SGS trio earns a trip to Prince George

Top five finishes at the Twisters International Invitational meet last weekend in Abbotsford has qualified three members of the Surrey Gymnastic Society (SGS) for the Western Canadian Championships next month in Prince George.

Kerensa Mitchell and Kaitlynn Urano made the grade in the National Open category, while Taylor Oakley used a second place finish in the all around standings to qualify in the Level 5 Tyro group.

Oakley, 11, had top scores on vault and bars and also placed fifth on the floor to win the overall silver medal.

Mitchell, 14, won the all around bronze medal in her category, also winning gold on beam and placing fifth on bars. Urano, 16, was fifth all around after placing first on bars and fifth on vault and floor.

Also competing in National Open was SGS gymnast Chaynade Knowles. The 17 year-old from North Delta won a bronze medal on vault, and placed eighth all around.

The Twisters meet was also the first of two trial meets to qualify for the National championships June 1-8 in Calgary, and four SGS gymnasts clinched a trip to Alberta with their results in Abbotsford.

Spencer Dear, 18, had the top score in every event to win the all around gold medal in the High Performance Junior category, and will be joined by Tyler Carroll, Gordie Kordas and Vladimir Djuric in Calgary.

Carroll, 16, used wins on pommel horse, rings and vault to finish second in the overall standings. He also was second on floor, parallel bars and high bar in the High Performance Novice group.

Djuric, competing in the National Level 5 division, also won an all around silver medal. The 13-year-old student from Panorama Ridge Secondary School was in the top five in all six events, taking the gold medal on pommel horse, vault and parallel bars, and placing second on rings.

A second on vault and a third on pommel horse lifted Kordas to the all around bronze in the High Performance Argo group.

- SGS gymnasts also won six other all around medals in provincial level categories.

Khalil Dhanji, 11, won the all around gold medal in the Provincial Level 3 for gymnasts under 13 years of age. Dhanji was the top performance on vault and parallel bars, and also took second on pommel horse and rings, and won bronze on floor and high bar.

In the same category, 10-year-old Noah Behm won a bronze medal for his all around performance, after winning gold on floor and high bar and silver on vault. Voncan Omidi, 9, earned a silver medal on floor.

Nine-year-old Nicolas Apostol of Surrey tied for the all around gold medal in the Provincial Level 2 category for gymnasts of all ages, medaling in five of six events. Apostol captured the gold on rings, added silver medals on floor, pommel horse and high bar, and claimed the bronze on parallel bars. Teammate Hyugo Ishida, 10, used a gold medal on parallel bars and took third on rings, vault and high bar to earn an all around bronze medal.

Malcolm Herbert, 11, won medals in all but one event to place second all around in the under-13 Provincial Level 4 class. The Surrey resident won gold on rings and vault, silver on parallel bars on bronze on floor and high bar.

Silver medals on pommel horse and vault lifted 13 year-old Matthew Wong to a bronze medal in the 13-and-over Provincial Level 3 group. Trevan Urena of SGS, also 13, won a gold medal on floor.

- McKaylie Taverner of the Splitz Gymnastics Club in Surrey also qualified for the Western Canadian Championships May 1-4 in Prince George. Competing in the Level 5 Tyro group, she used a silver medal on beam to place third all around.

Other Splitz members winning gold medals on individual events were Raven Miles (vault) in Level 2 Novice, and Rachel Wong (bars), Hiroka Takeuchi (beam) and Gabby Schnitzer (vault) in Level 2 Tyro.

Renee Jendral medaled twice in Level 4 Novice, winning silver on both bars and floor, while Miranda Gregory also won a silver on beam in the Level 3 Tyro category.

Bronze medals were earned by Bryn Zomar (beam) in Level 5 Open and Kisha Gatchalian (floor) in Level 2 Tyro.

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