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Underwood to Western Michigan in 2015

Congrats to Rachael Underwood Level 10 from Crystal Lake Gymnastics in Crystal Lake Illinois on her committment to Western Michigan University. Rachael is coached by Lee Batagalia, and Ben Hardy. She will join the Broncos in the fall of 2015.         Rachael competed Level 9 during the 2009 season and qualified to the Region 5 Championships. In 2010, she began competing Level 10 and again qualified to regionals. She improved her placement at regionals in the 2011 season before taking 2012 off JO Gymnastics to focus on h...

Basara to NIU in 2015

Congrats to Level 10 Emily Basara of Ultimate Gymnastics in Gurnee Illinois on her verbal commitment to Northern Illinois University. Emily is coached by Shane Sanders, Steve Kams and Brandi Taylor. She will join the Huskies in the fall of 2015.                     Emily began competing Level 9 in 2011 and finished 4th at regionals in the all around qualifying her to the Level 9 Easterns Championships. At Easterns, she was able to stand on the award podium with a 5th place finish on beam. I...

Spotlight Series...21 Questions with Phenom's Marissa Oakley

Marissa Oakley is Region 5's newest Jr. International Elite, who recently qualified to the P&G Championships,  she is also  Phenom Gymnastics first Elite Athlete. Marissa is a little dynamo full of energy, talent and big gymnastics. Marissa has been a premier athlete on the Level 10 scene qualifying to numerous JO National Championships. Marissa, who is going into her sophomore year of high school has verbally committed to the University of Georgia. Lets get to know this amazingly talented young gymnast a little better and wish her th...

Spotlight Series...20 Questions with Future CornHusker Megan Schweihofer

Stylish, Powerful, Confident, Champion, Friendly....5 words that perfectly describe Hunts Megan Schweihofer. The first time I saw Megan compete I was completely blown away by her, I did not think gymnastics  that big could come from a body that small. Megan certainly is a powerhouse, if you have ever seen Megan vault you would agree. Megan is the 2014 Michigan State Vault Champion and that title is certainly well-deserved, throughout the season her vault just got better and better. Megan certainly is an eye catcher, from her huge vault to ...

Dickson to Georgia in 2016

Congrats to Michigan Elite Gymnastics Academy (MEGA) level 10 Rachel Dickson on her verbal commitment to the University of Georgia. Rachel will become a bulldog in the fall of 2016. Here is a little bit about Rachel's gymnastics career so far.                                     She began competiting level 9 in 2009 and won the regional all around title along with the vault title and qualifed to the Eastern National Championships. At Easterns, Rachel finis...

Spotlight Series...20 Questions with CGA's Hannah McCrary

CGA's Hannah McCrary is a 2014 JO National Qualifer and a 2014 Nastia Cup Qualifer, Hannah travels from a different state each week with her dad to train with Mary Lee Tracy at CGA in Ohio, now thats dedication. Hannah has goals of competing in college gymnastics and even Team USA some day. Lets get to know Hannah a little bit better and find out what state she calls home.   1.      How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? I was too young to play baseball so I would just climb the doorframes of my h...

Spotlight Series....20 Questions with JO National Team Member Kasey Janowicz

Kasey Janowicz literally came out of no where. In 2012, Kasey returned to the sport of gymnastics after 2 1/2 years off. Kasey resumed training at Bay Valley Academy in Bay City, Michigan. She really did not expect much of her return, but she had some goals and unfinished business. Kasey started out the 2012-2013 season as a first year level 9 gymnast, that season ended with huge success! Kasey was the State, Regional and National All-Around Champion! Not bad for taking 2 years off. Kasey is an exceptional talent, and she certainly proved that ...

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Hello to all in Region 5! This has been another great year in our region and I am excited to see what's to come from our elites with the elite summer season. The Region 5 Insider was launched in 2012 and is the only regionally based media site of its kind in the country. The Insider media platform was created and is maintained for Region 5 by the sports media company that runs Gymnastike, Flocasts. However all site content is the responsiblity of the administrators and contributors of the Insider.             ...

Top Ten Moments from the 2014 JO Nationals

Sponsored by the Jtree GymBalm  The 2014 version of the Level 10 JO Nationals was exciting from start to finish. This years Dream Team was very strong and determined to bring the national team trophy back home to Region 5 for the first time since 2009.  Once again I have taken some time to ponder my standout moments of the weekend, and here are the the top 10. #10- Back with a Bang          We saw the return from injury of four JO National veternans in 2014. Rachel Dickson from MEGA, Olivia Karas of IK, Grace...

JO National Team Member Kasey Janowicz Verbally Commits to Central Michigan

Kasey Janowicz of Bay Vallley Academy in Bay City, Michigan recently made her verbal committment to accept a full ride scholarship to compete for Central Michigan University. Kasey, who is a student at Bay City Central High School took 2 1/2 years off of gymnastics due to health issues, returned to the sport in 2013 as first year level 9. Kasey had a storybook season winning the state, regional and eastern national titles. Kasey, who is coached by Miss Nanci Moore, is an incredible talent and beautiful gymnast to watch. In 2014 she moved to lev...

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