Preview: 2018 Elevate The Stage Club Meet In Reno, Nevada

The 2018 Reno Elevate the Stage Meet takes place this weekend, with the club competition kicking off on Saturday, January 13. FloGymnastics will be on-site and streaming the competition live with the level 9 and 10 competitors. The level 9 session begins at 10 AM PST and the level 10 competition takes place later that evening at 6:30 PM PST.

Below are a few of the level 10 gymnasts to keep an eye out for this weekend. 

The full roster can be found here.

Addison Donis | Waller’s GymJam Academy

Addison Donis from Wallers’ GymJam Academy is a great all-around competitor. At last year’s Region 1 Championships, she scored a 9.725 to tie for third on vault, a 9.425 on bars to place eighth, and a 9.45 on floor to tie for 14th. She is also capable of beautiful work on balance beam, which you can see from the video below from last year’s Brestyan’s Las Vegas Invitational. 

Donis scored an impressive 9.575 to take first on beam for this set.

Addison Donis - Beam, Wallers' GymJam - 2017 Brestyan’s Las Vegas Invite.

Sydney Bezelik | Apollo

Apollo’s Sydney Bezelik competed level 9 last year and had a strong showing at the level 9 Eastern Championships, where she tied for seventh on vault with a 9.55 and 10th on bars with a 9.25. She also scored above 9.0 on every event at the Region 7 Championships and tied for fourth on vault with a 9.625.

Jensen Scalzo | American Twisters

Jensen Scalzo from American Twisters is a future Arizona Razorback, due to start with the team for the 2020 season. She is very strong on uneven bars, where she took first place at the 2017 Florida state meet, scoring a 9.55. She also tied for third on floor at the same meet with a 9.4.

Ariana Castrence | Apollo

Ariana Castrence from Apollo competed at J.O. nationals last year and proved that she is one to watch on vault. She competes a big Yurchenko 1.5, which tied her for 11th in the Senior C group at J.O. nationals with a 9.675 score. Castrence is due to start at Temple for the 2018-19 season. 

Check out her strong vault from the Brestyan’s Las Vegas Invitational last year:

Ariana Castrence - Vault, Unique - 2017 Brestyan's Las Vegas Invitational

Jessica Naranjo | American Twisters

Jessica Naranjo of American Twisters has already had a successful start to her 2018 season with her performance at the Vero Beach Coastal Classic, where she placed first on every event. She was particularly strong on beam and bars, where she scored 9.45 and 9.475, respectively.

Victoria Henry | Apollo

Victoria Henry of Apollo is a powerful gymnast who is impressive on vault and floor. At the recent Gymstrada Invitational in December, she placed first on vault with a 9.7 and third on floor with a 9.25. 

Check out this strong vault from Henry from last year’s Lady Luck Invitational, when she scored a 9.6:

Victoria Henry - Vault (9.6), Apollo - 2017 Lady Luck Invitational


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