Savona pushing for Olympic gymnastics spot


Oakville gymnast Jessica Savona finds herself in fourth place among a group of 11 gymnasts vying for a spot on Canada’s five-member women’s Olympic gymnastics squad after opening competition in a two-part final selection event.

Savona scored 23.20 points to trail Kristin Vaculik of Whitby, Ont., who maintained a commanding lead after scoring first on beam, third on uneven bars, fourth on floor and seventh on vault to finish first overall, ending the day with 76.60 points in the Olympic selection race.
All 11 gymnasts will compete again on Thursday in the final selection meet with the top five overall qualifying for Canada’s first full women’s Olympic team since 2004.

Results from the 2012 Canadian championships last month in Regina also count towards the Olympic selection.

Victoria Moors of Cambridge, Ont., finished a close second on Tuesday, solidifying her hold on second place in the Olympic qualification with 55.40 points. Brittany Rogers of Coquitlam, B.C., placed first on vault and uneven bars to move up to third place overall in the fight for an Olympic berth with 26.60 points.

Dominique Pegg of Sarnia, Ont., fifth with 23.10 points and Ellie Black of Halifax with 22.40.

Trailing by more than 10 points are Madeline Gardiner of Cambridge, Ont., in 7th place overall, Mikaela Gerber of Cambridge, Ont, 8th, Jessica Dowling of Oakville, 9th, Briannah Tsang of Vancouver, 10th and Anysia Unick of Calgary, 11th.