Local gymnasts fare well at national competition

July 23, 2014

AMONG NATION’S BEST: (From left) Madison Pearson (11-12 age group), Rachel Torres (13-14) and Emma Grace Brown (11-12) recently competed in the USA Gymnastics Tumbling and Trampoline Level 8-10 Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. The trio represent Gym Kats in Granbury.

Victory does not always mean coming home with a gold medal.

In the case of three members of the Gym Kats gymnastics team, head coach Kassie Hoosier said each returned home a champion in their own way from Louisville, Kentucky.

The trio of Rachel Torres, Emma Grace Brown, and Madison Pearson competed in the USA Gymnastics Tumbling and Trampoline Level 8-10 Nationals this past week.

Pearson and Brown competed in the 11-12 age group, while Torres was in the 13-14 category. It was the third appearance in four years at nationals for each, but their first in the higher category.

Each had previously participated in Level 5-7 Nationals. This year they advanced to Level 8.

Pearson brought home a medal, taking eighth overall in the double-mini competition, where athletes perform on a pair of smaller trampolines. She was also ninth in her flight and 39th overall in trampoline.

The competition featured over 1,600 gymnasts from across the nation. The top eight in each level and age group received medals.

Brown finished seventh in her flight and 24th overall in tumbling, fourth in her flight and 22nd overall in trampoline, and seventh in her flight and 26th overall in double-mini.

Torres took seventh in her flight and 18th overall in tumbling, seventh in her flight and 26th overall in trampoline, and fifth in her flight and 30th overall in double-mini.

“All three girls are walking away champions in their own way,” said Hoosier.

“For Rachel, it was overcoming her fear of the double-mini.

“For Emma Grace it was finally beating another competitor that she has been watching and chasing for two years.

“For Madison, it was taking eighth in the nation, bringing herself home a medal.”

Hoosier said all three will advance to Level 9 next year.

“This trio of girls never cease to amaze me,” said Hoosier. “I have high hopes for their future, with all three flipping forward to Level 9.

“They each show the utmost respect with a ton of classic sportsmanship toward their own teammates, as well as with all of the other competitors, making friends with everyone.

“They are always very serious, hard-working, razor-focused, dedicated, determined, humble and joyful, just flat-out fantastic to work with.”

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