Langley gymnasts shine at Western Canadian championships

Langley gymnasts combined to win a pair of all-around titles, took silver in two other divisions and grabbed another pair of bronze medals.

The athletes — representing Flip City Gymnastics, Langley Gymnastics Foundation and Twisters Gymnastics — were competing over the weekend at the 2016 Western Canadian championships.

The three-day meet was held at the Richmond Olympic Oval May 5 to 7.

In the men’s artistic gymnastics competition, Kyle Machibroda-Ames (Twisters) won the national open division’s all-around title. Machibroda-Ames also took gold on the pommel horse and silver on horizontal bar and the floor. He was sixth on the high bar and 10th on the vault.

And in that same division, Tyler Welch (LGF) won the bronze medal in the all-around. Welch won gold on the high bar and bronze on the vault. He was fourth on the rings, seventh on the vault, 10th on the floor and 13th on the parallel bars.

Another LGF athlete, Nicolas Cruz also won bronze in the provincial 5 level. He won silver on the pommel horse and parallel bars and bronze on the floor. He was sixth on the rings, vault and high bar.

Spencer Principe (LGF) was seventh all-around in that category, finishing fifth on the rings and high bar, seventh on the pommel horse, eighth on the vault, 11th on the floor and 12th on the parallel bars.

And in the women’s artistic gymnastics competition, Flip City’s Maya Crutch led the way, winning the all-around gold medal in the Junior Olympic 8 (97-03) category. Crutch was first on the floor, third on the beam, fourth on the vault and fifth on the uneven bars.

She edged LGF’s Alexa Slipec, who won the all-around silver in that category. Slipec won gold on the uneven bars and bronze on the vault. She was eighth on both the beam and the floor.

And Amelia Van Andel (LGF) won the silver in the all-around for the JO 8 (04-05) category. She took gold on the uneven bars, silver on the vault and bronze on the beam. She was also 10th on the floor.

Also in the JO 8 (04-05) category,  Kennedy Duke (LGF) won gold on the vault and bronze on the uneven bars and was fourth all-around, sixth on the floor and eighth on the beam and Makenna Guidish (Flip City) won silver on the floor on her way to an eight-place finish in the all-around. She was seventh on the vault, eighth on the uneven bars and 11th on the beam.

Other results included:

Sage Bishop-Beaurone (LGF) was ninth all-around in the JO 9 (14+) category, including a third in the uneven bars, 17th on the vault, 18th on the beam and 19th on the floor.

Flip City’s Jennifer Hung was 22nd all-around. That included finishing fifth on the uneven bars, 21st on the floor, 23 rd on the beam and 26th on the vault.

And in the JO 10 (12-15) category, LGF’s Haley Biggin was eighth in the all-around, Paula Urdiqui was 14th, Emilie Hong was 15th and Cathy Zhong was 18th. Flip City’s Lauren Van Harmelen was 21st overall.

Biggin was fourth on the uneven bars, 11th on the beam, 17th on the floor and 22nd on the vault. Urdiqui was fifth the vault, seventh on the floor, ninth on the beam and 21st on the uneven bars.

Hong was sixth on the vault, seventh on the floor, 15th on the uneven bars and 17th on the beam.

And Zhong was 11th on the uneven bars, 16th on the beam, 21st on the vault and 22nd on the floor.

Van Harmelen was 13th on the floor, 14th on the uneven bars, 17th on the vault and 23rd on the beam.


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