Top 8 for Samantha Smith and Tamara O'Brien

Samantha Smith (Okanagan) and Tamara O'Brien (TAG) both finished in eighth place at the 2014 world trampoline championships. The championships, held in Dayton Beach from November 7-9 were highlighted by silver medals by Rosie MacLennan in women's trampoline and synchronized trampoline with teammate Samantha Sendel.

Following an injury to three-time Olympic medalist Karen Cockburn and Samantha Sendel withdrawing due to dizziness, Smith stepped up with the best performance of her career to finish eighth in the women’s trampoline final.

“It makes me really excited to get back in the gym,” said Smith, who qualified for the final at a world championship for the first time after coming close last year and finishing 11th.

“I’ve been able to see what the level of competition is like in a final and I’ve got a lot of things to work on.”

In the women’s double mini, O’Brien was the lone Canadian to reach the final, qualifying in fifth spot. In the she executed a solid first pass but ran into problems on the second and had to settle for eighth place.

“I went a little bit crooked on the first bounce and hit the blue pad and there’s not much you can do when you hit the pad,” said O’Brien, who received no score on the pass. “It happens and I can’t be disappointed because I got to the final.”

For O’Brien, just getting the chance to compete at this year’s worlds was in doubt after injuring her ankle at a training camp last month.

“I was so excited just to be here and to compete in the final. I wasn’t expecting a medal, I just wanted to land my passes and enjoy the whole experience.”

B.C's other two competitors competed strongly in double mini trampoline as Douglas Armstrong (Flip City) was 13th in men's preliminaries and Tiana Hesmert (Club Aviva) was 11th in women's

New heights for Rosie

Cool and calm under pressure, MacLennan's silver medal makes the 2012 Olympic champion one of the sport’s most decorated competitors.

Off the podium only once at the world championships since 2007, she opted to attempt a riskier routine in the final rather than play it safe to have a better chance at defending the world title title she won last year in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Despite landing three triple somersaults for the first time in competition -- a feat few women have attempted -- MacLennan fell just shy of her second straight world title with a score of 55.130 in the final.

Liu Lingling of China, took the gold with a score of 55.990 for an easier routine that scored higher marks for execution.

Adding the third somersault to her routine boosted MacLennan’s degree of difficulty to 15.600 points, well ahead of Lingling at 14.400.

Hanna  Harchonak of Belarus took the bronze with 53.975 points.

“ I was really excited to get out there and do three triples in my routine for the first time,” said MacLennan. “Obviously it would have been nice to defend the title, but I’m really happy with how things went this week.”

Other results

In other events, Jon Schwaiger (Burlington) came away with a surprise sixth-place finish in the men’s double mini trampoline final and was also 20th in the tumbling qualifications.

In the men’s trampoline qualification, brothers Keegan and Kyle Soehn of Red Deer, Alta, finished 31st and 33rd respectively and did not advance.

In the women’s double mini,  Arden Oh (Calgary) was 12th and Pan Kriangkum (Edmonton), 13th. For the men, Keegan Soehn was 15th, and Ryan Sheehan (Grand Prairie), 19th.

In the men’s synchro competition  Kyle and Keegan Soehn missed qualifying for the semi final after placing 12th in a field of 33 teams.

In men’s tumbling prelims, Michael Chaves (Mississauga) placed 11th, Vincent Lavoie (Drummondville), 15th and David Findlay (Hamilton), 23rd.

In women’s tumbling, Emily Smith (Burlington) placed 10th, Erin Templeton (Regina), 19th, and Jordan Sugrim (Mississauga) 20th.


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