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September 13, 2005 > Bay Aerials take home Judges Cup

Bay Aerials take home Judges Cup

by Carmela Seilnacht

The Bay Aerials Gymnastics compulsory team competed at the 2005 NCWJA Judges Cup in Sacramento on August 27. Hosted by the NorCal Women's Judges Association, the competition included 31 teams from Northern California. Bay Aerials won first place honors, outscoring 14 other clubs and beating the second place team by almost 5 points.

The Level 5 team competed first. In the younger age division, 8-year-old twins Sofie and Sylvie Seilnacht of Fremont made a good showing. Sylvie tied for first on bars and placed third on beam. Sofie finished fourth on bars and tied for fifth on beam. Sofie and Sylvie won fourth and fifth place in the all-arounds, respectively.

In the middle age division, Castro Valley's Ariana Harger performed remarkably. She placed first on vault, beam and floor, garnering her the first place all-around title. Coming up behind Ariana was Katy deGuzman of Fremont whose consistently strong performance awarded her second place in the all-arounds. Katherine Sieverding's fifth place vault helped boost her to an eighth-place all-around finish and Hannah Lachman of Walnut Creek placed third on bars, giving her the tenth place finish in the all-arounds.

In the older age division, Bay Aerials had one competitor, Keri Kodama of Pleasanton. Keri's outstanding performance on floor won her first place in the event and earned her a fifth all-around finish.

The Level 6 team competed in the next session. In the younger age division, Newark's Isabelle Castillo was phenomenal. She placed first on vault, bars and floor and won the first place all-around title. Eight-year-old Lacy Dagen of Pleasanton won the beam event, placed second on bars, and tied for second on floor. Her amazing performance earned Lacy the second all-around title. Justine Chinn, also of Pleasanton, won second place on beam, giving her the fourth place in the all-arounds.

Bay Aerials Level 6 team continued its success in the middle age group. Fremont's Kianna Kagawa finished first on vault and floor. Her floor routine earned the highest score of the competition. Kianna finished first all-around. Alana Turangan of Fremont placed first on beam and second on vault giving her the third place all-around finish.

Wrapping up the Level 6 competition, just as successfully, were the girls in the older age division. Rachel deGuzman of Fremont placed first on bars and floor and earned the first place all-around title. At her heels was Allison D'Ambrosio, whose second place finish on beam, and third place on bars gave her the second place in the all-arounds. Finally, Andrea Suarez placed third on both vault and floor, earning her the sixth place in the all-arounds.

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