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Youth roundup: Diamonds sparkle at state gymnastics championships

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Davis Diamond gymnast Clara Riggle pirouettes on the bars as her excellet rountine was good for a fourth-place Level 8 finish at the recent state championships. Darrell Dickey/Courtesy photo

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From page B2 | March 27, 2014 |

Local gymnasts Chloe Chan and Isabela Martinez are going to Disneyland!

The Davis Diamonds performed well at Saturday’s Level 9 State Championship, and the pair led the way, qualifying for the USA Gymnastics Region 1 meet set for April 11-13 in the Anaheim Disneyland Hotel.

Competing Saturday at Folsom High, Chan — a freshman at Da Vinci — and Winters High junior Martinez each scored career bests.

A high-flying Tsukahara pike vault put Martinez in sixth there, a finish she matched on the uneven bars. She stayed on the beam, then used explosive tumbling and elegant dance moves to score a 9.1 (fifth) on floor, which put Martinez in sixth all-around among Senior C competitors.

Starting on vault, Chan performed a very clean Tsukahara pike to earn a 9.0 (ninth place) despite severe judging. She then successful completed a Pak salto from the high to the low bar to pick up her best score on that event in years.

Riding high, Chan followed with an aggressive beam routine (taking seventh) and performed a double back flip on the floor to help her finish with a 35.4 to take eighth in the Senior A all-around.

For both Martinez and Chan, a top 12 finish in Anaheim would qualify them for the Western USA Championships.

Also competing for Davis this weekend were Level 8 gymnasts Micaela Everitt, Clara Riggle, Kate Miller and Karolina Perkins, who each had highlights but couldn’t advance to the regionals.

Riggle started with a season-best vault, then swung a bars set that placed fourth, while Miller earned a 9.0 with a powerful Tsuk pike vault (seventh).

Knights lacrosse

The Davis Knights’ U15 boys lacrosse team hosted a pair of B division games on Sunday, beating both Granite Bay and Folsom.

First up was the Grizzlies, who couldn’t penetrate the tough local defense in a 5-3 loss. Skilled and tenacious Knights like Jimmy McGlynn, Bradley Kishaba and Jonathan Tiangco kept GBHS from getting deep, while Ethan Iacono used his long stick to intercept several passes to set up the Davis offense.

On that end of the field, Cole Koenerer (one goal, one assist), Nathan Soeth (goal, assist), Luke Maffly (goal) and Jordan Murga (assist) led the way for the locals.

Next, in a 17-8 win over Folsom, the Knights gave up an early goal before Casey Aikawa — relieving the ball from the Falcon with a lift check — scooped up the grounder and ran through the defense to tie the game.

Davis took off from there as Soeth’s pin-point passing set up several goals. With his team rolling, Knight Jamie Kanchananakhin scored his first two goals of the season back-to-back in the second quarter.

Local Joey Valdez capped the victory when he made a steal then ran all the way down the field for a goal.

Summerdarts

Register for the Davis Summerdarts, a summer swim team offered by the Davis Aquadarts, on April 7 and 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Civic Center Pool.

This program, which offers an introduction to competitive swimming with a low-key and fun approach, is for children ages 6 through teen, and runs from June 16 to Aug. 9. Minidarts, for children ages 4 and 5, also is available.

Information and registration forms can be found at www.aquadarts.org, or by contacting head coach Carolee Gregg at 530-758-DART.

Free tennis clinic

The UCD men’s and women’s tennis programs will team up to host a free kids clinic on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.

Due to NCAA restrictions, the event is only open to kids in first through eighth grades.

The youngsters will learn all aspects of the game from Aggie players and coaches and a fun “hit for prizes” event will be held at the end of the clinic.

For more information, please contact men’s tennis assistant coach Michael Meyer at 650-766-7081 or mrmeyer@ucdavis.edu.

AquaStarz synchronized swim team

The Davis AquaStarz youth synchronized swim team invites any youngsters who are interested in dance, music, gymnastics or swimming to try out the sport this spring.

Registration is now open for spring practices, which are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Arroyo Pool. The competitive season, where the AquaStarz went undefeated last year, begins in June and includes the team’s popular synchro show, set for July 11 and 12.

The cost to join the spring program is $250 and more information is available at www.aquastarz.org.

UCD basketball camp

The Aggie hoops program will host a four-day summer camp for boys and girls ages 4 to 13, beginning June 16.

Boys ages 8 to 13 and girls at parents’ discretion can sign up for the Blue Level camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Cost for that session is $215, or $235 with lunch included.

The younger boys and girls, ages 4 to 7, can register for the Gold Level camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Cost for that session is $110.

For more information, visit https://ucdavissportscamps.com/mensbasketball.

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