Nor Cal United’s First Meet

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Team Members from left to right: Matthew Wagoner, Erik Gralian, Robbie Tambunting, Will Ryan, and Chris Radford.

Five members of Northern California United traveled to Torrance, Ca Saturday, January 27th to compete against Southern California United and Arizona State in their first meet of the season.  The team this year is made up of six gymnasts who are all rookies to collegiate gymnastics as this was the first meet for our program.

Nor Cal United started the meet on Pommel Horse where Erik Gralian had the honor of being the first gymnast to compete for Nor Cal United.  He got things started by hitting his pommel set. Will Ryan brought in the highest score on Pommel Horse earning a 12.05 for his routine.

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After Pommel Horse the team moved over to Rings. Will Ryan got things started on rings with a hit set ending with a nearly stuck full twisting double tuck.  Erik Gralian earned the teams highest rings score of 11.8.

Team member Chris Radford got momentum building on the Floor Exercise with a hit routine for the team.  Robbie Tambunting posted the highest floor score earing a 12.4 for his routine.

Matthew Wagoner was the lead of gymnast on Parallel Bars ending his routine with Nor Cal United’s first stuck dismount!  The high Score on Parallel Bars was an 11.35 posted by Robbie Tambunting.img_1280-e1517251071388.pngIMG_1275

Will Ryan was the only team member to compete high bar at this meet.   He started his routine with a big release move and ended with a huge dismount and stuck landing that got the team fired up as they headed to their last event, vault.

Chris Radford got Vault off to a good start and Will Ryan brought or competition to a close with a very good stretched kasamatsu that earned a score of 13.15.

Will Ryan hit six out of six routines for his collegiate All-Around debut and posted a 71.8 which was good enough to earn third place.  He earned the honor of Nor Cal United Gymnast of the meet with his great performance.

Nor Cal United is very excited for their home meet coming up on February 10th – 7:00 pm at Jackson Sports Academy 5209 Luce Ave, McClellan Park, CA 95652

The team will be working hard to improve their execution and routine consistency.  We had a 67% hit percentage this meet and expect that to increase as the season progresses.

From this starting point we look forward to building a strong team that can compete with the funded NCAA programs.  The team members are all working hard to accomplish that goal, and we have high expectations for the remainder of our season.

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Let’s Go Nor Cal United!

-Coach John Lucas


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