Level 9 Westerns

Watch out, I’m going to Boise, Idaho!

And I did. Along with My dad, Mom, Sister, Grandpa, Nana, Nonni, Papa, Kylie, Jen, Annie, Jeff, My uncle Mike, Sam, and Little Michael.  It also turns out I have family there!  My cousin Risa, and Lexi and Risa’s mom Peggy.  Samantha, My aunt in law also has family there too.

Our trip to Boise Started with a man falling down the escalator at the Sacramento airport.  It was scary to watch and we saw the whole thing happen.  He turned out to be okay but I think he missed his flight.

Once we were there, I had practice at the arena that night.  The next day we went swimming and then into town and walked around.  That night Kylie, Annie, Jen, my mom and myself all went to the Westerns Banquet.  It was at Boise State and over looked the blue football field. It was fun!  We met and talked with Amanda Borden and she was the main person talking at the Banquet.  There was also a gymnast there who broke her neck in college and then came back and competed again.  We sat at a table with gymnasts that lived in Boise and trained down the street.  Then Kylie and I danced to all the songs and Annie even danced a little too!

We stayed out till abut 10:45 or 11 then went back to the hotel.  My competition was first thing in the morning.

Turns out first thing in the morning in another state is not always great.  I think there was a 2 hour time difference so I was really tired. 😦

When I walked onto the floor for warm ups it was cool to see all the regions with their own colored leo.  Just big teams.  It was the first time that I got to wear a number on my leo.  That was cool!  At this meet I knew I was competing first for myself but Also for the Region 1 team.  This was the first time I was competing with enough girls to make a team since level 7.  In level 8 I had 2 teammates and in level 9 I had one until the first meet.  Megan.  She competed the first meet but then had a bad accident on bars and didn’t compete with me any more 😦

The way this meet works is that the Region 1 team was split into 2 groups.  I was in the first 6 that went first.  Our group started on Vault.  I was 3rd to go on vault.  This meet was going to be the first meet that I flipped a layout instead of a pike.  I did okay. I got a 9.2.    It was an okay start.

Then I went to bars.  I am not sure what happened.  Bars for my level 9 season were one of my better events.  That day at Westerns, they were not.  I just couldn’t get it together and I couldn’t do a pirouette on the high bar for anything.  I think I had one good warm up.  When I went to compete, I knew I had to have extra power to make it over the high bar and kinda over rotated making me compete “plan B”   Instead of just going into my swing half I had to Kip, clear hip handstand then swing half.  It was not good.  I got an 8.850.  That was my lowest bars all season I think.  Worst than a fall.  I was sad and mad.  I needed just my regular bar routine to keep up with the scores from the rest of the girls.  I also knew that there was no way I was going to get a 38 with that score and that was my goal for that meet.

Beam.  I just need a clean routine.  I wanted to make up for bars.  I did pretty good, Not as good as my state meet but I scored a 9.525.  Leading me to my last event, floor.  I was happy it was my last even.  At the last couple of meets it was my first so I thought it would be good for a change.  I competed and when I was done I got a 9.45.  9.45 was my highest score all season.  When I looked at the screen to see what place that put me in I was in first place!!!!  There were only a couple of girls in my rotation left to compete and then the other part of region 1.  I think after 2 girls I dropped to 2nd then 3rd then they cleared the scoreboard.

37.1 was my all-around score.  It was almost a point away from my goal but overall besides bars, I flipped my first layout, did a solid routine on beam and got my highest floor score.

Now to the awards.  They only placed out to 10th place out of 50.

I actually placed 6th on Beam and 6th on Floor and 12th for the All-Around.  That wasn’t that bad for my first year of level 9 and competing against 50 girls.  My level 9 season was now over.

We went out to lunch with everyone that came to watch me.  Then later that afternoon, we went over to my cousin Risa’s house in Idaho and she has abunch of horses.   So I went horsebackriding.  That was my first time ever, and it was alot of fun.  My mom, sister, grandpa, nonnie and Ari all went horsebackriding too.

My Westerns experience was then over and we went back home.

