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Zina Ishwar competes on the beam at the national competition in Orlando, Fla.

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Foothills gymnasts capture national titles at AAU competition

Taking on the nation’s best gymnasts, members of Foothills Gymnastics Academy delivered an outstanding showing at the 2019 AAU Gymnastics National Championship held June 13-15 in Orlando, Fla.

Taking on the nation’s best gymnasts, members of Foothills Gymnastics Academy delivered an outstanding showing at the 2019 AAU Gymnastics National Championship held June 13-15 in Orlando, Fla.

FGA sent six gymnasts to the event. FGA coaches said they were extremely proud not only of the strong performances from each gymnast, but also how well they represented the state and region.

Hurley Bell, Jessica Sizemore and Eliza Then represented FGA’s Xcel Gold gymnasts. With her first-place efforts, Bell was the national vault champion with 9.450 and national beam champion with 9.650 as well as placing second in All Around with a 38.20 and third on bars with a 9.650.

Despite more gymnasts in her division than any other competition during the season, Sizemore earned first place All around with a 38.00, making her the national All Around champion in her division as well as tying for first place on beam with a 9.45, second on bars with 9.725 and tying for second on floor with 9.60.

Then soared to the top in her division, earning first All Around with 38.175, making her the national All Around champion in her division after placing first on beam with a 9.650, first on vault with 9.425, second on the bars with 9.7 and third on floor with 9.40.

Zina Ishwar, Caity Elledge and Anna-Carlisle Keim represented FGA’s Xcel Silver gymnasts. Ishwar earned first in her division on vault with a 9.70, making her the national vault champion, as well as second in All Around with a 38.85, tying for second for beam with a 9.725 and second for floor with a 9.825.

Keim excelled in her division with a 38.475 All Around score for first place as the national All Around champion in her division. She also received first place on the beam with a 9.5, tied for first on floor with a 9.9, second on bars with a 9.8 and third on vault with a 9.275.

Elledge wowed the judges with her beam routine to earn a 9.9 to make her the national champion in her division. She also earned first on vault with a 9.550 to make her the national champion in her division and received second on floor with a 9.80 and second in All Around with a 38.775.

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