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Phenix PreK-8 student excels in national gymnastics competition
Kiana Lewis, eighth grader at Phenix Pre-K- 8 School, competed at the Regional Gymnastics
Championships held at the Hampton Convention Center on April 7-10. She took first on vault with a score of 9.55, first on floor with a 9.7, tied for second on bars with a 9.375, and first all-around with a 37.9 out of 40. She executed with precision and finesse as she competed with 427 gymnasts from other regions. Kiana won the regionals competition and she is the 2016
Regional Gymnastics Champion. The top scoring gymnasts advance to the Regional Championships after scoring 36 or better at the State Championships.
Kiana then qualified to compete at the 2016 Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern Championships on April 29-May 1 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The Junior Olympic National Championships is the culmination event for the competitive season and serves as the pinnacle for Level 9. It features the country’s top female gymnasts. There are eight gymnastics regions in the United States., and the top seven gymnasts in each age division from the Regional Championships advance to the national championships.
Kiana placed in the top seven in all four individual events - uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and vault. Her stellar performance placed her second in the nation in the eastern championships. She missed first place by landing one foot out of bounds during her final floor routine, just fractions of a point deducted. Her all-around score of 37.625 was captured in a score of 9.525 on vault, 9.3 on bars, 9.425 on floor, and 9.375 on beam. There were 453 gymnasts representing more than 200 teams in 16 different age groups at the competition.
This season Kiana has competed internationally as well as in several U.S. states, winning first place all-around in many of those competitions. She enjoys gymnastics and works hard to balance gym and school.
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