Sydney Sawa and Casey Sandy won the all-around titles Thursday at the Canadian Championships in Hamilton, Ont.
Sydney Sawa, 2009 Canadian championSawa, who will turn 17 on June 15, outscored preliminaries leader Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette by 0.50 to earn her first Canadian title. Last year, Sawa was fifth all-around at the Canadian Championships and second all-around at the Elite Canada meet.
"I knew I had a chance to win, but in the prelims I was thinking a little too much about the outcome and not enough about each routine I had to do," Sawa said. "I've always been an underdog I guess but this year I really went for it."
Lemieux-Guillemette, who was fifth all-around at the 2008 Elite Canada meet, finished three-tenths ahead of 2008 Canadian junior all-around champion Dominique Pegg.
Fourth was Austrian national all-around champion Barbara Gasser, who trains in Canada.
Among the top Canadian gymnasts who did not compete were 2008 Olympian Nansy Damianova, 2008 Elite Canada champion Brittany Rogers, 2008 Canadian all-around silver medalist Kristina Vaculik and 2008 Canadian all-around bronze medalist Peng-Peng Lee. Charlotte Mackie, the 2008 Elite Canada bronze medalist, performed on vault, balance beam and floor exercise for a total of 37.55.
Anysia Unick won the junior women's all-around title over co-silver medalists Mikaela Gerber and Rochelle Hurt. Unick placed second last year. Gerber is the younger sister of former Canadian national team member Aisha Gerber.
In the senior men's division, 2008 Canadian Olympic team alternates Casey Sandy and Ken Ikeda placed first and second all-around, respectively. Sandy, who turned 25 on May 21, had the highest score of the field on rings (14.55) and was fourth or better on the other five events.
Sandy finished his collegiate career in April after three years with Penn State University.
"It as an awesome experience," Sandy said. "This is a big boost for me, just to get back with the team and start training with everyone again."
Ikeda earned the highest score of the field on pommel horse (15.30), but low scores on floor exercise and rings prevented him from a higher all-around total.
In last year's Canadian Championships, Sandy and Ikeda were third and seventh all-around, respectively.
Jared Walls finished third in Hamilton, earning his best Canadian Championships ranking to date.
Last year's champion, two-time Olympian Adam Wong, competed on only two events. He led the field on floor exercise (14.75) and had the third-highest score on pommel horse (14.15).
2008 Olympian Nathan Gafuik, who placed fifth last year, competed on every event except parallel bars. He earned the night's highest scores on vault (16.10) and high bar (14.95)
Still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered at the 2008 Olympic Games, Brandon O'Neill finished eighth. He had the night's second-highest scores on three events, but counted low scores on pommel horse and high bar.
Competition continues Saturday night with the senior event finals.
2009 Canadian Championships
June 4, Hamilton, Ontario
Senior Women's All-Around
1. Sydney Sawa (Calgary Gymnastics) 54.45
2. Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette (Gym-Richelieu) 53.95
3. Dominique Pegg (Bluewater) 53.65
4. Barbara Gasser (Bluewater) 53.20
5. Gabrielle May (Panthers Gymnastics) 50.25
6. Kristin Klarenbach (Champions Gymnastics) 50.10
7. Emily Bigras (Bluewater) 49.70
8. Catherine Dion (Gymelites) 49.55
9. Ashley Quinton (Stampede City) 47.35
10. Laura Vysohlid (Flicka) 47.05
11. Miranda Meyer (Champions Gymnastics) 40.40 - 3 events
12. Charlotte Mackie (Omega Gymnastics) 37.55 - 3 events
Junior Women's All-Around
1. Anysia Unick (Stampede City) 54.50
2t. Mikaela Gerber (Oakville) 53.60
2t. Rochelle Hurt (Mississauga) 53.60
4. Riley Cholod (Gemini) 53.10
5. Coralie Leblond-Chartrand (Gymnix) 52.10
6. Jimena Lopez (Mississauga) 51.25
7. Bianca Dancose-Giambattiso (Gym-Richeliieu) 50.70
8. Melissa Fontaine (Gymnix) 49.80
9. Paige Blaney (Capital City) 47.80
10. Taylor Ricci (Flicka) 47.75
11. Dayna Weststeyn (Kerrigan Gymnastics) 46.75
12. Ann-Ly Brouillette-Quenneville (Gymnix) 37.60 - 3 events
Senior Men's All-Around
1. Casey Sandy (Burlington) 87.40
2. Ken Ikeda (Twisters) 83.00
3. Jared Walls (Capital City) 82.60
4. Jackson Payne (Capital City) 81.80
5. Kevin Lytwyn (Burlington) 81.75
6. Pat McElroy (Univ. of Calgary) 81.40
7. Hugh Smith (Halifax Alta) 81.30
8. Brandon O'Neill (Capital City) 81.10
9. Scott Chandler (Island Gymnastics) 79.35
10. Peter Andersen (Surrey Gymnastics) 79.15
11t. Anderson Loran (Taiso) 78.80
11t. Jayd Lukenchuk (Taiso) 78.80