Ashley Martin earns National gymnastics rankings

Ashley Martin is doing the sushanova skill during her floor routine at the National Gymnastics Championships. She placed nineth in the nation on this event.

BRIDGER VALLEY — The 2021-2022 gymnastics season has finished and local gymnast, Ashley Martin earned national top-ten rankings in five events.

To achieve an invite to compete in the National Gymnastics Association (NGA) Championships, gymnasts had to qualify at the Regional Championships, which were held May 6-8, in Queen Creek, Ariz. Martin competed in the Western Region, which consisted of the best gymnasts from the states of California, Nevada, Hawaii, Utah, Arizona and Wyoming.

At regionals for the Platinum level, Senior Division, Martin placed second in the vault, third in the floor, ninth in the balance beam and 11th in the uneven bars. She also placed 9th overall in the all-around division. Also competing at the regional event was Maci Bernard, who competed in the level 3 division for her age group. She also represented the Bridger Valley very well by placing: fifth in the balance beam, sixth in the vault, eighth in the uneven bars, and ninth in the floor events. She also placed seventh overall in the all-around division.

The National Gymnastics Championship event was held in Orlando, Florida; at the Orlando Convention Center, June 6-10, which consisted of the best gymnasts in the nation. During these championships, Martin continued to excel and received her national top-10 rankings by performing extremely well.

“I had a goal at the beginning of the year to try and place in the top ten at Nationals for at least one event. I was so excited to have met my goal and then some,” Martin said.

Martin ended the year-long season by placing at the national championships: second in the balance beam, ninth in the floor and 10th in the vault and uneven bars. She also placed sixth overall in the all-around division.

The National Tumbling Championship event was held in Phoenix, Ariz.; on July 22-25, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Martin, who competed in the tumbling event for Level 7-Senior Division, also placed in the top 10, in the Nation, by placing fifth overall, receiving her fifth top-ten national ranking for the year.

Martin and Bernard compete with the High Uinta Gymnastics competitive team, based out of Evanston. She is the daughter of Diana and Scott Martin of Fort Bridger. Bernard is the daughter of Lacee and Monte Bernard of Mountain View.