After seven years of building a gymnastics family in Camas, the four senior aces are looking forward to the next three months and dreading them at the same time.
Amanda Bolton, Ashley Gjerswold, Alicia Hamlin and Amy Siebenthaler have been together with head coach Jennifer McDonnell since their days at Skyridge Middle School. They all share the same dream, to give every Camas girl an opportunity to compete at the state meet in the Tacoma Dome. It is a special honor awarded to only the top two teams at districts.
“Our bond has only gotten stronger and deeper from being together for so long, and the new girls are jumping right in,” Bolton said.
“We really want to make it to state as a team,” Gjerswold said. “Every year we say that, but we’ve learned that it doesn’t happen overnight. We have to work up to it.”
“It’s all about getting our skills down every week,” Hamlin said. “If we do that, we can get to state.”