Gymnasts finish fourth in Grimes
GRIMES — Seven gymnasts, representing the Fairfield Park and Recreation Department, competed in the Snowflake Invitational sponsored by Mid-Iowa Gymnastics Studio in Grimes this past weekend.
The Saturday and Sunday event was held under the auspices of AmeriKids, a national organization which hosts and ranks aspiring gymnasts.
Sarah Swanson placed first in bars and floor exercises, second in vault and third in beam. Swanson also earned the first-place all-around medal for Level 3 competitors.
Bryanna Popejoy finished first in vault and second in beam, and she was third overall in Level 3. Michelle Zhang was first in bars, second in vault, and she claimed third place in beam for her age division in Level 3.
Also in Level 3, Maggie Ferrel claimed third place in bars and Ashland Elmore placed third in floor exercises.
In Novice Optionals, Juliette Pohren finished third in bars for 10-year-olds and younger, and Danae Drish tacked on a first-place finish in beams and a second-place finish in vault for the 11-plus age group.
The Fairfield team, which took home fourth place, is coached by Jeff and Jeanne Ide of Brighton.