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March 29, 2005 > Bay Aerials Wins NORCAL Level 7

Bay Aerials Wins NORCAL Level 7

by Jay Dore

This was as close as it gets. Bay Aerials Gymnastics of Fremont won an exciting team championship on a tiebreaker over Airborne Gymnastics of Santa Clara at the Northern California Level 7 State meet in Visalia on March 19 and 20. Bay Aerials and Airborne both finished the meet with team scores of 187.825, so the winner had to be decided based on the highest team score on a single event. Bay Aerials took home the championship banner with a 47.675 score on beam, 0.15 points above Airborne's 47.525. The outcome of the two-day meet was in doubt until the very last event on the second day, when Bay Aerials' youngest competitor, Stephanie Chan, scored a 9.15 on the bars to push Bay Aerials into the tie. West Valley Gymnastics of Campbell placed third with a score of 186.575. 250 athletes representing 49 gyms competed at the meet.

For the second year in a row, Kaitlin Dore of Newark had a great performance at the State meet, leading the Bay Aerials assault with a 37.75 in the all-around. Dore's all-around score was third best among the 250 competitors, landing her a spot on the State Team, which is made up of the top six all-around scorers at the meet. Dore also won the all-around for her 12-year-old age group, and took firsts on floor with a 9.575 and vault with a 9.40. She placed second on bars with a 9.35. All four of her scores contributed to the team score.

Fremont's Katie Biddle hit a pair of 9.45s on the beam and floor, as well as 9.325 on vault, to finish with an all-around 37.325, putting her third in the 12-year-old age group. All four of her scores also contributed to the team score.

Lena Liu of Fremont finished an absolutely fantastic season by taking first place in the younger 14-year-old all-around with a score of 37.35. This was Lena Liu's seventh first place all-around finish of the season. Liu was first on vault with a 9.50, second on bars with a 9.60, and third on floor with a 9.25. Gina Liu, Lena's twin sister, placed second in the all-around with a 37.275. Gina Liu landed first on beam with a 9.50 and second on floor with a 9.325. All four of Gina Liu's scores contributed to the team score.

Stefani Gyulai of Fremont hit a 9.40 to win the younger 14-year-old floor competition. Gyulai also scored a 9.45 to place second on vault, and took fourth all-around with a 36.75.

Fremont's Crystal Paz, working on a back-to-back season after competing at Level 6 last fall, had a great meet to finish first in the older 11-year-old all-around, scoring a 37.175. Paz was first on beam with a 9.60, and second on floor (9.375) and vault (9.30). Stephanie Chan of Fremont, also working a back-to-back season, landed first on beam in the younger 11-year-old age group with an amazing 9.70, and took third all-around with a 37.225.

Alexandra Buttars of Fremont also had an outstanding meet with a 37.00 all-round, placing her second in the older 14-year-old age group. Buttars hit a first on beam with a 9.225, second on vault (9.55), second on bars (9.10), and third on floor (9.125). Shenel Harris hit an outstanding 9.65 to win the 15-year-old floor competition, and was third in the all-around with a 36.65.

Trina Duarte rounded out the Bay Aerials team, which was coached by Lisa Aguirre, Maria Traggio, and Rod Radunzel.

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