ELLSWORTH — Young athletes from Springer’s Gymnastics Center turned in strong performances last weekend at state and regional competitions.
Tyler Bechtold finished eighth on the pommel horse and 12th on the vault among boys ages 11 and over at Level 5 in the Region 6 USA Gymnastics Championships on Sunday in Springfield, Mass.
The six-state competition saw more than 50 boys in each age group competing.
“This meet is the biggest one my boys go to,” said coach Doug Springer, “and it is an honor to qualify.”
Bechtold is the first boy from Springer’s ever to place in any meet, Springer added. “He has worked very hard this season, and stayed focused on his goals this year. know he can look back and be proud of this season.”
Nate Mason also competed at Level 6 for ages 9-10 in the regional competition.
At the USA Gymnastics State Championships on Saturday in Waterville, six girls from Springer’s competed and came home with medals.
“This was a big meet for us as it closes our season with USA Gymnastics, but it helps slingshot us forward into our YMCA championships coming up in two weeks,” said Springer.
“The girls who competed for us did a tremendous job and we really couldn’t have asked them to do any better. The competition was incredibly tough. It is a real testament to the quality of gymnastics in the state of Maine as well as to the effort and improvements our own girls have made and continue to make meet after meet.”
At Level 6 for ages 7-9, Paige Sawyer took second all-around honors after placing first on bars and second on vault, floor and beam.
At Level 6 for age 10, Sarah Danby was second on beam, fifth on floor, sixth on bars and fourth all-around; and Katherine McKee was fourth on vault, fifth on beam, sixth on bars and floor and fifth all-around.
At Level 5 for age 9, Gilley Rice placed second on beam and floor, fourth on bars and fifth on vault for second all-around.
At Level 5 for age 10, Maddie Nida was fourth on vault, fourth on floor and seventh all-around.
At Level 4, Riley Crowley was third on floor, fourth on vault and bars and fifth all-around.
The Ellsworth center will host a local meet on Sunday and gymnasts will be competing the following weekend at the YMCA State Championships.