PHOENIX — More than 2,300 gymnasts, who traveled from all over, including Australia, competed at the Phoenix Convention Center last weekend. Hot Spot Gymnastics from Casa Grande made its presence felt at the event.
Madi Stephens (Level 8) took second place with a 9.225 on floor.
In the next session, XDiamond Sophie Esparza scored a 9.5 on both beam and floor. Her 9.5 on beam places her in the Top 100 scores for her level in America. Her teammate XPlatinum Allison Wampler took home first place honors in vault (9.5), third place on beam (9.0) and second on floor with (9.35). Allison was second all-around with 36.525. Wampler's vault score also places her in the Top 100 in America for 2020.
Hot Spot Gymnastics' XSilver girls came in fifth place out of 13 teams in their session. Rio Subia took home medals with sixth on vault (9.125), bars champion (9.5), beam runner-up (9.5), floor runner-up (9.5), and all-around champion with a 37.625. Also in the Jr A Division, Sydney "Squid" Wheeler was vault runner-up (9.325), fifth on bars (9.4), fifth on beam (9.2), fourth on floor (9.45) and 4th all-around (37.375).
In Junior B, Emmie Valenzuela was fifth on vault (9.05), fourth on bars (9.475), beam champion (9.6) and floor runner-up (9.5). Her 37.625 all-around was Hot Spot's high all-around score for the day and gave Valenzuela second place in her division. Karleigh Cardenas posted scores of 9.1 on vault, 9.5 on bars, 9.5 on beam (fourth place), 9.175 on floor and a 37.275 for fifth place all-around.
The XGold Division featured Hot Spot Gymnastics' Madi Pate taking fourth place on vault and fifth on bars, beam, floor and all-around. Her teammate Kyleigh Goolsby took sixth on bars and seventh on beam.
The final session of the meet featured the XBronze girls. Caitlin Goolsby took home honors with third on vault (9.3), second on bars (9.6), second on beam (9.425), third on floor (9.25) and second all-around (37.575). Her teammate Priya Pachl scored 9.025 on vault, 9.05 on bars, 9.325 on beam (third place) and a 35.85 all-around.
Hot Spot Gymnastics travels north Saturday for the Flagstaff Invitational and the opportunity to add to its medal collection.