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Former Parkite performs well at regional event

Submitted by Janet Johnson,

Ashlyn Johnson, a former Black Diamond gymnast, performs at an event at the United States Southeast Regional gymnastics meet. (Courtesy of Jeff Johnson)

Sophomore Ashlyn Johnson, a former Black Diamond gymnast, completed her 2016 gymnastics season by posting a 36.75 all-around at the United States Southeast Regional meet that was held in Kissimmee, Florida, April 7-10. She posted her highest score of her injury-shortened season and was only .4 points away from qualifying for the U.S. National Meet.

"Since I started the season injured, I am so happy that I was able to finish strong," Johnson said. "I wish I could have qualified for Nationals, but getting so close is really going to drive me to improve for next season."

Ashlyn started her gymnastics career at Black Diamond under the coaching of Katy Heddens and Charity Christensen in 2005. She attended The Colby School, Jeremy Ranch and Eccles Middle School. She moved with her family to Gainesville, Florida, in 2012, where she attends Oak Hall High School.

Ashlyn is a Level 10 gymnast (the highest Junior Olympic level) and travels 90 minutes each way daily to train at Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics outside of Orlando for five hours a day, five or six days a week. She has competed all over the country, from Seattle to Miami and from San Diego to New York.

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