By Amy Gamble & Nikki Pollman
The Door County YMCA Strivers Gymnastics Team captured five National Tiles, 19 Individual top ten medals and a top ten Team Trophy at the 2017 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships held in Savannah, Georgia June 27 to July 2.
In total, 4,200 gymnasts from all over the United States qualified and competed for the titles in Compulsory Levels 1-10 and in four levels of the XCel program. National Medals are awarded to the top eight gymnasts on each event and in each level.
All 40 Striver gymnasts qualified for Nationals, ten girls chose to make the journey down to nationals in Savannah. Laci Lautenbach, XCel Gold gymnast brought home two National Titles. Laci won first in the All Around and the vault. Laci won silver on bars and a 4th on floor.
Miya Eliyha, level 6 won a National Title in the All Around, she won a silver on floor and vault, she also won bronze on balance beam.
MaKiala McCambridge , level 6 won her title on floor and bars . MaKiala also won silver in the All Around and a bronze on vault.
Reetika Jandu, level 6 won three fifth place medals, she took them in the All Around, on vault and on bars. She also took 7th on floor.
Level 3 gymnast, Tiani LeMieux captured two medals, she took 4th on bars and 8th on floor. The Level 6 Strivers Team was awarded a team award for placing in the top ten (10th) out of level 6 teams from all over the country competing.
The level 6 team members are Miya Eliyha, MaKiala McCambridge, Reetika Jandu, Alexis Hemminger, Maddie, Izzy and Mallory Barker. Gymnasts who had spectacular performances and placed in the top twenty were; Daylia Sund, level 3, Alexis Hemminger, Izzy Barker, Mallory Barker and Maddie Barker all level 6 gymnasts.
The Striver Gymnastics Team celebrated over 25 years of competitive gymnastics. The Strivers Team is coached by Nikki Pollman, Amy Gamble, Gerritt DeJonge, Mikki Rankin, Heather Haese, Erin Hemminger and Hillary Sheppard. Next year the girls will have the opportunity to qualify and compete in Toledo, Ohio at the 2018 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships.