Gymnastic boys take top honors
in first big competition
by Misty Volaski
Jan. 19, was a monumentous day for the Ojai Valley Gymnastics
Not only did the boys' team compete in their first meet, but
they also took top honors.
As the smallest and newest team at the Camarillo meet (Travis
Kananack, Andy Malkin and Devin Beavers), OVGC was the underdog.
However, the boys proved skeptics wrong, placing well in every
event -- including the high rings, which OVGC does not yet teach
(the boys learned the routine the day of the meet).
The meet, hosted by Stars Gymnastics, found Kananack, Malkin
and Beavers scoring highest on the vault. Malkin and Kananack
both got Superior Green ribbons (the highest possible score for
Class 7), while Beavers got an Excellent Yellow. The boys' average
score on still rings was 9.06, enough for an Outstanding Purple
Kananack nabbed another Outstanding Purple on parallel bars.
He also scored an Excellent Yellow on high bar and two Good
Whites on floor and pommel horse.
Malkin had three Excellent Yellows (on floor, parallel bars,
and high bar) and a Good White on pommel horse.
Beavers claimed three Yellows on still rings, vault and high
bar, as well as three Whites on floor, pommel horse and parallel
Class 7 gymnastics was designed to be an introductory level for
young gymnasts. The main purpose is to encourage personal achievement
and growth as opposed to gymnast-to-gymnast score compairison.
There were also noaAll-around best gymnasts or team scores, as
in regular meets.
"Skill combined with adrenaline and overwhelming excitement
pushed these boys to win the hearts of the whole stadium,"
OVGC assistant Cassie Cotham said. "There was no way anyone
could miss our shining boys' team."
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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