Emily Balicanta, 12, from Pleasanton and Naomi Chin, 11, from Dublin, who train at California Gymnastics Academy in Livermore, earned spots on the NorCal State Team from a field of more than 70 competitors at a qualifying competition in Stockton on Dec. 8 to go to national competition, held Jan. 5 in Daytona Beach, Fla.. Their scores were instrumental in the NorCal State Team taking home the NAWGJ National Judges Cup First Place Team Trophies.
The All-Star Team comprised of female gymnasts from Northern California beat out teams representing 18 states to win the National Judges Cup State Level 7 Team Challenge for a fourth consecutive year. The competition took place at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center and is run by the National Association of Womens' Gymnastics Judges.
Gold Medal award for Seahawks
The Pleasanton Seahawks were awarded the Gold Medal Club Award in December for the accomplishments of their senior level swimmers holding Junior National and US Open times. The Seahawks now represent the top 20 senior clubs in the nation.
The Club Excellence Program identifies and recognizes USA Swimming clubs for their commitment to performance excellence. The program provides grant funding and recognizes the club development system as integral to achieving excellence in the sport.