Cody Haines, 13, and a team from Gymnastics Unlimited of Turlock competed Thursday, April 4, through Sunday, April 7, in the 2013 Region 1 Boys Gymnastics Championships at the Grand Sierra Hotel Resort and Convention Center in Reno.
”My coaches have always pushed me to improve and be confident in my skills,” Haines said. “The entire (Gymnastics Unlimited) program is full of guys who have the same goals in gymnastics, and we support each other.”
Haines, who finished 21st in a field of 34 athletes in Reno, competed on five pieces of equipment during the Level 4 and 5 boys all-around gymnastics competition.
He tallied a combined score of 57 points on the pommel horse, high bar, vault, parallel bars and rings.
The 5-foot-4 107-pound Haines scored a 9.95 on the pommel horse, supporting himself entirely on his hands, without letting any other part of his body touch the apparatus and without stopping during his routine. He used the whole length of the horse and performed circles, flairs and a dismount.
He earned a score of 10.85 on the high bar, performing pirouettes, high-flying release moves and a dismount from a single bar nine feet off the floor.
On the vault, Haines scored a 10.05. He sprinted down a runway onto a springboard and propelled himself off a vaulting table about 4 feet off the ground.
Haines completed the rings with a score of 8.3, demonstrating swinging moves, strength and a dismount on rings suspended about 9 feet from the ground. In contrast to the constant motion required on the pommel horse, the gymnast must stop on the rings and hold his strength positions for at least two seconds each. During that time, the rings should be held as still as possible.
On the parallel bars, Haines scored a 9.1, performing swings, release moves and a dismount using two horizontal bars set at the same height, about 6.4 feet from the floor.
The 13-year-old also performed a floor exercise (8.75) of various tumbling passes, a balance element, a strength move and some circles and flairs similar to those executed on the pommel horse.
Haines, who began training in gymnastics at age 9 and first competed about a year later, earned a first-place all-around score of 60.67 at the March 10 state meet.
The score included marks of 10.15 on the pommel horse, 10.15 on the high bar, 9.5 on the vault, 10.12 on the parallel bars, 10.7 on the rings and 10.05 on the floor exercise.
The Northern California Boys Gymnastics Association Level 4 and 5 State Gymnastics Meet took place at Performance Gymnastics in San Luis Obispo.
Haines, who also has a black belt in taekwondo , has a year-round regimen that consists of three-hour training sessions three days a week in Turlock.
“I have always wanted to be better than I currently am, and that drives me to work harder,” Haines said.
His mother, Lisa Salsman, hopes her son’s success in gymnastics will inspire others to take up the sport or find other ways to be active.
“Gymnastics offers structure and the ability for each child to grow and improve at their own pace,” Salsman said. “Whether families join the sport for a once a week practice, or spend many hours a week with a competitive team, my hope is that they will explore the sport as another option to encourage physical activity.”
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