Hofland leads uneven bars qualification

GYMCANrgbSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Kaitlyn Hofland of Georgetown, Ont. (East York Gymnastics) posted a 13.875 on uneven bars to top the standings on the event during the second day of women’s qualification at the recent Pan American Senior Apparatus Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hofland’s bar routine was the class of the field both in terms of difficulty (her 5.8 difficulty score was the highest of any gymnast by 0.2) and execution, where she was one of only two to earn a score higher than 8.0 points. Argentinean 2012 Olympian Valeria Pereyra qualified second to the bar final (13.225), followed by Jessica Lopez of Venezuela (13.025).

Hofland’s qualifying score gives her a leg up for the finals, where she will be one of the favorites for the gold medal. Already renowned as one of the best barworkers in Canada, Hofland also ranked No. 2 on uneven bars at the French International in March.

Teammate Briannah Tsang of Vancouver, British Columbia finished 12th in the qualifying round on vault after a rough first attempt.
After an absence of several years at this meet, the Canadians are using this competition as a springboard for the World Championships, which will take place in Antwerp in October.