The international elite field at this year’s Nadia Comaneci Invitational in Oklahoma City wasn’t exactly super deep, but we did get lots of good individual performances, especially from the young Romanian gymnasts from Deva who impressed enough to take home the team title.
Laura Iacob and Ioana Stanciulescu led Deva with solid all-around performances that ranked them first and second in the junior division while also helping the famous club finish at the top in the combined junior and senior team competition. Both gymnasts posted top-three scores on every event, with Iacob winning bars and beam (an impressive 14.1 on the latter!) while Stanciulescu earned the top score on floor with a 13.45.
These two were bolstered by Daniela Trica with clean work on beam and floor, earning the second-best score of 12.95 on the latter, and Ariadna Stanciu, who earned a 10.95 on bars.
Deva finished over a point ahead of silver medalists Gym Fly, a Canadian club featuring top senior competitor Laurie-Lou Vézina and junior bronze medalist Victoria Jurca. Vezina actually had a stellar performance on beam, earning a 14.4 to win the gold there, and while she had some struggles on bars, her 12.25 ended up taking the title in what was a weak bars field overall. Jurca, meanwhile, showed powerful work on vault to earn a top junior score of14.1 while also looking clean and confident on beam for a 13.7.
Canadian teams rounded out the top six, with Equilibrix in third, Pegasus in fourth, Gymnix in fifth, and Unigym in sixth. Standouts from these clubs included 2015 Canadian worlds team member Audrey Rousseau of Equilibrix in second with a 58.15, posting the top scores on vault and floor in addition to a 13.6 for her lovely beam, her young teammates Eloise Monat and Charlotte McDevitt placing fourth and sixth in the junior division, and Megan Phillips of Gymnix placing third in the senior division with a 51.8, looking her strongest on beam and floor.
The seventh-place team was Jets of Australia, eighth was Stampede City of Canada, ninth was host club Bart Conner of the United States (featuring three level 10 gymnasts competing routines under the elite code of points), and tenth was Top Gym of Sweden.
Full results from the competition are available here.
Article by Lauren Hopkins