Landing True for Aspen gymnast |

Landing True for Aspen gymnast

Eleven-year-old Rachel True became the first Level 6 Aspen gymnast to win an individual title at the Colorado USGA State Gymnastics Championship last Saturday in Denver.

True stuck her landing on the second of two attempts in the vault event. She earned a score of 9.6, good for first place in a field of 50 qualifiers in her age group.

“Rachel’s definitely an up-and-coming prospect,” said John Bakken, coach of Aspen’s Silver City Gymnastics Club.

“We have some pretty good upper-level, older kids, and as our kids get older, we usually do pretty well,” Bakken continued. “But with the younger kids, it’s tough because there’s a lot of clubs on the Front Range that really concentrate on developing younger kids. That’s the context of what Rachel was up against, so it was a nice first for us.”

True also placed 12th in all-around and 13th on balance beam.

Marieta Bialek, Chelsey Hanle and Ashley Kramer also qualified to compete at the Level 6 state meet. Bialek placed 13th in vault and 21st in all-around.

Competing in the 12-year-old age division, Hanle placed 14th in vault and 11th in floor exercise in a field of 40 gymnasts.

Elleree Fletcher and Megan Karaus represented Aspen at the Level 5 state championship on Dec. 6 in Fort Collins.

Fletcher cracked the top 10 in the all-around in a tough field of 50 gymnasts in her 11-year-old age division. She placed fifth in uneven bars, 10th in floor exercise and 11th in beam en route to a ninth-place, all-around result.

“All the compulsory gymnasts had an outstanding season,” Aspen coaches Bakken and Kristen Shea said in a statement.

Aspen’s upper-level gymnastics team hits the floor for its first competition of the season on Jan. 24 in Denver.

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