By Nikki Pollman
The Door County YMCA Strivers Gymnastic Team captured ten gold medals, ten silver, nine bronze and five Team Trophies this past weekend at the 2017 YMCA State Gymnastic Championships hosted by the Kettle Moraine YMCA in West Bend, Wisconsin. The Striver Team qualified and competed 38 gymnasts in the tournament, the Team returned home with 44 total individual medals. The top 30% in each level are awarded.
Capturing State Titles and bringing home the Gold were: Level 1 gymnast Sophia Sternard, Sophia captured three gold medals. She brought home a title in the All Around with a 37.85, vault with a 9.7 and balance beam with a 9.5. Level 3 gymnast Tiani LeMieux captured gold on bars with a score of 9.0. Level 6 gymnast Miya Eliyha brought home gold in the All Around with a 36.075 and on vault with a 8.9. X-Cel Gold gymnast Laci Lautenbach won two gold medals, Laci won the All Around with a 37.175 and beam with a 9.6. Team mate Kylie Newton won the floor in the 14 and over age group scoring 9.575. Calla Hansen won her gold medal in the 13 and under group on the floor exercise scoring 9.25.
Silver Medals were secured by Level 1 gymnast Sophia Sternard on the floor with a 9.3. Jozlynn Burlo took silver in the All Around with a 37.80. Level 3 Tiani LeMieux secured silver on floor with a 9.45. Julia Gregory was awarded silver on the balance beam with a 9.3. Level 6 gymnast Miya Eliyha won two silver medals one on the balance beam with a 9.225 and floor with a 9.375. X-Cel Gold Laci Lautenbach took silver on floor with a 9.35 and bars with a 9.45. X-Cel Gold Katie Peot captured silver on floor with a 9.35. Kylie Newton, X-Cel Gold took the silver in the All Around with a 36.525.
Bronze medals were secured by Level 3 Tiani Lemieux in the All Around with a 36.35. Daylia Sund, level 3 won bronze on vault with a 9.35. Level 6 Reetika Jandu won bronze in the All Around with a 34.675 and on vault with a 8.8. Level 6, Makiala McCambridge her medal on bars with 8.875. X-Cel Silver Desirae Guilette took bronze on bars with a 9.5. X-Cel Gold Kylie Newton received bronze on vault with a 9.05. Katie Peot won two bronze medals, one in the All Around with a 36.35 and one on bars with a 9.325.
Medaling Fourth and upward were Level 1 Jozlynn Burlo, Sophia Sternard, Shylee Asher June VanLieshout and Bristol Will. Level 3 gymnasts Daylia Sund and Chole Maccaux. Level 6 Reetika Jandu, MaKiala McCambridge, Miya Eliyha and Alexis Hemminger. Silver gymnasts Claire Bohn, Abi Tooley, Lilliana Ramirez and Desirae Guilette . X-Cel Gold Taylor Newton, Kylie Newton, Calla Hansen and Katie Peot.
The Striver Team competed five different levels at the State Meet. A Team trophy was won at each level. Level 1 placed 2nd out of 8 teams. Level 3 was 9th out of 17. Level 6 earned 2nd out of 13. X-Cel Silver grabbed 3rd out of 10 teams and X-Cel Gold won 2nd out of 10 teams being edged out of first place by a mere .05, not even one tenth of a point. Door County 74.20, Waukesha 74.25.
The YMCA Strivers Team has had a fantastic 2016-2017 season. The team is pleased that every one of the Striver Gymnasts qualified for State and Nationals this year. Nationals will be held in Savannah, Georgia June 28-July 2nd. The Striver Team will have 10 gymnasts making the journey to Savannah; they are, Daylia Sund, Tiani LeMieux, Maddie, Izzy and Mallory Barker, Laci Lautenbach, Alexis Hemminger, MaKiala McCambridge, Miya Eliyah and Reetika Jandu. The gymnasts are coached by Nikki Pollman, Amy Gamble, Gerritt DeJonge, Mikki Rankin, Heather Sund, Erin Hemminger and Hillary Sheppard