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Former CAG athletes compete at Gallo Arts Center
Erin Barrett (far left), Kimberly Arguello, Franky Palous and Jenna Geer all enjoyed the experience of competing at the Valleys Got Talent show. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Kimberly Arguello, Jenna Geer, Erin Barrett and Franky Paulos enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience of participating in the "Valley's Got Talent" show Aug. 28 and 29 in Modesto.

The former Ceres AcroGymnastics teammates managed to advance to the finals of the competition despite being retired from their sport for almost eight years.

Arguello, Geer, Barrett and Paulos trained twice a week at Cheer Odyssey in Stockton for two months leading up to the event.

"It was a super awesome experience," said Arguello, whose group goes by the name of Acro Continuum. "We got to share the sport with our families and friends. It kind of took me back. It was so fun. Everyone was so supportive."

Acro Continuum competed in a specialty category, along with a spoken-word poet, magician and break dancers at the Gallo Arts Center in downtown Modesto. The poet placed first.

"The audience loved us," Arguello said. "We were definitely the most unique act. We had two solid nights of performances. We had an absolute blast. We met some amazing people."

Acro Continuum completed eight big tricks during its four-plus minute routine.

"Not to sound conceited, but everything came together so nicely," Arguello said. "We nailed our routine both days. That's what we hoped would happen. We spent a lot of late nights pushing it to the max. It was a ton of work. There was stress. We didn't win our category or the grand prize. We didn't expect to win because it's a unique sport. But I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat."

Acro Continuum performed at Crossroads Grace Church in Manteca on Sept. 20.

Arguello, Geer, Barrett and Paulos want to continue to share their love of the sport with the community. They're open to providing entertainment for local events.

"We don't see it ending at this point," Arguello said. "All of us agreed we want to continue it. If people want to use us, they can message us on Facebook. We're going to have fun and see what comes next."