Alpena Gymnastics places nine, earns two national titles in Florida

Courtesy Photo Alpena Gymnastics recently competed at the AAU National Gymnastics Championships in Florida and produced two national champions in individual events. Alpena Gymnastics also placed nine girls total on the podium. Pictured left to right are: Billy Brousseau, Erika Johnson, Grace Samp, Callie Brousseau, Sydnie Lipski, Paige Samp, Maggie Thayer, Riley LaBarge and Geri Samp. Missing are Mia Couture and Savanna Spangle.

The Alpena Gymnastics team placed nine girls on the podium at the AAU National Gymnastics Championships in Tampa, Florida two weeks ago and also produced two individual event national champions.

Maggie Thayer earned a first place finish on the vault Saturday with a 9.35. Sydnie Lipski also earned a first place finish on the uneven bars with a 9.475. Each of the girls were placed into their age divisions where they competed against girls from all over the country.

Thayer earned a sixth place finish on floor (8.95), eighth on beam (8.70) bars (8.275) and all-around (35.25). Lipski earned fourth place on beam (9.10), and the all-around (36.35), fifth on floor (9.00), and sixth on vault (8.775).

On Thursday, Paige Samp and Callie Brousseau combined for several podium finishes. Samp earned fifth place on vault (9.10), sixth place on bars and beam (9.325), seventh place on floor (9.075) and her highest all-around score of 36.825 placed her sixth.

Brousseau earned third place on beam (9.60), fifth place on bars (9.50), ninth place on vault (8.60) and floor (8.725) and seventh all-around (36.425).

On Friday, Grace Samp and Savanna Spangle started off the morning with continued success. Grace earned a fourth place finish on bars (9.175), fifth on vault (9.025), seventh on floor (8.60), tenth on beam (8.40), and ninth in the all-around (35.20).

Spangle earned second place on floor (9.125), fourth place on beam (9.150), eighth on vault (8.90), ninth on bars (9.10), and seventh all-around (36.2750).

Competing that afternoon were Erika Johnson and Riley LaBarge. Johnson earned third place on beam (8.950), fifth on bars (9.00), seventh on floor (8.875), tenth on vault (8.80) and sixth all-around (35.625).

LaBarge earned a third place finish on beam (9.125) and in the all-around (36.575), fourth on vault (9.35) and floor (8.90), and sixth on bars (9.20).

Competing on the final day of competition (Saturday) were Mia Couture, Thayer and Lipski. Couture earned third place on vault (9.15), eighth on bars (8.750), floor (9.00) and all-around (35.20), and ninth on beam (8.30).