Uguccioni and Toupin soar to new Level
by Randy Pascal
The second qualifier of the season produced a bevy on impressive results for the GymZone Sudbury Laurels women’s artistic crew, with a pair of
newcomers to Level 7 stepping up in a big way.
Twelve year-old Rachel Uguccioni captured silver on the vault, bronze on floor, and seventh in the overall aggregate, with both coach and athlete
absolutely thrilled with the results. “Against a very strong group of athletes, Rachel kept her composure and executed her routines with ease, increasing
her all around score by two full points,” beamed coach Terra Davidson.
“There was a huge change of score from my first qualifier to my second qualifier,” Uguccioni agreed. “We had a lot of time to work on new skills that I
needed to boost up my score, and just perfecting the little things.”
Her teammate, Marisol Toupin, just celebrating her 13th birthday, did so in style, taking home gold on the vault and silver on the floor.
“Marisol demonstrated her power through her high-flying tumble lines, and her monster post flight off the vault,” said Davidson.
With provincial championships less than a month away, Toupin has begun the mental preparation needed as she ventures into this environment for the first
time in her career. “You have to focus more,” she noted.
“It’s a bigger competition, so you get more nervous, so you have to do some stuff to help you calm down.” Other Sudbury highlights included Patricia
Hunt (Level 6 – 16+), who earned bronze in the aggregate, thanks in large part to a gold medal performance on vault, and silver on the floor.
Level 10 competitor Kayla Folz continues to turn heads, running the table with a first place finish in every single event, and achieving
season-best performances on all four apparatuses.
Emma Shea (gold on vault), Brooklyn Lavallee (bronze on vault and floor), Mallorie Alexander (bronze on bars) and Brielle
Charlebois (7th on floor) also showed well at the meet in Bracebridge.