Laguna Hills, CA – Olympica Gymnastics sent both Level 6 and Level 7 teams to compete in the USA Gymnastics State Finals in Long Beach, where they brought home two state titles and numerous top three finishes, April 1-3.
The Level 6 group took bronze and Laguna Niguel’s Lauren Phillips won a state title on the balance beam with a 9.675. Phillips also took silver on vault (9.525) and bronze in the all-around (37.725). Phillips was a leader for the Level 6 senior division throughout the season, winning six individual gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals.
Laguna Hills’ Faith Power earned a silver on floor routine (9.425) and Laguna Niguel’s Lindsey Nielsen took bronze on vault (9.400).
In the Junior C division, Dana Point’s Natalie Bray won a state title on vault with a 9.700. Bray secured seven gold, three silver and three bronze medals this season.
Mission Viejo’s Abby Owen and Kayla Grier rounded out the podium on vault with a 9.550 and 9.500, respectively. Grier and Ladera Ranch’s Sage Nichols tied for bronze on floor exercise with a 9.650.
Level 7 gymnast, Reagan McMahon of Ladera Ranch, started the weekend by winning silver on bars (9.475).
Overall, Olympica’s Level 6, 7 and 9 teams combined to win 44 gold, 61 silver and 49 bronze medals in their five-meet season.
The Level 9 team will travel to Las Vegas for the Regional Finals this Saturday and Sunday.
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif — Mark Sanchez wastes no time worrying about whether the Broncos will trade for San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Early Wednesday morning, he was too busy throwing punches, roundhouse kicks and performing tuck jumps while wearing a 40-pound weighted vest near his offseason hometown.
From the moment the Broncos acquired Sanchez — "I still can't believe it," he said — he has watched film and trained relentlessly to put himself in the best position to secure the starting quarterback job.
"Listen, I don't care who is there, what is going on right now. They are going to give me a fair shake, that's all I can ask for, a fair shot. I am good. Let's go. I will bet on myself and compete my butt off," Sanchez said before his workout. "I will be friendly and professional with whoever is there. But I want this bad. Really bad. I want what they experienced last year."
Sanchez, 29, has attempted to microwave his transition by spending time at the Broncos facility, even though he's not allowed to talk with the coaches. With the help of receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, Sanchez put together a passing camp — Broncos Beach — at Mission Viejo High School to gain familiarity with his teammates. He knows nothing is guaranteed, but he wants to maximize his opportunity.
"One, it's just to be around each other. That's important. It sounds like they have that family atmosphere in Denver. They talk about the locker room and it sounds fun. It's because of stuff like this," Sanchez said. "They get together in the offseason, and make sacrifices with their time and their money and travel to do that. Emmanuel and Demaryius were awesome, saying, 'Let me call so and so.' They've been great."