Moberly’s Tran is 2016 USAG Missouri State All-Around Champion

5 May 2016

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.