North American Sports Academy
NASA GYMNASTICS - 2905 Jahn Ave NW #11, Gig Harbor,WA 98335-
Team Gymnasts Excel in Langley British Columbia April 1.
Washington State Junior Olympic
Congratulations to NASA Gymnastics level 5 team, which took 2nd place at the state championship on Sat Dec 3rd. 10 year old, level 5, Savannah placed 1st in the All Around and won the Balance beam event and Madison age 8 placed 2nd in the All Around and also placed 2nd on Bars and Floor. Caroline placed 2nd in the All Around in the senior B age group and won Floor and team mate Shawna won the bronze medal in the All Around and placed 2nd on Floor. 9 year old Kira placed 5th in the All Around and Sr A. Carson placed 6th in the All Around. The Level 5's did an amazing job and inspired their level 6 team mates Amelia and Sydney who placed 3rd and 8th in the All Around and Amelia won the Bars and placed 2nd on Beam and Floor. Sydney was only .30 out of 1st place on Beam. The level 4's did amazing with 10 year old Elaina winning every event and scoring a meet high 37.50 and a career best score of 9.70 on the bars. Ashley age 8 won the Floor Exercise and placed 3rd on Vault, Bars and 4th in the All Around. Level 4 team mates Kelsie and Chandler placed 5th and 8th in the All Around and Kelsie won the Floor and was 2nd on Bars. Great performances by two level fours who were competing in their 3rd competition EVER!
We give God the glory for the success of the young ladies and are so happy for each of them.
NASA Team shines in Sep and Oct meets!
BHG Invitational- Sep 24
Led by Level 6 gymnast Amelia Wright, the NASA team started off their competitive season in Lacey, WA and demonstrated championship quality routines on every event. Competing on Sat Sep 24th provided the NASA team a comfortable setting at Black Hills gym. Winning Gold medals on Bars and Beam Silver on Vault and in the All Around helped Amelia to a positive start in the USA Gymnastics Level 6 program.
At Level 5 NASA had several outstanding performers including Madison Greene who won the All Around in the Junior A division. Green also won Vault and Beam placing 2nd on Bars. Shawna Swanson won the Balance Beam in the Senior Division of Level 5 and Savannah Mueller won the Bars and Beam in the Junior B Division of level 5.
At Level 4, Elaina Swanson won the All Around with an outstanding 36.30. Elaina also won the Bars, Beam and Floor titles. A great start for first time competitor.
GE meet Oct 1
Level 5 Savannah Mueller hit all 4 events and won the All Around in Olympia with a 36.60. She also won Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor. Close behind her was Shawna Swanson who won the Sr A age group All Around and Floor Exercise. The NASA level 5 team won the 3 team competition.
Level 4 Elaina Swanson dominated the competition in the All around and had the highest scores of the day in the All Around and on Bars. Her 37.30 and 9.45 on bars are both career high scores. In her very first meet, 7 year old Ashley Wright won the Child's All Around and had the highest score out of all 19 level 4's with a 9.40. A great start for both girls.
At level 6 Amelia Wright placed 2nd in the All Around, on Floor and on Vault. While Sydney Langworthy in her first meet as a level 6 won the balance beam and placed 3 on Floor.
Gym East Candy Corn Oct 8
Ten gymnasts from NASA competed and 4 won all around titles and had one Silver medalist in the All Around. The team demonstrated consistency across all 4 events with 40 total routines performed and only one major error. What an outstanding performance by all of NASA's gymnasts. The Swanson girls (L-5 Shawna and L-4 Elaina each won an All Around title as did L-4 Ashley Wright. Elaina won every event in her age group which included 16 athetes and Ashley won every event in her age group which included 24 gymnasts. Elaina's 37.25 was the highest AA score of the meet at any level as she continues to improve each competition. Shawna won Beam and Floor and placed 2nd on Bars.
Also winning the All Around at level 5 was Savannah Mueller who also took 1st on Vault, Beam and Floor, while competing with 32 gymnasts from around the state. Madison Greene placed 2nd in the All Around and 2nd on Vault in the Child's division while team mate Kira Pinkerton placed 8th on Bars and 8th overall. L-5 Carson Walter placed 2nd on Balance Beam behind her team mate Savannah. Caroline Cordek competing in her first level 5 meet placed 2nd on Balance Beam and L-5 Alexis Moore placed 4th in the Senior All Around competition.
Next up for the NASA team will be the Monster Mash in Kent on Oct 22.
