Eudora gymnast sweeps competition in San Diego
After scoring well above her competition, 16-year-old Melissa Fernandez earned first place at the San Diego Classic gymnastics tournament Jan. 28 to 30.
Fernandez placed first in each of the events in the four-event competition that included routines on the vault, uneven bars, beam and the floor. Her winning performances in each event pulled her score well ahead of her competitors. Her cumulative score was 36.65, the sum of her scores from the four events. According to the competition's Web site, the girls who placed second through sixth in the competition each had a cumulative score between 33 and 34.
Fernandez's strongest competition was the beam, on which she scored a 9.4. She came home with five gold medals; one for each of the four events and one for her all-around win.
Competitors came to the San Diego Classic from California, Utah, Tennessee, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland and Canada.
Fernandez is a level 9 gymnast. She trains at a gymnastics and dance center in Olathe. Her mother, Tami Klinedinst, said Fernandez spends about 24 hours practicing at the gym each week.
Fernandez is preparing for several more upcoming competitions including the state finals, for which she has already qualified.
Klinedinst is planning to have a bake sale Feb. 14 at C&S Market, 1402 Church St., to help raise money for an upcoming meet in San Antonio.