Tumbling team starts season strong!

diamondTumbling team started the 2014-2015 meet season off big in Woodhull, Illinois on October 19. Congrats to the our athletes.

Woodhull, Illinois Meet Results
Sunday, October 19

Rylee Mellon – 1st Place, 40.30

Logan Covert – 1st Place, 34.10

Blayde Terrill – 2nd Place, 31.80

Abbey Redd – 3rd Place, 37.60

Kadence Haskins – 5th Place, 36.30

Lauren Cornwell – 6th Place, 37.40

Lanie Privett – 8th Place, 35.90

Reagan Smyser – 9th Place, 24.20

Gem City shines at Junior Olympics


Several Gem City athletes competed this week at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa. All athletes performed great! Some particular highlights were the gold medal finishes by Maggie Schutte and Gage Woolen as well as the silver medal finishes by Maurice Silas and Emily Lennox.

2014 AAU Junior Olympics Results


Maggie Schutte – Gold Medal, Advanced

Gage Woolen – Gold Medal, Sub-Novice

Maurice Silas – Silver Medal, Novice

Emily Lennox – Silver Medal, Novice

Brianna Barnes – 8th Place, Intermediate

Kadence Haskins – 10th Place, Intermediate

Reagan Smyser – 10th Place, Intermediate

Hailey Simons – 20th Place, Intermediate

Wish ‘Em Luck!


Gem City has several athletes competing this week at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa.

Maurice Silas and Emily Lennox competed yesterday. Both finished in 2nd place and advanced to finals today. It’s a great start for Gem City Tumblers!

Summer Refresh!

We’re getting back into the swing of things after a brief summer break.

Summer classes are now in session and we’re pumped! This is a great time of year for kids unfamiliar with gymnastics and tumbling to give it try! Summer is also a time that’s pivotal for established gymnasts and tumblers to learn new skills and routines.

Before we took our brief summer break, Gem City hosted the AAU Illinois State Trampoline & Tumbling Championship. It was a great time and our kids did an awesome job! We want to say a big Thank You to all the athletes, gyms, volunteers, and employees for making the meet a big success! We are now looking forward to the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa, in July! Below you can find individual placements and scores.

good-job-21Maggie Schutte – 1st Place, 41.00
Gage Woolen – 1st Place, 36.80
Dakota Bradshaw – 1st Place, 36.50
Maurice Silas – 1st Place, 33.70
Emily Lennox – 2nd Place, 36.20
Rylee Mellon – 3rd Place, 37.20
Alexis Mellon – 4th Place, 35.60
Abbey Redd – 4th Place, 34.80
Kennady Fleer – 5th Place, 36.30
Reagan Smyser – 5th Place, 36.00
Blayde Terrill – 5th Place 34.30
Kadence Haskins – 6th Place, 34.80
Jaden Essig – 7th Place, 33.60
Ashley Leonard – 8th Place, 35.30
Brianna Barnes – 8th Place, 34.80
Kobi Cookson – 9th Place, 34.60
Faith Manion – 10th Place, 36.20
Sophie Soltwedel – 10th Place, 34.20
Hailey Simons – 11th Place, 34.10

Tumblers Compete at USTA State

USTADecatur, IL – Gem City’s Tumbling Team has two State Champions and nine athletes who qualified for Nationals on Sunday, April 27, at the USTA Southern Illinois State Championship. Athletes had to have a top ten finish to advance to nationals.

Individual results below.

  • Gage Woolen – Sub Novice 1st
  • Maurice Silas – Novice 1st
  • Dakota Bradshaw – Sub Novice 2nd
  • Maggie Schutte – Advanced 3rd
  • Blayde Terrill – Sub Novice 3rd
  • Emily Lennox – Novice 5th
  • Kobi Cookson – Intermediate 5th
  • Faith Manion – Sub Novice 8th
  • Abbey Redd – Intermediate 10th
  • Hailey Simons – Intermediate 12th
  • Jaden Essig – Sub Novice 14th
  • Kennady Fleer – Sub Advanced 15th
  • Ava Soltwedel – Sub Novice 17th
  • Claire Bartley – Sub Novice 18th
  • Kadence Haskins – Intermediate 19th
  • Ashley Leonard – Intermediate 21st
  • Reagan Smyser – Intermediate 24th
  • Sophie Soltwedel – Intermediate 26th

A Strong Showing at Chatham Tumbling Meet


The tumbling team traveled to Chatham, Illinois, for a large meet with over 700 competitors on Sunday, May 6. All competitors placed in the top ten of their flight!