Training BEGINS Sep 6, 2011
On Sep. 1, a long summer of vacations, picnics, sun tanning, swimming and fun times with friends comes to a close for many level 1,2,3, and 4 gymnasts . While most were vacationing during July and August, the 16 girls on NASA's Team were working out 4 days a week and making huge progress on their strength, skills, flexibility and self confidence. Many gymnasts are hoping to earn more gold medals in the fall of 2011 while others are planning on performing with elegance, attention to detail, and even greater precision than they did in 2010. "Our team gymnasts worked so hard this summer and they loved having fun challenging their team mates in contests, games and routine performance." said NASA's Team Director John Smith. "We have a group of very special young ladies on our team and hopes are high for the next 9 months of training and competition. NASA Gymnasts have felt like champions for nearly 3 decades and we hope that all the gymnasts and families in our pre-school program and level 1-4 recreational programs feel like they are a part of the success of our competitive gymnasts!" Welcome back to all gymnasts who train at NASA Gymnastics!
June 25, 2011 was the date of NASA Gymnastics 30 year Anniversary Celebration. Former gymnasts and coaches came back to Gig Harbor to celebrate with their former team mates and coaches and the current generation of NASA Gymnastics. A 60 minute exhibition was performed by current champions and then a 2 hour luncheon was held at Madrona Links Golf Course Restaurant. Great times were had by all and the 35 anniversary is already scheduled for
Saturday June 25, 2016 Noon-3:30! All Team Alumni gymnasts and coaches are invited to attend!
Dec 4, 2010 NASA Gymnasts win the Washington State
After several years of recreational class experience and pre competitive preparation, the coaching staff determined their Level 4 team was ready to learn the USA Gymnastics compulsory routines. In October of this year the group of eight level 4 gymnasts began their season of competition and won every meet the were entered in. On Saturday December 4, the level 4 team performed as they had all season, with confidence in the preparation and with the joy of children who love to have fun, while refining their skills. Led by Sydney Langworthy, Hannah Carroll, Shawna Swanson, the team from Gig Harbor won the USA Gymnastics Washington State Level 4 Team Championship title. Sydney won the gold medal in the All Around in the Jr B age group with an outstanding 37.25 she also took 1st on Beam and Floor Exercise. Sydney was followed closely be her training partner Hannah who won the Silver All Around medal with a 36.95 and had the highest score of the competition on ANY EVENTwith an incredible 9.775 which was first on bars. Shawna Swanson won the Floor Exercise in the Senior B division with a 9.35 and won the Silver medal in the All Around with a 37.175, she also placed 2nd on Bars and 2nd on Balance Beam. Carson Walter had her best performance of the season placing 2nd on Bars and 4th in the All Around with a very respectable score of 36.075. Caroline Cordek earned the Bronze medal in the All Around and placed 3rd on Beam and Floor. Savannah Mueller placed 3rd in the All Around and 2nd on the Uneven bars with a 9.55 season high score. Competing in just the 3rd competition of her career was 8 year old Kira Pinkerton who won the All Around Silver medal in her division and finished 3rd on Bars and Balance Beam. Alexis Moore competing in the Senior C division finished fourth in the All Around and won Bars with a 9.45 and placed 2nd on Balance beam by .10.
At Level 5 Amelia Wright age 10 won the All Around with a 36.075 and won the Balance Beam and placed 2nd on Floor Exercise. Wright was the 2009 Level 4 All Around State Champion in December of 2009!
NASA TEAM GYMNASTS BRING HOME CHAMPIONSHIPS IN the SW WASHINGTON MEET.
Competing in the SW Washington sectional Championship competition were the top compulsory gymnasts in Southern Washington. Nine teams and 144 athletes who qualified to the event, were met by the group of 10 gymnasts from Gig Harbor. After traveling the 96 miles from the Narrows Bridge, the team from NASA performed really well. In the level 4 division which included eight gymnasts from NASA, the Team came home with the championship trophy and 3 all around gold medals. In level 5 and 6 all three gymnasts performed with confidence and improved on their routines from previous weeks. All eleven girls qualified to the
Dec 4/5 State Championship in Kirkland,WA at NW Aerials. The coaches and gymnasts are hoping for continued improvement in strength, flexibility, and technique as they prepare for the final meet of the season.
Congratulations to Shawna, Sydney, Hannah, Amelia, Alexis, Savannah, Caroline, Emma, Clare, Carson, Kira, the compulsory team who has done so well in the Fall Season of 2010. Photo's will follow soon.
NASA GYMNASTS SHINE IN FIRST USA COMPETITION!
Five of NASA's newest competitors made a big splash in their first ever USA Gymnastics competition on Oct 3, 2009.
