Milette wins third straight Senior Women’s Elite Canada trampoline title
Gymnastics Canada – CALGARY, AB (May 4, 2019) – Sarah Milette of Longueuil, QC won her third straight senior women’s Elite Canada trampoline title on Saturday evening at the 2019 Elite Canada in Trampoline Gymnastics competition taking place at the Genesis Centre in Calgary, AB, while Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, AB captured his first senior men’s individual trampoline title since 2012.
Milette entered the finals with the top qualifying score after laying down a new personal best score in her optional routine during the preliminary round on Friday, and maintained her lead to finish the day with a total score of 159.975 to take the gold medal. Rachel Tam of Toronto took silver with a score of 155.580 while Samantha Smith of Vancouver, BC captured bronze with a total score of 154.780.
“I was really happy with how the competition went,” said Milette who captured a silver medal in synchronized trampoline at the 2018 World Championships with Rosie MacLennan. “I scored a new personal best in my optional routine which was great. Now I’m going to keep working on my execution and my HD score (horizontal displacement – or movement on the trampoline) as I get ready for nationals.”
For Soehn, who is the reigning Pan-American champion, today’s title meant a return to form: “It’s good to be back on the top of the podium – I haven’t been there for the last few Elite Canada’s so it was good to get it done again! The competition was a little bit nerve wracking because I knew there were a couple of competitors who could do solid routines, and they had a bit of trouble, so going up last I knew I had to focus a little bit harder to get the job done.”
Taking the silver medal was Nathan Shuh of Toronto, while his teammate from Skyriders Trampoline Place – Jake Cranham, also of Toronto, took the bronze.
The finals in double mini-trampoline (DMT) also took place on Saturday and saw the brother-sister duo of Gavin Dodd and Kristina Dodd of Kamloops, BC taking gold in the junior men’s and women’s categories respectively. In the senior category, it was Mario Bruno, also from Kamloops, who took gold for the men, followed by Justin Lafaivre from Varennes, QC with the silver, and David Dawson of Kingston, ON taking bronze.
“I just wanted to hit my passes coming into this competition because they’re harder difficulty, and stuff I’ve never really tried to compete a whole lot before,” said Bruno who competed in his first World Championships this past fall in Russia and is hoping to qualify again this year. “My triple pike was probably one of the best triple pikes I’ve ever done, but I just wasn’t ready for it because it was just more rotation and higher than I’ve ever had which made the landing more difficult.”
In senior women’s DMT, it was Laurence Roux of Blainville, QC who took gold, followed by Danielle Grieve of Regina, SK taking silver, and Kalena Soehn, of Red Deer, AB taking bronze.
The competition wraps up Sunday with the finals in senior synchronized trampoline, as well as the finals in men’s and women’s junior and senior tumbling.
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