Penelope – My Cat

For my 11th Birthday, I really wanted a dog but my mom and dad said no. When I was little we had a family dog Named Tyson but he didn’t like me and he bit me. I have the scar still on my head today. Then we tried to adopt a dog from the pound. We named him Kobe. He was crazy and hated our cat and rabbit and then started to try to eat Ari’s hair all the time and would knock her down to her bottom. We thought we was only 12 weeks old when we got him but the vet said he was more like 5 months. He didn’t work out with our other pets and we had him about 6 weeks but had to bring him back. The pound said he was friendly with other animals but he was not! Since I couldn’t get a dog, I thought I would ask for a kitten. We already had a cat named Buddy but he is an indoor/outdoor – garage cat. He is orange and HUGE. So my parents said yes, we will get you a kitten for your Birthday. I went to a different animal shelter and they had a bunch of little kittens. I really liked this black and white one and she liked me. It was my birthday and I had gym, but I asked my dad if he would get her and he did. Penelope loves my dad. He tries to say he doesn’t love her as much as she does him but he sits with her and pets her all the time and feeds her treats every morning! She is the greatest cat ever and I love her sooooo much. She loves all of us too. Even Ari who is really rough with her but I think she really like it??


Coming home – Regional Champion

I was happy and tired! And kinda sad that it was all over. But thanks to my Best friend Kylie, (yes I do have other friends but she is my best friend and has been for the longest) I came home to the coolest suprize. A really big poster on my garage. Welcome Home Regional Champion! KP You Rock. I still have the poster. I rolled it up and its in my closet. After that, the newspaper came and did a report on me. Then it was really cool, Narcisa a parent and president of the Parents club contact the city people and they city of Vacaville, County of Solano had me come to a special meeting and presented my whith a :resolution” for becoming a Regional champion and representing the city. I had to give a speech but it was ok. We have it hanging on a wall in our living room. Right after the presentation we got to tour the city building with our team. At the time our team was much smaller then and it was a school day so there weren’t too many gymnasts there. Then – on another day, the city of Vacaville presented me with another award and recognition from the city on my accomplishment. Thank you again to everyone with the awards…They are all really cool and I will never forget that day.



My life starts to get pretty exciting – Level 8

Going to my first level 8 meet was pretty unique. It was a travel meet to Las Vegas – Lady Luck. Up until that meet I was still trying tom make my vault consistant. So I had no idea what was going to happen at that meet. I got soooo lucky. For some reason it seemed like we had a really long vault warm up… Thank you! I think at the end of the warm up I got my vault down and stuck my first Yurchenko. I think I placed 3rd with it. The rest of my season I was still working out some problems. I remember at one meet I pretty much crashed, safetly and scored a 7.9 or something. By the end of season I was starting to come together. Meet after meet my scores kept rising. Finally to the state meet. It was a pretty good meet. My vault score was a little low, but then I placed 4th on Bars, 3rd on beam, 5th on Floor and 5th AA. My All around was a 37.375 which meant I qualified to Regionals! Whoo Hooo! Regionals were in LA in Anaheim, right by Disneyland. Daizsha, my teammate also made it to Regionals so the both of us went down together. We had to be down there thursday So we could practice that night and then I competed on Friday. We thought we’d get lucky – my mom broke her foot in march so we got her a wheelchair. We thought with the wheelchair we’d get on all the rides really quick in California land and Disneyland. On thursday before practice we went to Califormia land but no luck! Almost all the lines were big enough to push the chair thru so they didn’t give you any special access with a wheel chair 😦 My mom got tired of us pushing her and leaving her places that she decided just to walk, it was not worth it. She had a walking boot, but I remember my dad pushed us around since my mom didn’t want to use it. Friday morning came quick, I started on Floor – Following Pac West (A really Good team) with girls that I was placing right under most of the season. After the first couple of girls went, there was a problem with the score board and our scores didn’t show. I didn’t know what I got but I knew I did pretty good. Then to Vault. I vaulted, it was good and I heard the judge call 9.175 That wasnt bad but it wasnt good either. I didn’t know what everyone was scoring so I didn’t know if it was high or low. Then to bars. I went and got a 9.450 the scoreboard just started working again. The girl from Pac west went and I got the same score. Hmmm, I wonder what else she got? I knew we were tied at bars. I had to have a great beam. 9.575 stuck it, except a little pop on the landing. Her score was a couple of tenths lower. And our meet was over. What did she get on Vault and Floor? Both were her good events? I had good places. 3rd on Vault, 5th on Bars, 3rd on Beam, 3rd on floor… I’ll get 3rd AA maybe? They started calling the names. 5th place, blah blah blah, 4th Blah Blah Blah, 3rd Blah Blah Blah. I knew I had to be 2nd or 1st and it depended on the other girl. She came in first on something and 5th and 3rd? They called second place, It wasn’t my name!!! Then they called 1st place and it was!! I just became an All-Around Regional Champion! Im going to Disneyland! No really I was. We planned on going after the meet. It was great. For so many reasons. It was the best day ever. We Annie, Jeff, Reagan, my mom, dad, Ari and Daizsha and her family) went to celebrate at the Rainforest Cafe and finally made it to Disneyland about 5ish. We stayed till about midnight and my best day ever ended.

