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Izurieta, Cuesta Tie for Spanish Cup Title
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Ana María Izurieta and Beatriz Cuesta (pictured) shared the women's all-around title at the Spanish Cup, held Saturday in Madrid.

Ana María Izurieta and Beatriz Cuesta (both of Madrid) shared the women's all-around title at the Spanish Cup, held Saturday in Madrid.

After sub-par results in recent years, the Spanish women are showing improved depth, with several promising first-year seniors who could help the team at this year's world championships. Spain failed to qualify a full women's team for the 2008 Olympic Games and finished a disastrous 18th at the 2010 World Championships.

Izurieta, the 18-year-old Ecuador native, made a comeback after 18 months of injuries. Fourth all-around at the 2009 Europeans, she missed the 2009 Worlds and competed one event only at the 2010 Worlds. Izurieta led the field on balance beam (14.50) and had the second-best score on uneven bars (toe-full to Gienger; Jaeger; double layout). She opened with a beautiful triple twist on floor exercise, but stumbled out of bounds on a double tuck.

Cuesta had the top score on floor exercise (13.35), where she had weak tumbling (two whips to double tuck; 2 1/2; front to double twist; double pike) but lovely presentation. She had the third-best score on beam (14.20), again showing typical Spanish extension (beautiful straddle planche mount; ff to two layouts; switch side; front aerial; side somi; ff, ff double pike; click here for video).

Her older sister, Marta Cuesta, finished eighth on uneven bars at the 2010 Porto World Cup in Portugal.

First-year senior Claudia Menéndez (Asturias) won the all-around bronze, earning the high score of the meet (14.85) for a double-twisting Yurchenko.

Madrid's María Paula Vargas, another first-year senior and the silver medalist on vault at the 2010 Youth Olympics, finished fourth all-around. Vargas, a native of Venezuela, was the top scorer on uneven bars (Shaposhnikova to Pak; toe-on blind to Jaeger; double front; 14.50).

Junior Roxana Popa, a native of Romania who now lives in Madrid, finished seventh all-around. Born June 2, 1997, in Constanta, Popa became a Spanish citizen at age 11.

The Spanish championships for men begin June 30 in Valencia, and the women's championships will be held in July in Seville.

External Link: Royal Spanish Gymnastics Federation

2011 Spanish Cup (for Women)
May 28, San Agustín de Guadalix, Madrid

All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Ana María Izurieta Los Cantos Alcorcon 5.0 13.45 5.6 14.35 5.5 14.50 5.4 12.85 55.15
1. Beatriz Cuesta Las Rozas 5.0 13.85 5.2 13.75 5.5 14.20 5.3 13.35 55.15
3. Claudia Menéndez RGC Covadonga 5.8 14.85 5.2 13.40 5.5 13.80 5.9 12.90 54.95
4. María Paula Vargas Las Rozas 5.0 14.05 5.9 14.50 5.3 13.00 5.3 13.15 54.70
5. Claudia Vilà Salt GC 5.0 13.45 5.0 12.80 5.4 14.25 5.2 13.05 53.55
6. Ainoa Carmona Xelska 5.0 13.45 4.8 12.30 5.8 13.85 5.2 12.85 52.45
7. Roxana Popa CGA Pozuelo 4.4 12.90 3.6 11.35 5.1 13.90 4.8 12.95 51.10
8. Elena Zaldívar CGA Pozuelo 4.6 12.50 5.0 13.00 5.0 12.75 4.9 12.65 50.90
9. Cintia Rodríguez Xelska 4.4 12.90 5.4 12.80 4.3 11.95 4.7 12.90 50.55
10. Toya Rojas Grech 5.0 13.90 5.2 13.55 4.1 9.50 5.1 12.70 49.65
11. Irene Matienzo CGA Pozuelo 4.4 12.30 3.4 10.70 4.4 12.20 4.4 12.30 47.50
12. Paula Raya Terrassa 4.0 11.85 4.8 12.90 4.2 11.80 4.2 10.95 47.50
13. Carolina Sanchez Xelska 4.4 12.20 4.7 12.00 4.3 10.80 4.2 11.65 46.65
14. Noelia Rubio COS-Master 4.2 11.90 3.4 10.95 4.0 11.50 4.5 11.60 45.95
15. Laura Gamell Terrassa 4.2 11.80 4.8 12.10 4.6 11.05 3.8 10.65 45.60
16. Mireia Sanfiz Osona 4.2 11.85 3.2 8.40 4.5 11.80 4.5 11.70 43.75
17. Ariadna Punti Egiba 4.4 12.20 2.8 8.10 4.0 10.45 4.5 11.65 42.40
18. Erika Fernandez Aritza 4.4 12.45 3.9 9.60 3.8 9.45 4.2 9.65 41.15
19. Silvia Puig GGC 4.2 12.30 1.9 6.80 4.0 11.40 3.7 10.60 41.10
20. Sara Montore Natacio Granollers 5.0 13.25 3.3 7.30 4.0 8.50 4.8 11.95 41.00
21. Andrea San Jose Los Cantos Alcorcon 4.4 11.40 2.2 7.35 3.9 10.20 4.3 11.85 40.80
22. Paula Comas Salt GC 4.2 11.85 2.7 7.70 3.8 9.75 2.9 10.00 39.30
23. Judit Luzardo I.Lanzarote 3.8 11.10 1.9 9.00 4.0 7.55 3.4 10.50 38.15
24. Mariona Antó Salt GC 2.5 12.00 3.0 6.00 2.9 10.50 8.90 37.40
25. Cristina Adrover Xelska 4.4 12.30 4.4 11.35 4.5 12.05 35.70
26. Lucia Rosales C. Sur 4.0 10.10 1.8 6.65 3.9 8.15 3.1 9.40 34.30
27. Ana Noceda San Blas 4.0 10.60 1.2 4.10 3.9 8.95 2.8 9.75 33.40
28. Gladis Pujol Natacio Granollers 4.6 12.10 4.1 4.2 11.30 9.70 33.10
29. Eugenia Pujol Salt GC 4.2 11.70 3.7 3.0 11.35 9.75 32.80
30. Laura Barahona Los Cantos Alcorcon 1.8 8.95 4.5 10.25 4.2 11.95 31.15
31. Thais Escolar La Mina Gervasio Deferr 4.9 12.05 4.7 13.60 25.65
32. Andrea Cajamarca Osona 3.0 7.85 3.2 9.35 17.20
33. Laura Navajas Xelska 4.7 11.80 11.80
34. Tamara Ruiz Los Cantos Alcorcon 4.0 11.50 11.50
35. Ana Narros Los Cantos Alcorcón 2.4 10.50 10.50
36. Andrea Corralero Natacio Granollers 3.7 9.90 9.90
37. Laura Casassa Salt GC 3.1 9.90 9.90
38. Ana Moyano CGA Pozuelo 2.2 6.80 6.80
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