Six area girls from the Flip-N-Out gymnastics program brought home 18 medals, including a National Championship in one of the events.
From June 11-14, the 2015 AAU National Gymnastics Championships were held in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Westgate Hotel. The gymnastics competition structure is divided by levels (2-10) and ages within the levels with optional levels available. Competitors qualify by their scores during the year's competitive meets. All 16 Flip-N-Out team girls qualified this year.
At the National competition, Tayte Bryan of Newcomerstown and Ella Baylor (Coshocton) competed at Level 3; Grace Gottwalt of West Lafayette and Elena Cadle of Newcomerstown, Level 4; Brianna Brown of Gnadenhutten, Level 7; and Lexi Leasure of Plainfield, Platinum Level.
There are four individual events (balance beam, vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise) and all around scores of the four event scores added together.
Each event awards places 1-10, as well as the highest all around scores. The girls' results were: Leasure, fourth on uneven bars and seventh all around; Brown, third on balance beam, fourth on even bars, second on floor exercixe and third all around (14 year division); Gottwalt, first on uneven bars, second on vault, fourth on floor exercise, and second all around (12 year division); Cadle, sixth on floor exercise, sixth on uneven bars, and 10 all around (11 year old division); Baylor, third on vault, sixth on uneven bars, eighth all around (9 year old division); and Bryan, fifth on fault and eighth all around (11 year old division).
Gottwalt's 9.75 was the highest score of the 82 competitors in all of the events in the Level 4 Division. She is the 2015 Level 4 U.S. National Champion on the Uneven Bars. It was the first national competition for Cadle, Bryan and Baylor, and the second for Leasure, Brown and Gottwalt.
Flip-N-Out is located at 16286 SR 93 south, a mile past Plainfield, Coshocton County.