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11/27/2012 1:51:00 PM
Flip City competes at level 6 state gymnastics meet
Vanessa RamirezLevel 6 Vault State ChampionVVN/Sean Morris
Vanessa Ramirez

Level 6 Vault State Champion

VVN/Sean Morris
(Gymnast's name, Division, Vault, Bars, Beam. Floor, All Around)
MaKenna Bray, Child 2, 9.1250, 9.1500, 9.2250, 9.1250, 36.625
Lexi Harmelink, Senior 2, 9.2250, 8.5250, 7.9500, 8.9500, 34.650
Hailey McBride, Senior 2, 9.0750, 7.7250, 8.6750, 9.0750, 34.550
Vanessa Ramirez, Senior 1, 9.4250, 7.9000, 8.1500, 8.5000, 33.975
Makenzie Ingallina, Child 2, 9.0000, 7.7250, 8.3500, 8.4500, 33.525
Suzanne Guerror, Senior 1, 9.3750, 7.2500, 7.1000, 8.2750, 32.000
Aspen Stranton, Senior 2, 8.7000, 6.9500, 7.6500, 8.1500, 31.450
Adrianna Moody, Junior 3, 8.5500, 7.4750, 6.9000, 7.3500, 30.275
(Scores taken from

Sean Morris
Sports Reporter

COTTONWOOD - Flip City's Vanessa Ramirez took first place in vault with a score of 9.425 at the level six Arizona championships Nov. 17 in Chandler.

Ramirez was the only champ produced by Flip City this time around; Flip City's scores from the level six state meet were lower than usual, but Director Dianne Upham said her gym's approach to the meet was different for this state championship.

"We competed in this meet to qualify them and move them to the next level," said Upham. "If we would have had more time to prepare, the girls' scores would have been much better, but I'm still proud of how they did. It's tough to prepare for a routine in three weeks and then compete."

Up until three weeks ago, many Flip City gymnasts were working on other skills -- level seven skills. Flip City will have the most level sevens at the next state meet than ever before.

"I think we have a really good core group of kids -- it's not just Aleonna by herself this year. It's going to be a group of 10 to 12 level sevens and that's fantastic. It's going to be a really fun season."

Level seven and up is called 'optional' because gymnasts have more freedom to choose which elements they want to perform in routines. Every level below seven is called 'compulsory' because every gymnasts' routine is basically the same. Upham said that will change soon, and level six will become optional. She wanted to qualify her girls for seven before that change happens so they'll be in the competitive grouping that best suits their ability.

"These girls have exceeded my expectations, and they're sticking with it in high school," said Upham. "I have a brand new group of level fours and they're really excited about competitive gymnastics. They look up to the high school girls, and it's great to have that dynamic at our gym. Before our girls didn't have that, and I think in the long run it's going to make our little ones better gymnasts."

Check back with the Verde Independent to see how they do.

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