Daily Herald Staff
To say the Prince Albert Aerials Gymnastics Club has been busy lately is an understatement.
To think that the recent schedule has only served as a precursor to what lies ahead is even more exhausting.
But, the Aerials have turned in strong performances at the recent Proud to be Canadian Invitational, held at the same time as the Western Canadian and national trials, to give them the extra push required for what lies ahead.
Kelsey Hurl, Hayden Gratias and Serra Gillis have all earned spots on the 24-member Team Saskatchewan squad for the upcoming Western Canadian championships to be held in Saskatoon at the end of April while Ariel Crawford will represent Saskatchewan as part of the 12-member contingent at the 2014 Canadian gymnastics championships in Ottawa in late May. Those four will also lead a large local group into the provincial championships scheduled for Moose Jaw on May 9-11.
Hurl and Gratias will both be competing in the P5 Open category at the Western Canadian event and will be looking to improve on their standing from last year while Gillis will also be making a return trip to Westerns in the P5 Tyro category. All three had high results last year, but are hoping for a better finish this time around.
Crawford is also returning to nationals where she finished third in Canada last year. All four will compete in the vault, beam, bars and floor disciplines with points awarded for each and being compiled in an overall total.
Prior to the recent competitions in Prince Albert the local provincial team members, along with two other female and six male artistic gymnasts, took part in the University of Calgary International Cup event with all achieving high finishes.
Following is a summary of how the local gymnasts fared at both the U of C competition and the Proud to be Canadian event held in Prince Albert.
University of Calgary top 10 results:
Kelsey Hurl – National Open - 8th in vault; 11th overall
Hayden Gratias – P5 Open – 4th in vault; 7th on bars; 9th overall
Samantha Caisse – P3 Tyro – 1st in beam; 2nd on floor
Laura Placsko – P4 Novice – 3rd on floor; 7th on vault
Ariel Crawford – Open – 3rd on bars; 7th overall
Jesse Georget – P3 12-and-under boys – 1st high bars; 2nd on vault
Benjamin Graner – P1 10-and-over – 4th on floor
Proud to be Canadian results:
Madelyn Antaya – P1 Argo – 1st vault; 2nd floor; 3rd beam; 3rd overall
Shelaine Pritchard – P2 Argo – 1st vault; 1st floor; 1st beam; 1st bars; 1st overall
Dilynn Bell – P2 Tyro – 1st bars; 3rd vault; 3rd overall
Lexis Storoschuk – P2 Open – 1st vault; 1st floor; 3rd beam; 3rd bars; 3rd overall
Samantha Caisse – P3 Tyro – 1st vault; 1st beam; 1st floor; 1st overall
Laura Placsko – P4 Novice – 1st floor; 2nd bars; 3rd vault; 1st overall
Serra Gillis – P5 Tyro – 1st floor; 1st beam; 1st vault; 1st bars; 1st overall
Hayden Gratias – P5 Open - 1st vault; 1st bars; 1st floor; 1st overall
Kelsey Hurl – National Open – 5th vault; 6th overall
Jase Martin – P1 under-10 boys – 2nd vault; 2nd rings; 2nd parallel bars; 2nd high bar; 3rd pommel horse; 3rd overall
Benjamin Graner – P1 under-10 boys – 3rd floor; 4th overall
Carter Boden – P1 over-10 boys – 1st floor; 1st rings; 2nd vault; 2nd parallel bars; 2nd high bar; 1st overall
Joshua Smith – P1 over-10 boys – 1st vault; 1st parallel bars; 1st high bar; 2nd pommel horse; 3rd overall
Billy Georget – P2 – 1st parallel bars; 1st high bar; 2nd overall
Jessie Georget – P3 – 1st high bar; 3rd floor; 3rd vault; 3rd pommel horse; 3rd parallel bars; 3rd overall