Kennedy Wins First Scottish Title

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Cara Kennedy, one of the youngest members of Scotland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games team, showed great improvements in her recovery from injury over the past year to win the all-around in Perth.

The 18-year-old was especially strong on beam – showing a lovely switch leap to full pirouette, side aerial, solid flight series, full L turn, and a clean layout 1.5 dismount for a 13.05 – and floor – where she successfully competed a 1.5 to double back and a double pike for a 13.25.

Kennedy’s all-around score of 50.15 came with a fall on bars, but gave her a clear victory over first-year senior Sofia Ramzan of DGC2K in second with a 49.45 and her City of Glasgow teammate Shannon Archer in third with a 47.8. Isabella Tolometti of Garioch was fourth with a 47.0 while last year’s champion and Kennedy’s Commonwealth Games teammate Amy Regan of Largs was fifth with a 46.3. Regan, hoping to defend her title this year, had rough performances on beam and floor, leaving her unable to challenge.

She did come back to win the title on vault, however, averaging a 13.0 to defeat Archer while Joanne Lowe of Garioch was third. Kennedy picked up two more golds on bars and beam, hitting her bars routine for an 11.35 to share the title with Tolometti while also successfully hitting beam for a 12.9. Archer had the gold on floor with a 13.0, narrowly edging out Kennedy there, as she earned silver with a 12.7.

Archer also won the silver medal on beam with a 12.85, Tolometti had floor bronze with a 12.6, and Ramzan picked up bronze on bars and beam with scores of 11.1 and 12.7, respectively.

In the junior division, the young star and reigning champion Louise McColgan did not compete, leaving the titles wide open. Ellie Russell of West Lothian won the all-around with a 48.7, followed by Isla Warr of Park Wrekin in second with a 48.6 and Sarah McKenzie of DGC2K in third with a 48.0. Russell picked up the vault and bars golds with scores of 12.775 and 11.25, respectively, while Erin Gallacher of Dynamic won beam with a 12.25 and McKenzie won floor with a 12.75.

Russell added two more medals to her collection with bronze on beam and silver on floor, sisters Carly and Lucy McFadden of Meadowbank were 0.025 apart for the silver and bronze medals on vault while Carly also added a bronze on floor, Lucy Orr of West Lothian had silver on bars, Rosa Holm-Huxley of DGC2K had bronze on bars, and Warr picked up silver on beam.

Following their success here, both Kennedy and Archer went on to compete in the Challenge session of Gymnix this past weekend. Kennedy was 17th all-around and finished sixth in the floor final while Archer was 20th all-around and tied for silver on vault.

The Scottish Championships were held from February 27 through February 28. Full results are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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