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Archive: October/November 2007

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NOVEMBER 30 - VACULIK PLACES SIXTH AT TEST EVENT

Oshawa’s Kristina Vaculik has come sixth all-around at the “Good Luck Beijing” international invitational in Beijing, China. Vaculik struggled on bars, coming off on her Geiger, but improved on her prelims performances on vault, beam, and floor. 

Canada's men's team struggled in their competition; Jayd Lukenchuk tore his ACL a day prior and the team was forced to compete AJ Rayment on events on which he was unprepared. Rayment performed far less than full routines, forcing Canada to count scores under 5.00.


NOVEMBER 28 - VACULIK QUALIFIES FOR ALL-AROUND AND THREE EVENT FINALS AT OLYMPIC TEST EVENT

Oshawa’s Kristina Vaculik, the 2007 Canadian all-around champion, had an impressive showing in the qualification round yesterday at the “Good Luck Beijing” international invitational, aka the Olympic test event. Vaculik earned the seventh highest all-around score and will also advance to the apparatus finals on vault, uneven bars, and balance beam.

Canada is also fielding a strong men’s team for this competition, which includes a full schedule of team qualifying, team finals, all-around finals, and event finals. Representing Canada will be Nathan Gafuik, Grant Golding, Jayd Lukenchuk, Brandon O’Neill, AJ Rayment, and Hugh Smith.

Visit the official website of the 2007 Gymnastics International Invitational Tournament for the latest news and scores.


NOVEMBER 24 - DAMIANOVA COLLECTS TWO MEDALS AT MASSILIA

Massilia Cup was contested this weekend in France. Team China took gold, with Italy second, and Romania third. Canada fielded two teams, placing 6th and and 8th. Nansy Damianova led team 1, competing alongside Cynthia Lemieux and Ti Liu. Team 2 consisted of some newcomers: Rochelle Hurt, Coralie Leblond-Chartrand, and Sky Corbett-Methot.

Liu earned Canada's highest all-around placement, finishing 15th with Corbett-Methot and close 16.

Four of the girls represented Canada in the apparatus finals, with Damianova placing third on vault and second on floor, Corbett-Methot finishing sixth on vault and fifth on floor, Liu placing sixth on bars, and Leblond-Chartrant ninth on beam.


NOVEMBER 24 – PEGG AND LEE TAKE GOLD AND SILVER AND JUNIOR PAN AMS

Pegg (right) and Lee (left) take gold and silver.
(Photo courtesy Dave Brubaker)

Dominique Pegg and Peng Peng Lee finished first and second on the vault at the apparatus finals at the Junior Pan American championships in Guatemala. Pegg, who trains at Bluewater Gymnastics in Sarnia, Ontario, also won a gold medal on the vault earlier this year at the Romanian International. Lee, whose previous international experience includes team bronze at the Pan American Games earlier this year, will compete in beam and floor finals tomorrow. Pegg will also compete in balance beam finals, and teammate Jessica Savona has qualified for the floor final. Lee and Pegg also finished fourth and fifth respectively in the uneven bars final.

2007 Junior Pan American Championships

Women’s Vault Finals
1. Dominique Pegg CAN 13.925
2. Peng Peng Lee CAN 13.700

3. Gretta Scheuch PER 13.600
4. Ethiene Franco BRA 13.588
5. Sidney Sanabria PUR 13.575
6. Gemma Noriega MEX 13.150
7. Lucila Estrali ARG 13.088
8. Ayelen Tarabini ARG 13.038

Women’s Uneven Bars Final
1. Jordyn Wieber USA 15.00
2. Mattie Larson USA 14.95
3. Ethiene Franco BRA 14.25
4. Peng Peng Lee CAN 13.825
5. Dominique Pegg CAN 13.75
6. Emely Monzon GUA 13.175
7. Sidney Sanabria PUR 12.85
8. Ayelen Tarabini ARG 11.625


NOVEMBER 24 – CANADIAN WOMEN TAKE SILVER AT JUNIOR PAN AMS

Willis, Savona, Lee, and Pegg take team silver
(Photo courtesy Dave Brubaker)

The Canadian women’s team finished a strong second at the Junior Pan American Gymnastics Championships in Guatemala. The Canadian quartet of Peng Peng Lee, Dominique Pegg, Jessica Savona and Emma Willis combined to score 168.634, nine points behind the winning US team (177.501) but seven points ahead of the third place Brazilian team (161.434).

The United States swept the top three in the all-around, led by Mattie Larsonand followed by Jordyn Wieber and Chelsea Davis. Lee finished just outside of the all around medals in fourth place, but she took the highest individual score of the day on any event with her 15.767 on the balance beam. The other Canadians ranked sixth (Pegg), eighth (Savona) and twelfth (Willis). Competition concludes this weekend with the apparatus finals. The Canadian men did not enter a team at this year’s championships.

