Local gymnasts return with medals from nationals
Six athletes return to Victoria with bronze, silver and gold medals
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Full Force trampoline and tumbling team are back from their trip to Salt Lake City, Utah for the 2021 Stars and Stripes National Championships. Ten athletes from Full Force participated in the competition and multiple athletes came back with medals.
Kinsley Marie won first place, beating 65 other athletes in level five double mini-competition. Marie says she thanks her coaches, hard work and is looking forward to doing better in tumbling next year so she can bring home another medal. Marie said her heart was pounding when she was standing on the podium.
Caleigh Ganaway, who was the returning national champion, would finish second in the country in level 7 double mini and second in trampoline. Ganaway was also the only one on the team to finish in the top three in two events.
Kayla Ferguson also finished on the podium beating out 42 other athletes to claim her bronze medal in the trampoline. Kayla enjoyed hanging out with friends and having fun while at nationals. Although Ferguson did finish in the top three, she wants to repeat her success, or do better next year.
Kelsi Most returned to her home state of Utah for her first nationals competition and did not disappoint the members of her family who showed up. Most won gold in trampoline beating out 44 athletes. Most also competed in double mini and finished 6th. Most say it was nice competing in her home state.
Kennedy Koenig and Kylie Ortiz competed as a duo in the level 9 synchronized trampoline competition and came out as national champions! The two were at a disadvantage heading into the tournament because at their home gym, there is only one trampoline. Not being able to practice their routines at the same time not only makes their win that much more impressive, but almost unbelievable.
Koenig and Ortiz were coach Chad Ganaway’s first duo where both of the competing athletes were from the same gym and his first duo to ever win synchro. Coach Ganaway says he is proud of all the girls. He also says winning and bring home the hardware is just icing on the cake.
“I tell them that you win the competitions in the gym not at the meets,” says Ganaway. “They practice hard and when we get [to nationals] we try to be as prepared as possible, and it worked out this time.”
Congratulations to all who participated.
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