastics Championships.
The 10-girl Precision Elite team scored 114.05 points to finish atop the statewide 20-team field, just ahead of the runner-up team from Westside Gymnastics, which scored 113.525.
Three Oregon City girls Katelyn Hixson, Amelia Bernard and Brighten Carter led the way, each of them capturing all-around titles in their division.
Hixson, a fifth grader at North Clackamas Christian School, was in top form in the Level 4 10-A division, turning in the top scores in her division in all-around (37.525), uneven bars (9.775) and balance beam (9.325), while also scoring 9.275 in the vault and 9.150 in the floor exercise. She showed marked improvement over a year ago when her consistency gained her a state title in the Level 3 Junior A Division for 9-year-olds. She won the all-around title in 2013 without finishing first in an individual event.
Bernard, a sixth grader who attends Gardiner Middle School, earned the all-around title in the Level 4 11-A division, heading the field in the vault (9.4), on the bars (9.7) and in the floor exercise (9.4), and scoring 9.475 on the balance beam. Her all-around score was 37.975.
Bernard has come a long, long way since a year ago, when she competed at state and did not place in a single event.
Carter, an eighth grader at Springwater Environmental Sciences School, was the all-around winner in the Level 4 12-B division, scoring 38.300. She had the top scores of the day for the 12-B vault (9.525), uneven bars (9.675) and balance beam (9.650), and she scored 9.450 in the floor exercise.
Other girls contributing to the team title included: Alex and Sammy Stein, Damascus; Sydney Turner, Oregon City; Olivia Ehleringer, Molalla; Charla Mayo, Happy Valley; Delaney Petruzelli, Happy Valley; and Isabella Cummings, Portland.
The teams success did not come without a lot of hard work. The girls practice four hours a day four days a week the year around. And some of the girls, like Hixson, have been practicing gymnastics since they were toddlers.
The team was coached by Eric Rogers and Amy Prouty.
Precision Elite hosted the state meet Dec. 5-7.