Nineteen athletes from Gem City’s tumbling team traveled to Charleston, West Virginia, for the 2019 National Championships of the United States Tumbling and Trampoline Association (USTA) on June 17-22. Nationals had over 2,100 athletes from 147 teams competing 4,500 events.
Gem City’s novice girls tumbling team earned a first place trophy in their division. Plus, there were several top 10 individual finishes. Gem City’s tumbling team coaches are Zeke Cernea, Laci Heller, Anne Nash, and Lydia Schrand.
Bree Barnes will graduate from Quincy Senior High School this year. She is the daughter of Brian and Cinda Barnes and a part of the Gem City family for almost 12 years. She was on gymnastics team, tumbling team, and just this past year on the Gem City All-Star squad. In 2012, Bree qualified and competed in the AAU Junior Olympics.
Sophia Soltwedel, long-time presence at Gem City as an athlete and employee, will graduate from Quincy Senior High School this year. She tumbled at the gym for 10 years, competing for seven of those years on the Tumbling Team. Sophia also danced for 10 years at Beth Heinze Dance Academy and was very involved in high school.
Twenty-four of Gem City’s tumblers competed in Monmouth, Illinois, on April 14. Our advanced girls swept the age 11-12 division when they earned the top 3 places.