Dynamic girls set the bar high
Dynamic is an apt description of the start to the competitive season for the Duncan Dynamics gymnastics team.
The club’s 10 athletes who attended the Omega Invitational meet in Coquitlam combined for a total of 12 gold, 12 silver and nine bronze medals plus an additional 16 placement ribbons for attaining top 10 positions.
“To have seven of the 10 athletes on the podium at our first meet is very exciting,’’ noted Dynamics’ marketing director Karyne Bailey. “It shows the hard work these girls put in throughout the year. Many of these girls train 50 to 52 weeks of the year and the results are showing consistent with their efforts.’’
The 10 team members comprised seven different age categories. Within those categories, three girls came first all-around, three others were second all-around and another secured third all-around.
Trystinna Bailey topped the P2 Tyro division with an all-around score of 48.20. She was first on the bars, second on beam, fourth on vault and tied for fourth on floor.
Rebeca Bailey led the P2 Novice division with a total score of 47.75 that included a first on beam, a tie for second on floor, third on bars and a tie for third on vault.
Taylor Akerman finished in a tie for first overall in P3 Tyro after a first on vault, a tie for third on floor, fourth on beam and fifth on bars.
Chelsea Kaye (P2 Novice), Darby McIntyre (P5 Novice) and Hayley Baker (P5 Open) were all second overall. Kaye’s breakdown was first on vault, second on bars, a tie for second on floor and fourth on beam; McIntyre was first on vault, tied for second on bars, and third on beam and floor; and Baker came first on vault and floor, with a second on bars and third on beam.
Samantha Johnson placed third overall in P3 Novice, Coral Strugnell took fourth overall for P5 Novice, and Keerstin Arden was fifth overall for P3 Tyro.
The club’s most senior gymnast, Micaylla Broadway, made the jump to National Open this season. She was eighth overall, with a superb tie for third on bars.