Six athletes combined for the eleven medals won Sunday, including Alexandra Chtrevenskii of Montreal, QC, who won three bronze medals during the junior rhythmic gymnastics event final. Chtrevenskii made the podium in the hoop, ball, and rope events and just missed the podium with a fourth place finish in the clubs.
Chtrevenskii is in her last year of junior competition and has her sights set on joining the senior squad, “it’s really tough making the jump to senior,” Chtrevenskii said. “It’s a new level, which means more practise and having solid routines with less mistakes.”
Joining Chtrevenskii on the podium was first year junior Natalie Garcia of Mississauga, ON, who won a silver medal in the rope event with a score of 14.100. “I was a bit shaky in the beginning with ball and clubs,” said Garcia. “I knew it wasn’t over and understood what I had to do to make the podium. I did a great rope routine and I am really proud of my performance today.”
In the senior rhythmic gymnastic event finals, Katherine Uchida and Natali Nikolova put their best foot forward, but it wasn’t enough to walk away with a medal. Uchida finished sixth in ball and clubs, and fourth in the rope events. Nikolova finished just shy of the podium in fourth place in the hoop, seventh in the ball, and fifth in the rope.
After not competing on Saturday, the men’s artistic gymnastic team was hot right out of the gate with Anthony Tawfik of Mississauga, ON, in the junior event final. Tawfik won his way onto the podium with a bronze medal in the high bar, scoring 13.475. On the rings, Tawfik won another bronze medal when he tied Ryuto Sako from Japan with a score of 13.500.
The senior artistic men also performed well, as Aaron Mah of Vancouver, BC, won bronze on the floor event, scoring 14.525 and finishing just ahead of fellow teammate Damien Cachia of Calgary, AB, who landed in fourth place with a score of 14.300. Cachia also placed fourth in the pommel horse, fifth on the vault and sixth in the ring event.
“I knew going into the competition that my difficulty wasn’t on par with some of the best, so I knew I had to have a very clean routine if I wanted to place,” said Mah. “That was probably the best floor routine that I’ve ever done. I stuck all my passes and I’m really happy with it.”
Mah also finished fifth on the high bar, while Scott Nabata of Kamloops, BC, placed seventh on the pommel horse and high bar.
In the senior women’s artistic event final, Shallon Olsen of Vancouver, BC, won gold for Canada on the vault with a score of 14.750. Right behind Olsen and winning the silver medal with a score of 14.437 was Brittany Rogers of Calgary, AB. Olsen also added a bronze medal on floor, scoring 14.400, while Rogers won bronze on the uneven bars with a score of 14.600.
“Competing every weekend in the NCAA has definitely helped my confidence going into the competitions,” said Rogers, who competes for the University of Georgia. “I was more relaxed today during my bar routine, I redeemed myself from yesterday’s performance and am really happy with how well it went.”
Canadian Madison Copiak of Calgary, AB, also competed well in the finals, finishing in fourth place on the uneven bars, while teammate Megan Roberts of Toronto, ON, finished fifth on the beam.
Team Canada won 19 medals overall during the three day Pacific Rim Championships.
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