Optional Gymnastics 1st Event at Renovated Veterans Memorial Coliseum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Dozens of gymnasts competed in the Iowa Optional Championships Saturday at the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Coliseum in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Participants were judged in floor, beam, bars, and vault events.

Alex Sands, a freshman at Solon High School said she's put countless hours into her routines.

"It feels awesome to know that all of the hard work that I've put into this is finally being paid off, so it feels pretty great."

Sands placed 1st in beam and floor and was awarded 2nd all around. She and the rest of her team, the Cedar Rapids Twisters, qualified for Regionals. That competition will happen in Fargo, North Dakota in April.
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