Flipping for first at finals

Some local athletes are doing cartwheels over their performance at state last weekend.

The level 3 Gem City Gymnastics team competed in the Illinois USA Gymnastics State Meet.

Gem City earned a 3rd place state title as a team out of the nearly 70 teams that competed.

Gymnasts competed in four events including the vault, bars, beam and floor.

Several girls finished in the Top 10 in their respective age divisions.

Haley Woodyard, 8, and Ava Winking, 8, each received 1st place at the state competition.

Multiple other Gem City gymnasts competed and finished Top 10 in their respective age divisions including:

Molly Broughton - 3rd PlaceKielyn Ott - 4th PlaceAnnabelle Hilgenbrink - 5th PlaceEleanor Spooner - 6th PlaceBrooklynn Howell - 8th PlaceTaylor Routh - 8th PlaceShannon O'Neil - 9th PlaceBrianna Barnes - 9th Place

More than 800 girls from throughout the state of Illinois competed in the event.