Striver Gymnast Wins Four National Gold Medals

Level 6 Door County YMCA Striver gymnast Amira Anschutz tumbled, flipped and swung her way to four national titles during the 2023 YMCA Gymnastic National Championships held June 21-25 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.

Anschutz earned gold medals on the floor exercise (9.6), vault (9.15), balance beam (9.325) and all-around competition (36.975) in the Level 6 junior division. She also finished fifth on the uneven bars (8.9).

The Strivers had nine girls competing at three levels. They ended up winning four national titles, 18 individual medals and two top-10 team banners.

The Strivers’ Level 6 team placed seventh out of 25 teams and thus earned a national top-10 banner. Level 6 team results were tallied by the team’s top-three scores on each event, and the Strivers had only three of their original five teammates competing at the national meet.

In addition to Anschutz’s five top-five finishes, Estelle Duerst, who competed in the Level 6 child division, earned a silver medal on floor (9.7) and placed fourth on vault (9.0) and the all-around (36.35). Portia Hah, who competed in the Level 6 senior division, placed third on the floor (9.3) and beam (9.05).

The Strivers’ Platinum team – which included Amelia Zoschke, Alexa Jimenez-Seyfer, Anna Gallardo-Ibarra and Shaylyn Asher – placed 10th out of 33 teams and therefore also earned a national top-10 banner.

Zoschke finished sixth on beam (8.4) and in the all-around (35.0). Jimenez-Seyfer placed sixth on floor (9.2) and tied with Zoschke on beam (8.4). Gallardo-Ibarra placed fourth on floor (9.25). Asher placed eighth on bars. Zoschke, Jimenez-Seyfer and Asher competed in the child division, and Gallardo-Ibarra competed in the senior division.

The Strivers’ Silver team had two girls – Lauren Gaida and Keira Clark – out of its squad of six competing at the national meet. Gaida placed fourth on floor (9.35) and seventh on bars (36.95). Clark placed in the top 15 in every event.

Nikki Pollman, Gerritt DeJonge and Heather Haese coach the Strivers.