It was an incredible experience to witness all of the success that Swiss Turners had this year at Nationals. Long Beach, CA lived up to its name, and brought welcomed sunshine to us Wisconsin folks.
The Swiss Level 10 team captured 1st place in Floor, Pommel, Rings, and Parallel Bars. Overall, they took the 2nd place Club Team in the Nation for Level 10. An incredible achievement!
The Swiss Level 9 team performed well also, claiming 1st place in rings, and 6th place in the overall Club Team for the Nation.
Individually, many Swiss boys contributed to their teams' successes. We had 5 boys rank in the top 36 all-around finals competition, with Marvin Kimble placing 3rd, Dmitri Belanovski placing 4th and Steven Jaciuk placing 17th, in their respective divisions.
The last day of competition was the event finals and there were Swiss boys all over the place! Perhaps a record 6 boys qualified for the Event finals by placing in the top 6 in the event. Considering there were over 700 total competitors, this was a significant accomplishment.
They all received medals for their competition in the event finals:
Marvin Kimble - 1st in rings, 3rd on floor and pommel, 6th on pbars and vault
Dmitri Belanovski - 1st in pbars, 4th on floor, 4th on pommel, 6th on rings
Josiah Eng - 1st in rings
Steven Jaciuk - 5th on high bar
Paul Montague - 6th on rings
Vitali Kan - 6th on floor
All of their hard work during the year paid off! Congratulations Swiss men!
We are very excited to learn that Marvin Kimble was chosen as one of the few Junior level gymnasts to represent the U.S.A. in the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championship next month in Everett, Washington. The Pacific Rim competition is one of the premier gymnastics events, held only every two years around the world. (In 2010, it was held in Australia.)
More information about the competition can be found at the www.usagym.org website.
Marvin Kimble continued to compete with excellence by taking 4th place at the 2011 USA Visa National Championships in Saint Paul, MN. He placed 2nd on Floor, 4th on Pommel, 4th on Rings, 2nd on Vault, and 2nd on P-bars. Even more remarkable in his first year of eligibility at the age 14-15 Junior level, his difficult routines and high marks granted him the opportunity to compete alongside the Seniors (college and elite level) on the final night of the men's competition. Congratulations to Marvin on being named to the 2011-2012 Junior National Team! He will be attend various training camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO in preparation to represent the USA in International competitions.
Coach Stacy Maloney of Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame at the 2011 USA Visa Championships in Saint Paul, MN. His contributions to the USAG include coaching USA's only Men's Olympic All-Around Champion Paul Hamm, as well as his well-decorated brother Morgan Hamm from their youth. Maloney had previously been named Coach of the Year, and has developed one of the best men's gymnastics programs in the nation. Here's a link to Stacy's acceptance speech. Congratulations, Stacy!