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Premier Gymnastics competes at national meet

Premier Complex Gymnastics athletes who competed at the national level include (front, l-r) Rileigh Schwartz, Karlie Heinbuch, Isabelle Thielke, Lyla Stone, Paige Komanec and Sara Leintz; (back) Allison Nutzman, Makayla Miller, Siri Yuhas, Haylie Hannah, Brenna Schwartz, Kirstan Keppen and Marlee Dietrich.

Gymnasts from Premier Complex Gymnastics traveled to the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa for the AAU National Gymnastics meet on June 28-30. The top AAU gymnasts from across the nation come together at the end of the season to compete for national titles.

Traveling with the team were staff members Kayla Cross, Adrianna Dietrich, Jolene Keppen and Dianne Dietrich. Premier Complex Gymnastics has campuses in New Richmond and Clear Lake.

Competing in the AAU Gold Division were Karlie Heinbuch of New Richmond and Rileigh Schwartz of Glenwood City. Competing in the Platinum Division were Siri Yuhas, Lylan Stone and Paige Komanec of Amery, Haylie Hannah of Glenwood City, and Isabelle Thielke, Makayla Miller and Allison Nutzmann of New Richmond. Competing in the Diamond Division were Sara Leintz of Clear Lake, Brenna Schwartz of Glenwood City, and Marlee Dietrich of Amery. Competing in open optional was Kristan Keppen of Turtle Lake.

Training through the school track season, while most of the girls competed in track April through June, the girls competed at the AAU state meet in April. Some traveled to the regional meet in Missouri in May and then on to Tampa.

The Premier Gym gymnasts all did well at Tampa, with many placing on the podium.

In the Gold Division, Heinbuch took ninth on the floor exercise with an 8.3 score and tenth in the all-around competition. Schwartz placed tenth in the floor exercise and 11th in all-around.

In the Platinum Division, Nutzmann took seventh place on the beam and ninth all-around. Miller took seventh on the beam and tenth all-around. Komanec made the podium by taking fifth place on the beam and she finished ninth in all-around. Thielke made the podium by placing fifth on the vault and sixth on the beam, while taking tenth all-around. Stone placed eighth on the beam and eighth all-around. Yuhas made the podium in three events, placing fifth in the vault, sixth on bars and sixth on beam, earning 10th all-around in her division. Her 34 in all-around moves her up to the Diamond Division. Hannah made the podium by placing sixth in the beam and she placed ninth all-around.

In the Diamond Division, Leintz took ninth on bars and tenth all-around. She also competed her Yurchenko entry vault for the first time. Brenna Schwartz took ninth on the vault and 11th all-around, Dietrich made the podium with a third place finish in vault. She was eighth on the bars and ninth on floor exercise.

In the open optional level, Keppen was the national champion in vault, with her piked Yurchenko vault scoring a 9.0. She only attempted one vault, due to a high ankle sprain earlier in the week. She also placed third on beam, fourth on bars, fifth on floor and fourth all-around, making the podium in every event.

This is the sixth national AAU meet for Premier Gymnastics and this year, both the North and South campus gymnasts were in attendance.

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.

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