A knee injury kept Modesto's Paige Phipps from competing with the Northern California Level 7 state gymnastics team.
But teammate Tatianna Castellanos, 12, stepped up in Phipps' place at the National Judges Cup in San Diego from Jan. 4-6, then gave Phipps, 10, the hardware.
The six-member Team NorCal squad, for which Castellanos was an alternate, finished third behind Southern California and Washington, respectively.
In the individual club competition, Castellanos, also from Modesto, was first all-around after winning the bars and the beam. Phipps, who tied for second in the beam at the national qualifier in December, made the decision to remove herself from the San Diego event when her knee didn't feel strong enough.
Castellanos, who tied for fifth at the qualifier, gave Phipps her third-place trophy after the National Cup awards presentation.
The Level 4 team from USA Elite Gymnastics, made up of 4- to 8-year-olds, went undefeated during its season. At the National Judges Cup, Paige's sister, Morgan Phipps, was second all-around, followed by teammate Ashlee Bell who placed first on the vault and beam. Six USAEG members placed in the top 14 all-around.
Competitive gymnastics is classified by eight talent levels from 4 to 10 with Level 11 being world-class status. ...
Modesto's Breanna Beltran won three events at the Tachi Palace Invitational in Lemoore on Jan. 12. Beltran, who trains at the Diablo Gymnastics Club in San Ramon, was third all-around in the Level 9 competition for 12-and-unders. She won the vault, beam and floor routines but did not post a score on the bars.
NEW SWIM TEAM -- Details are being worked out, but for the first time in more than 40 years, the City of Modesto will co-host a swim program instead of being the primary sponsor.
In conjunction with the Modesto-Stanislaus Water Polo Club, the swim program will adopt a new name, Modesto-Stanislaus Aquatics, and hold practices at Johansen High starting in April.
The focus will be on learning to swim and introducing children to competition. Jeff Hanson will be the head coach.
BOXING SHOW -- The Modesto Police Activities League is hosting a Central California Association U.S. Men's Tournament on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The event, which features boxers from 16 counties stretching from Calaveras to Kern, is at the Maddux Youth Center at Cesar Chavez Park located at 615 Sierra St. A donation fee of $10 supports youth boxing. For more information, call 996-4024.