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Plant wins all-around, beam at state gymnastics championships

After a year of no in-person meets because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arianna Plant of Pahrump didn’t need much time to get back into a groove.

Plant, 12, traveled March 26-28 to Grand Sierra Resort in Reno to compete with Henderson-based Gymcats Gymnastics at the Nevada State Championships and won the all-around in her division, won the balance beam and qualified to represent Nevada at the regionals.

“In order to qualify for the state team, you had to be in the top six out of every division competing,” explained her mother, Melissa Plant. “So, of the almost 50 girls competing Platinum at state, Arianna finished fourth.”

Not only did she win the Xcel Platinum Division championship in the balance beam, she dominated the event. She earned a score of 9.750 compared to 9.375 posted by runner-up Serena Segura of Salcianu Elite Academy of Gymnastics, also in Henderson. Plant’s score on the beam was tops across all levels and divisions.

By comparison, Plant tied for third on bars with a 9.550, an event in which the top score was 9.825 and second place was 9.700. She also tied for third on floor exercise, scoring 9.500 to 9.650 for first place and 9.550 for second. Her winning all-around score was 38.050, finishing ahead of Elizabeth Mack of Desert Gymnastics by one-tenth of a point.

Plant put together that performance just one week after her first live meet since the start of the pandemic, the Viva Las Vegas meet hosted by Flip for Me Gymnastics in Las Vegas.

She started her busy morning at a dance competition, competing in four dances at Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino before 7:30 a.m. By the time she arrived at Flip for Me, she had missed open warmups and managed to squeeze in two practice vaults before starting competition.

Nevertheless, Plant, competing in the Junior B Division, finished second in that event with a 9.300 before winning the balance beam with a score of 9.500. She finished just .025 points shy of gold in the all-around, settling for silver behind Mack with her score of 37.650. All of her scores, including floor (9.350) and bars (9.375), were personal bests, all but one of which she topped at the state meet.

Plant will be heading back to Grand Sierra Resort for the regional meet the weekend of May 1.

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