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May 7, 2013
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Gold Country springs into USAIGC mix

Saturday marked the inaugural Spring into the Sierras gymnastics competition with several teams from Southern California making the trip to Grass Valley to compete against the team from Gold Country in USAIGC action.

Saturday’s event was the first United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs competition to be hosted in Grass Valley, said Gold Country Gymnastics owner Pamela Magill.

“This is our first meet for USAIGC, and we are really looking forward to growing this program,” Magill said. “USAIGC really caters to kids who are excited about optional level competition but maybe aren’t ready to devote 30 hours a week of training. This is designed for kids who really love gymnastics and want to excel at it, but also have other likes or sports in their lives, and it allows them that flexibilty.”

Competing in Saturday’s event along side the Gold Country Gymnastics team was Inland Empire Gymnastics Academy, Golden State Gymnastics, Josephson Academy of Gymnastics and Gymnastics Olympica.

In the Silver Division, Gold Country gymnast Sydney Shrader pieced together a nice all-around day with a 9.2 on the vault, an 8.95 on the bars, an 8.8 on the beam and an 8.9 on the floor and finished with the best all-around score in the division with 35.85. Natalia Vinces had a strong showing on the vault with a team-high score of 9.45. Vinces also tallied an 8.75 in the floor exercise and a 9 on the bars. Alexa Arbaugh excelled on the beam with a score of 9.05 and added an 8.6 on the bars and an 8.55 on the floor. Kylie Lamb scored an 8.9 on the vault and added an 8.65 on the beam to round things out in the Silver Division.

In the Copper Division, Bailey Bennett was the lone Gold Country gymnast to compete, scoring a 9.4 on the vault, 7.3 in the floor exercise and 7.35 on the bars.

In the Platinum Division, Lilly Pruett scored an 8.9 in the floor exercise and an 8.7 on both the vault and the beam.

In the Premiere Division, Katherine Magill notched her highest beam score of the season with an 8.65.

Pamela Magill said she hopes to continue hosting USAIGC events in he future as the program builds.

“Its really nice for all gymnasts to be able to compete at their home turf, where their friends and families can come watch,” She said. “As an owner, I love being able to host the meets here. It’s really fun to have this kind of energy.”

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