In Brief: Inaugural Ann Arbor rowing championship, local gymnasts win state titles
Courtesy Kit Bennett
Crew teams from Huron, Skyline and Pioneer high schools will battle for city supremacy at the inaugural Ann Arbor High School Rowing Championship on Saturday.
Miles of underwater cable and more than 600 buoys are set up along the Huron River from U.S. 23 to Gallup Park for the event, which begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 1:30 p.m.
The Skyline crew program is hosting the state-of-the-art course, generally only seen at larger regional or national events.
Entry to the event is free. Viewing of the finish line is best from the pavilion in Gallup Park, near the small bridges and islands on the river.
Visit skylinecrew.com for more information.
Gym America gymnasts win state championships
Seven gymnasts from Gym America in Ann Arbor won individual state championships at the USAG State Gymnastics Championships over the weekend in Lansing.
The event, which was held at the Summit in Lansing, attracted about 600 of the best gymnasts from throughout Michigan, competing for state titles in Levels 7-10.
Gym America's team competed in Levels 7, 8 and 9, and won individual state championships at each level. The Ann Arbor gym also did very well in the team competition. In Level 7, Gym America placed third out of 35 teams from across the state. The Level 8 team finished in sixth place, while the Level 9 team took eighth place.
In Level 9, Emma Kerber won two state championships for Gym America, winning the balance beam and floor exercise in her age group. She scored a 9.375 in both events to take the titles. Kerber also placed second in the all-around.
Gym America's other Level 9 gymnasts also fared well at the meet, all of them qualifying for regionals with their scores. Leah Clapper took fourth on floor and sixth on beam; Taylor Helber placed third on beam; Morgan Bradford took fourth on beam; and Darby Slater placed sixth on beam.
In Level 8, Gym America had two state champions - Katie Black on the uneven bars (9.450) and Erika Myers on balance beam (9.350). Black was also second in the all-around.
All of Gym America's Level 8 gymnasts also qualified for regionals. Myel Ristenblatt was second on vault and third on bars; McKenna Linnen was second on beam; Bianca Allen placed third on bars; Camille Burt took sixth on beam; Amelia Hill placed ninth on vault; Mara Santiz was 10th on beam; Lilli Paquin placed 10th on vault; Cali Harden took 10th on bars; and Addison Neff was 12th on beam.
In Level 7, Gym America had four state champions. Hannah Lewis was a state champ in two events, winning the vault (9.725) and uneven bars (9.375). Amelia Moorehouse was also a state champion in two events, taking first in the balance beam (9.450) and floor exercise (9.50). Riley Meeks won the state title in the floor exercise (9.475), while Alex Wagner captured the vault title (9.575).
Also placing for Gym America at Level 7 were Laurel Dudek, second place on vault; Samantha Fontana, third on vault; Angelia Daman, third on vault; Naya Haynes, third on vault; Ling Peng, fourth on bars; Nicole Bow, fourth on vault; Jenna Gileczek, fourth on vault; Seanna Mueller-King, fourth on floor; and Megan Black, 12th on vault.
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