The Door County YMCA Strivers Gymnastic Team took 20 national qualifying gymnasts to the 2019 YMCA Gymnastics Nationals in Wisconsin Dells. Level 2 gymnast Lauren Pratt returned to nationals and defended her 2018 title earning her back to back championships. Level 2 teammate, Amira Anschutz captured her first title on the floor exercise while Excel Gold gymnast, Desirae Guilette captured a balance beam title. Level 8 gymnast Miya Eliyha competed in the preliminaries and earned a spot in the top 25 to compete in the Championships for Level 8. Miya bumped up into the top 15, earning her a Level 8 All Around medal.
Competing their way to the top ten in their level and age bracket were:
Level 8 – Miya Eliyha 15th all around, 3rd beam, 10th on floor/bars.
Level 6 – Mikaila McCambridge 2nd on bars/beam/all around, 7th vault, 6th floor
Excel Gold – Desirae Guilette 1st beam, 9th all around – Stevie Routhieaux 2nd beam, 5th all around – Abby DeClark 6th on bars/beam – Abi Tooley 2nd bars, 4th beam, 6th all around 9th vault – Eliana Kerscher 9th all around, 10th on floor/bars.
Excel Silver – Jozlynn Burlo 2nd on vault/bars, 5th on beam and all around – Anna Gallardo-Ibarra 4th on bars/beam/floor and all around, 9th vault – Shylee Asher 6th on bars/beam, 8th on vault/all around and 9th floor.
Level 4 – Daylia Sund 3rd on bars/vault, 4th all around and 9th beam – Sophia Sternard 4th vault, 5th floor.
Level 2 – Lauren Pratt 1st bars, 2nd all around, 3rd beam, 7th floor, 9 vault – Amira Anschutz 1st floor, 2nd all around/beam/bars, 8th vault – Alexa Jimenez-Seyfer 4th vault, 7th floor, 8th all around, 9th beam – Laylia Stai 7th beam, 9th vault – Madison Voight 3rd bars, 7th all around, 8th floor, 9th beam.
The competition hosts 2,000 gymnasts from 93 YMCA’s across the United States competing in 10 levels of competition. Levels 1-10 are divided into Child, Junior and Senior divisions. Each division awards medals to the top 30 percent in an age bracket. Gymnasts throughout their competitive season (Nov-Apr) qualify for State and Nationals by scoring a certain All Around average within their competitive level.
Striver Coaches are Nikki Pollman, Amy Gamble, Heather Haese, Gerritt DeJonge, Mikki Rankin, Libby Pieczynski and Erin Hemminger.