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 Place

      Kielyn Ott - 4th Place

      Annabelle Hilgenbrink - 5th Place

      Eleanor Spooner - 6th Place

      Brooklynn Howell - 8th Place

      Taylor Routh - 8th Place

      Shannon O'Neil - 9th Place

      Brianna Barnes - 9th Place

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