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Bainbridge gymnasts place at state meet

The Level 5 athletes from the Bainbridge Island Boy’s Gymnastics team. In front, Hugh Fordyce, Cameron Austin and Abe Muldrow. In back, Coach Bryan Garoutte, Coach Tim Farro and Collin Hansen. - Photo courtesy of Leslie Hansen
The Level 5 athletes from the Bainbridge Island Boy’s Gymnastics team. In front, Hugh Fordyce, Cameron Austin and Abe Muldrow. In back, Coach Bryan Garoutte, Coach Tim Farro and Collin Hansen.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Leslie Hansen

The Bainbridge Island Boy’s Gymnastics team wrapped up their successful season with exciting performances at the state meet in Richmond on March 16-17. Twenty teams statewide competed for the championship.

The Level 4 team displayed significant depth as newcomer Owen Scheer showed unyielding consistency across the board.

Snagging sixth place on parallel bars, seventh on vault, eighth on pommel horse and rings, and ninth on high bar, Owen emerged as the 11th place victor in the all-around.

Powerhouse Leo Uyekawa thundered to a fifth-place finish in both vault and rings and placed 13th in the all-around.

Standout Max Bispham had rock-solid performances, nailing a fifth on vault and a ninth on the floor.

Tommy Goodham leapt to a ninth on vault rounding out the 7- to 8-year-old contingent.

For the 9 to 10 year olds, Kiernan Liberman had impressive routines, and secured a fifth place on vault, seventh on the high bar, and finished 12th in the all-around.

Josiah McDaniel seized 10th with a robust showing on vault.

The Level 5 gymnasts had an outstanding meet as well.

Veteran Hugh Fordyce swung through his routines with grace and power and landed a solid 11th place on rings and vault.

Cameron Austin powered through his pommel horse routine with a personal best score and a fourth-place victory. He continued his solid performance with ninth-place finishes in both vault and parallel bars.

With a solid 10th-place finish in the all around, Abe Muldrow claimed seventh on rings and vault, eighth on floor and ninth on pommel horse.

Collin Hansen nailed third on parallel bars with a stunning routine and claimed sixth on pommel horse and a ninth on vault earning a 12th place finish in the all-around.

Level 9 high-flier Nate Opalski soared to a third-place finish for his high bar routine, pegged fourth on the floor and secured an all-around fourth-place finish.

Three gymnasts qualified for the next level of competition. Nate Opalski, Abe Muldrow and Collin Hansen all qualified for the regional meet by achieving high overall scores.

The regional championships will be held in Helena, Mont. on April 6-7. The Bainbridge gymnasts will battle athletes from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

 

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