Hahnville gymnast Ryan adds two more to state title count

Kamryn Ryan tops the podium for one last time during her prep gymnastics career.

Kamryn Ryan wrapped up a stellar gymnastics career at Hahnville High by securing her ninth and tenth Level 8 state championship wins this year, taking top honors in the balance beam and vault events.

Ryan placed third in the all-around competition, fifth in the floor event and 18th in the bars event at the championship competition, which took place at Baton Rouge Magnet.

Her winning marks were 9.35 on vault and 9.6 on the balance beam.

Joining Ryan at state were fellow Tigers Katie Kunkel and Albert Berggren, the latter the first male gymnastics competitor in Hahnville history.

Like Ryan, Kunkel competes in Level 8 which is the top classification in the LHSAA. She scored 8.25 on bars, 8.3 on vault and 7.2 on the beam. Her vault finish placed her inside the state’s top 20 in the event at 19 overall.

On the boys side, Berggren competed at the highest LHSAA classification of Level 10. He finished with scores of 9.9 on the high bar, 10.9 on rings, 10.8 on the parallel bars and 11 in the floor event. He placed fifth overall in the pommel horse for his best finish, earning a score of 9.8.

Ryan signed in March to continue her athletic career at the University of Alabama, becoming the first gymnast in St. Charles Parish history to earn an athletic scholarship for the sport.

Hahnville established its gymnastics program coinciding with Ryan’s arrival and has since grown enough to not only compete as a team at state, but to finish second in its division in 2018 when, along with Ryan, then-sophomore Kunkel and freshman Emily Gooden each competed at level 8 and placed 10th and 15th overall in state, respectively, helping to lift Hahnville within four points of state champion Dutchtown last season.

During her freshman year, Ryan took the field by storm, overcoming a field with numerous upperclassmen competitors to earn the state’s all-around girls gymnastics championship in Level 8.

She concluded her career with two overall all-around state titles and eight individual event titles. She also leaves HHS with four second place finishes and a third place finish in individual events and placed at least top three in the all-around championship every season.


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