Rudder boys' gymnastics celebrates team state championship & Fletcher's individual record
The Rudder Ranger boys' gymnastics team won their third state championship in four years over the weekend in Odessa.
Senior Tim Fletcher lead the way with four individual state championships on the Still Rings, Vault, Horizontal Bar, and in the All Around competition. It ran his total of individual state championships to 13. Combined with 3 team state titles won by Rudder (2014, 2016 & 2017) Tim finishes his high school career with 16.
16 gymnastic gold medals is the most won by any individual in the history of the Texas High School Gymnastics Coaches Association.
Monday Tim said it was a great way to wrap up his high school career.
"I remember after landing my high bar dismount looking at my dad and I had a flashback of all the high school memories and thinking how thankful I am to be in the position I am and have my dad as my coach. It's an indescribable feeling," said Tim.
"Tim is a four time gold medalist on the high bar and has also won three consecutive All Around Championships. Of course the All Around in my opinion is the toughest because you have to work all six events and for him to win it as a sophomore was amazing and then to be able to hold onto it over the last couple of years was even a greater feat," added Rudder Boys' Head Gymnasts Coach J.T. Fletcher and Tim's dad.
Tim is now headed to the United States Military Academy on a gymnastics scholarship and said it has been special to be coached by his dad who won five state championships as a gymnast at Abilene Cooper and 10 more as a head coach at both Bryan and Rudder.
Tim's older brother Taylor won 7 state titles during his high school career at Rudder so with Tim's 16 now the Fletcher's have collectively won 38 high school gymnastic gold medals.