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Archive: May 2007

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MAY 27 – THREE TITLES FOR KIKUCHI; FOUR DIFFERENT CHAMPIONS FOR WOMEN

Men’s all-around champion David Kikuchi took three apparatus golds during event finals at the Canadian Championships in Regina, yesterday. Kikuchi was victorious in the pommel horse, still rings, and horizontal bar events. Former world medallist Brandon O’Neill took first place on rings, with the vault title going to Stephen Tetrault, and Olympian Ken Ikeda winning the parallel bars.

The senior women’s apparatus finals had four different winners. All-around silver medallist Stephanie Pacitto won vault, veteran Marci Bernholtz the uneven bars, Cynthia Lemieux the balance beam and Emma Willis rounded out the winners with a win on floor exercise. All-around winner Kristina Vaculik finished second and vault and sixth on the uneven bars, but withdrew from the other two events.

Complete results from all sessions at nationals are available via gym-score-depot’s nationals page.

MAY 25 – KIKUCHI AND VACULIK TAKE NATIONAL TITLES

Veteran David Kikuchi and first year senior Kristina Vaculik won the senior men’s and women’s titles at the Canadian Championships in Regina last night. Kikuchi’s win was a successful defense of his title last year, with Vaculik also repeating as national champion having won the junior division last year.

The top three men from preliminaries maintained their positions in the men’s all-around final, with the final ranking coming from a combined two day total. Kikuchi’s combined 177.75 was good enough to win, over a point ahead of Grant Golding’s 176.401. Ken Ikeda finished third, scoring 171.101. The top six was rounded out by Pat McElroy (165.367), Alexander Jeltkov (165.218) and Hugh Smith (164.65).

Vaculik was dominant in the senior women’s all-around final – a new life meet with no preliminary scores carrying over. Vaculik totaled 58.65 to finish three points ahead of Stephanie Pacitto (55.60). Marci Bernholtz and Sydney Sawa tied for third, scoring 54.70 with Gael Mackie close behind in sixth (54.60) and Alyssa Brown rounding out the top six (53.5).

Junior champions were also crowned. Jayd Lukenchuk maintained his day one lead to take the title over Jackson Payne 162.884 to 159.934. Danny Chambers took bronze with a 156.101. In the junior women’s new life all-around final, Brittany Rogers was victorious over Peng Peng Lee by just 0.15 (57.55 to 57.40) and prelim winner Charlotte Mackie took bronze with a 56.55.

You can download complete results from all competitive sessions at gym-score-depot.

MAY 24 – DEFENDING CHAMPION KIKUCHI LEADS MEN’S FIELD AT NATIONALS

Three Olympians are the leading the senior men’s field at the Canadian Championships in Regina. Veteran and defending national all-around champion David Kikuchi of Halifax Alta is the current leader, scoring 89.150 across six events, including the highest scores of the meet on pommel horse and rings. In second place is the 2004 Canadian champion Grant Golding of University of Calgary. Golding is making a return to the national championships after a brief retirement last year. Golding’s all-around score was 88.467. Ranking third was pommel horse specialist Ken Ikeda of Abbotsford Twisters, whose highest scores came on vault, parallel bars,and high bar. Rounding out the top six were Patrick McElroy of University of Calgary (84.167) and Olympian Alexander Jeltkov of IMCO (83.134) who not surprisingly took the highest score of the night on horizontal bar.

Also impressive was 2005 world silver medallist Brandon O’Neill, who competed five events and took the highest scores of the field on three (floor, vault, and parallel bars). Visit gym-score-depot for complete senior men’s day one scores.

The juniors also competed yesterday. Jayd Luckenchuck of Taiso, a home province favourite, is leading the field over Mattson Moore of University of Calgary, with Jackson Payne of the Calgary Gymnastics Centre in third. Click here for complete day one junior men’s scores. Leading the junior women’s field after day one is Charlotte Mackie of Omega, followed by Dominique Pegg of Bluewater, with Brittany Rogers of Omega tied with Ti Liu of Gymnix tied for third. Visit gym-score-depot for complete junior women’s day one scores.

A full listing of scores from all categories, which is updated daily throughout the championships, can be found at gym-score-depot.

MAY 23 – VACULIK LEADS QUALIFICATION AT NATIONALS

Last year’s junior national champion Kristina Vaculik of Gemini Gymnastics won the senior women’s qualification at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Regina last night. Vaculik, who entered the meet as a heavy favourite based on international successes this year in France and at Gymnix, scored 58.30 points, with her best mark of 15.0 (6.4 A score) coming on the uneven bars. Finishing in second place was Sydney Sawa of Calgary Gymnastics, scoring 56.35. Last year, Sawa finished second behind Vaculik in the junior division at the Canadian Championships. Third after qualification was 2004 Olympic alternate and 2006 world team member Marci Berhnoltz with 55.70, just 0.05 ahead of Mississauga’s Stephanie Pacitto, third in the junior division last year, who took the highest score on the vault (14.60). Rounding out the top six were Olympian Gael Mackie of Omega and Cynthia Lemieux of Gym Richelieu.

Also notable was the competitive return of Aisha Gerber, who last competed fully at the world cup in Ghent, Belgium, last May. Now represensting Oakville Gymnastics, where she is coached by Olympic Champion Kyle Shewfelt’s former coach Kelly Manjak, Gerber competed on vault (11th best) and floor (fourth best) only, and hopes to be invited to the world team selection this summer.

A few key national team members are missing in action at this year’s national championships due to injury, most notably Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs of Seneca, the defending all-around champion and world championship beam bronze medallist who is nursing a foot injury. Also not competing here is world team member and 2000 Olympian Crystal Gilmore of Taiso, and Nansy Damianova of Gymnix. Damianova performed on balance beam out of competition, as she is recovering from a recent elbow injury.

Visit gym-score-depot for full day one senior women’s results. Photographer Grace Chiu will be uploading photographs throughout the championships, with senior women’s qualifying photos already available at graceclick.ca.



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