Transform Academy’s Xcel team kicked off their competitive season

Above is the Transform Academy Xcel team.  Front row left to right, Nichole Gokey, Lilly McKay, Ellison Ritzert, MaKenna Schaffner, Ella Roach, Tara Kielkopf, Haley Gunn, Nobalee Galbraith, second row, Evie Armstrong, Willa Kelpe, Kylie Garman, Emma Kelderman, Jackie Wieser, Allyson Maxwell, back row, Sydney Weppler, Emily Halterhaus, and Claire Corbin.  Not pictured, Natalie Clayberg, Hailey Curry, Taylor Keegel, Avree Ebelsheiser, and Maleah Walker (submitted photo)

Above is the Transform Academy Xcel team. Front row left to right, Nichole Gokey, Lilly McKay, Ellison Ritzert, MaKenna Schaffner, Ella Roach, Tara Kielkopf, Haley Gunn, Nobalee Galbraith, second row, Evie Armstrong, Willa Kelpe, Kylie Garman, Emma Kelderman, Jackie Wieser, Allyson Maxwell, back row, Sydney Weppler, Emily Halterhaus, and Claire Corbin. Not pictured, Natalie Clayberg, Hailey Curry, Taylor Keegel, Avree Ebelsheiser, and Maleah Walker (submitted photo)

Transform Academy kicked off the Xcel Gymnastics Competition season on Sunday February 24th in Coralville.  Ten gymnasts competed at the Winter Wonderland Invitational in the Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions.  They competed against hundreds of gymnasts from across the state including the host team, Iowa Gym-Nest.

Xcel Programs

The Xcel Program is designed to offer a broad-based, affordable competitive experience outside the traditional Jr. Olympic Program to attract and retain a diverse group of athletes. The program gives an opportunity for:

  1. Class students to participate in organized gymnastics events.
  2. Those athletes who have competed in the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program and have qualified to Level 7 or above but need a more basic introduction to optional competition.
  3. Those athletes who have competed in the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program at the Compulsory level and would like to experience a basic optional program during their “off” season while they train skills to move up in the JO Program, if they wish.
  4. Those athletes who have either “retired” from the Jr. Olympic Program or do not wish to train or compete at Level 7 or 8.
  5. Athletes not previously involved with USA Gymnastics to enter the program.

Gold Scores:

Name/Hometown

Age Group

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

All Around

Claire Corbin

Pella

12-13

8.500

 Tie 10th

8.450

Tie 14th

9.050

6th

8.200

 Tie 10th

34.200

8th

Evie Armstrong

Pella

12-13

9.000

Tie 1st

8.300

Tie 16th

8.600

Tie 14th

8.150

12th

34.050

9th

Sydney Weppler

Pella

12-13

8.500

Tie 10th

8.050

20th

8.900

Tie 8th

7.800

19th

33.250

17th

MaKenna Schaffner

Oskaloosa

8-10

8.000

Tie 18th

8.400

Tie 7th

8.800

11th

8.050

Tie 17th

33.250

16th

Kylie Garmin

New Sharon

13-16

8.400

Tie 11th

8.250

Tie 13th

7.850

19th

7.900

22nd

32.400

19th

 

Silver Scores:

Name/Hometown

Age Group

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

All Around

Willa Kelpe

Pella

8-9

8.300

11th

8.750

6th

8.900

Tie 5th

8.600

10th

34.550

9th

Nichole Gokey

Sigourney

10-12

7.200

20th

8.700

Tie 11th

9.450

3rd

8.050

Tie 19th

33.400

19th

Ella Roach

Oskaloosa

8-9

7.000

Tie 16th

8.700

Tie 7th

8.850

Tie 8th

8.300

16th

32.850

14th

Nobalee Galbraith

Oskaloosa

8-9

scratch

8.400

11th

8.600

12th

8.150

17th

25.150

18th

 

 

Bronze Scores:

Name/Hometown

Age Group

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

All Around

Ellison Ritzert

Pella

7 & under

9.400

1st

8.700

6th

8.600

 9th

9.400

1st

36.100

1st

 

Some of the divisions and age groups had up to 22 competitors.  Ellison Ritzert from Pella took home the gold in her division/age group with a total of 17 competitors.

The next meet for the Xcel team will be The Leapin’ Leprechaun this coming weekend in Hiawatha hosted by CRAG Gymnastics.

For details and more information on Transform Academy gymnastics, please email transform.gymnastics@gmail.com, call 641-676-1434 during business hours, Coach Slay at 641-295-1434, or by stopping by the facility at 2209 Park in University Park (former Vennard College gym).  Transform also offers other activities such as dance, cheer, & tumbling.

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