Campbell River gymnasts qualify for provincials

Ouellette owns open division with five gold medals

  • Mar. 22, 2012 10:00 a.m.

The Campbell River gymnastics Association sent a crew of athletes to Port Alberni’s annual competition.

This competition is the trials to the Provincial Championships held in North Vancouver in April.  The top six athletes in each division qualify to make the team representing our zone.  Wild cards are also handed out to the next top 12 in the province.  An athlete needs to compete in the level two division (or higher) to attend the Provincials.

In the Level one Argo division, Brianna Pollock was Campbell River’s top finisher taking the bronze medal in the all-around.   Pollock also brought home a silver on beam, bronze on bars, was fifth on vault and came home seventh on the floor exercise.

Caitlyn Johnson was next finishing in a tie for fifth in the all-around. Johnson finished seventh on bars, eighth on beam and floor adding a front tuck to her floor routine, and a 10th place finish on the vault.  Brooklyn Batch came home in seventh place in the all-around. Batch had a dynamite beam to bring home the gold medal.  She also finished ninth on the vault, took tenth place on the bars, and came home in 14th on the floor exercise.

Sandrine Daniels had a great vault finishing in fifth, and even better on bars coming home in fourth place, and taking 15th on beam and 19th on floor to finish in 13th in the all-around.  Kamryn Brown had a consistent performance finishing 12th on floor, 13th on beam and vault, and 16th on bars. Brown finished 17th in the all-around competition.  Terah VanDompseller rounded out our competitors in this division with an 18th place over all finish. VanDompseller was 15th on vault and bars, placed 17th of floor and was 19th on beam.  Johnson, Batch and Brown also brought home a 3rd place finish as a Level one team.

Jasmine Duguay and Aysha Duguay were Campbell River’s Level one Tyro competitors.  Duguay finished in 11th in the all-around with her strongest showing on bars where she captured the bronze medal.  A 10th place finish on vault and an 11th place finish on beam and floor exercise adding a round off back handspring to her floor routine for the first time.  Duguay had a great vault taking seventh place and was consistent taking 12th on the bars, beam and floor to come home in 12th in the all-around.

Starting the level two athletes off were Janika Scriba and Cassidy Bodnar. Scriba won the gold medal on bars and floor while adding new skills on both events,  a sole circle on the bars and a back layout salto on the floor.  She also added two silver medals, one on beam and one on vault to capture the all-around title.  Bodnar had a stellar vault taking the gold, finished in 2nd on the floor exercise with a new round off back handspring back tuck.  Bodnar brought home the bronze medals on bars and beam and finished the competition in 3rd place.

Mackenzie Henderson was our lone Level two tyro.  Henderson had two beautifully stuck vaults to take the silver medal.  Henderson took sixth place on bars, 8th place on floor and 20th on beam to come home with a Wild card spot for the provincials in eighth place in the all-around.

In the Level two Novice division, Mackenzie Johnson qualified to the team in sixth spot despite a full point deduction to her floor routine for not having music.  Johnson took home the silver medal on the bars, finished fifth on beam, sixth on vault and was 13th on floor.  Without the penalty, Mackenzie would have finished in second in the all-around.

The level two open division was owned by Ashlyn Ouellette who came home with all five gold medals. Ouellette also added a round off back handspring to her floor routine.  Katie Lund was right behind taking two silver medals home on vault and floor, and finishing fourth on beam and fifth on bars taking the silver medal in the all-around.