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MacLennan tops standings on Day 2 of Canadian Championships in Trampoline Gymnastics

“I was really excited to come to nationals, especially with a strong field and a lot of up and coming girls. I was excited to see what they were going to pull out and perform,” said MacLennan following the competition. “It felt really nice to be back in the competitive field and it’s another stepping stone in my path of preparation for international competitions.”

MacLennan who trains out of Skyriders Trampoline place in Richmond Hill, finished the day with a total of 106.015, more than four points ahead of Samantha Smith of BC in second with 102.020. Sophiane Méthot of Quebec sits in third with 101.270.

The visiting Australian team dominated the senior men’s trampoline qualifiers finishing 1, 2, and 3 – but as visitors, they can’t force Canadians out of the standings, leaving Jacob Cranham of Ontario tied for first with the Australians with a total of 102.330. Andrew Martin of BC sits second, with Kyle Soehn of Alberta in third.

In double mini-trampoline (DMT) action, it was the opportunity for 2017 World Games team members Jon Schwaiger of Ontario and Tamara O’Brien of BC to make tweaks to the passes they’ll perform in two weeks at that competition in Poland. Both athletes struggled with one of their four passes but advanced to the finals which take place Saturday evening.

“I’m happy, however not satisfied with this afternoon,” said World Games coach Denis Vachon who also coaches Schwaiger out of Dynamo Gymnastics. “I’m glad that Jon did his World Games passes to plan and now we can see exactly what things need to be tweaked and fixed over the next week in order to have our maximum performance there. I think he could have got the benefit of the doubt from the judging panel and scored a little bit higher, but a week out, to have all the routines under his belt and just getting to work on finesse is exactly where we want to be.”

Schwaiger finished fourth Friday with a total of 133.400, while Mark Armstrong of Alberta finished first with a total of 137.900. Callum Sundquist and Ryan Sheehan, both of Alberta sit second and third. In senior women’s DMT, it was Karine Dufour of Quebec who took the lead, laying down four solid passes to score 135.300.

“I’m really proud because I tried a new pass. I felt really good today so in the warm-up for the third and fourth passes, to figure out what I would do for my last one, I tried a new one and it was my best pass of the competition so it gives me a lot of confidence for the finals,” said Dufour who also competed in the senior trampoline finals finishing 9th and didn’t advance to the finals.

Caitlin Brown of Alberta finished second in senior women’s DMT with 128.900 with O’Brien in third with 126.400.

Saturday marks the debut of the tumbling competition at the Canadian Championships with qualifying rounds for all age classes, while the finals for DMT start at noon and continue throughout the day. Finals for junior and senior men’s and women’s start at 6pm.

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