Held on March 22-24 at Austin Peay State University, the competition welcomed hundreds of gymnasts from across the state, each one vying for a spot on the podium.
“I’m pleased with my girls,” said Kristin Lemons, owner and coach at Meadowview Gymnastics, of her athletes’ performance. “They work really hard, they train hard and they did a great job.”
Lemons said five teams from Meadowview Gymnastics participated in the competition, including three Xcel teams (Bronze, Gold and Platinum) and two higher-level teams (Level 7 and Level 9).
The Xcel Bronze team finished in first place, while the Level 7 team finished third behind two teams from Memphis, Lemons said.
Seven gymnasts from Meadowview Gymnastics were named all-around champions, while 18 were named champions in individual events, Lemons said.
Several athletes also qualified for state teams, which will represent Tennessee at regional competition. On the Xcel Platinum level, five gymnasts qualified for the state team, and another qualified as the first alternate.
One athlete qualified for the state team on the Xcel Gold level, Lemons said. In higher-level competition, one Level 7 athlete qualified for the state team, and another qualified as the first alternate.
Going to regionals
The next step up from state competition is regionals, Lemons said. Nineteen gymnasts from Meadowview Gymnastics qualified for regional competition, including three Level 9 gymnasts — all high school seniors — who will vie for a chance to compete at nationals.
“Once my Level 9s go to regionals, they’ll be trying to qualify for the regional team for nationals,” Lemons said. “They only take the top six all-around at each age group.”
Lemons said the gym qualified for three different regional competitions based on skill level. The most advanced competition featuring Level 9 and 10 athletes will be held April 12-14 in Cartersville, Georgia.
After that, the regional competition for Levels 6-8 will be held April 26-28 in Chattanooga, and the Xcel competition will be held May 3-5 in Hickory, North Carolina.
Lemons said this year’s state results are “pretty typical” for Meadowview Gymnastics, noting that higher-level gymnastics is a top priority for the gym. She added that two of the gym’s athletes were inducted this year into the Tennessee USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
“That’s one of our big goals is getting our kids up to the higher levels so that they can work on getting college scholarships and things like that,” Lemons said.
Since opening in 2004, Meadowview Gymnastics has offered a variety of classes for both recreational gymnasts and those looking to compete at the collegiate level. To learn more, call (423) 245-6779 or email [email protected]