The 2021 Region 5 Championships begin today! The host state of Ohio is sending a talented group of young ladies to this years championships. Here are 5 “Ones to Watch” from the Buckeye State. These athletes either are first year level 10’s or looking to qualify onto their first Region 5 JO Dream Team.
The 2021 Region 5 Championships are in less than 5 days! It has been 732 days since we have gathered together at a Regional Championships. Over the next few days we will be focusing on the up & coming gymnasts that you may not know (and a few you may) from each state that makes up our great Region! Despite Michigan’s crazy mandates and getting back into the gym months after the rest of the Region, we are still sending an incredibly talented group of young ladies to the Region 5 Championships. Here are the 5 “Ones to Watch” from the Wolverine State.
Sage, who competed in the 2018 JO National Championships before taking some time off from Gymnastics, has been on my “Ones to Watch” list since she returned to gym prior to the COVID and she has been looking amazing! Sage, a junior, recently committed to Michigan State University to continue her gymnastics. At the 2021 MI State Championships Sage walked away with the 2021 JrA Vault Title as well as recording the highest Vault score, 9.800, of the competition. If she hits all her events like she can, she can easily be in the 38s and make an impact in the All-Around.
Marissa Rojas: Michigan Academy of Gymnastics
Marissa, represented Region 2 at the 2019 JO National Championships, is trying to make her 1st Region 5 Dream Team in 2021. Marissa may be seen as a more reserved athlete, but her Gymnastics speaks volumes. Marissa should have no trouble making her 1st Region 5 Dreams Team this time around. Marissa has jam packed difficulty all over the gym, especially her Balance Beam and Floor Exercise, she is not one to miss! This is another athlete that has been on my “Ones to Watch” list for a while now.
Stephanie Lebster: Champion USA
Stephanie is no stranger to National Competition having earned the Balance Beam Title at the Level 9 Eastern National Championships in 2019. However, due to COVID, this will be her first Region 5 Championships as a Level 10 and her first opportunity to make the Region 5 Dream Team for Nationals. Stephanie is another athlete who is strong on all 4 events, but it is her floor routine that is my personal favorite! You may recognize Stephanie and her sister Genna from our “Day in the Life” Quarantine Qorner Feature. This athlete is surely one that you do not want to miss at Championships.
Lili Cosman: Capital City Flips
Since we last saw Lili Cosman, she has had a substantial growth spirt adding a few inches onto her frame and gymnastics. Lili, who took 2nd place in the All-Around at the 2019 Level 9 Eastern National Championships, is looking to make her first Level 10 Dream Team in the Junior A division. Lili will impress all over the gym for years to come.
Dani Fuertez: Olympia Gymnastics
Dani is another talented athlete who has added a few inches of height to her gymnastics. Dani, who looked great at state meet, is looking to make her first Region 5 Dream Team in 2021. Make sure to check out her Balance Beam routine which includes an impressive press handstand mount, a side somi (Jason’s favorite skill) and a beautify double full dismount.
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Good Luck to all the athletes, coaches & judges participating in the 2021 Region 5 Championships and a special thank you to our gracious hosts Cincinnati Gymnastics!
Phenom Gymnastics won the 2021 Level 10 Illinois State Team Championship for the first time in the gym’s history. This meet was exciting all around in gymnastics, energy and just the fact that we were able to have in person state meet. Illinois always has lots of talent and 2021 is no different. Let’s go behind the scenes and check out the BEST OF action from the 2021 Illinois Level 10 State.
The 2021 Region 5 Championships are 2 days away. As we approach the action packed weekend, we will are focusing on the up & coming gymnasts that you may not be aware of from each state in our great Region to keep your eye on. Region 5’s Twenty Five “Ones to Watch” continues with 5 athletes from the Bluegrass state….Kentucky. These athletes either are first year level 10’s or looking to qualify onto their first Region 5 JO Dream Team.
Kentucky Level 10 State Championships featured Level 10’s from 4 gyms all showing a high level of difficulty and featured strong performances on Saturday, March 27th. Saturday included 2 sessions featuring Level 9 &10’s from 6 different clubs showcasing high-flying release moves, intricate beam & floor combinations and some very powerful vaults!
There were two age groups for the Level 10’s. Madison Greene, (Champion Gymnastics – 2019 J.O. National Qualifier, Graduating Senior competing for SEMO in the fall), won the Senior Division (36.85) with strong 1st place performances on Vault (9.6), Beam (9.3), competing an upgraded Aerial + Back Layout Step-out (A Kentucky First) & Floor (9.425). Jenna Grossman, (Champion Gymnastics, Senior) won bars (9.30) awarding her the top score for both the junior & senior divisions. Elaina McGovern, (Legacy – Senior, 2018 & 2019 JO National Qualifier competing for Boise State in the Fall) ended her KY career with a stuck full twisting double flyaway earning her 2nd (9.25)!
Retoshia Halsell (Champion Gymnastics, Sophomore) won the Junior Division with (37.350) despite a fall on her piked jaeger on bars. Retoshia won vault with a high flying nearly stuck full twisting yurchenko (9.65), and placed 2nd on Floor with a powerful floor routine featuring both a full-in and a front through to double back tuck (9.575). Josie (Agility Gymnastics) showed a very clean bar set (9.2) and earned her 1st at her first Level 10 KY State Championships. Newcomer Mila Halpin (Kentucky Gymnastics Academy) had stronger performances on all 4 events but worthy of note was her effortless double pike on floor (9.3) and her impressive Blind Half connected to a pak-salto on bars (9.150). Dawsyn Sallee (Legacy) showed an effortless floor routine that gave her the state title (9.6) with a gorgeous rudi layout step-out!
It was an exciting session showcasing Kentucky’s veteran Level 10s as well as several new faces!Champion Gymnastics ended the night on floor dancing their way to the 2021 KY State Championship Title. Looking forward to seeing how they all do at the 2021 Region 5 Championships as they vie for a spot on the Region 5 Dream Team!
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