Illinois Valley YMCA Tumbling & Trampoline team members bring home national hardware

Alexis Flanagan of LaMoille, a member of the Illinois Valley YMCA Tumbling & Trampoline team, was the national champion with a first-place finish in the Novice girls’ double mini division at the USTA National Championship held recently in Lakeland, Fla. (Photo contributed)

PERU – The Illinois Valley YMCA Tumbling & Trampoline (IVTT) team competed against some of the most talented gymnasts from across the country at the 51st annual United States Tumbling & Trampoline (USTA) National Championship June 13-18 in Lakeland, Fla.

The competition consisted of three events: power tumbling, mini-double trampoline and trampoline, a sport also featured in the Olympics. The IVTT team travels all over the state to compete. The team usually starts training in August and September, and finishes its season at the USTA competition.

The IVTT team went head-to-head with more than 140 teams competing in more than 4,000 events to take home the “Best in the Nation” title this year. Together, the team took home nine national titles, some of them having to compete against 50+ athletes to make it to the podium.

The IVTT squad is coached by head coach Jessica Turczyn, Jaclyn Brucki, Samantha Day, Steve Donnell and Allanah Harper.

The following athletes participated in the USTA National Championship:

Alexis Flanagan, National Champion – 1st place in Novice girls’ double mini division

Lily Barr – 3rd on floor, 13th on double mini, 7th on trampoline

Larson Caruso – 9th on floor, 12th on double mini, 17th on trampoline

Raegan Entwistle – 15th on trampoline

Alexis Flanagan – 7th on floor, 1st on double mini, 10th on trampoline

Emma Gaspardo – 18th on floor, 19th on double mini, 14th on trampoline

Lillee Monterastelli – 4th on floor, 12th on double mini, 11th on trampoline

Teagan Mullane – 20th on floor, 22nd on double mini

Alyvia Nelson – 7th on double mini, 12th on trampoline

Keira Parker – 20th on double mini, 14th on trampoline

Guiliana Riva – 13th on floor, 4th on double mini, 16th on trampoline

Gabby Sauseda – 20th on floor, 14th on double mini, 26th on trampoline

Turczyn said, “It lets me and the other coaches know that we are teaching the right techniques and that our students are performing well, and the judges are acknowledging the work we are doing.”