Tumblers find success in Minnesota at USTA Nationals

Gem City’s competitive tumbling team qualified and advanced to the USTA National Championships in Rochester, Minnesota from June 14-19. Twenty-nine of our athletes qualified for Nationals at the State Championships, and 17 advanced to Nationals.

Some high points of the competition: Ellie Lithila is a National Champion, our Novice girls team is 2nd in the nation (out of the 116 teams attending nationals), and our Advanced girls team is third in the nation (again, 116 teams attending nationals)!

Below are some photos and full rundown of results from our fantastic week! Here’s a quick key to the emojis: 🥇🥈🥉🏅- indicates flight finish and 🏆- indicates top 10 overall finish

Day 1

Dorothy Boehmer kicked us off and did an amazing job. She placed 5th in her flight and 11th out of 32 athletes! Congratulations to a great athlete and teammate. 

⭐️🇺🇸 RESULTS DAY 1 🇺🇸⭐️

  • Dorothy Boehmer – SubNov
    5th in her flight 11th of 32

Day 2

Ten of our athletes competed today and GCGT collected eight top 10 finishes including a National Champion! Congrats to our great athletes and all of their hard work. 

⭐️🇺🇸 RESULTS DAY 2 🇺🇸⭐️

  • Ellie Lithila – Nov
    1st in flight
    🥇 1st overall of 23
    🏆 ⭐️National Champion⭐️
  • Ellisyn Stratman – Nov
    3rd in flight 🥉
    3rd overall of 14 🏆
  • Lydia George – Nov
    1st in flight 🥇
    4th overall of 14 🏆
  • Josalyn Miller – Nov
    4th in flight 🏅
    5th overall of 14
  • Lauryn George – Nov
    3rd in flight 🥉
    6th overall of 14 🏆
  • Mae Pitman – Nov
    2nd in flight 🥈
    6th overall of 23 🏆
  • Madilynn Wiseman – Nov
    4th in flight 🏅
    8th overall of 14 🏆
  • Aubrey Cress-Grote – Nov
    2nd in flight 🥈
    9th overall of 22 🏆
  • Ruby Akerson – Nov
    4th in flight 🏅
    12th overall of 40 
  • Millie Stewart – Nov
    7th in flight 🏅
    12th overall of 23

Day 3

Three of our advanced athletes competed today hoping to qualify for finals tomorrow by finishing top ten in their divisions. All three GCGT advanced athletes are headed to finals! As if that isn’t exciting enough, the GCGT novice girls team placed 2nd in the team competition! There are 116 competitive teams at Nationals this year and that is quite the accomplishment! Congrats to our great athletes and all of their hard work. (Novice team info below.)

⭐️🇺🇸 RESULTS DAY 3 🇺🇸⭐️

  • Sophia Slater – Adv
    4th in flight 🏅 4th overall going into finals 
  • MaryKate McReynolds – Adv
    2nd in flight 🏅 3rd overall going into finals
  • Ashlyn Akerson – Adv
    3rd in flight 🏅 4th overall going into finals 
  • GCGT Girls Novice Team – 2nd overall of 116 teams 🥈🏆
    • Josalyn Miller
    • Ellie Lithila
    • Mae Pittman
    • Lydia George
    • Lauryn George
    • Ellisyn Stratman
    • Aubrey Cress-Grote
    • Millie Stewart
    • Madilynn Wiseman 

Final day

Three of our advanced athletes competed today at finals and finished strong. We also had five intermediate athletes compete and they were awesome. We are extremely excited to announce that the GCGT advanced girls team placed 3rd in the all around team competition! There are 116 competitive teams at Nationals this year so that is an amazing accomplishment! We also enjoyed having honorary teammates from Gymnastics Academy of Charleston competing with our Gem City athletes today! It’s always fun to make new friends! Congrats to our great athletes and all of their hard work. 

⭐️🇺🇸 RESULTS DAY 4🇺🇸⭐️

  • Sophia Slater – Adv
    4th in flight 🏅4th overall going into finals
    🏅 5th place finish overall of 9
    🏆 Advanced team overall 3rd place 
  • MaryKate McReynolds – Adv
    2nd in flight 🏅
    3rd overall going into finals🥉
    3rd overall of 23 🥉
    🏆 Advanced team overall 3rd place
  • Ashlyn Akerson – Adv
    3rd in flight 🥉
    4th overall going into finals🏅
    3rd overall of 15 🥉
    🏆 Advanced team overall 3rd place
  • Morgan Mueller – Int
    3rd in flight 🥉
    5th overall of 20 🏆
  • Laken Hudnut – Int
    2nd in flight 🥈
    7th overall of 43 🏆
  • Nyla Joiner – Int
    5th in flight 🏅
    17th overall of 43 🏅
  • Finnigan Morehead – Int (Gymnastic Academy of Charleston athlete)
    2nd in flight 🥈
    2nd overall of 5 🥈🏆
  • Abigail Glass – Int (Gymnastic Academy of Charleston athlete)
    9th in flight 🏅
    14th overall of 20 🏅
  • Advanced Team
    • MaryKate McReynolds
    • Sophia Slater
    • Ashlyn Akerson