2007 Junior Pan American Championships, Guatemala

Women’s Team
1. USA 177.501
2. Canada 168.634
3. Brazil

Women’s All-Around
1. Mattie Larson USA 59.217
2. Jordyn Wieber USA 59.167
3. Chelsea Davis USA 58.267
4. Peng Peng Lee CAN 58.017
5. Olivia Courtney USA 57.100
6. Dominique Pegg CAN 55.717
7. Khiunai Dias BRA 55.050
8. Jessica Savona CAN 54.400
9. Ethiene Franco BRA 53.717
10. Emely Monzon GUA 53.600
11. Sofia Gomez GUA 53.000
12. Emma Willis CAN 52.717


NOVEMBER 10 – HOPFNER-HIBBS STRIKES SILVER IN GLASGOW

On her way to a silver! Photo courtesy of Nicole Citroen

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs maintained her qualifying rank on the balance beam today at the Glasgow Grand prix, taking home a silver medal for Canada. Hopfner-Hibbs, a world championship bronze medallist on this event last year, scored a 15.30, less than two tenths behind Russian veteran Ludmilla Yezhova-Grebenkova , who scored 15.475. Ukrainian Daria Zgoba took third, with a 15.20. Among those whom Hopfner-Hibbs defeated in the final included 2003 world balance beam champion Fan Ye of China.

Hopfner-Hibbs also competed in the uneven bar final, where she was not as sharp as yesterday’s qualifying. She scored a 14.425, good enough for sixth place. Teammate Nansy Damianova finished eighth in her two finals – the vault (13.00) and floor (12.975).

Women's Finals Results, Glasgow Grand Prix

Women's Vault
1. Marissa King GBR 14.237
2. Enikö Korcsmaros HUN 14.037
3. Marina Kostyuschenko UKR 13.825
4. Kim Bui GER 13.775
5. Marina Sergiyenko UKR 13.737
6. Valeria Maksyuta ISR 13.487
7. Paula Plichta POL 13.475
8. Nansy Damianova CAN 13.000

Uneven Bars
1. Steliana Nistor ROM 15.200
2. Daria Zgoba UKR 15.050
3. Krystina Palesova CZE 15.000
4. Darlene Hill USA 14.675
5. Jenny Brunner GER 14.525
6. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs CAN 14.425
7. Beth Tweddle GBR 14.025
8. Jana Sikulova CZE 12.900

Balance Beam
1. Lyudmila Yezhova Grebenkova RUS 15.475
2. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs CAN 15.300
3. Daria Zgoba UKR 15.200
4. Fan Ye CHN 15.025
5. Natasha Kelley USA 14.875
5. Steliana Nistor ROM 14.875
7. Zhou Zhuoru CHN 14.800
8. Sanne Wevers NED 14.500

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Beth Tweddle GBR 14.550
2. Nicole Pechancova CZE 13.650
3. Daniela Druncea ROM 13.625
3. Steliana Nistor ROM 13.625
5. Adela Sajn SLO 13.550
6. Kim Bui GER 13.250
7. Zhou Zhuoru CHN 13.075
8. Nansy Damianova CAN 12.975



NOVEMBER 9 – HOPFNER-HIBBS AND DAMIANOVA MAKE TWO FINALS EACH IN GLASGOW

Damianova qualified to V and FX finals in Glasgow Photo courtesy of Nicole Citroen

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs of Sport Seneca and Nansy Damianova have qualified for two apparatus finals each at the Glasgow Grand Prix. Hopfner-Hibbs reached finals on uneven bars and balance beam, finishing in second place on both events. Damianova reached finals on the vault and floor exercise, finishing fifth in vault qualifying and eighth on floor. Competition concludes on the week-end.

Women's Prelim Results, Glasgow Grand Prix

Women's Vault
1 KORCSMAROS Eniko HUN 13.988
2 KING Marissa GBR 13.863
3 SERGIYENKO Maryna UKR 13.800
4 BUI Kim GER 13.738
5 DAMIANOVA CAN 13.688
6 KOSTILLCHENKO UKR 13.562
7 86 PLICHTA Paula POL 13.525
8 MAKSIUTA Valeria ISR 13.450
9 SIKULOVA Jana CZE 13.312
10 HANEL Julia GER 13.213
11 URVIKKO Annika FIN 13.150

