The North Shore Flairs Levels 9 & 10 traveled to the 2016 Junior Olympic Regional Championships on April 7-10 in Kissimmee, Florida. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are the eight states that make up Region 8. The gymnasts compete in an attempt to finish in the top 7 of their age divisions in order to earn the honor of representing Region 8 in the National Championships.
Sierra Ballard was Louisiana's top scoring Level 9 with a 37.55 which earned her silver in the all-around and the trip to Nationals. Ballard also won the championship beam title with a 9.55, was 4th on floor-9.375, 5th on bars-9.275 and 7th on vault with a 9.35. Also earning a Regional Team spot was Abby Vollenweider with a 7th place finish in the all-around and 5th on bars. These athletes will travel to Virginia Beach on April 29.
Level 9 Nikki Kieff hit beam for a 9.15-4th place finish, Floor for a 9.45-4th place and Vault for a 9.225-6th place. Lacy Marchand placed 6th on bars with a 9.125. Carolanne VanZandt took 9th on beam with a 9.025.
Level 10, Olivia Gunter placed 7th all-around in her division with a 36.675. Gunter also placed 5th on floor-9.525 and 8th on Vault with a 9.40. Level 10 Nationals will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center on May 6-8.