Semple, Chrobok Win Comaneci International

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Meixi Semple and Jade Chrobok, both from Canada, won the senior and junior titles at the Nadia Comanaci International this past weekend.

Though invites went out to several countries, only gyms from Canada and Romania ended up sending gymnasts to the international meet, possibly because the WOGA Classic was going on at the same time. Only Canadians participated in the senior session, while Romania had four juniors on hand in a field stacked with mostly up-and-coming juniors.

There was a bizarre difficulty bonus in use, which led to some score inflation on beam and floor especially, so the scoresĀ are definitely a bit misleading, which is how Semple magically got her beautiful beam from a 14.225 at Elite Canada last week to a 16 in Oklahoma City this week…but scoring aside, the rankings still seemed pretty accurate based on how the gymnasts tend to perform.

With the bonus, Semple finished with a massive 57.1. In addition to her 16 on beam, she had a 14.75 on vault, a 14.55 on floor, and just an 11.8 on bars, which was overall a low-scoring event for everyone in attendance. Mackenzie Parker followed her with the silver medal, earning a 53.35 with her 14.3 on floor her best score of the day, while Laurie-Lou Vezina picked up the bronze with a 52.75, including a 14.55 on beam.

Amanda Diallotto-Perez and Sonita Zlobec also competed as seniors, though only one event apiece. Diallotto-Perez had a 12.0 on bars, the best senior score there, while Zlobec managed a 9.4 on that event.

In the junior field, the 2016 Elite Canada champion Chrobok won with a 55.9, an attainable score for her, though she was able to make up for a bad bars performance with difficulty bonuses on beam and floor getting her to 15.6 and 14.7 on those two events, respectively. On bars, she had just an 11.9 – though this was still the second-best bars score of the day among the juniors – and on vault, she brought in a 13.7 to seal her win.

The two Romanians Carmen Ghiciuc and Laura Iacob won silver and bronze with scores of 55.8 and 53.9. Ghiciuc had the top bars score at 12.7 as well as the best floor score at 14.9, while Iacob’s beam score of 14.85 was the best of the day there. The other Romanians competing were Ariadna Stanciu, who looked clean on beam and floor, and Carmen Glavan, who competed only on bars and beam, getting the bronze medal for her 11.25 on uneven bars.

Other solid junior performances came from Victoria Jurca on vault (she had the top score of 14.6 there) and floor (second-best 14.75), Sayge Urban on vault (14.5 for silver) and floor (14.7 for fourth place), and Montana Fairbairn on beam (14.45 for bronze).

Full results for the competition are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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