Roach Gymnastics of Sumner hosted the Monster Mash Halloween gym competition for 37 level 4 gymnasts from Five clubs in SW Washington. NASA Gymnastics entered five young gymnasts who have been training with the team for nearly one year to prepare for competition. When the results were announced the team from Gig Harbor was pleased with their efforts and with the outcome. In their first meet in the US the level 4 Team from NASA won the 1st place Team trophy. In addition to placing First in the team competition NASA Gymnasts ranked 1st through 5th in the All Around competition. Leading the team from Gig Harbor was 8 year old Kaeli Cunningham who placed 1st on the Vault, and Bars and tied for 1st on Beam and placed 2nd on Floor Exercise. A masterful performance that was created by major strength and flexibility work and attention to detail for nearly 12 months of training with the team. Cunningham's team mate Madeline Pickett tied for 1st on the Beam and placed 3rd in the All Around and Amelia Wright won the Floor Exercise and placed 5th in the All Around. Emma Cantus finished 2nd in the All Around and 2nd on Bars while sister Clare Cantus placed 2nd on Vault and 5th All Around out of 37 gymnasts ages 7 to 13. Quite and accomplishment for the team from NASA. Next up for the "Fab Five" will be Oct 17 Yelm Gymnastics Invitational.
NASA GYMNASTS QUALIFY TO PACIFIC NW CHAMPIONSHIPS!
We are so proud of our two level 9 gymnasts Madison Rich and Brittany Chen, for many reasons. First and foremost, both of them suffered through periods of major illness in recent weeks, like many others. Despite the challenges, they were able to regain adequate strength to perform well enough, to qualify to the Junior Olympic Pacific NW Championship.
Chen and Rich competed on Friday March 27th at Seattle Pacific University, in the Washington State Junior Olympic Gymnastic State Championships and Madison Placed 5th on Bars and 5th in the All Around with a 36.125 and Brittany with a 35.225.
The Pacific NW Region is comprised of 6 states called REGION 2. It includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii. Gymnasts representing these 6 states will compete in White Fish, Montana, near Kalispell, April 15-19. Washington and Oregon have the largest number of level 8, 9 and 10 gymnasts in the Region. The regional championship meet moves from state to state each year and Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon may be likely venues in the next few years. Should our level 9 gymnasts perform well at regionals and hit their routines, the way they do in practice, they have a chance to compete in the level 9 Western USA Championships in Tulsa, OK.
On Sunday March 29th at Seattle Pacific University- Alexandra Pugmire and Megan Atkinson hit all 4 of their events and they both qualified to the Region 2 Junior Olympic Gymnastics Championships April 15-19 in White Fish Montana. They will join their level 9 team mates with the goal of standing on the podium on their favorite events and possibly in the All Around.
Blessings to each of you who competed and those who read this. We as coaches and athletes give God the Glory for the success of these four talented young ladies.
NASA Gymnasts Rise to the Occasion in first major meet of 2009! January
invitation of Kokokahi Gymnastics Club in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, the oldest
Junior Olympic Gymnastics Club in the Hawaiian Islands, NASA Gymnastics of Gig
Harbor, WA USA sent six gymnasts to compete in the 33rd annual Aloha Gymfest.
The USA Gymnastics sanctioned event included teams from Australia, Japan, Canada and numerous teams from Hawaii, with several teams from the west coast of the US.
The competition included 5 sessions of competition over two days, which allowed more than 200 gymnasts from throughout the Pacific to meet, engage in conversations and appreciate the work being done in other countries and in the sport to which they are dedicated.
Competing for NASA in the level 9 USA Gymnastics Jr division (2 steps below Olympic level) were, Lauren Schmeiss, Madison Rich, Brittany Chen and Alexandra Pugmire. All four had competed in prior Aloha Gymfests, and enjoyed various degrees of success in the event. PLC Sydney, one of the strongest teams from Australia, had sent along a large contingent of more than thirty talented athletes and would shine at every level. Also bringing an excellent team of athletes was Yamanashi from Japan, who were competing in their 5th consecutive Aloha Gymfest.
The team from Gig Harbor began the competition on Uneven Bars, where they were led by the tiniest of gymnasts, Lauren Schmeiss. Schmeiss enjoyed a strong routine with handstands and release moves from one bar to the other and produced a dismount with a near perfect landing which earned her the Gold medal on the bars. Team mate Madison Rich performed nearly as well and took the Bronze while Chen placed fourth. On the Balance beam Schmeiss hit again and the medals came down to .05 with a tie for the gold with Yamanashi of Japan and Niheu of Kokokahi for first and Schmeiss with the Bronze. In the Floor Exercise, NASA gymnasts earned Gold and Silver medals with Schmeiss winning her second event with a score of 9.35 (the 2nd highest score of any event championship) and Rich winning the silver. Chen finished in 5th on Floor. In the Vault competition Wang from Australia won the gold with a 9.475 with Schmeiss winning her second Silver medal of the day and Chen winning a bronze medal. In the All Around competition NASA's Lauren Schmeiss won the overall GOLD Medal as the Aloha Gymfest All Around Champion with a score of 36.45 and she was followed in 2nd by Sato of Yamanashi of Japan with a 35.40 and Rich from NASA in 3rd with a 34.975 and Chen in 4th with a 34.85. Pugmire finished 9th in the all around with a 6th on Bars and 7th on Floor.
