Steven Chaplin wins Team BC's second junior title at Canadian Championships

Team BC's Steve Chaplin (Twisters) won the junior men's Canadian title on Friday at the 2013 Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Ottawa. This is Team BC's second junior title, adding to the one that Shallon Olsen (Omega) won earlier in the week.

Chaplin started day two of the competition in fifth place, but passed his competitors with a score of 77.800 en route to his first junior title.

“I just wanted to hit all six of my routines, make a few finals and finish in the top five all around,” said Chaplin, 16, who exceeded expectations in national debut as a junior.

Aaron Mah (Vancouver Phoenix) was fifth, Julian Geisler (Langley) was sixth, Alexander Farquharson (Delta) was 13th and Brian Lau (Richmond) was 14th.

In the junior men's event finals, Mah won gold medals on parallel bars and high bars along with silver on floor.  Chaplin won silver on vault, was fourth on floor and parallel bars and tied for fifth on pommel horse. Giesler was sixth on floor and vault and fourth on rings.

More gold for Olsen

Shallon Olsen added to her gold medal count by winning the junior vault and floor exercise titles during Saturday's event finals. She was also fourth on uneven bars and fifth on beam.

Also in the junior women's vault final, Angel Zhong (Omega) was fourth while Samantha Haghight-Joo was fifth.

TAG's Taylor Chan finished eighth in the floor exercise final.

Medals for Team BC's senior men

Team BC's senior men continued their strong championships by winning nine medals in Saturday's event finals. All around silver medalist Robert Watson (Richmond) won the floor exercise final, won silver on pommel horse, took bronze medals on rings and parallel bars and was fourth on high bar and seventh on vault.

Scott Morgan (Flicka) shared the rings title and won silver medals on floor exercise and vault. Kal Nemier (Flicka) won silver medals on vault and high bar and added a bronze on vault. Devy Dyson (Richmond) tied for fifth on rings and Ken Ikeda (Twisters) was fifth on paralell bars.

Other Team BC results

In the men's national youth event finals, Nicolas Bourne (Richmond) won the rings title and tied for fourth on parallel bars. Michael Sibley (Flicka) won bronze on floor exercise and was fifth on pommel horse and sixth on rings. Cameron Stanley (Langley) was 4th on rings while his teammate Kevin Naismith (Langley) was 6th on vault.

In the women's high performance novice competition. Haley De Jong (Flicka) finished fifth all around with top six finished on uneven bars, beam and floor exercise. Seina Murase-Cho (Omega) was 12th all around and sixth on vault.

Lauren Wang (Club Aviva) was the top BC gymnast in the national novice competition finishing 12th all around and winning a silver medal on uneven bars. Madelyn McPhee (TAG) was 16th all around and fifth on floor exercise; Jessie Moody (Vancouver Phoenix) was 21st all around and fifth on beam. Emily Moorth (Twisters) was 25th, Claire Posno (Vancouver Phoenix) as 26th and Ashley Obsieger (Flicka) competed on three events.

In the women's national open 16+ competition, Itzia San Roman led Team BC, finishing tied for 15th while Brianne Kerr (Lion's Pride) was 20th, Andry Friesen (Twisters) was 22nd and Maya Rahn (Lion's Pride) was 32nd.


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