Gymnastics clubs across Alabama prepare for statewide competition

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This weekend, hundreds of girls from all over the state will be competing at the Alabama state gymnastics meet.

Gymnastics clubs from all over Alabama will meet at the Mobile Civic Center beginning Friday morning.

"I am really excited," said level 6 gymnast Nora Whiteis. "I feel really prepared because I've had a great season with some bumps that'll help me do even better."

The meet will feature levels 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and XCEL. XCEL gymnasts have a separate group of qualifications they have to meet, in comparison to the other levels.

"It's a little more flexible, so it can highlight what they can do really well," said Bay City Gymnastics coach, Karen Johnson.

According to Johnson, the hard work and long years of preparation are just some of the requirements for being a successful gymnast. She told us consistency and confidence is what really sets gymnasts apart from their competition. Johnson also said her optional girls at Bay City Gymnastics in Daphne, Ala. train between three and four days a week for approximately three and a half to four hours a day.

After the State meet, the top eight gymnasts' all-around scores from each level, regardless of age division, will qualify for Regionals. The all-around score is calculated by adding all four events scores: vault, bars, beam and floor.

"They will also take a percentage of gymnasts based on the number of girls going into the state meet to decide who will compete as alternates," Johnson said.

This weekend Bay City Gymnastics will bring 35 gymnasts to the meet.