Nine MEGA gymnasts clinch trips to regional meet with state meet successes

Three-day state meet was held in Rapid City from March 25-27

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In this file photo, a gymnast uses the chalk bowl during a meet in Mitchell.
Mitchell Republic file photo

RAPID CITY — Nine members of the MEGA Gymnastics team qualified for USA Gymnastics regional competition at the South Dakota State Youth Championships held March 25-27 at the King Center at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

In the Level 9 competition, Bentley Bates and Joslin Sommerville both qualified for regionals and joined by Olivia Prunty, MEGA earned first place as a team.

Bates won the all-around title with a score of 34.800. She had three top-five finishes in individual events, including scoring a team title with a mark of 9.225. Bates was second on bars (8.650) and fourth on floor (8.500).

Sommerville was second overall with a score of 34.550. She had top-three finishes in each discipline, including second-place scores on floor (8.725) and vault (9.100) and third-place marks on bars (8.425) and beam (8.300). Prunty won the vault title in the competition with a score of 9.175. She was fourth in the bars (7.800) and beam (8.100) and finished fifth in the all-around with a score of 33.075.

In Level 8, Alexys Reub, Emily Moody and Kyanna Gropper were regional qualifiers. For the 13-14 age group, Gropper finished third in the all-around scoring (35.500) and won the uneven bars competition with a score of 9.350. She also had a third-place finish on floor exercise (9.100). In the age 15 and older group, Moody was second in the all-around scoring (34.625) and won the beam competition (9.050). She was also second on the floor exercise (8.825) and was third in the vault (8.950).


Reub scored an all-around score of 34.325 for third place, while also winning the vault with a score of 9.225. She was third on beam (8.725) and fourth on floor (8.725). Tabitha Sadler was fourth in the all-around scoring (33.825), while scoring fifth place event finishes in vault (8.650), bars (8.175) and beam (8.400). Sidney Malde was fifth in the all-around (33.250) with a fifth-place finish on floor exercise (8.700).

MEGA also had three regional qualifiers in Ava Prunty, Makenna Auch and Kya Bannwarth. At age 12, Prunty won the all-around championship with a score of 36.925 points. She was the champion in vault (9.225), bars (9.275) and beam (9.250) and was second in the floor (9.175). Sophie Bahmuller was third in vault (8.900) and Kya Bannwarth was fourth in the vault (8.850) and fifth on beam (8.900). For ages 13 and older, Auch had a pair of top-five finishes in two events, including tying for second place on bars (8.900) and finishing fourth on vault (8.950).

In the Xcel Diamond competition, Chelsey Mohr was the lone South Dakota competitor but posted scores that qualified her for the Xcel regionals, which will take place April 29th to May 1 in Milwaukee, Wis. She had an all-around score of 37.550, vault at 9.250, bars at 9.675, beam at 9.250 and floor at 9.375.

As a team, MEGA’s Xcel Gold team earned fourth place. Nia Talley had a pair of top-five finishes in the Xcel Gold 10-and-under competition, where she took third on beam (9.125) and was fifth on vault (8.925). In the 12A competition, Hayden Seitz won the uneven bars event (9.100) and Abby Hohn was second on the floor exercise (9.325).

In the age 13 Xcel Gold competition, Claire Sommer was second in the floor exercise (9.325), third on bars (9.250) and took fourth in the all-around (35.650). Alli McCord had a second-place finish on bars (9.275) and Lily Bahmuller was fifth on vault (8.675).

In the age 14-and-older competition, Cedar Hawk was champion on floor exercise (9.450). Payton Hofer was fourth in the all-around scoring (35.275) and fourth on bars (8.950). Meagan Hagerty was fourth on beam (8.850) and fifth in the all-around (35.200).

At Level 3, MEGA’s team earned fourth place. For Level 3 ages 6-7, Wren Muntefering was third in the overall scoring (36.000) and took third in the bars (9.150) and floor exercise (9.250). In the Level 3 9B division, Leighton Backlund was second in the floor exercise (9.450). In the 9A division, Cheyenne Hohn was fourth in the vault (9.125). In the 10 age group, Rylee Heinrich was fifth in the uneven bars (9.250).

In Level 3 for age 11 and older, Reghan Willis-O’Connor won the all-around title for MEGA, scoring 36.625, plus was first in the floor (9.500) and bars (9.500) and was fifth in the vault (9.000). In Level 4 age 11 competition, Ariel Wermers had a pair of top-five event finishes, including third place in vault (8.925) and fourth in bars (8.900).


In the Xcel Silver competition, Breelyn Lather was the all-around champion in the ages 6-7 competition. She had an all-around score of 36.325, plus event titles on vault (9.000), beam (9.025) and floor (9.200), and was fifth on bars (9.100). Teammate Gwenivere Patton was third in the all-around scoring (35.625), including a second-place score on floor (9.150) and third on beam (8.950). Bria Waldstad took fifth in the all-around scoring (35.350), powered by a third place finish on floor (9.150) and fourth on beam (8.950).

In the age 8 Xcel Silver competition, Ellie Rylance was fourth in the floor exercise event scoring with a 9.350 and in the age 12 competition, Chacey Nogy was had a pair of top-five event finishes, with a second-place finish on beam (9.275) and fifth on vault (9.100). Also in Xcel Silver in the age 13 and older competition, Bridget Thomas was fourth in the all-around scoring (36.250), powered by a fourth-place finish on beam (9.225). Abbe McClure had a fourth-place floor finish (9.275) and was fifth on beam (9.150) in the age 13-plus group.

Also in the Xcel Silver group, age 9B competition, Katelyn Rauscher won the floor event title with a score of 9.375. She was second on beam (9.375) and finished third in the all-around scoring (36.850). Teammate Audrey Mudder was a fifth-place finisher on bars (9.225).

Additional MEGA gymnasts participating in the meet included: Abby Helleloid, Allison Walz, Amelia Jones, Ariel Wermers, Audrey Gabel, Elliot Smith, Gwen McAbee, Harley Goldammer, Hayden Seitz, Janaya Wright, Jayden Hofer, Kira DeJong, Lawler Bottum, Nova Long, Piper Reichert, Rachel Linn and Sydnie Pischel.

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