Ella Gerdes got her start in gymnastics at the age of three as she followed her sister into the sport. Ella loved gymnastics right away and progressed quickly at a young age. In 2012 at the age of five, Ella began competing as a level 3 with Elmwood Gymnastics Academy. After competing a season of level 3, Ella competed back to back seasons of the old and new level 4. In her last meet as a level 4, Ella finished fourth on vault at the Louisiana State Championships.
Ella began her optional career in December 2014 as a level 6 at the Judges Holiday Classic where she took second on beam and in the all around. Ella had a great level 6 season and went on to bring home the bronze medal on vault and a fourth place all around finish at state. During the 2015-2016 season, Ella competed just two meets of level 7 and then competed level 8 for the remainder of the season. In March at the Louisiana State Championships, Ella finished in the top 5 on both beam and floor. From state, Ella moved on to the Region 8 Championships where she had a great meet, taking third on beam and in the all around as well as fourth on vault.
Competing level 9 during the 2016-2017 season, Ella kicked off her season at the Jump In Gym Fest whee she took second on all four events and in the all around. Ella concluded her season at state where she finished second on floor. Ella competed a second season of level 9 during the 2017-2018 season and had a great year as she finished first on floor, second on vault and beam, and third on bars and in the all around at state. Ella then finished up her season at regionals.
Following her 2017-2018 level 9 season, Ella began training at Texas Dreams Gymnastics. Ella was only able to compete one meet during the 2019 season as a level 9, the Kurt Thomas Invitational, where she took fifth on bars.
Currently, Ella trains 28 hours per week under coaches Marcus, Alicia, and Ned at Texas Dreams Gymnastics. Ella's goal for the 2020 season is to qualify to JO Nationals and in the future Ella hopes to earn a division 1 college scholarship for gymnastics.
2018 Region 8 Championships Level 9 Qualifier
2018 Louisiana State Championships Level 9 floor champion, vault & beam silver medalist, bars & AA bronze medalist
2017 Louisiana State Championships Level 9 floor silver medalist
2016 Region 8 Championships Level 8 beam & AA bronze medalist
2015 Louisiana State Championships Level 6 vault bronze medalist
2014 Louisiana State Championships Level 4 Qualifier
Region 8 Championships Level 9 Qualifier
Louisiana State Championships Level 9 floor champion, vault & beam silver medalist, bars & AA bronze medalist
Louisiana State Championships Level 9 floor silver medalist
Region 8 Championships Level 8 beam & AA bronze medalist
Louisiana State Championships Level 6 vault bronze medalist
Louisiana State Championships Level 4 Qualifier
Favorite Event: Bars
Favorite Skill: Jaeger
Favorite Gymnast: Ragan Smith
Favorite Meet: Texas Prime Meet
Favorite Quote: "Your yesterday is tomorrow and your past is your future."
|01/25/2017||Metroplex Challenge||9||Beam - 9.375 (4T)|
|01/06/2017||Atlanta Crown Invitational||9||Beam - 9.150 (1)|