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Archive: January 2004

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JANUARY 31 - BROWN FINISHES 6TH ON VAULT AT PKI

Brown at 2004 PKI
Photo courtesy of J. Baiocco

The Parkette's own Nicole Harris won last night's open session at the 30th annual Parkette

 Invitational. Rounding out the podium was two gymnasts from Excalibur, Casey Overton and Marcia Newby.

Canadian Junior National team member Alyssa Brown, was the highest placing Canadian at the meet, finishing 19th place. Her best score came on vault, where she earned a 9.500 (Level 10 scoring) to take the 6th highest mark on the apparatus. 

Brown's Gymnastics Mississauga teammates finished as follows: Sabrina Koleoglou (27th), Angela Schempp (44th), and Olivia Davis (45th).

Full results are available on the Parkette web site.


JANUARY 30 - GYMNASTICS MISSISSAUGA FIELDS TEAM TO PKI

A bus load of gymnasts from Gymnastics Mississauga are in Allentown, PA this weekend, competing in the 2004 Parkette Invitational. With over 1,200 registered gymnasts, the 30th annual Parkette Invitational is one of the largest in the USA. The headline event takes place this evening, and marks the return of 2003 World team member Courtney Kupets (USA), who tore her achilles tendon just hours before the World team finals. Other U.S. elite gymnasts competing at PKI include Marcia Newby and Cassie Overton from Excalibur, Jennifer Iovino and Corey Hartung from Hills, Lindsey Vanden Eykel, Nina Kim, Meghan Blair and Stephanie Gentry from WOGA, Alicia Sacramone from Brestyan's, and Nicole Harris, Alex Brockway and Kristina Coccia from host club Parkettes. Parkette eammates Kristal Uzelac and Tia Orlando will sit out with minor injuries.

In recent years, a group of Australians made the trek from Plano's WOGA Classic to Allentown for the Parkette Invitational. This year, the lone international entry to tonight's premiere session comes from Gymnastics Mississauga. Leading the team is junior national team member Alyssa Brown.

Comcast, available to subscribers from Boston to Baltimore, will be airing the meet early February (and again two weeks later). A simultaneous Web broadcast is also planned. The broadcast is being produced by Bart Conner's Perfect 10.0 Productions, and joining him for colour commentary will be Shannon Miller.


JANUARY 18 - PLANTE FIFTH AT WOGA CLASSIC

Four time world team member Amélie Plante of Gymnix got her international season off to an early, and impressive start at the WOGA International Invitational in Plano, Texas last night. Despite a fall on her trademark Def release move, Plante finished a solid fifth in the all-around with a total score of 35.375. The competition was won by uneven bars world champion Hollie Vise of the host WOGA club with 36.975, with world team bronze medallist Monette Russo of Australia taking second with a 36.825. Nina Kim, also of WOGA, took bronze with 35.60.

More information about this competition can be found at the Inside Gymnastics website.



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