Wehrung and Dunwoody to compete in national meet
SPEARFISH, S.D. – The 2022 USA Gymnastics National Championships will take place May 11-15 in Mesa, Arizona.
The championships serve as the culmination of the competitive season, with upwards of 1,500 athletes expected to compete including two from Spearfish.
Ruthie Wehrung and Savanna Dunwoody both qualified for the national competition after placing in the top seven at the Region 4 Championships in April in Minneapolis.
Wehrung won the region title on the balance beam and placed second in the all-around, while Dunwoody placed sixth in the all-around.
Dunwoody who’s 14 years old, and Wehrung who’s 12, will continue to practice and train at the Spearfish Gymnastics Academy before traveling to Arizona.
As expected, the Level 10 gymnasts are excited about competing on a national stage.
“I’m so excited to see a few girls that I don’t often see,” said Ruthie Wehrung. “I’m excited to show off all the skills that I’ve worked on this year.”
“It is a very cool experience in a way,” said Savanna Dunwoody. “You get to all the new gymnasts. You get to see all the new skills that they do. It’s just super fun.”
The USA Gymnastics National Championships will feature the top Level 10 gymnasts from across the nation, comprised of six age groups representing each of the eight different regions.
This will be the second time that both Wehrung and Dunwoody have qualified for the national championships.
Coaches at the Spearfish Gymnastics Academy feel that the two gymnast’s experience should help them this time around.
“As they mature in their gymnastics they become cleaner,” said Chris Summers, owner of the Spearfish Gymnastics Academy. “So their skills may not become that much harder, but their perfection of those skills becomes a lot better and that’s what produces the higher scores.”
“So you’re definitely upping the skill level and the competition level just in the depth of kids that are able to score those scores,” said Lexie Cathcart, coach at the Spearfish Gymnastics Academy. “I think our biggest goal for them at nationals is to just go in strong and confident and compete the routines that they know how to do here at practice.”
Wehrung and Dunwoody will be compete on Saturday, May 14.