Classic gymnastics

The Classic Gymnastics boys team that competed at the National Gymnastics Association Judges Cup on Dec. 19 includes, from left, Tyler Karatas, Alexey Nikitin and Oskar Sawander, with coach Jenny Yanessa.

Classic Gymnastics began its competitive season on Dec. 19 at the National Gymnastics Association Judges Cup at Redwood Empire Gymnastics in Petaluma. Classic’s boys team includes four athletes, three of whom competed in Petaluma in the Level 4 program. They competed with seven other teams from around Northern California.

Alexey Nikitin, 13, is in his third year of gymnastics competition. He placed ninth all-around (61.1) at the Judges Cup, including a second-place mark (11.4) on the rings.

Oskar Sawander, 11, in his second year competing, placed 10th all-around (59.7). His best event was the floor exercise, where he placed fifth (11.5).

Tyler Karatas, 8, in his first year competing, placed 13th all-around (58.5). His best event was the floor exercise, where he placed eighth.

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Judges Cup

Dec. 19, Redwood Empire Gymnastics, Petaluma

Level 4

Alexey Nikitin - 4 floor 11.7, 2 rings 11.4, 6 parallel bars 11.5, 8 pommel horse 8,2, 21 vault 8.1, 17 high bar 10.2, 9 all-around 61.1.

Oskar Sawander - 5 floor 11.5, 13 rings 10.4, 13 parallel bars 10.8, 13 pommel horse 7.8, 13 vault 8.9, 15 high bar 10.3, 10 all-around 59.7.

Tyler Karatas - 8 floor 11.2, 10 rings 10.7, 16 parallel bars 10.5, 21 pommel horse 7.1, 13 vault 8.9, 18 high bar 10.1, 13 all around 58.5.

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