Held March 22-24 in Clarksville, the competition is the largest of the season so far and serves as the qualifying event for the larger regional competition later this spring.
ETCG’s Xcel Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum teams competed, as did the more advanced Levels 7 and 8. The Bronze team placed second; Silver, Gold and Platinum placed first; and Level 7 placed ninth.
As of late last month, three of ETCG’s Xcel teams — Silver, Gold and Platinum — were ranked No. 1 in the nation in their respective levels. The top 100 teams are ranked each year out of thousands of teams across the country, said Angie Taylor, co-owner and coach at ETCG.
“Our Silver team last year got it, but we’ve never had this many teams (be No. 1) at the same time,” said Taylor. “It’s very hard to get.”
The state competition crowned all-around winners and winners in four individual events, Taylor said. Each ETCG gymnast aimed to place within the top 10, a goal many of them accomplished.
“Our goal at state is to be top 10, because there are so many more kids that come to state than normal competitions. We had so many top threes, top fives,” Taylor said. “Then we’ve got a lot maybe that didn’t get the top three for the all-around, but they did for events. … A lot of kids got their personal bests, too, at this meet.”
The top 10 athletes in each level qualified for state teams, which will represent Tennessee at regional competition.
Going to regionals
Now that the state competition has concluded, ETCG gymnasts have set their sights on regionals, which welcomes top athletes from eight states across the South.
Some ETCG athletes will compete at regionals as part of the Tennessee state teams, while others will compete individually. Several Xcel athletes qualified for regionals along with four higher-level gymnasts, who will compete for the chance to go to nationals.
Taylor credits the gym’s success to not only the athletes, but also to the parents, coaches and community members who support them.
“Putting God, family and business in line has helped this ETCG gym grow, and we thank the Lord for the opportunity that he’s given us,” Taylor said. “We always tell that to our kids and even parents: God, family, then gymnastics.”
With the help of Mick and Diane Childress, Taylor and her husband, Danny, opened ETCG in 2002. The Taylors recently opened a second location in Johnson City and are now holding open registration for new athletes.
To learn more, call (423) 230-1400, email [email protected] or visit etcheerandgymnastics.com.