Columbia freshman excels at gymnastics

Special to the News-DemocratApril 24, 2013 

It's a family affair when it comes to gymnastics for the Rickey family.

Sean Rickey is a freshman at Columbia High School. Shelby Rickey is in seventh grade and Bridget Rickey is in sixth grade at the Columbia Middle School. Younger sister, Molly, is in fourth grade at Parkview Elementary.

Sean is a Level 9 gymnast and recently competed in the USA gymnastics Region 3 championships. He placed 16th out of 71 gymnasts with a score of 73.9. He also tied for ninth on floor, 13th on parallel bars and 12th on high bar.

His 16th place qualified him for Junior Olympic National Championships in Portland, Ore. The national meet will run from May 2-5. Sean is coached by Mike Filla. Sean competes in all six events -- floor, vault, high bar, parallel bars, pommel horse, and rings.

Sean is not the only family member involved in the sport. His sisters also do gymnastics. Shelby, 13, and Bridget, 12, also compete at Level 9. Molly, 10, is a Level 7.

Shelby placed second on uneven bars and fourth overall at the recent Missouri State Gymnastics Championships. Shelby placed 26th overall at the Region 4 gymnastics championships.

Bridget placed first on beam and fifth overall at the Missouri State Gymnastics Championships. Bridget placed second on vault and 14th overall at the Region 4 championships and qualified to Nationals in Sacramento, Calif., as an alternate.

Molly placed first on uneven bars and ninth overall with a score of 36.875 at the Missouri State Gymnastics Championships.

Shelby and Bridget are coached by Nick Hand and Laura Faintich. Molly is coached by Amy King and Jenny Polk.

They all train at St. Louis Gymnastics Centre in Webster Groves, Mo.

Sean and his sisters started gymnastics when they were one year old.

Their mother, Julie Rickey, is the Level 4 coach at the gym.

Here is a link to a video of Sean's regional meet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_WveC7Yguo

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