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Two local gymnasts bring home state titles

Modified: Monday, Apr 15th, 2013

Above, Anna Harvey and Ellie Carmichael stand in celebration at the top of the podium after each finishing first in the state in their respective gymnastic events. At right, The girls pose with their fourth place state banner with their teammates from Energym Gymnastics. (Photos courtesy of Stacy Harvey)

BLOOMINGTON — Local gymnasts Anna Harvey and Ellie Carmichael went to Bloomington to compete among the best youth gymnasts in Illinois, and they left the competition as the top Level 4 gymnasts in their age groups.

Harvey, daughter of Richard and Staci Harvey, and Carmichael, daughter of Brent and Dani Carmichael, both of Rochelle, took first place at the Illinois State Gymnastics Championships held April 5-7 at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena.

Harvey and Carmichael, second-graders at Tilton Elementary School in Rochelle, were both a bit nervous heading into their first state competition, but believed that their coaches and training had prepared them well.

“I was hoping to compete on the bars and beam first,” Harvey said. “Those two events are the hardest for me, and that’s what happened.”

For the complete article see the 04-14-2013 issue.

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