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State champ gymnast again looks to region


Caitlin Woodson, who won the Level 10 competition at the Gymnastics State Champion-ships of Tennessee in Chattanooga March 10-12, is looking to duplicate her recent success at the region level to go national.

Having finished among the top seven gymnasts in Region 8 — representing eight southeastern states — the past two years and earning a trip to nationals both seasons, this 17-year-old Farragut High School junior finished first in all four state categories: vault (9.35), bars (9.3), floor (9.4) and beam (9.175), with a total score of 37.225.

“She’s wonderful, hopefully she’ll get a college scholarship out of gymnastics,” said her coach, Dee Ellis, with Premier Gymnastics. “And she’s also a great student academically.”

As for Woodson’s top quality, “It’s how hard she works in the gym,” Ellis said. “She works out seventeen hours a week. She’s just one of those kids that has a great attitude. She’s very talented, but if she didn’t work as hard as she does she wouldn’t be half as good as she is.”

Woodson had finished “in the top three” the previous two years at state, Ellis said.

Woodson will head to Atlanta, Ga., for regional competition March 31-April 2.

The national gymnastics competition will be held is in Oklahoma City, Okla., April 28-May 1.

 

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