Dawson Nash – 1st place, 37.80

Logan Covert – 1st place, 35.90

Dakota Bradshaw – 3rd place, 36.60

Blayde Terrill – 3rd place, 36.70

Reagan Smyser – 3rd place, 37.80

Jaden Essig – 4th place, 35.90

Rylee Mellon – 4th place, 38.20

Faith Manion – 5th place, 36.70

Alexis Mellon – 6th place, 37.40

Abbey Redd – 7th place, 34.90

Emily Lennox – 7th place, 36.30

Kadence Haskins – 8th place, 35.90

Kennady Fleet – 9th place, 35.60

All Tumblers Finish Top 3 at Monmouth Meet!

Monmouth, Illinois – Gem City’s tumbling team rocked it at their meet on Sunday, March 8. All athletes finished in the top 3! Good work, tumblers. Individual results are listed below.


Maggie Schutte – 1st Place, 39.50

Dawson Nash – 1st Place, 30.50

Faith Manion – 1st Place, 37.50

Blayde Terrill – 1st Place, 35.00

Logan Covert – 1st Place, 36.70

Emily Lennox – 1st Place, 38.30

Rylee Mellon – 1st Place, 36.70

Kadence Haskins – 1st Place, 35.10

Hailey Simmons – 2nd Place, 33.20

Ava Soltwedel – 3rd Place, 33.50

Dakota Bradshaw – 3rd Place, 35.10

Abbey Redd – 3rd Place, 35.80

Alexis Mellon – 3rd Place, 34.00

Sophia Soltwedel – 3rd Place, 35.00

Strong Showing at Edwardsville Tumbling Meet

thumbs-upThe Gem City tumbling team made a strong showing at the Edwardsville YMCA “Tumble Bowl” meet on Sunday, February 2. Read below for individual results.

Meet Results

Gage Woolen – 1st Place

Logan Covert – 1st Place

Maurice Silas – 1st Place

Maggie Schutte – 3rd Place

Kadence Haskins – 4th Place

Emily Lennox – 4th Place

Kobi Cookson – 4th Place

Claire Bartley – 4th Place

Ashley Leonard – 5th Place

Faith Manion – 6th Place

Hailey Simons – 6th Place

Abbey Redd – 7th Place

Reagan Smyser – 8th Place

Tumbling Team Competes in First Meet of the Year

This past weekend Gem City’s tumbling team had its first meet of the year in Woodhull, Illinois. We’re very proud of each competitor! Keep up the good work.
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Rylee Mellon – 1st
Claire Bartley – 1st
Gage Woolen – 1st
Logan Covert – 1st
Maurice Silas – 1st
Abbey Redd – 2nd
Alexis Mellon – 4th
Reagan Smyser – 5th
Ashley Leonard – 6th
Audrey Kaufman – 7th
Kadence Haskins – 8th

Tumbling Team Competes at USTA Southern Illinois State

great jobGem City’s tumbling team competed this past Sunday at the USTA Southern Illinois State competition in Highland,Illinois.

This is our biggest tumbling meet of the season with over 900 athletes competing! Our downstate competitors performed well with nearly all qualifying for USTA nationals. Athletes must place 10th or higher to qualify. Find out about individual athlete placement below.

USTA Souther Illinois State Results:

1st – Maggie Schutte, Sub-advanced girls ages 13-14

2nd – Dawson Nash, Advanced boys all ages

3rd – Mick Bramlett, Advanced boys all ages

3rd – Brianna Barnes, Novice girls age 12

6th – Bella Soltwedel, Sub-novice girls ages 13-14

6th – Audrey Kaufman, Novice girls age 10

6th – Reagan Smyser, Sub-novice girls age 10

10th – Emily Lennox, Novice girls age 7

11th – Abbey Redd, sub-novice girls age 7

19th – Jaden Essig, sub-novice girls age 10

28th – Sierra Nash, intermediate girls ages 11-12

Don’t know what this tumbling team thing is? Read more about Gem City’s tumbling team here.