On Wednesday and Thursday, the teams at the City of Jesolo Trophy who needed to earn a spot to finals – Canada, Australia, and France – competed in qualification rounds. The U.S. and Italy were exempt from qualifications, as the U.S. gets a pass as the defending champions while Italy is the host – and makes the rules.
In the senior division, Canada qualified first into the team final, posting a 221.450 for a decisive four-point lead over France.
Ellie Black and Isabela Onyshko led the way with precise and solid routines, with Black leading the way on vault and beam while Onyshko stood out on bars and floor. Sabrina Gill also stepped up with good work on bars and beam, while Victoria-Kayen Woo had a good day with steady work on all four events.
Black was first in the all-around with a 56.950 after hitting a fantastic Tsuk 1.5 for a 14.750 and on beam, she hit both her bhs layout and bhs tuck full in addition to a stuck 2.5; though it looked like she put her hand down after her switch half, she still managed a 14.650 there, the best score of the day on this event. Black also hit bars – including her Shang! – for a 13.800 and floor for a 13.700.
I was very happy to see Onyshko hit her superb bar routine for a 14.600. She competes a Maloney to clear hip full to Tkatchev, Hindorff to pak salto, van Leeuwen, and a clean double front, and while her form is still a bit iffy on the full pirouette and the pak, it looks much better than it did just a couple of weeks ago at Gymnix. She managed a 55.950 in the all-around, where her beam brought in a 13.650 despite a couple of stumbles, and her floor brought in a 14.000, the high of the day, after she hit her tucked full-in, 1.5 through to double tuck, and fantastic dance elements.
On bars, Gill earned a 13.800 for her stalder half to Jaeger, Ricna to pak salto, Chow half, stalder full, and a big double layout dismount, a solid effort for her as she continues to prove her case for a spot on this year’s Worlds team. She was also lovely on beam, hitting a clean switch to switch half, bhs loso, switch ring, punch front to wolf jump, and a double pike for a 13.600.
The French seniors were led by veterans Marine Brevet and Anne Kuhm, who placed 3rd and 4th in the all-around, respectively. Brevet had great efforts on both beam and floor while Kuhm’s beam was a highlight; they also saw strong work from young seniors Camille Bahl on vault and Loan His on bars, while Valentine Pikul showed fine work on bars and beam.
Though Brevet was not named to her country’s Euros team following a poor showing at French nationals, she looked much better here, earning a 54.250 in the all-around to finish third on this day. She was at her best on beam, where she had a nice Y turn, bhs loso, switch ring, side aerial, side somi, and a big double pike for a 14.300. On floor, she earned a 13.450 after hitting her double layout and 2.5 to stag in her lovely routine, and she even made a stumble on her double tuck look graceful.
Bahl went for her DTY, which looked a bit short compared to other attempts we’ve seen from her and included a big step off the mat, though she still managed her team’s high of 14.100. His had the high on bars with a 14.150 after competing a nice Maloney to pak, van Leeuwen, bail to Ray, and a full-in. I also enjoyed Pikul on bars, who showed great work on her shaposh to pak, Maloney to bail to toe shoot, Jaeger, and a stuck double layout for a 13.650.
The Italian B team, known as Azzurra Bili, is made up largely of the second string athletes who compete often at home but wouldn’t normally be considered for international assignments. They were best on vault, where Sofia Bonistalli earned a 14.250 and Jessica Mattoni earned a 14.000, and we also saw nice work from Arianna Rocca on beam for a 13.550 and floor for a 13.500, definitely a highlight, featuring a big full-in and stuck double layout.
Several Australian seniors also competed as individuals, including Emily Little who placed 12th in the all-around with a 52.250 (she hit a fantastic DTY on vault but struggled through bars and beam), Eliza Freeman (14th with a 51.150), and Georgia Godwin, who competed only on vault, beam, and floor. Beam was an excellent event for Godwin, who performed a triple wolf turn, named for her teammate Lauren Mitchell, a bhs bhs layout (which was a tiny bit piked and had a stumble), front aerial to side aerial to sissone to side somi, an excellent combination, and a wolf 2.5. She only had a layout for a dismount, which was unfortunate, though she still managed a 14.200 without the required D+ element.
As far as the juniors go, Canada led the way once again with a 165.200 (the juniors had only three scores count on each event instead of four to give Australia a chance, as they could only bring three athletes after two withdrew).
Rose-Kaying Woo continues to prove there’s no one more consistent in Canada, as she hit great sets on all four events once again for a 55.700 in the all-around, including a 13.800 on beam, where she hit a wolf hop to front aerial, side aerial, punch front, switch ring (with a big balance check), full turn, bhs layout, switch leap to sissone, switch side (with a tiny stumble), and a big double pike dismount. She also had the team’s best scores on bars – 13.700 – and floor – 13.600.
Also great for Canada were Shallon Olsen with her big and clean DTY on vault for a 14.950 and first-year elite Jade Chrobok with a huge 14.400 on beam, where she started out with a stumble on her switch to switch half, but followed up with a fantastic side aerial to loso, double turn, front aerial, side somi, switch to split jump, and big double pike dismount.
In a bit of a surprise, the “Young Dreams” team from Italy – comprised of girls born in 2003 – placed second with a 154.300, defeating the older girls who made up the junior B team, in third with a 151.550 after a disastrous bar rotation. The little Giorgia Villa, tapped to be Italy’s next big star when she gets a bit older and already competing in the top group at Serie A, had a nice day, including a 13.600 on beam, where she has a great bhs bhs loso, side aerial, switch side, back tuck, and a nice 2.5 dismount. The B squad also had some good moments, especially with a few nice vaults, a 13.200 from Elisabetta Bobul on beam, and a 13.050 from Martina Basile on floor.
Australia placed fourth with a 148.700 using only three athletes, and while both Yasmin Collier and Emily Whitehead struggled a bit, Talia Folino was a big surprise in the all-around, placing fourth after Shallon Olsen with a solid 53.400, including an impressive stuck FTY for a 14.250 and a nice 13.900 on beam after hitting a nice bhs bhs layout series, switch to back tuck (with a pause), side aerial, front aerial, and a double tuck dismount.
Full results are available here.
Article by Lauren Hopkins