Manning Gymnastics Heads To Nationals 6-26

Three Girls To Compete In Iowa

Three girls from Manning Gymnastics, getting ready for nationals next week.
They will be going to U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Elite Nationals. Sahrye Lozano, going to nationals for the second time at Level Eight. Jaden McCarter, two-time national champion, going to nationals for the fourth time in Level 10. Paxton Henley, two-time national champion, making her fifth trip to nationals in Level 10. Paxton was also asked to carry in the American flag at the opening ceremonies of nationals on the Fourth of July. If any of the Manning Gymnasts brings home gold this year it will be 20 years in a row that coach Chad Ganaway has had a national champion. I spoke with those three girls and coach Ganaway.

Said Lozano, “I know all the girls I’m competing against. They’re all really good. At my first Nationals I really didn’t think about that. But now I’m practicing harder and getting stronger in order to at least be one of the top ones.”

Said McCarter, “For Nationals, you start working after a competition to get your optional and your compulsory really good so it’s perfect.”

Said Henley, “I just think of nationals as another opportunity and just another competition. You can’t really overthink just because it’s nationals. Everybody’s the same, we all go there for a purpose.”

Said coach Ganaway, “Everybody’s looking good. They’ve been practicing hard, getting a little bit cleaner, trying to get a little more height. Everything’s going well. We’re on pace.”

Manning Gymnastics competes at nationals starting Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.