Moberly Gymnasts – Tran, Greene reach greater heights at Junior Olympic Gymnastics Regionals (May 12th, 2018)

5 May 2016

Taken from the Moberly Monitor Index:

A couple of Moberly 16-year olds on April 21 made gymnastic history both on a personal level and within the ranks of Moberly Gymnastics Academy as Vi Tran and Molly Greene qualified for the 2018 USAG Junior Olympic Gymnastics Regionals held at Cedar Rapids, Ia.

Tran is the most decorated and accomplished athlete at MGA under the direction of Vicki Howard, owner and coach of the establishment.

“I’ve been fortunate to have been successful these last six to seven years. Once I began competing in the UAG, I was performing really well that I moved up to the higher levels pretty quick. I was getting consistent high scores and results, winning a lot of competitions, Tran said. “I have won several state championships in the beam and All-Around in both of them for my age division at both Level 4 and Level 5. This year I stepped up again and competed at the X-cel Diamond Division where I was the all-around champion again and received some good scores in my events.”

The Moberly duo qualified for this prestigious regional based upon their performances and scores achieved at the AAU Regional held in Farmington two weeks earlier. Tran was the all-around champion and of the four events she garnered the top scores in both the beam and vault in her age division, while Greene finished third overall in the same division.

“Molly and I are good friends and have been participating in gymnastics at the Moberly academy and in meets since we were 10. This was our first time qualifying for this regional and I believe we’re the first from all those who have been with the Moberly academy to do so,” Tran said. “This is a great achievement for both of us because it’s really tough just to qualify and get there. It was a great experience because it was so nice to see many talented and really great gymnasts coming from many stats and watch them perform and compete at such a higher level.”

In addition to Missouri, gymnasts attending this USAG Junior Olympic Regional came from Iowa Nebraska, S.D., N.D., Michigan and Wisconsin.

Both Greene and Tran competed in the same division, and Greene would finish in sixth place in the all-around standing, including sixth place on the beam and eighth on the bars to take home additional medals.

Meanwhile, Tran was a fourth place finisher taking fifth in the vault event and eighth place with her floor routine.

Most notably, Vi emerged as the Junior Olympic Regional champion on the balance beam as she achieved a 9.5 score.

“The beam usually has been my best event in competitions, and I thought my score on the beam was a huge accomplishment for me considering there were many great gymnasts at regionals,” Vi said. “What scares me the most in my routine is when I perform my series pass because that’s when I take both my hands and feet off the beam at the same time as I try to land keeping myself straight and in perfect balance as possible.”

Tran and Greene are closing out their sophomore year. Greene participates in girls tennis, and in the with the Spartans track program. Tran is a football cheerleader and she also competes in track.

Despite her many gymnastic accomplishments and high school graduation remains two years away, Tran said she does not see college gymnastics in her future, or even stiff competition in this event as well.

“I think I have gotten to a point in my gymnastics career where I just want to learn a few new skills, but not workout as much and enter competitions like I have been doing. I no longer want to do gymnastics for competition, and now do it for the enjoyment and learning a few more skills,” Vi said.


Taken from Moberly Monitor Index:

The city of Moberly was well-represented over the weekend in the 2016 Xcel USAG Missouri State Gymnastics Championships by two 14 year old gymnasts who train with Moberly Gymnastics Academy. Qualifying gymnasts from over 40 Missouri teams gathered at GymQuarters Gymnastics on April 2nd and 3rd in O’Fallon, Missouri to attend this event.

Vi Tran, daughter of Vihn Tran and Vanessa Truong of Moberly, earned three state championship titles over the weekend, including the all-around championship title — a goal she has been working toward for the past three years. “The past three years Vi has been close, but has always been a wobble, an unexpected error, or a few steps on a landing short of the all-around title and I feel like she learned from those experiences. We have worked on controlling her nerves at meets and increasing her focus and number of repetitions during practice which has made all the difference” states Robin Howard-Boyd, head coach at Moberly Gymnastics Academy for the past 9 seasons.

Tran also earned the Missouri State Uneven Bars Champion title with a 9.7, the Missouri State Balance Beam Champion title with a 9.25, and the silver medal on the vault with a 9.3. Tran just missed the medals on the floor exercise by .05. Coach Howard-Boyd states, “Vi improved her bars score by almost a full point over the season and was just a big step on the landing from a perfect score. I’m really proud of her work ethic and her focus this whole year.”

Molly Greene, 8th grade student at Moberly Middle School and daughter of Kimber and Glenna Greene of Moberly, also improved her event scores significantly over the season. Molly earned four state medals, receiving 5th place in the state of Missouri on vault, bars, beam, and in the all-around competition. Coach Howard-Boyd comments, “Having not only one, but two gymnasts, do so well at a gymnastics competition of this magnitude is huge for our small town and for our gym. I’m really proud of how the girls push and support each other. They are great role models for the gymnasts at our academy and the athletes in our community.”

Vi and Molly are back to practice this week preparing their new skills and routines for the next competitive season. Their next USAG-sanctioned competition will be in July at the Show-Me State Games in Columbia.