After successful state competition, Cheyenne Gymnastics turns its attention to regionals

Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 1:09 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - After COVID-19 canceled last year’s USA Gymnastics Wyoming State Championship, the girls of Cheyenne Gymnastics finally got to compete at states one year later this weekend in Gillette.

“I’d say it was really exciting, since we didn’t get to do it the last year,” said Gymnast Grace Dillow. “That was really disappointing not being able to show off what we had worked towards all year.”

Ranging from 7-17, all 38 Cheyenne Gymnastics’ gymnasts qualified for states and competed in floor exercise, vault, on the balance beam, and uneven bars.

As a team, Cheyenne Gymnastics placed first in the Xcel Silver, Xcel Bronze, and Xcel Platinum skill levels.

14 girls qualified for regionals, where the competition increases ten-fold.

The region consists of seven states, including Texas; a state in which some of the girls will eventually participate in collegiate gymnastics on full-ride scholarships.

It’s hard coming from a smaller state at regionals, but some at Cheyenne Gymnastics gymnasts said that, for them, the competition is more about having fun than winning.

“I started doing gymnastics when I was four and it was just kind of to do something cause I was bored,” said Gymnast Madison Benne. “But what really made me stick with it was all the nice people that are at the gym and just improving every year.”

The girls from Cheyenne Gymnastics will travel to Colorado, Texas, or Kansas to participate in regionals depending on their skill level.

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