Nastia Luikin Camp and Disneyland with the Pero’s 2010

Nastia Luikin was hosting a gymnastics camp at UCLA. I got to go! So did Kylie and Megan and My sister Ari. We all got to stay in the dorm (except Ari, she wasn’t old enough – I know how that feels) It was pretty fun, we all got put into groups and had college coaches an UCLA girls coaching us. Ari had Anna Li as her counsler. Yes the one that was at the Olympic trials this year. Ari also got to take a real picture with Nastia. Dylan noticed her at the hotel my mom and Jen were staying at and Ari just happened to be wearing her special Nastia Leo for picture day. Lucky. Also right before the UCLA camp we drove down a couple of days before and went to Disneyland. We had some special tickets and stayed at a hotel with kylie and her family. Josh and Dylan went to Disnyland with us and we did everything in one day. A really hot day! It was right when the Toy Story ride came out so that was the longest line. The whole trip was REALLY fun! UCLA is pretty cool, I wouldn’t mind going there one day.

Level 7

Annie and Jen Had been coaching me for Level 6 and then 7. 7 was pretty fun! I was still going to Aerials gymnastics and I went to the judges cup to start off my season and although I didn’t get to go to the National Judges cup I was really happy I placed 4th on Beam out of all those girls. One of the last meets of 7 was the Meet in Washington. Just my mom and I went but it was really fun going to Seattle with our team. It was called the Battle in Seattle and it was my 1st 9.5 I ever got on floor. At that meet I took first for Beam, Floor and AA. It was my first time placing so well all season! After I went to the state meet and didn’t do so great 😦 My best event was beam. I got a 9.2 and got 6th place. After that meet our lives changed abit. There were alot of changes going on at our gym. My coaches were leaving and they were going to start a new gym and My best friend was too. My best friend, Kylie – Her mom is Jen Pero. One of my coaches. I left when they left and so did my mom. She was coaching at Aerials and my sister was on the Dynamite team there too. We all left, it was sad and hard to do but my coaches and my friend was leaving and my mom said it was important I kept all of them the same, so we did too. May 2010. Dream Xtreme here we come.
judges cup

Starting my blog with Gymnastics…Level 1,3, 4, 5, and 6

When I was 5 I started to compete in gymnastics. (I had been going to gymnastics since I was 2 1/2) I was going to Aerials and they asked me to be on their level 1 team. My mom said yes, so I started going to extra classes and I skipped level 2 and went to level 3. In level 3 I was the youngest and that is when I met my best friend Kylie. We competed in Mini meets together that were held at our gym until we made the level 4 team.

My 1st level 4 Meet was on my birthday when I turned 6! I was just old enough to compete and I won 1st All-Around! I was soooo excited and they made me stand up on the podium by myself and everyone sang happy birthday to me. From that minute on, I knew I was going to love competing! My coach in level 4 was Aimee, but she moved after that season. I remember we traveled to San Jose and Sacramento, and my biggest trip in level 4 was to Santa Cruz. It was the first time we stayed in a hotel as a team. It was fun! That summer, the rest of my team traveled to LA to a meet but I didn’t go because our family just got back from traveling to LA and San Diego for my great-grandparents anniversary. Then most of the team went to Woodward, but you had to be 7 and I was still 6 so I didn’t go. 😦

Then came Level 5. New Coaches: Jen and Susan I was an okay level 5, At zones I was vault and beam champ and came in 2nd AA… I went to level 5 state and came in 5th at state.

Then one of my favorite levels. Level 6. I was 8 and I only went to 1 meet to score out of level 6. The cool thing about it, was I got 1st on all the events and all around!!! And yes, there were other people competing! It was definitely a memorable meet.