New facility has gymnasts beaming
With Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock & Roll” jamming in the background and the audience clapping along, 12-year-old Alex DeLeo was finally able to perform a routine she had been practicing for three months.She was one of more than 80 gymnasts to present floor routines and compete in beam, floor and vault events on Saturday at the first gymnastics meet at KidzPlex in West Glenwood.”We’ve been practicing a long time,” said DeLeo, a Glenwood gymnast. “We learned our routines a while ago.”The gymnasts, who ranged in age from 11 to 17, were divided into five categories: levels three, four and five, which are the beginner divisions, and optional A and B, which are the more advanced divisions. They traveled from places including Denver, Montrose and Pagosa Springs to compete.
“It is great,” said Heidi Cook, a gymnastics coach at KidzPlex. “Parents came from all over, and I think everyone is doing great.” DeLeo, competing in optional A division in front of a packed house at KidzPlex, nailed her routine, scoring a 9.3. She finished the day with a 8.75 average after the four events.”I was shaking a lot,” DeLeo said. “A lot of people were shaking.”Maria Mork, a 13-year-old Glenwood gymnast competing in the optional B category, was also nervous, but still thought she turned in a good performance. Mork finished with an 8.73 four-event average.
“I think I did really well,” Mork said. “It was exciting. A lot of us were nervous, but we overcame it and did really well.”Out of six Glenwood gymnasts in optional B, Hope Whitman finished highest with a 9.24 average, Lyndee Zelenka was second with a 9.15 average, and Brittaney Cole was third with a score of 8.89. Sophia Vidal scored an 8.84 and Kristin Mason finished with an 8.5 average. “I think we had an advantage with it being a home meet,” Mork said.Chelsee Sutherland and Taryn Pearce rounded out the Glenwood gymnasts optional A group, averaging an 8.51 and an 8.55, respectively.
Although KidzPlex has been open since January, Saturday’s competition was its inaugural meet, and Mork said she likes the new facility.”I thought it was a little small at first, but now I have gotten used to it,” Mork said.DeLeo agreed.”I think it is pretty big now; I love it here,” she said.
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