Thrive Training Center sends gymnasts to state and regional championships • Paso Robles Press

The program has locations in both Atascadero and Paso Robles

NORTH COUNTY — Thrive Training Center sent several members of its gymnastics teams to state and regional championships this year.

“For an athlete to qualify for the States, they must beat an all-around score in one of the seasonal meets,” said coach Cooper Bishop. “All of our girls qualified for States in their first meet of the year. A tribute to their hard work and preparation.

Coach Raleigh Carter, Liana Lopez and Coach Cooper Bishop of Thrive during one of the competitions. Photo added

The state championships were held March 31, and Thrive sent nine of the center’s athletes to compete. To qualify for state championships, all girls needed a 34.5 AA. Additionally, six of the girls competed for the first time.

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Coach Raleigh Carter provided the state gymnast ranks.

“Hannah Springer received the fifth-highest score in the nation for her balance beam division,” Carter said. “At the state championships for her level (Xcel Gold), she took second place on bars, first on floor, first on beam and first place all-around, making her state champion for her age category.

Liana Lopez and Eva Jarboe (not pictured) competed at the Tier 6 Regional Championships in Salt Lake City. Photo added

“Tulsa Willoughby took second place for her age class at the state championships.

“Liana Lopez took third place on floor for her age division at the state championships.

“Ece Tunc took second place on floor at the state championships for his age class.

“Clara Wildmon took first place on beam and second on bars for the state championships.

“Gwen Henry took first place on beam and bars, second on vault and second in all-around.

“Paige Foss took first place on beam, second on vault and third in all-around.

“Scarlett Cruzat finished second on vault and third on balance beam at the state championships.

“Charlee Cruzat took first place in vault and bars, second in floor exercise, and she’s the first all-around state champion,” Carter concluded.

The Thrive Training Center has two locations, one in Paso Robles and the other in Atascadero. The girls use both facilities during the five-month gymnastics season and their year-round training.

Xcel Bronze’s Paige Foss shows off her awards at the State Championships. Photo added

“We train using our two facilities,” Bishop said. “Atascadero allows us to work on their routines and bases on competition apparatus. Paso Robles allows us to push skill development through the use of trampolines and the foam pit. »

Thrive Training Center, originally Pacific Coast Gymnastics, was purchased by owner and president Anne Flores in 2006, while the rebranding to Thrive did not occur until 2015.

The girls training at Thrive put in 16 hours over a four-day week.

“Coming out of the pandemic, we had to rebuild over 75% of the team’s schedule. They are the most successful girl group in our entire competitive history,” Carter said. “At the start, we were nervous as the season approached, not knowing if we were going to be prepared. The competition season was from January to the end of March. We would have two, three weeks between competitions to train and make the necessary adjustments to optimize scores.The athletes are really great to work with, they are hard workers, focused and know how to persevere.

The Thrive Bronze Xcel team: Gwen Henry, Scarlett Cruzat, Leia Negranti, Paige Foss, Charlee Cruzat and Clare Wildmon. Photo added

After doing so well at the State Championships, two of the Thrive girls went on to Regional 1 Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. The regional championships were held from April 29 to May 1 and included athletes from California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

Eva Jarboe and Liana Lopez, Level 6 gymnasts at Thrive, both received qualifying scores at the state championships, making them eligible to compete in the regional championships.

Lopez is tied for first place on floor exercise and fourth on vault. And Jarboe’s hard work and resilience has taken her all the way to regional championships.

“It’s been an amazing year for us as a team. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in the future,” said Bishop.

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