For the City Times
In March 2016, 14 optional-level gymnasts and 12 Xcel-level gymnasts from Russell Gymnastics in Stevens Point competed in their respective USAG state meets.
They qualified for their state meets during the competition season, which ran January through March, 2016.
Optional-level gymnasts qualifying for the state meet were Briar Armatoski, Natalie Bialis, Jurnee Brandt, Jayden Bruneau, Audrey Doering, Riley Keene, Shelby Lutz, Madelyn Manternach, Megan McGinley, Tessa Sanders, Kali Schierl, Jillian Space, Katelyn Trowbridge and Ashlyn Vicko.
In level 7, gymnasts finished as follows: Riley Keene (11A yrs), 13th vault, 9th bars, 8th beam, 11th floor, 11th all-around; Natalie Bialis (12A yrs), 6th vault, 11th bars, 17th beam, 10th floor, 14th all-around; Jayden Bruneau (12B yrs), 10th vault, 4th bars, 13th beam, 12th floor, 9th all-around; Briar Armatoski (12B yrs), 2nd vault, 16th bars, 14th beam, 13th floor, 13th all-around; Shelby Lutz (12B yrs), 18th vault, 19th bars, 5th beam, 14th floor, 14th all-around; Jillian Space (14 yrs), 6th vault, 4th bars, 7th beam, 3rd floor, 3rd all-around; Ashlyn Vicko (14 yrs), 2nd vault, 13th bars, 3rd floor, 1st floor, 5th all-around; Megan McGinley (14 yrs), 7th vault, 5th bars, 11th beam, 11th floor, 9th all-around. Audrey Doering qualified for state but did not compete. The level 7 team took 8th place out of 21 teams at the meet.
Level 8 gymnasts finished as follows: Katelyn Trowbridge (13B yrs), 6th vault, 5th bars, 9th beam, 1st floor, 6th all-around; Jurnee Brandt (13B yrs), 11th vault, 13th bars, 13th beam, 9th floor, 13th all-around; Tessa Sanders (15 yrs), 10th vault, 8th bars, 11th beam, 9th floor, 9th all-around.
In level 9, Madelyn Manternach (12 & under) took 6th on vault, 8th on bars, 6th on beam, 7th on floor and 6th all-around. Kali Schierl (16 & up) took 1st on vault, 4th on bars, 12th on beam, 8th on floor and 3rd all-around.
Katelyn Trowbridge, Madelyn Manternach and Kali Schierl also qualified for the USAG regional competition, held in April in St. Louis, MO.
Xcel-level gymnasts qualifying for the state meet were Isabelle Aguillera, Sarah Adams, Bailey Blader-Lucht, Brooke Blader-Lucht, Makenna Fisher, Olivia Heese, Bailey Herzog, Tatianna Hetzel, Jessica Kruzicki, Madeleine Kolarik, Emily Mutz and Casson Omernik.
Xcel gymnasts finished as follows: Makenna Fisher (Gold Sr A), 19th vault, 9th bars, 15th beam, 6th floor, 15th all-around; Tatianna Hetzel (Gold Sr B), 16th vault, 18th bars, 20th beam, 19th floor, 21st all-around; Madeleine Kolarik (Gold Sr C), 7th vault, 10th bars, 9th beam, 2nd floor, 5th all-around; Emily Mutz (Gold Sr C), 18th vault, 15th bars, 12th beam, 4th floor, 14th all-around; Isabelle Aguillera (Gold Sr C), 13th vault, 6th bars, 19th beam, 15th floor, 18th all-around; Jessica Kruzicki (Gold Sr D), 1st vault, 20th bars, 4th beam, 5th floor, 2nd all-around; Casson Omernik (Gold Sr D), 11th vault, 6th bars, 15th beam, 11th floor, 14th all-around; Bailey Herzog (Gold Sr D), 17th vault, 19th bars, 19th beam, 19th floor, 21st all-around; Olivia Heese (Gold Sr D), 21st vault, 22nd bars, 15th beam, 3rd floor, 22nd all-around; Bailey Blader-Lucht (Silver Sr B), 4th vault, 18th bars, 8th beam, 11th floor, 7th all-around; Brooke Blader-Lucht (Silver Sr D), 6th vault, 12th bars, 22nd beam, 9th floor, 13th all-around. Sarah Adams qualified for state but did not compete.
Dave and Debbie Russell opened Russell Gymnastics in 2012.
The gym offers a full range of recreational and competitive gymnastics programs, from parent-tot classes through optional level 10. Classes for boys are also offered.