MSS gymnastics team qualifies for provincial championships

Off to the provincials! The Manitoulin Secondary School Mustangs Novice Aerobics gymnastics team placed third in their division at the NOSSA championships held in Sudbury on Monday. The team includes, from left, Kendra Jordison, Zabrina Cosby, Summer Beaudin and Mackenzie Cortes.

M’CHIGEENG—A  Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) Mustangs gymnastics team has qualified for the Ontario Federation of Secondary Athletic Association (OFSAA) championships.

The MSS Novice Aerobic gymnastics team, made up of Summer Beaudin, Mackenzie Cortes, Zabrina Cosby and Kendra Jordison placed third in their division at the Northern Ontario (NOSSA) championships. The MSS gymnastics team competed at the NOSSA championship in Sudbury on Monday and came away with several strong showings. Amid 130 athletes from 12 different schools, the Mustangs made their mark.

In Level 1, Summer Beaudin placed eighth on vault, 10th on bars, 10th on floor and placed seventh overall. Morgan Wall just fell short of top 10 on beam, placing 11th.

In level 2, Kendra Jordison and Zabrina Cosby performed with poise and grace, representing MSS well.

In Level 3, Mackenzie Cortes placed first on vault, sixth on bars, third on beam (qualifying her for OFSAA in all three events) and second overall. Captain Yohana Ogbamichael placed ninth in beam and seventh on floor, while Roxy Rojas Brizuela rounded out the competition with a strong showing on floor.

The Open Aerobic gymnastics team (Eden Beaudin, Jill Cooper, Alyssa Green, Yohana Ogbamichael and Roxy Rojas Brizuela), who won OFSAA gold last year, competed in a harder category this year and failed to qualify for OFSAA by just 0.1 points. The field was extremely strong, and though this was a heartbreaking result, the athletes should be proud of their performance, said Coach Heather Theijsmeijer.

Donnshai Bruleigh, who was unable to compete due to a recent injury, managed the team throughout the competition, helping keep everyone organized.

Coaches Jill Ferguson and Heather Theijsmeijer are extremely proud of the Mustangs, who brought their A game to the competition and did their school proud.

The Novice Aerobic team will be travelling to the OFSAA Festival in Belleville April 9-11, to compete on Monday and Tuesday.