Riverside gymnasts finish the year strong

All levels shine bright at the state meet in Eugene

Riverside Gymnastic’s Level 4/5 team salutes onlookers as they prepare for heavy competition at the recently-completed state meet held on Nov. 19-20 in Eugene. The Level 4 girls’ team brought home a fifth place trophy from the event. The gymnasts are, pictured left to right, Erica Mathisen, Saige Brennan, McKailla Tyler, Daisy Morales, Gigi Hiser, Annika Baumgarten, Hope Pipkin, Bailey Jenkinson, Marissa Baldy, Gabbe Haskins, Victoria Lee-Valkov, Sydney Krentz, Sydney Stanley, Dylan Vaivoda, and Finley Jenkinson.                                                                                                                                                           Brian Goldfain/Contributed photo


Riverside Gymnastic’s Level 4/5 team salutes onlookers as they prepare for heavy competition at the recently-completed state meet held on Nov. 19-20 in Eugene. The Level 4 girls’ team brought home a fifth place trophy from the event. The gymnasts are, pictured left to right, Erica Mathisen, Saige Brennan, McKailla Tyler, Daisy Morales, Gigi Hiser, Annika Baumgarten, Hope Pipkin, Bailey Jenkinson, Marissa Baldy, Gabbe Haskins, Victoria Lee-Valkov, Sydney Krentz, Sydney Stanley, Dylan Vaivoda, and Finley Jenkinson. Brian Goldfain/Contributed photo

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Bailey Jenkinson

A Glance

Riverside Gymnastics Results

State Compulsory Meet

held in Eugene on Nov. 19-20

Level 3

Acasia Vann: vault- 8.85: bars- 8.85, 9th: beam- 8.45: floor- 8.075: All Around- 34.225

Bailey Holycross: vault- 8.8: bars- 9.05, 8th: beam- 8.55, 6th: floor- 8.275: All Around- 34.675

Brie Adams: vault- 9.075, 8th: bars- 8.775: beam- 8.4: floor- 8.925, 10th: All Around- 35.175, 10th

Brooke Awmiller: vault- 9.05: bars- 9.35, 3rd: beam- 8.75, 8th: floor- 9.125, 7th: All Around- 36.275, 6th

Ellie Rinella: vault- 9.35, 2nd: bars- 9.425, 2nd: beam- 8.55, 6th: floor- 9.225, 2nd: All Around- 36.55, 2nd

Emily Liberidhs: vault- 8.975: bars- 8.85: beam- 8.475, 9th: floor- 9, 8th: All Around- 35.3, 8th

Hannah Adams: vault- 9.45, 1st: bars- 9.1, 7th: beam- 9.225, 3rd: floor- 9.225, 5th: All Around- 37, 2nd

Kenna Strain: vault- 9.025: bars- 8.95, 7th: beam- 8.4: floor- 7.9: All Around- 34.275

Mia Byers: vault- 8.95: bars- 9.35, 3rd: beam- 8.175: floor- 8.8: All Around- 35.275, 9th

Sahale Pfriem: vault- 9.2, 7th: bars- 9.025: beam- 9.05, 5th: floor- 9.125, 7th: All Around- 36.4, 4th

Taylor Armstrong: vault- 8.875: bars- 8.55: beam- 8.075: floor- 8.5: All Around- 34

Taylor Cummins: vault- 8.875: bars- 9.125, 6th: beam- 8.025: floor- 8.75: All Around- 34.775, 9th

Level 4

Annika Baumgarten: vault- 8.4, 8th: bars- 7.1: beam- 8.725: floor- 8.775: All Around- 33

Dylan Vaivoda: vault- 7.9: bars- 7.9: beam- 8.325: floor- 8.3: All Around- 32.425

Erica Mathisen: vault- 8.6: bars- 9.325, 1st: beam- 7.7: floor- 9.025, 8th: All Around- 34.65, 9th

Finley Jenkinson: vault- 8.25: bars- 8.85, 3rd: beam- 9.2, 3rd: floor- 9.15, 4th: All Around- 35.45, 3rd

