Erin Watsabaugh was born August 6, 2001 in Puyallup, WA to Cathryn & Jon Watsabaugh. Erin is the third of four children and a Sophomore at Lake Travis High School in Austin, TX where she will graduate in 2019. She is an excellent student with a 3.83 GPA, currently serves as the President of her Seminary Class at church and enjoys music, reading, shopping, movies and any type of competition with her friends and family.
Erin began gymnastics following in her older sister Lindsay's footsteps, enrolling in gymnastics at age 3 at Puget Sound Gymnastics in Puyallup, WA. She will tell you that she "wanted to be just like Lindsay". Erin quickly progressed, earning a spot on the competitive team and started training Level 3/4 in 2008, before moving later that year to Austin, TX.
In Austin, Erin joined Flipnastics and began training under coaches Caleb Harbison and Rachel (Joyner) Shaffer. As a Level 4 gymnast in the Fall of 2009, Erin earned 1st Place All-Around at the Flipnastics Invitational, 5th placed All-Around in the District Championships, and was the 2nd Place Silver Medalist at the Texas South State Championships, finishing 1st on Uneven Bars and 2nd on Floor. She moved up to Level 5 in the Spring of 2010 where she placed 1st on Vault, and 4th All-Around during the Friend of Achievers Invitational, ultimately her only Level 5 competition before her coaches recommended that she immediately move up to Level 6 for the Fall of 2010. Erin finished that season with an 11th Place All-Around finish at the South Texas State Championships which included at 5th Place finish on Balance Beam.
The following year as a Level 6, Erin took 4th Place All-Around at the Heart of Texas Invitational with a 2nd Place finish on Floor. She followed that up with 2nd Place AA finish at the Alamo Classic Invitational while finishing 2nd on Vault, Beam and Floor; and 3rd on Bars. She wrapped up her Compulsory competition finishing 6th AA at the Texas South State Championships (3rd on Bars, 4th on Vault) and 7th AA at the Texas State Championships (4th on Vault and Bars)
As Erin moved to Level 7 in 2012, where she transitioned to Champions Westlake in Austin, TX training under Rachel (Tidd) Scarbrough, Micah Scarbrough, and Paul Miller. She placed 3rd on Beam, and 4th on Bars and Floor, while finishing 4th All-Around at the Heart of Texas Invitational. Erin finished 11th at the Level 7 Texas State Championships that year. Erin moved to Level 8 in 2013 and racked up a pair of 3rd place finishes (9.500) on Floor at both the Metroplex Challenge in Dallas and the Heart of Texas Invitational respectively, before her season was cut short by a spiral fracture of two fingers in her right hand.
Erin continued as a Level 8 gymnast in 2014 by moving to Crenshaw's Athletic Club in Austin, TX to train under Adam Miller and Helen Miller. She recorded to consecutive 5th Place All-Around finishes at the Alamo Classic and Houston National Invitational respectively, before finishing 4th All-Around at the Pikes Peak Cup in Colorado Springs, CO. Erin broke her hand injury in the latter part of the season which hampered her at the Level 8 Texas State Championships, and the Region 3 Championships in Loveland, CO.
Erin finished the 2015 competition season as a Level 9 gymnast, where she qualified for the Texas State Championships by recording a 6th Place All-Around finish at Alamo Classic, and later a 7th Place All-Around finish at the Houston National Invitational. At the Texas State Meet, Erin finished 15th All-Around which qualified her to compete in Wichita, KS at the Region 3 Championships, where she finished 19th All-Around.
In 2016, Erin had her ankle scoped to remove a bone chip in January which prevented early season competition. She worked her way back into competition, qualify for the Texas State Championships in the final and only All-around meet of the year, finishing 6th at the Heart of Texas Invitation. Despite missing nearly the entire competition season, Erin finished 14th at State and 10th in the All-Around at the Region 3 Championships in Denver, CO, where she just missed qualifying for Westerns.
Currently, Erin is preparing for the upcoming 2017 season by working on Level 9/10 skills. She trains 22 hours per week at Crenshaw's Athletic Club in Austin. Erin's long-term goal is to obtain a college scholarship to a Division I school and contribute to a team!