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Riverside gymnasts compete at Tiki Tumble

Academy team is a united force at its recent meet in Hillsboro

Willow Jenkinson (IN PHOTO ABOVE), of the Riverside Gymnastics Academy, executes her vault routine during the Tiki Tumble event held on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Hillsboro. Jenkinson picked up first place all-around against Level 4 competition with a vault of 9.075, a first-place tally of 9.1 on the bars, a beam mark of 9 and a 9.55 for tops in her floor exercise for an all-around final tally of 36.725.                                                       

Mia Byers, who took first place all-around in her Level 3 classification at a recent meet in Hillsboro, is shown here performing a side kick on her floor exercise. Byers was first in the bars, the balance beam, fourth in the vault and seventh in her floor exercise for her 36.525 point total.                          
 Brian Goldfain/Contributed photo


Willow Jenkinson (IN PHOTO ABOVE), of the Riverside Gymnastics Academy, executes her vault routine during the Tiki Tumble event held on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Hillsboro. Jenkinson picked up first place all-around against Level 4 competition with a vault of 9.075, a first-place tally of 9.1 on the bars, a beam mark of 9 and a 9.55 for tops in her floor exercise for an all-around final tally of 36.725. Mia Byers, who took first place all-around in her Level 3 classification at a recent meet in Hillsboro, is shown here performing a side kick on her floor exercise. Byers was first in the bars, the balance beam, fourth in the vault and seventh in her floor exercise for her 36.525 point total. Brian Goldfain/Contributed photo



By the numbers

Riverside Gymnastics Results

Tiki Tumble meet

held in Hillsboro on Oct. 22, 2016

Level 3

Acasia Vann: vault- 8.9: bars- 8.225: beam- 7.2: floor- 7.9: All Around- 32.225

Bailey Holycross: vault- 8.7: bars- 8.825, 3rd: beam- 8.075, 8th: floor- 8.65: All Around- 34.25, 8th

Brie Adams: vault- 9, 6th: bars- 8.825, 3rd: beam- 8.05: floor- 8.85, 8th: All Around- 34.725, 7th

Brooke Awmiller: vault- 9.65, 1st: bars- 9, 1st: beam- 8.025: floor- 8.775, 7th: All Around- 35.45, 6th

Ellie Rinella: vault- 9.5, 3rd: bars- 8.65, 5th: beam- 8.175, 6th: floor- 9.175, 5th: All Around- 35.5, 4th

Emily Liberidhs: vault- 9.125, 5th: bars- 8.4, 8th: beam- 8.25, 5th: floor- 9.15, 6th: All Around- 34.925, 6th

Emma Wolf: vault- 8.725: bars- 8.6, 6th: beam- 7.75: floor- 8.5: All Around- 33.6

Hannah Adams: vault- 9.325, 4th: bars- 8.85, 3rd: beam- 8.55, 6th: floor- 9.25, 4th: All Around- 35.975, 3rd

Kenna Strain: vault- 8.825, 7th: bars- 8.35: beam- 7.7: floor- 8.275: All Around- 33.15

Mia Byers: vault- 9.375, 4th: bars- 9.2, 1st: beam- 8.925, 1st: floor- 9.025, 7th: All Around- 36.525, 1st

Sahale Pfriem: vault- 9.7, 1st: bars- 9.15, 2nd: beam- 8.025: floor- 9.325, 1st: All Around- 36.2, 2nd

Taylor Armstrong: vault- 8.8, 8th: bars- 8.5, 7th: beam- 7.425: floor- 7.8: All Around- 32.525

Taylor Cummins: vault- 9: bars- 8.65, 7th: beam- 7.95: floor- 8.375: All Around- 33.975

Level 4

Annika Baumgarten: vault- 8.65, 4th: bars- 6.6: beam- 8.475, 7th: floor- 8.85, 5th: All Around- 32.575

Dylan Vaivoda: vault- 8.1: bars- 8.45, 5th: beam- 8.85, 4th: floor- 8.05: All Around- 33.45, 6th

Erika Mathisen: vault- 8.6, 5th: bars- 8.7, 2nd: beam- 8.675, 5th: floor- 8.95, 4th: All Around- 34.925, 3rd

