DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics qualifies five gymnasts to Junior Olympic National Championships
DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics in Fishers, Ind., qualified five gymnasts to the 2013 Women’s U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships, which will take place May 10-11 in Minneapolis, Minn.
The gymnasts competed in the Regional Championships, April 12-14 in Lansing, Mich., where they finished in the top seven in order to earn a spot to the Junior Olympic National Championships. The gymnasts in alphabetical order include:
- Baylee Bell, Noblesville, Ind./DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, Region 5, Senior B
- Rachel Carr, Noblesville, Ind./DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, Region 5, Senior C
- Annie Juarez, Westfield, Ind./DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, Region 5, Senior A
- Jorden Mitchell, Indianapolis, Ind./DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, Region 5, Senior D
- Jessica Peszek, McCordsville, Ind./DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, Region 5, Senior C
The gymnasts are coached by Tom Strange, Amy Replogle and Don Gibson.
Nearly 450 of the USA’s best Level 10 gymnasts will converge in Minneapolis, to compete in the Junior Olympic National Championships, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Level 10 is the highest level in the Junior Olympic program, which is just under the elite level.
The Junior Olympic National Championships is the culmination event for the competitive season. The competition features eight age divisions (Junior A, Junior B, Junior C, Junior D, Senior A, Senior B, Senior C and Senior D), which are determined by birth date. These gymnasts are vying to become Junior Olympic national champions in the all-around, as well as in all four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.
The competition schedule is: May 10 – 11:30 a.m., Junior and Senior A, and 5 p.m., Junior and Senior B; and May 11 – 11:30 a.m., Junior and Senior C, and 5 p.m., Junior and Senior D. Champions are determined for each session. For more information on the championships, go to www.usagym.org.
USA Gymnastics has eight regions, and the top seven gymnasts from each region’s Regional Championships advance to nationals. The winning Regions will also be determined at the conclusion
of the competition. The top four all-around athletes in each of the eight age division also qualify to the 2013 Junior Olympic National Team and are invited to attend a National Training Camp, scheduled for September 22-26, at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a U.S. Olympic Training Site, in Huntsville, Texas.
The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is one of the national championships of USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body in the United States.