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A meet of firsts for Riverside Academy gymnasts

Team fares well at the Judges’ Open in Hillsboro

Riverside Academy gymnasts are shown here receiving all-around medals at the recent Judges Open Meet held on Sept. 17 in Hillsboro. Pictured here, from left to right are, Gabbe Haskins, who claimed first-place honors, third-place winner, Bailey Jenkinson and Marissa Baldy, fourth place. In all, a total of 29 participants, ranging from Level 1 to Level 3 were in action for their first event of the fall campaign.                                                                           Kara Haskins/Contributed photo


Riverside Academy gymnasts are shown here receiving all-around medals at the recent Judges Open Meet held on Sept. 17 in Hillsboro. Pictured here, from left to right are, Gabbe Haskins, who claimed first-place honors, third-place winner, Bailey Jenkinson and Marissa Baldy, fourth place. In all, a total of 29 participants, ranging from Level 1 to Level 3 were in action for their first event of the fall campaign. Kara Haskins/Contributed photo



Riverside Gymnastics numbers

Riverside Results

Judges Open Meet in

Hillsboro on September 17, 2016

Level 3

Acasia Vann: vault- 8.4; bars- 8; beam- 8; floor- 8.35; All Around- 32.75

Bailey Holycross: vault- 8.55, 8th; bars- 8.7, 9th; beam- 8.5, 7th; floor- 8.125; All Around- 33.875

Brianna Adams: vault- 8.3; bars- 9.225, 3rd; beam- 7.6; floor- 8.85, 5th; All Around- 33.975

Brooke Awmiller: vault- 8.85, 4th; bars- 9.125, 5th; beam-8.6, 6th; floor- 8.625; All Around- 35.25, 6th

Ellie Rinella: vault- 8.4; bars- 8.6, 2nd; beam- 7.85; floor- 8.75; All Around- 33.6

Emily Liberidhs: vault- 8.7, 6th; bars- 8.5; beam- 9.025, 2nd; floor- 8.75, 7th; All Around- 35.025, 7th

Emma Wolf: vault- 8.5; bars- 9.275, 1st; beam- 8; floor- 8; All Around- 33.775, 2nd

Hannah Adams: vault- 8.7, 6th; bars- 9.3, 2nd; beam- 8.65, 5th; floor- 9.275, 2nd; All Around- 35.925, 2nd

McKenna Strain: vault- 8.65, 7th; bars- 8.55; beam- 8.1, 9th; floor- 8.6; All Around- 33.9

Mia Byers: vault- 9.1, 2nd; bars- 9.55, 1st; beam- 6.8; floor- 8.7, 8th; All Around- 34.15

Sahale Pfriem: vault- 9.3, 1st; bars- 8.65; beam- 8.9, 3rd; floor- 9.025, 3rd; All Around- 35.875, 3rd

Taylor Armstrong: vault- 9.1, 2nd; bars- 9, 6th; beam- 7.25; floor- 8.05; All Around- 33.4

Taylor Cummins: vault- 8.75, 5th; bars- 8.7, 9th; beam-8.65, 5th; floor- 8.775, 6th; All Around- 34.875, 8th


Level 4

Annika Baumgarten: vault- 8.35; bars- 7.175; beam- 8.9, 3rd; floor- 8.85, 3rd; All Around- 33.275

Ava Krentz: vault- 8.55, 3rd; bars- 9.05, 1st; beam- 8.925, 2nd; floor 8.8; All Around- 35.325, 3rd

Dylan Vaivoda: vault- 7.775; bars- 8.5, 5th; beam- 8.725, 4th; floor- 7.95; All Around- 32.925, 7th

Erica Matthisen: vault- 8.2; bars- 8.05; beam- 7.25; floor- 8.55; All Around- 32.05

Finley Jenkinson: vault- 8.05, 4th; bars- 8.55, 2nd; beam- 8.85, 2nd; floor- 9, 4th; All Around- 34.45, 3rd

