Byers Gymnastics qualifies four for nationals
Four athletes from Byers Gymnastics Center in Roseville will compete in national championship meets in May.
Cassie Benning and Dani Judal, both 16, qualified for the USA Gymnastics Level 10 National Championships in Long Beach. Amanda Presswood, 15, and Shani Remme, 13, qualified for the Level 9 Western National Championships in San Diego.
“We’ve made a huge leap from last year, and I’m really excited about the next couple of years, where we’ll be,” said Kim Bruns, a co-owner at Byers. “We have a lot of lower levels that can aspire and watch how well these girls are doing.”
Benning and Judal are two of seven national qualifiers in their age group from Region 1. They also will compete as part of the regional team. This is their 10th year with Byers. Benning will compete on May 13, her 17th birthday.
“They qualified to the highest competition for Level 10s in the country,” Bruns said. “This is a very prestigious event.”
Benning finished second in the all-around competition with a score of 37.575 at the Regional Championship in Anaheim. She placed third on bars and floor, fifth on vault and ninth on beam. Judal was fifth all-around with a score of 37.35. That included a second-place finish on bars with a 9.5. Judal also was sixth on floor and seventh on vault and beam.
Presswood was ninth on beam and floor and 10th on bars. She finished 11th in the all-around. Remme was second on floor (9.55), third on vault (9.375), fifth on beam and 10th on bars. She finished fourth in the all-around.
Prestige soccer is second in State Cup
The Placer United Prestige under-17 gold girls team qualified for the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional by finishing second in the CYSA State Cup last weekend in Elk Grove.
Placer United, featuring several players from Roseville, Granite Bay and Loomis, lost to perennial champion Mustang Rampage of Danville 3-1 in the final. The Prestige scored in the first three minutes but trailed 2-1 at halftime. Placer United outscored its opponents 24-4 in the State Cup.
The Far West Regional will be held this summer in Boise, Idaho, and features champions from 14 western states, two first-place teams from the Far West Regional league and two wild-card teams from Northern California and Colorado. The winner qualifies for the National Championship in July.
The Prestige has won the Pleasanton College Showcase, Placer United Cup, Presidents Day Tournament in Phoenix and Las Vegas College Showcase. Placer United is ranked No. 2 in Northern California and No. 34 in the United States by GotSoccer.com.
The team is comprised of Kelsey DeCarlo, Kellyn Morning, Rachel Dortch and Marissa Griffin of Roseville; Kayla Karlsson, Erin Pellerin, Maria Dela Cruz and Christy Cooper of Granite Bay; Jessica Santos, Megan Hansen and Emily Huska of Rocklin; Rachel Sloss, Lauren Gollnick and Miranda Bailey of Loomis; Aliska Berry of Orangevale; Caitlyn Kretzschmar of Folsom; Mikael Arnstein of Truckee and Shelby Brown of Novato.