In the level 5 Senior division NASA's Daniela Burrill earned a Gold Medal on Balance Beam, a silver medal on Floor and a Bronze medal in the All Around finishing behind two Aussie gymnasts Ward from Buritz Gymnastics and Pithers from PLC Sydney.
In level 5 Junior competition, NASA's Madeline Rennie earned a bronze medal on the beam with a score of 9.30 and 7th All Around finish.
Several members of NASA's optional team competed in the Kay Canedy Judges Open Invitational in Tukwilla, WA today. The team had confidence and performed many new skills for the first time in competition. Madison Rich was the picture of consistency on Balance Beam while Lauren Schmeiss tumbled with strength and confidence on Floor and rocked her new Bar Routine. Brittany Chen nailed two nice Pike Tsukahara's and Megan Atkinson unveiled her new bar dismount combination which included a gorgeous clear hip handstand, back giant and sky high layout flyaway with a full twist. Each of the gals worked hard and their effort was recognized by the judges. Great job NASA Gymnasts!
NASA Gymnasts win at 2008 USAG
Washington State Championships!
Competing in the 2008 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Washington State championship, is an
annual event for the gymnasts from the North American Sports Academy in Gig Harbor. Since 1982, youngsters trained by the coaches of NASA Gymnastics, have been earning recognition in the Junior Olympics and many have won individual titles and All Around titles. This year’s team of NASA gymnasts continued the winning tradition.
4 youngsters, who train with, and compete for NASA Gymnastics Gig Harbor, represented the community with terrific results, on Dec. 6th at Newport High in Bellevue.
Leading the way for NASA Gymnastic s, was 10 year old, Chloe Dullum, competing in the children’s age group of the level 6 division. Dullum started her competition out on Balance Beam, and turned in the finest routine of the year, which earned the highest score of her season a 9.40, that score ultimately won her the State Championship Balance Beam title. She continued onto Floor Exercise and tumbled her way to 9.25, good for a Silver medal on Floor and she performed well enough on Vault and Bars to earn the overall and highly coveted, Level 6 All Around State Championship title.
Competing with all that she had throughout the level 6 state meet was Dullum’s team mate and close friend Nicole Lazar. “Nicole and Chloe are training partners and work with each other on every event, everyday”. Said NASA beam and floor coach, Linda Smith. “They challenge each other to improve on their strength and flexibility and really work well together.” Smith said. When Lazar took to the Beam she knew that consistency was the key and she turned in one of her finest performances of the year. Her score was a 9.30 a season high mark which put her into First place on the event. Moments later, Dullum mounted the beam and 90 seconds later, after another terrific routine the score flashed 9.40 and Lazar knew that the Beam championship would not be hers. The next event was Floor Exercise and Lazar performed with outstanding execution of leaps and jumps and precise technique on turns and tumbling skills, which earned her a 9.275. The high score earned Nicole Lazar her own Gold medal at the State Championships and eventually the All Around Champion Runner-up Silver Medal. “It was so rewarding to see this two gal’s support each other, with sincere enthusiasm, while battling for Gold medals on Beam and Floor and ultimately in the All Around.” Said coach Linda Smith
In the level 5 division of the Junior Olympic State Championship, Madeline Rennie and Taylor Frazier turned in solid routines on 3 out of 4 events which earned them a tie for the 11th place in the All Around competitions. Rennies’ highlights included a marvelous routine on the Beam which earned her a silver medal as the state champion runner up, and she also hit a beautiful bar routine which earned her a 9.10. Frazier had her top performances on Bars and Floor where she scored a 9.275 just out of the medals in 4th and a 9.05 good for 5th place. Rennie and Frazier are training partners at NASA, and were Washington state champions in the level 4 division, in 2007.
All four gymnasts along with their 13 team mates at NASA Gymnastics, continue to improve each week and look forward to a successful winter and spring season of competition in Washington, Idaho, Hawaii and British Columbia.NASA Gymnastics continues a 27 year tradition of providing summer training from June 30-August 14 2008