Gabbe Haskins: vault- 8.95, 2nd; bars- 8.6, 3rd; beam- 9.05, 3rd; floor- 9.275, 1st; All Around- 35.875, 1st

Gigi Hiser: vault- 8.05; bars- 8.325, 6th; beam- 7.7; floor- 8.475, 8th; All Around- 32.5, 9th

Hope Pipkin: vault- 8.35; bars- 7.975; beam- 7.45; floor- 7.9; All Around- 31.675

Marissa Baldy: vault- 8.3, 7th; bars- 8.575, 4th; beam- 9.15, 2nd; floor- 8.45, 7th; All Around- 34.475, 4th

Sydney Krentz: vault- 8.05; bars- 8.075, 8th; beam- 8.05, 8th; floor- 8.6, 6th; All Around- 32.775, 8th

Sydney Stanley: vault- 8.05, 4th; bars- 8.125; beam- 9.4, 1st; floor- 8.8; All Around- 34.375, 4th

Victoria Lee-Valkov: vault- 7.15; bars- 7.1; beam- 8.025; floor- 8.45; All Around- 30.725

Bailey Jenkinson: vault- 8.8, 3rd; bars- 8.7, 2nd; beam- 7.9; floor- 9.25, 2nd; All Around- 34.65, 3rd


Level 5

Daisy Morales: vault- 9.2, 2nd; bars- 7.925; beam- 8.7, 2nd; floor- 8.475, 2nd; All Around- 34.3, 2nd

McKailla Tyler: vault- 9.05, 3rd; bars- 8.25; beam- 7.5; floor- 8.15, 4th; All Around- 32.95, 3rd

Saige Brennan: vault- 8.95, 4th; bars- 8.725, 2nd; beam- 8.1; floor- 7; All Around- 32.9, 6th

The first meet of the season.

It’s bound to cause some jitters.

Especially when it isn’t just your first meet this season — it’s your first meet ever.

This was the case for four Riverside gymnasts, Brianna Adams, Taylor Cummins, Erica Matthisen and McKenna Strain.

For the first time, these athletes performed their routines before a daunting crowd of onlookers and the watchful eyes of decision-making judges.

But when interviewed about the event after the fact, the gymnasts were all smiles.

They unanimously agreed that they did better than they expected to do, and that the meet was fun.

“I was expecting it to be a bit more scary, more terrifying,” Matthisen said.

She could hardly be blamed for her apprehension.

While most beginners start in level 3, Matthisen’s skill level put her in level 4, a more advanced arena.

She held her own among the more seasoned competitors, especially on floor, an event she thought went well for her.

“My front handspring felt good,” she said.

Two of her teammates cited floor as their highlight of the day as well.

When asked what the most exciting part of the meet was for her, Adams replied, “When I did my back handspring by myself.”

Strain added, “My back handspring was really good.”

For Cummins, beam was where she hit her stride.

“When I did my handstand, I got all the way up, and then I felt really confident,” Cummins said.

These four adventurous gymnasts weren’t the only “firsts” for Riverside in Hillsboro.

Level 3 claimed the honor of first place level 3 team at the meet.

Gabbe Haskins started off her season with a bang by taking home two top awards.

She placed first on floor with a score of 9.275, and her consistency in all four events earned her a first-place all-around.

On vault, Sahale Pfriem rose to the top with a 9.3, while Sydney Stanley shone on beam with a 9.4.

As for bars, it was the setting for some ground-breaking moments for Riverside.

Instead of the less difficult pullover mount, Emily Liberidhs did a glide kip in her Level 3 routine for the first time during a meet.

“You’re taking a bigger risk because you’re performing a more advanced skill,” Coach Sarah Smith explained.

Three Riverside gymnasts took first place on the event in their respective age groups.

Ava Krentz won with a 9.05, Emma Wolf with a 9.275.

And Mia Byers, after growing stronger over the summer, climbed the podium for the first time—all the way to the top—with her whopping score of 9.55.

A day of firsts indeed.

Riverside Gymnastics Academy is a nonprofit organization with recreational and competitive programs for boys and girls of all ages.

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



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