Uneven Bars
1 TWEDDLE Beth GBR 15.600
2 HOPFNER-HIBBS Elyse CAN 15.300
3 NISTOR Steliana ROM 15.225
4 PALESOVA Krystina CZE 15.125
5 ZGOBA Dariya UKR 14.875
6 HILL Darlene USA 14.650
7 BRUNNER Jenny GER 14.600
8 SIKULOVA Jana CZE 14.200
9 IHUORU Zhou CHN 13.925
10 KING Marissa GBR 13.675
11 GREBENKOVA Lyudmila RUS 13.300
12 DRUNCEA Daniela ROM 13.250
13 KELLEY Natasha USA 13.150
14 URVIKKO Annika FIN 12.725
15 BUI Kim GER 12.100
16 KOSTILLCHENKO Maryna UKR 12.050
17 WEVERS Sanne NED 11.100
18 HELMINEN Fanni FIN 10.850

Balance Beam
1 GREBENKOVA Lyudmila RUS 15.725
2 HOPFNER-HIBBS Elyse CAN 6.50 15.425 3 NISTOR Steliana ROM 15.400
4 ZGOBA Dariya UKR 15.075
5 WEVERS Sanne NED 14.950
6 KELLEY Natasha USA 14.925
7 IHUORU Zhou CHN 14.875
8 YE Fan CHN 14.825
9 SERGIYENKO Maryna UKR 14.625
10 SAJN Adela SLO 14.550
11 CLOWES Hannah GBR 14.450
12 PLICHTA Paula POL 14.375
13 COOKE Kayleigh GBR 14.125
14 KORCSMAROS Eniko HUN 13.725
15 PECHANCOVA Nicole CZE 13.400
16 ERCEG Tina CRO 13.300
17 PALESOVA Krystina CZE 13.025
18 BRUNNER Jenny GER 12.650
19 DAMIANOVA Nansy CAN 12.450
20 URVIKKO Annika FIN 5.40 12.275
21 MAKSIUTA Valeria ISR 11.525

Floor
1 NISTOR Steliana ROM 14.400
2 IHUORU Zhou CHN 14.100
3 TWEDDLE Beth GBR 14.025
4 DRUNCEA Daniela ROM 13.950
5 PECHANCOVA Nicole CZE 13.900
6 BUI Kim GER 13.675
7 SAJN Adela SLO 13.650
8 DAMIANOVA Nansy CAN 13.625
9 HILL Darlene USA 13.150
10 SERGIYENKO Maryna UKR 13.100
11 ERCEG Tina CRO 13.025
12 GREBENKOVA Lyudmila RUS 13.025
13 COOKE Kayleigh GBR 12.775
14 URVIKKO Annika FIN 12.600
15 MAKSIUTA Valeria ISR 12.300
16 YE Fan CHN 12.000
17 HANEL Julia GER 11.400


 


NOVEMBER 4 – HOPFNER-HIBBS AND GAFUIK SIXTH AT SWISS CUP

Fresh off a strong showing at the Arthur Gandeur memorial earlier this week, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and Nathan Gafuik teamed up at the Swiss Cup mixed pairs competition in Switzerland earlier today to earn a sixth place finish. At this annual international invitational, the men’s and women’s scores are combined, with the top four duos after three routines competing for the title in a final rotation in a new life format. Hopfner-Hibbs and Gafuik scored 88.20 for their combined six routines, with Hopfner-Hibbs twice breaking the 15 point barrier (uneven bars and balance beam) and Gafuik scoring a high 15.80 on the vault. Romania took first place in the new life final, with Steliana Nistor and Flavius Koczki combining for a 31.60 score after earning 91.0 in the preliminiaries. The German team of Oksana Chusovitina and Eugeni Spiridonov finished second (30.85 in the final, 89.90 in prelims) followed by the Russian pair of Svetlana Klyukina and Sergei Khorokhodin (30.35, 89.15). The Brazilian brother and sister duo of Daniele and Diego Hypolito scored 28.95 in the finals to finish fourth, after tying the Russian pair in prelims.

Click here to download full results and scores from the official Swiss Cup website.


OCTOBER 31 – HOPFNER-HIBBS FIRST ON BARS, THIRD ALL-AROUND AT ARTHUR GANDER MEMORIAL

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs of Sport Seneca won the uneven bars competition at the 24th Arthur Gander Memorial competition in Morges, Switzerland. Hopfer-Hibbs also finished third in the quasi all-around competition, where the women compete on three out of four apparatus and the men four out of six. Winning the all-around competition was the Ukraine's Alina Kozich, with home country's Ariela Kaeslin (SWI) taking silver.

Hopfner-Hibbs is also on the roster for the upcoming Glasgow Grand Prix in Scotland, November 10-11.

Nathan Gafuik of Calgary also competed in the men's competition, finishing in eighth place. Veterans Jordan Jovtchev of Bulgaria and Dmitri Karbanenko of France finished first and second, with Claudio Capelli of Switzerland taking third.

Full results are available from the Arthur Gander Memorial website.



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