Gabbe Haskins: vault- 8.85, 1st: bars- 8.85, 5th: beam- 9.2, 4th: floor- 9.35, 2nd: All Around- 36.25, 3rd

Gigi Hiser: vault- 8.625, 7th: bars- 8.85, 7th: beam- 7.15: floor- 8.3: All Around- 32.925

Marissa Baldy: vault- 7.35: bars- 8.45: beam- 9.225, 3rd: floor- 9.1, 6th: All Around- 34.125

Sydney Krentz: vault- 8.1: bars- 8.225: beam- 8.925, 9th: floor- 8.425: All Around- 33.675

Sydney Stanley: vault- 8.05: bars- 8.7, 7th: beam- 8.725, 8th: floor- 8.85: All Around- 34.325, 9th

Bailey Jenkinson: vault- 8.825, 2nd: bars- 8.75, 8th: beam- 9.25, 1st: floor- 9.6, 1st: All Around- 36.425, 1st

Level 5

Daisy Morales: vault- 9.05, 3rd: bars- 9.375, 1st: beam- 8.8, 6th: floor- 8.725: All Around- 35.95, 3rd

McKailla Tyler: vault- 8.575: bars- 8.55, 7th: beam- 7.725: floor- 8.625: All Around- 33.475

Saige Brennan: bars- 8.45: beam- 9.25, 1st

While preparing her team for the most challenging meet of the season, Coach Sarah Smith kept one thing in mind: every move matters at the tough competitions.

And the competition turned out to be tough indeed. Over 20 teams congregated in the Willamalane Sports Center in Eugene.

Among them were the best compulsory-level gymnasts in the state of Oregon.

As Riverside gymnast Daisy Morales put it, “There were some really, really good girls there.”

The pressure was on, but there was an element of excitement at the event too.

“It was fun seeing other gymnasts who love gymnastics as much as I do!” Hannah Adams exclaimed.

Undoubtedly, Adams’ love of the sport was a sentiment echoed by the rest of her teammates, as evidenced by their hard work in the gym.

“Perfecting their routines these last few weeks has been a life lesson in perseverance and attention to detail,” Smith explained.

This particular life lesson led to success on many levels for Riverside.

Collectively, the team brought home 25 medals (1st through 3rd place), and the Level 4 team earned a 5th place trophy.

Bailey Jenkinson, who moved up from Level 3 to Level 4 this year, climbed to the top of the podium for her outstanding performances on beam and floor, and for her all-around score of 36.425.

“It felt amazing to be the state champion two years in a row,” Jenkinson said. “I was very shocked—it was a complete surprise. Being with my friends and cheering them on calmed my nerves and took the pressure off.”

Teammate Saige Brennan joined Jenkinson as a state beam champion. Brennan took first in the event in Level 5.

Bars champions were Erica Matthisen (Level 4) and Daisy Morales (Level 5). Morales will be moving up to Level 6 next season.

“I’m nervous, but excited!” she said of the upcoming change.

On vault, Hannah Adams and Gabbe Haskins earned first-place honors, Adams in Level 3 and Haskins in Level 4.

“My state meet was an overall great competition,” Adams said. “I was really nervous, but my coaches encouraged me. I was shocked when I won vault and medaled in every event.”

Added Haskins, “I was surprised when I took first place on vault. [I was] also very happy and excited at the same time. I have struggled on this event in the past, but I worked really hard. And working hard and trying hard never fails — and that is exactly what I did.”

Another group of hard-working gymnasts were the members of the Level 3 team, who met their personal goals at the meet.

Acasia Vann, Taylor Armstrong and McKenna Strain all scored in the 34’s, and Ellie Rinella met her goal of over a 36.5.

Looking back over an event that required such diligent efforts, and a season that involved such persistent levels of commitment, the coaches at Riverside were proud of their team.

“These girls competed really well,” Coach Smith said.

“They pushed hard to finish the season strong, and they succeeded.”

Riverside Gymnastics is a nonprofit organization with recreational and competitive programs for boys and girls.

For more information, go to www.riverside-gym.org or call 541-993-8625 or visit the gym at 2221 River Road in The Dalles.

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