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Vandenberg's youth gymnasts soar in local tournament

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Several members of Vandenberg’s Jets Gymnastics excelled in a local tournament in Lompoc on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. The Jets qualified a record number of girls, 13, to the Southern California Sectional Championships, and eight qualified to state championships. (Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Several members of Vandenberg’s Jets Gymnastics excelled in a local tournament in Lompoc on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. The Jets qualified a record number of girls, 13, to the Southern California Sectional Championships, and eight qualified to state championships. (Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- As 2010 winds down, Vandenberg's Jets Gymnastics celebrates 20 years of providing gymnastics training to local youth. What began as a recreational program in a 2,200 square foot facility has evolved into a much larger program. In 1996, the program moved into its current location, a 20,000 square foot fully equipped training center. Since 1996 the Jets have developed a very successful competitive program, qualifying girls to sectional, state, and regional championships.

In November, the Jets qualified a record number of girls, 13, to the Southern California Sectional Championships, and eight qualified to state championships.

Sectional qualifiers: Savannah Ulat, Zia Harrigan, Zoe Harrigan, Jace Perero, Jahzara Davis, Katie Hatjen, Katelynn Griffen, Reagan Cobos, Martina Boltz, Riley Hall, Ashton Hall, Ashley Arbegast and Victoria Rothduetch. Martina Boltz had the team's highest placement at this meet earning fifth place on beam. Hall, Harrigan, Boltz, Perero, Cobos, Griffen, Ulat and Hartjen advanced to the state competition.

On Dec. 3, the Jets participated in the Lompoc Parade, taking first place. Then on Dec. 4, the Jets level 3-5 team competed at the annual Holiday in Paradise meet against teams from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. Two more club records were set at that meet; the team came away with 19 first place medals, and Katie Hartjen set a club record with her all around score of 35.45. But the day wasn't over; as the girls then went on to participate in the Santa Maria Parade of Lights, taking second place there.

Results from the Dec. 4 meet are as follows:

Level 3:

Brooke Buckley, 1st place on beam; 1st place all around
Emma Taylor, 1st place on vault and bars
Avery Hlivicko, 1st place on floor
Taryn Hall, 5, 1st place on bars and beam
Cassie Lorenz, 3rd place on all events; 3rd place all around
America Cobos, 4th place on vault, beam, floor and all around
Sandra Partlow, 4th place on bars
Emma Haupt, 5th place on bars

Level 4:

Savannah Ulat, 1st place beam; floor and all around
Jahzarah Davis, 1st place bars; 2nd place all around
Zia Harrigan, 2nd place beam and floor; 3rd place all around
Jace Perero, 1st place on beam and floor; 2nd place all around
Katie Hartjen, 1st place on vault, bars and beam; 1st place all around
Martina Boltz, 1st place floor; 2nd place all around
Reagan Cobos, 2nd place on bars, beam and floor; 3rd place all around

Level 5:

Ashley Arbegast, 1st place on floor; 3rd place all around
Victoria Rothduetsch, 2nd place on vault; 2nd place all around