Delaney Gaddis takes second at state

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kara K. Pearson Post IndependentGlenwood KidzPlex gymnast Delaney Gaddis practices on the bars last week at KidzPlex to prepare for the state competition. Gaddis took second overall in the 11-year-old division of the level five United States Association of Gymnastics Colorado state meet on Saturday and Sunday at Loveland High School.

LOVELAND – If a gymnast’s lowest score is a 9.2 – on a 10-point scale – during a four-event state competition, odds are the final result is going to be pretty good.That was the case for Delaney Gaddis at the United States Association of Gymnastics level five Colorado state competition at Loveland High School on Saturday and Sunday.The 11-year-old Glenwood KidzPlex gymnast took second overall for the 11-year-old division with an all-around score of 37.6.

“The big highlight of the day was Delaney,” said Glenwood KidzPlex coach Heidi Koch. “That was the highest score I’ve had at any level for any kid at state.”Gaddis scored a 9.2 on the bars, a 9.35 on the vault, a 9.45 on the floor and a 9.6 on the beam. Those scores put her at second in the beam competition, tied for fifth in the vault and floor and tied for ninth on the bars.”She rocked,” Koch said of Gaddis. “I was really happy for her.”

Another Glenwood KidzPlex athlete, Jenna Pearce, placed 68th overall in the 12-year-old division at the same competition. Her all-around score of 32.5 was boosted by an 8.750 on her floor routine and a 8.250 on the vault. She also earned a 7.85 on the beam and a 7.65 on the bars.The third of the Glenwood KidzPlex trio competing at state was Natasha Jordan, who competed in the 11-year-old division with Gaddis. She finished 72nd overall with an all-around score of 31.125. Jordan’s best event was the vault, where she received a 8.425. Her remaining scores included: a 8.05 on the floor, a 7.5 on the beam and a 7.15 on bars.Six other Glenwood KidzPlex gymnasts will be competing in the level four USAG Colorado state meet this weekend as Morgan Ash, Hunter Ash, Brooke Bruder, Brittany Bruder, Charlie Mechling and Morley Perrin will be competing against the best the state has to offer on Saturday and Sunday at the University of Denver.

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