MONTREAL, Que., Canada, March 10, 2019 – The USA won a total of four junior and senior event titles at the 2019 Gymnix International in Montreal, Que., Canada. The U.S. event champions were: Aleah Finnegan of Lee’s Summit, Mo./GAGE, and Skye Blakely of Frisco, Texas/WOGA, senior and junior vault, respectively; Blakely, junior uneven bars; and Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Mo./GAGE, senior balance beam.
The U.S. brought home six other event medals: Sloane Blakely of Frisco, Texas/WOGA, senior balance beam silver; Olivia Greaves of Staten Island, N.Y./MG Elite, junior vault and floor exercise silver; Lilly Lippeatt of Cincinnati, Ohio/Gymnastics Academy, junior balance beam bronze; Alyona Shchennikova of Evergreen, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, senior uneven bars silver and floor exercise bronze;
Finnegan won the senior vault title with a 14.000 average (14.400/13.600), with Canada’s Haley de Jong claiming the silver at 13.467 (13.533/13.400).
On the senior uneven bars, Shchennikova earned a 14.400 for the silver, and Eaker scored a 12.866 for fifth. Canada’s Ana Paduariu took the title at 14.666, and Australia’s Emma Nedov was third at 13.333.
Eaker and Sloane Blakely grabbed the top two spots for the senior balance beam. Eaker tallied a 14.466 for the title. Sloane Blakely’s 13.766 gave her the silver, and Australia’s Elena Chipizubov was the bronze medalist with her 13.200.
Shchennikova’s routine yielded a 12.766 and the senior floor exercise bronze medal. Japan’s Azuki Kokufugata had the top score of 13.500, and de Jong was second at 12.900. Sloane Blakely was fourth at 12.600.
Skye Blakely brought home the junior vault title with her 14.083 (13.600/14.566), and teammate Greaves claimed the silver at 13.483 (13.166, 13.800). Canada’s Rachael Riley was third at 13.433 (13.433/13.433).
Skye Blakely garnered her second gold on the junior uneven bars. Her 14.133 put her ahead of Canada’s Zoe Allaire-Bourgie’s 14.066. Belgium’s Noemie Louon was third with a 13.466. Greaves claimed a 13.000 for fifth.
For the junior balance beam, Lilly Lippeatt of Cincinnati, Ohio/Gymnastics Academy, was the bronze medalist at 13.066. Louon took the title at 13.200, Allaire-Bourgie on her heels at 13.100. Greaves was fifth at 12.266.
In the junior floor final, Allaire-Bourgie edged out Greaves for the title, 13.233 to 13.133. Louon was third (12.966). Kaylen Morgan of Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, was fifth at 12.900.
Earlier the USA won the senior and junior team titles, and Eaker and Shchennikova won the senior all-around gold and silver all-around medals, respectively, and Greaves and Blakely taking the junior all-around silver and bronze, respectively.
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