Gymnastics low-down on the Hoedown
by Randy Pascal
Given a standard goal of simply showing improvement over the course of the competitive season, the collection of talent that is the Sudbury Laurels
Women's Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) team could look back with pride on their performance at the Country Hoedown (qualifier #2) in Alliston late
Of the 14 athletes who represented the local club, no less than 11 managed to bump up their overall aggregate score, some fairly significantly. None
would have quite the dramatic impact of Chanelle Lazure (Level 6 age 15), who raised her grand total by a full point with a new personal best of
37.150, displaying incredible consistency by claiming bronze in all four events to earn all-around gold.
A huge silver medal winning vault (9.475 PB) along with a bronze on the bars was enough to allow Rachel Uguccioni (Level 8 age 16+) to bump
up one notch from an all-around silver in the first qualifier to showing the way, topping the standings in her bracket in qualifier number two.
Performing a beautifully executed bar routine, Abbygayle Dupuis (Level 6 age 15) added a silver medal of her own to the mix, also demonstrating
her elegance in posting noteworthy scores on both the beam (9.475 - 5th) and floor (9.375 4th).
Yet another personal best overall aggregate score, this one courtesy of provincial newcomer Yasmine Larouche (Level 6 age 13), hitting a new
high of 36.550 highlighted by a dynamic and well-executed vault (9.25 silver) en route to a fourth place finish in her classification.
Charlotte Eberlein (Level 7 age 15) unveiled a new vault, one that would claim silver in the event, and combined that with podium placements in
both the floor (silver) and beam (bronze) to walk away with a fourth place all-around aggregate ribbon.
Following is a quick breakdown of the remaining ten Laurels' gymnasts who participated:
Brooklyn Basso (Level 7 age 13): yet another local athlete who raised over O/A total by a full point, she was rewarded, in a very tough grouping,
with top ten placements in both the vault (7th) and bars (8th)
Madysen Mulligan (Level 6 age 14): managed to finish ninth or better in three of her four events (bars, beam and floor), all while nudging her
aggregate score up a smidge
Brielle Charlebois (Level 7 age 15+): highlights included a 5th place finish on floor and 8th place on the beam
Abigail Dumontelle (Level 6 age 14): along with avoiding any falls on the beam, she secured a fourth place finish on the floor and 8th on the
Naomi Lake (Level 6 age 10): thanks to her best ever bar routine, she would finish 7th on that event, as well as on her floor routine
Marin O'Malley (Level 6 age 12): bronze medal on vault
Abby Managhan (Level 6 age 14): 7th place finish on vault
Chloe Pitura (Level 7 age 15): stuck her beam routine, earning a 6th place ribbon, to go along with a bronze medal on floor
Isabella Sooley (Level 6 age 11): top placings were in the vault (9th) and floor (10th)
Next up on the calendar for the WAG contingent is the Bring on the Sun Qualifier, scheduled for February 15th to the 17th in Mississauga.