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.