Today Ally competed in her very first gymnastics meet. And she placed 2nd in her age group – (there were 11 girls in her age group). She did AMAZING!!!!
The meet was 90 minutes away and the start time was 9:00 AM and it snowed here yesterday so we left early at 6:45 to make sure we would get there in time. We got to the town about 8:15 which gave us time to have Ally get changed into her leotard and warm up suit and put barrettes in her hair before the meet. Ally was excited!
Ally was competing at level 2 which is a USAG (United States Association of Gymnastics) classification of levels. Girls around the country do the same routines in competition. Her coaches told me ahead of time they expected her to do well on the floor and beam – and that she was more like level 3 on those events, but her bars and vault were lower and in gymnastics at this level you compete all in the same level.
Ally had been sick this week – she missed school 2 days and was sick for 4 – one day she had a 102 fever and she missed practice this week. So she was a bit nervous about the meet. We just told her to have fun. She had a private lesson with her coach Kate on Thursday to run thru the routines and that helped her confidence. She was calm and excited and very patient.
It was the first time the girls had worn their long sleeve (competition leotards). Ally was up first on the vault.
They perform the same vault twice. Ally scored a 8.5
Then was the bars. Ally was pretty nervous about this one, she doesn’t have one of the skills – the mill wheel (one leg straddling the bar) mastered yet. But she did great!
She landed her dismount and scored a 7.7!
Next up was beam. Ally and Hannah waited a long time – like 30 minutes for another team to get thru their beam routines. Ally had told me last night she was worried she would fall off the beam – and we talked about how she would need to just get back on.
She didn’t fall – she didn’t even really falter at all.
You can see her huge smile – she knew it went well and she scored a 9.15!!
Floor was the final event. Ally did great on this too – she got a little confused towards end but she stuck with it and scored a 8.80. Her coaches were thrilled with her score and her performance.
After the competition was the awards. Each girl was called up and given her scores and event ribbons in an envelope, and stood at the top of the podium for pictures. Then they announced the winners in each age group. Ally was in the 7-8 year olds and she tied for 2nd place! Her teammate placed 1st. They were both super excited.
Coaches Jessi and Kate, Ally and her teammate Hannah.
2nd place on the floor and the beam, 5th place on the bars and “I did my best”.
We are super proud of Ally. She had fun – which is what we told her we wanted her to do. She did her best. And she is thrilled with the whole experience.
And the huge hug she gave me after the event was worth every minute.