The gymnasts of AMKM Gymnastics had their sights set high for this year’s Wisconsin District Gymnastics Championships, held in Galesville, April 23-24.More than 400 gymnasts from the Midwest Region, which includes Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, attended the 2016 Wisconsin District Gymnastics Championships, which also serve as the national qualifier.
After a weekend of big skills and stuck routines, expectations that had been set were met and exceeded, as all 35 AMKM gymnasts qualified to the National Gymnastics Championships hosted in Orlando, Fla. A total of 22 AMKM gymnasts returned with a combined total of 55 District Championship Titles. AMKM also brought home four District Championship Team titles, 11 All Around Champions, 32 Silver Medals, 30 Bronze Medals and a top 10 finishes by every AMKM gymnast.
The weekend kicked off with the Level 4 competition, which included Lilly Radcliffe, Brooke Bauercamper, Gracey Mlsna and Kaydan Jothen. Brooke and Gracey both earned District Championship titles which helped the team earn a fifth-place finish. The Level 6 gymnasts, Isabell Korn, Abby Miller, Lauren Koss, Hailee Zimmerman and Katie Peterson, followed in session two. The team earned the 2016 District Championship title, and all five of these gymnasts brought home an individual District Championship title on their respective events.
The Level 7, 8 and Open Optional gymnasts wrapped up the meet. These gymnasts included Level 7’s Morgan Siekert, Kayden Cramer and Lydia Korn, Level 8 gymnast Lily Wiegand, and Open Optional gymnasts Ella Hemker, Gabby Geszvain, Lili Zeps and Maya Budin. Both the Level 7 and Open Optional teams earned first place to bring home the 2016 District Championship title. Morgan, Lydia, Lily, Ella, Maya and Gabby all earned gold bringing home individual District Championship titles as well.
Sunday’s meet started off with the Level 1 gymnasts Liberty Jothen, Jaycee Michek, Marlena Toney, Amber Bradley, Lilly Gilbertson and Amelia Bishop. The day started off with a big win for these young ladies, earning first place to bring home a District Championship title for the Level 1 team. Marlena, Jaycee, Lilly and Amelia all also brought home individual championship titles.
The Level 2 team followed, with Marin Gasper, Jordan Sawyer, Gabrielle Bjorkman, Livvy Nelson, Taj Tracey and Halee Porter. Their efforts earned them a fourth-place team finish. Halee earned individual championship titles for vault and beam. The Level 3 team of Kolbi Primmer, Gracie Giraud, Anna Radcliffe, Claire Roby, Emma Lubinsky and Ellayna Christopherson wrapped up the meet. These ladies had tough competition, but still earned the runner-up title, along with individual district championship titles from Kolbi, Anna, Claire and Emma.
In all, the coaches of AMKM could not have asked for a better wrap to the regular season! These gymnasts will now set their sights on competing at the Badger State Games and attending the USA National Gymnastics Training Center for camp at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas, both in June.
Full results can be found at www.amkmgymnastics.webs.com.