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10 team who are competing in their last MAC Open are Taylor Keeker, Kalliah McCartney, Julia Simpson and Kayla Wonderly.


On the boys’ side, Boys Coach Shuichi Goto says the visitors from the Houston Gymnastics Academy are expected to give MAC’s boys a hard run. The Texans, who call themselves the GymMasters, competed recently at invitational meets that feature top international teams. Goto has great confidence in his teams and encourages MAC members to come to watch Isaac Olds, who now is competing at the elite level, and senior Ethan Eldred, both making their last MAC Open appear- ances.


The 28th annual MAC Open is Friday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 20 in the Main and West gyms. The team finals, held on Sunday, are always a crowd-pleaser.


Expect Thrilling Match- Ups at MAC Open


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his year’s MAC Open promises to be a competitive battle among the


region’s best gymnasts. The 28th annual MAC Open, one of the premier meets in the Northwest, is held Presidents Day weekend, Friday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 20.


This year, gymnasts from states as far away as Texas and Alaska are making the


trip to Portland to compete. Teams from Washington and Montana also have signed up, along with a strong complement of squads from the Portland metro area. For MAC members, the meet is a chance to see their favorite gymnasts in action, as all of MAC’s boys and girls teams compete during the course of the three days.


“We hope members, whether they know a MAC gymnast or not, will come to at least part of the event,” says Meg Doxtator, head of the MAC gymnastics department. “Our kids work hard all year preparing for competition and are thrilled to demonstrate their skills to home club fans,” she adds.


Competition among the Level 10 girls should be exceptionally exciting this year.


Doxtator says the competition among the girls at the highest level – Level 10 – should be especially fierce this year. “We have the three best teams in the region coming: MAC, National Academy of Gymnastics in Springfield, and Auburn Gymnastics Academy from Washington,” she says. “Our Level 10 girls are sizzling, so it should be a fun competition to watch.” The four seniors on the MAC girls Level


If MAC members don’t have a favorite gymnast and want to pick just one event to attend, Doxtator recommends the team finals on Sunday at noon. A crowd pleaser that is beloved by the gymnasts as well, this event is the only competition in the region that brings Level 9 and 10 gymnasts together to compete as a team. Last year, MAC won both the boys and girls finals, with a thrilling come-from-behind win by the boys.


For more information and a schedule of the individual events, log on to www. themacopen.com or call the Gymnastics Office at 503-517-7560. WM


MAC welcomes teams from the Portland metro area, as well as teams from numerous other states, to the MAC Open.


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