Isabella Ellwanger began gymnastics just three years ago at the age of 12 after playing ice hockey and figure skating since she was three. Isabella begged to try gymnastics and began taking classes. After beginning classes, Isabella quickly improved and began competing in January 2018 as an Xcel Platinum.
At her first meet, the California Grand Invitational, Isabella took second on vault and fourth all around. Isabella continued to improve throughout the season and went on to with the vault title and take second on bars and in the all around at the Arizona State Championships. From state, Isabella qualified to represent the state of Arizona at the Region 1 Championships as an Xcel Platinum. Isabella closed her first competitive season at regionals and came home with a gold medal on vault, a bronze medal on beam, and a fifth place finish in the all around.
Competing Xcel Diamond during the 2018-2019 season, Isabella kicked off her season at the Believe Xcel Holiday Showcase where she won the vault, bars, and all around titles. Isabella took another all around win two months later at the Classic Rock Invitational where she also won the vault title and the floor title with a 9.800. Later in March at the Arizona State Championships, Isabella won the vault, beam, floor, and all around titles. For the second year in a row, Isabella qualified to the Arizona State Team and moved on to the Region 1 Championships. Isabella had a fantastic meet at regionals, earning her season high vault, bars, floor, and all around scores.
Currently, Isabella trains 20-25 hours per week under coaches Melissa Caldron, Kristin Fanning, Austin Kelly and Clay at Gold Medal Gymnastics. Isabella's goal for next season to compete JO level 8 or 9 and to improve and be more confident performing skills. In the future, Isabella hopes to earn a college scholarship for gymnastics.
2019 Region 1 Championships Xcel Diamond bars & AA silver medalist
2019 Region 1 Championships Xcel Diamond Arizona State Team Member
2019 America's Top 100: Xcel Diamond Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor & AA
2018 Region 1 Championships Xcel Platinum vault champion & beam bronze medalist
2018 Region 1 Championships Xcel Platinum Arizona State Team Member
2018 Arizona State Championships Xcel Platinum vault champion; bars & AA silver medalist; floor bronze medalist
2018 America's Top 100: Xcel Platinum Vault
America's Top 100: Xcel Diamond Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor & AA
Region 1 Championships Xcel Diamond bars & AA silver medalist
Region 1 Championships Xcel Diamond Arizona State Team Member
America's Top 100: Xcel Platinum Vault
Region 1 Championships Xcel Platinum vault champion & beam bronze medalist
Region 1 Championships Xcel Platinum Arizona State Team Member
Arizona State Championships Xcel Platinum vault champion; bars & AA silver medalist; floor bronze medalist
Favorite Event: Vault & Floor
Favorite Skill: Front, Lay, Lay
Favorite Gymnast: Laurie Hernandez
Favorite Meet: 2019 Region 1 Championships
Favorite Quote: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
|05/02/2019||Region 1 Championships||Xcel Diamond||Vault - 9.600 (4T)||Bars - 9.750 (2)||Beam - 9.325 (6)||Floor - 9.825 (4)|
|03/29/2019||Arizona State Championships||Xcel Diamond||Vault - 9.400 (1)||Bars - 9.450 (4)||Beam - 9.600 (1)||Floor - 9.650 (1)|
|02/08/2019||Classic Rock Invitational||Xcel Diamond||Vault - 9.325 (1)|
|01/25/2019||Arizona Grand Invitational||Xcel Diamond||Bars - 9.525 (1)|