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Gymnasts save best for state
Level 6 gymnast Addison Sessoms, 9, gets ready to begin her beam routine at the Alaska State Gymnastics Championships at Chugiak High School in Anchorage last week. Sessoms, along with four other members of the Ketchikan Gymnastics Club, competed against more than 200 gymnasts from across Alaska. Photo by Julie Powers

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — There were personal bests aplenty last week when five members of the Ketchikan Gymnastics Club competed at the Alaska State Gymnastics Championships in Anchorage.

The event, held Friday and Saturday inside Chugiak High School, featured 211 gymnasts from eight clubs across Alaska.

The championships followed the USAG Junior Olympic standards in four concentrations — floor, beam, uneven bars and vault.

Ketchikan had two gymnasts competing at the highest level — Level 7 — in Havalah Clark and Katie Powers.

Clark, 13, finished first in her age group on the vault with a score of 9.1 of a possible 10. She scored an 8.35 on the beam, an 8.25 on the floor exercise and a 7.9 on bars to finish with an all-around score of 33.60.

Powers, 15, scored 8.5 on the vault, 8.1 on floor, 7.8 on bars and 7.55 on beam to finish with her best overall score — 31.95.

Competing at Level 6, 9-year-old Addison Sessoms notched a personal-best score on all four events, earning an all-around score of 30.55. Sessoms scored an 8.15 on vault, an 8.1 on floor, a 7.6 on beam and a 6.7 on bars.

Lauren Scarzella was the top 9-year old on beam for Level 5, scoring a 9.125. By scoring an 8.5 on vault, an 8.5 in bars and an 8.45 on floor, Scarzella finished second in her age group with a combined score of 34.575.

Molly Stump, 11, competed in her first state meet at Level 4, and placed third both in vault and beam with scores of 8.7 and 8.45, respectively. Stump also scored an 8.2 on bars and a 7.55 on floor to finish fourth with an all-around score of 32.90.