A Trio of New Seniors Win in Halifax

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Senior all-around champion Jade Chrobok with proud coaches Elena Davydova and Valery Yahchybekov.

Last night in the senior all-around final at Elite Canada, a group of young ladies who reached the senior elite level only a month ago upset some of last quad’s most promising young international competitors to top the all-around podium in Halifax.

15-year-old Jade Chrobok had a solid competition, winning the all-around with a 52.917, a score that would’ve been somewhere around 55 in last quad’s code, for reference.

Last year, Chrobok struggled to reach high scores on each event as she dealt with multiple injuries that limited her both in terms of skill level and execution, and she’s still holding back on a few new skills that will increase her potential even more. But last night she looked confident and poised, back on track as she hopes to become a contender for major teams looking forward to Tokyo.

Highlights from her competition included a stuck Yurchenko 1½ vault, great stalder work and a clean double front on bars, the most perfectly gorgeous double spin on beam, and clean tumbling on floor, especially on her whip whip through to double tuck.

Fellow new seniors Megan Phillips and Brooklyn Moors placed second and third with scores of 51.1 and 50.55, respectively. Phillips has lower difficulty overall, so she was a bit of a surprise, but she proved that consistency is key, and managed to hold her own with clean work on each of her events, looking especially polished on bars and beam. Moors had a couple of hiccups, but showed a great Khorkina on bars, elegance as she moved through her choreography on beam, and powerful tumbling on floor, where she earned a 13.5 to qualify first into the final.

Olympic alternate Megan Roberts looked phenomenal in podium training on Thursday, attacking each apparatus with a fire that made her a favorite for the title. Unfortunately, the nerves got to her in her very first event, bars, where she caught a huge Ray but then had to take an extra swing before coming off on her pak. She struggled a bit on beam as well, but got it back together for floor, opening with a huge piked double arabian and following through with more big tumbling to post a 13.2, the second-highest of the meet. Finishing her competition on vault, she hit a solid Yurchenko double for a 14.35 to reach an all-around total of 50.1.

2015 worlds team member Audrey Rousseau was fifth with a 50.067, also getting off to a rough start on bars, where she came off on her toe full and competed only a flyaway dismount. She also had some struggles on beam, but showed a solid double arabian to hit floor, normally her standout event, for a 13.067 to reach the final.

Shallon Olsen, a member of the 2016 Olympic team known for her vault prowess, was hit or miss, placing sixth with a 49.617. Her Yurchenko double on vault was flawless, reaching a 14.7, and she hit her bar routine, albeit with the same form issues she’s always been known for there. On beam, she fell twice, missing her bhs + loso + loso flight series and her Onodi, though she did add in an upgrade with a switch to switch half to back tuck, and on floor she nailed her double double, front tuck through to double tuck, and triple full, though got heavily docked for her piked full-in, finishing only ninth there.

Beyond the top six, we saw Madeline McLellan in seventh with a 49.267, Sophie Marois and Lindsay Chia tied in eighth with a 48.834, Laurie Dénommée in 10th with a 48.6, Laurie-Lou Vézina in 11th with a 48.55, and 2015 world championship team member Sydney Townsend in 12th with a 48.3 (her Yurchenko 1½ was, as always, a standout despite mistakes elsewhere).

2016 Olympian Rose-Kaying Woo made her comeback just on beam for now, performing a beautiful and steady routine for a 13.35, the second-highest score of the meet. She showed great extension and poise on her punch front, bhs + layout series (though the layout was a little piked), switch ring, front aerial, switch leap to ring leap, and double pike dismount with a step.

Two-time Olympian Brittany Rogers also returned, performing on bars and beam after taking the past six months off from competition. She hit a clean but watered-down beam set for a 12.3, but then only reached a 9.8 on bars after several major mistakes there. She hit a piked Jaeger to start, but showed an arched position on her toe full into her Church, and then arched the handstand after, hopping off to regroup. She returned for a lovely Ricna, but then hopped off again, I think because she was planning on connecting that to her pak but missed the connection. She got back up for the pak, but did it to her hips, taking a moment to pause on the low bar before going back up to the high bar and then back down for her bail, catching it awkwardly and taking another fall. At this point, only her double layout dismount was left, which she hit. Her D score reached a promising 5.6 even with the mistakes and breaks in connections, but her E score was only a 4.2 with the numerous errors.

In all, my feelings about this year’s Elite Canada were the same as my feelings about every Elite Canada in the history of time: IT’S FEBRUARY. The diamonds are in there somewhere, and we did see shimmering glimpses of what’s to come, but they haven’t yet been cut from the rocks. Everyone has a little something to work on as we look forward to a 2017 season that for Canada will culminate with world championships at home in Montreal. They’ll be ready when they need to, but for now, they’re taking things one day at a time.

As a side note, Ellie Black was expected to compete here, but injured her foot in training and was in a boot as she watched practice and the meet with 2016 Olympic teammate Isabela Onyshko, last year’s Elite Canada champion and national champion who also plans to return to competition later this year.

Be sure to check out our photo gallery from the senior all-around final, and you can find full results here. The competition continues today with the junior and novice all-around finals, and the junior and senior women will compete in event finals tomorrow.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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