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Ceres athletes claim national titles
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The Ceres Acrogymnastics team participated in the National Championships, July 22-28, at Louisville's Kentucky International Convention Center. The competition featured 600 athletes.

Ceres won the second-place trophy for the Level 9 class.

Steven Walker and Derek Chisamore captured gold. The duo placed first with a score of 43.020 in the Level 9 Men's Pair 17-and-over age group.

Crystal Machado, Kimberly Osoria and Holly Goodrum placed fifth with a score of 50.740 in the Level 9 Women's Group 17&over age group.

Jenna Geer, Stephanie Osoria and Emily Silva placed eighth with a score of 49.210 in the Level 9 Women's Group 15-16 age group.

Madison Allen and Robbi Loomis placed fourth with a score of 51.260 in the Level 8 Women's Pair 15-16 age group.

Sharon Montes and Alison Cardenas placed 11th with a score of 49.790 in the Level 8 Women's Pair 17&over age group.

Dora Cantu, Amber Autrand and Emily Hammerstein placed 11th with a score of 48.975 in the Level 8 Women's Group 17&over age group.

Ashleigh Stearns, Alyssa Gardner and Sarah Wilson placed 15th with a score of 45.958 in the Level 8 Women's Group 17&over age group.

The Level 9 Women's 12-14 Trio of Ariel Davidson, Gisele Villegas and Erin Barrett qualified for nationals but was unable to perform because of an injury. Villegas broke her arm as a result of a failed tumbling pass during practice in Ceres.

"They elected to go to Kentucky even without the prospect of competing," said Ceres coach Ron Osoria. "Had they competed, CAG was guaranteed the first-place team trophy for Level 9, in view of the fact that they are the youngest trio in the country at that level."

Davidson, Villegas and Barrett placed first at the Region I Championships in Folsom in June. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier