Sydney Gonzales was born on March 18, 2002 to Ruben and Christine Gonzales. Following her sister, Lexie’s, footsteps, Lexie began gymnastics at the age of 3 in mommy and me classes at NGTC in Aliso Viejo, California. Sydney competed with NGTC as a level 4 during the 2008 season where she placed second on floor, third on bars, and fifth all around at the SoCal Level 4 State Meet. After the 2008 season, Sydney moved to Gym-Max Gymnastics and began competing with Gym-Max as a level 5 in 2009. Sydney finished first on all four events and in the all around at the 2009 SoCal North Level 5 State Championships and went on to compete level 5 for a second year in 2010. At the 2010 Level 5 State Championships, Sydney brought home the gold medals on bars, beam, floor, and in the all around with a 38.250. In 2011 as a level 6, Sydney had a great season going undefeated in the all around up until the state championships where she faced tough competition and placed second all around with a 38.350 as well as gold medals on bars and beam. After her great level 6 season, Sydney competed one meet of level 7 in 2013 at the OC Classic where she placed first on vault, bars, beam and in the all around with a 38.350. Sydney competed level 8 for the rest of the season going undefeated in the all around. Her highlight meet was at the San Diego Classic where Sydney placed first on all four events and in the all around with a career high 39.175. At the SoCal Level 8 State Championships, Sydney placed first on vault, bars, floor, and in the all around with a 38.875. Sydney’s level 8 season came to a close at the Region 1 Championships where she won the vault, bars, beam and all around titles with a 38.650. At all of Sydney’s level 8 meets, she scored above a 38.000 in the AA. Due to injuries, Sydney’s 2014 level 9 season was cut short. However, Sydney won her first two meets including a 38.550 at the San Diego Classic, and placed second at the Long Beach Open. Sydney began competing again in 2015 as a level 10 and won her first meet at the OC Classic. At the SoCal Level 10 State Meet, Sydney placed first on beam with a huge 9.800 and fifth all around with a 37.150 which qualified her to regionals. At Region 1 Regionals, Sydney placed second on vault and beam and fourth all around with a 37.100 and was named to the Junior A Region 1 JO Nationals Team. The 2015 JO National Championships was a great meet for Sydney where she placed third on vault with a 9.675. Concluding the 2015 season, Sydney began training at Wildfire Gymnastics and opened up her 2016 season at the Palm Springs Gymnastics Cup. Due to injuries, Sydney missed out on the 2016 SoCal State Championships, but was able to petition on to the Region 1 Championships where she placed first on vault with a 9.800, first on beam with a 9.725, and third all around with a 37.700. Sydney’s 2016 undefeated vault steak continued at the JO National Championships where she took home the vault title with a 9.700 and placed in the top 10 in the all around with a 37.850. The 2017 season began for Sydney at the Palm Springs Gymnastics Cup where she won vault, beam and floor titles. Sydney went on to win the all around in the next two meets that she competed in. At the SoCal Level 10 State Meet, Sydney placed second on vault with a 9.750 and third all round with a 37.850, qualifying her to regionals. Sydney did a great job at regionals placing third on vault and beam and first on floor with a 9.650; she placed fourth all around with a 37.700 and qualified to JO Nationals. Sydney concluded her season at the JO National Championships where she finished third on vault, floor, and in the all around which qualified Sydney to make the JO National Team.?Sydney began her 2018 season at the California Grand Invitational where she won the beam title and placed second all around. Throughout the regular season, Sydney either placed first or second all around and at the SoCal State Championships, she won the vault and all around titles and took home silvers on beam and floor. Sydney went on to compete at the Region 1 Championships where she won the vault and floor titles and took home the bronze medal on beam and in the all around, qualifying to JO Nationals. Currently, Sydney is competing level 10 and is training 25 hours a week at Wildfire Gymnastics under coaches Hayley and Rick Watson, Whitney Dames, Stephanie Calvert, and Tom Wakeling.
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