Finley Jenkinson: vault- 8: bars- 8.4, 7th: beam- 8.95, 4th: floor- 8.65, 8th: All Around- 34, 8th

Gabbe Haskins: vault- 9.125, 1st: bars- 8.6, 3rd: beam- 9.55, 1st: floor- 9.1, 2nd: All Around- 36.375, 2nd

Gigi Hiser: vault- 8.2: bars- 8.5, 4th: beam- 7.55: floor- 8.35: All Around- 32.6

Hope Pipkin: vault- 7.725: bars- 8.45, 5th: beam- 7.6: floor- 7.35: All Around- 31.125

Marissa Baldy: vault- 8.35, 7th: bars- 9.25, 2nd: beam- 8.6, 6th: floor- 9.15, 2nd: All Around- 35.35, 3rd

Sydney Krentz: vault- 8.125: bars- 8.25: beam- 9.1, 2nd: floor- 8.9, 4th: All Around- 34.375, 7th

Sydney Stanley: vault- 8.475, 6th: bars- 8.6, 6th: beam- 9.05, 3rd: floor- 8.725, 7th: All Around- 34.85, 5th

Victoria Lee-Valkov: vault- 6.7: bars- 6.3: beam- 8.4: floor- 7.9: All Around- 29.3

Willow Jenkinson: vault- 9.075, 2nd: bars- 9.1, 1st: beam- 9, 2nd: floor- 9.55, 1st: All Around- 36.725, 1st


Level 5

Daisy Morales: vault- 9.025, 1st: bars- 8.45, 1st: beam- 7.95, 3rd: floor- 8.575, 2nd: All Around- 34, 2nd

Saige Brennan: vault- 8.85, 2nd: bars- 7.8, 2nd: beam- 9.05, 1st: floor- 8.425, 4th: All Around- 34.125, 1st

“Did you see Sahale’s score?” Mia Byers asked, bursting with excitement.

Byers had just finished her own great vault, but couldn’t stop smiling for teammate Sahale Pfriem, who’d nailed a 9.7 in the event.

The vault runway at the Tiki Tumble meet set the stage for many rewarding moments. Riverside’s level 3 gymnasts increased their running speed, impressing the judges and performing their best vaults of the season so far.

High vault scores weren’t the only high scores of the day for the level 3 team. Their overall tally was 109.68, which earned them first place at the meet.

Several Riverside gymnasts achieved personal bests, including Mia Byers, Bailey Jenkinson and Saige Brennan.

All three athletes claimed all-around champion in their respective levels —Byers in level 3, Jenkinson in level 4 and Brennan in level 5.

Riverside took home 12 first-place awards for individual events.

Event winners were Brooke Awmiller (vault and bars), Mia Byers (bars and beam), Gabbe Haskins (vault and beam), Bailey Jenkinson (bars and floor), Daisy Morales (vault and bars), and Sahale Pfriem (vault and floor).

From the coaches’ point of view, there was an aspect of the meet that was even more meaningful than top placements.

“One gymnast didn’t have a great meet, which happens to everyone at times,” Coach Sarah Smith explained. “But rather than having a pity party, she spent the entire meet encouraging and congratulating her teammates. This means more to me than their gymnastics ability or how they place.”

Smith’s team made her proud in more than one instance.

Gabbe Haskins, after performing her routine on the floor, hurried over to congratulate Bailey Jenkinson, who’d competed before her and scored a whopping 9.55.

Haskins was more excited for her teammate’s success than she was for her own.

When asked how focusing on encouraging her teammates changes things for her, Hope Pipkin answered, “Because, instead of worrying about your scores, you can just have fun with the other teammates and encouraging them to do good.”

The meet at Hillsboro proved to be a day of hard-won improvements, victories and challenges — and a chance to put some good, old-fashioned team-spirit to use.

Riverside Gymnastics is a nonprofit organization with recreational and competitive programs for boys and girls.

For more information on the gymnastics program, go to www.riverside-gym.org or call 541-993-8625 or visit the gym at 2221 River Road in The Dalles.



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