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Brennan Wins Australian National Title
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Ashleigh Brennan (Victoria) won the senior women's all-around gold medal Friday at the 2012 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Sydney.

Ashleigh Brennan (Victoria)

Brennan, a 2008 Olympian, scored 115.750 to win the two-day contest comfortably over Western Australia's Emily Little (113.300) and Victoria's Mary-Anne Monckton (111.500).

The title is the first for Brennan, whose previous best was third all-around at the 2008 Australian Championships.

"It's been a long year with a lot of hard work and I'm glad it's finally starting to come together," Brennan said. "Over the last few years I haven't been an all-around gymnast, I've just focused on beam on floor. I'm just happy to be competing in all four events."

2010 world floor exercise champion Lauren Mitchell — a certainty for the Olympic team — did not attempt to defend her title in Sydney, skipping uneven bars both days. Australia's Olympic squad will be decided after additional trials in June.

"There's still plenty of work to do, we have the second trial in a couple of weeks and that's when the team will be named," Brennan said. "There were 19 of us out there competing tonight and there are only five spots - everyone's just working so hard to get on that team. I've still got to prove I can contribute and be on that team."

The competition also included guests from Japan. Former junior sensation Mai Yamagishi — who failed to make the Olympic squad in her first year as a senior — was the top non-Aussie with 112.200.

Queensland's Georgia Godwin, 14, defended her junior title from 2011 with a two-day total of 103.350. Third in 2011, Victoria's Kiara Munteanu moved up to silver (100.900) ahead of Queenslander Tamika Jones (99.050).

Competition continues Saturday with the men's all-around. The women return to the floor Sunday with the apparatus finals.

External Link: Australian Gymnastics Federation

2012 Australian Gymnastics Championships
May 25, Sydney

Senior Women's All-AroundDay 1Day 2Total
1.Ashleigh Brennan57.35058.400115.750
2.Emily Little57.05056.250113.300
--.Mai Yamagishi56.10056.100112.200
--.Wakana Inoue55.70056.000111.700
3.Mary-Anne Monckton56.90054.600111.500
4.Georgia-Rose Brown56.45053.500109.950
5.Angela Donald54.45051.500105.950
6.Amaya King Koi52.30052.800105.100
7.Georgia Wheeler52.65052.300104.950
8.Zoe Lorenzin52.70052.100104.800
9.Isis Lowery51.70049.450101.150
10.Katie Wurth49.25051.400100.650
11.Ulln Sternberg50.70049.350100.050
--.Wakiko Ryu55.55041.05096.600
--.Sakura Noda52.15039.90092.050
12.Lauren Mitchell43.80044.85088.650
13.Chloe Sims29.30028.00057.300
--.Yu Minobe28.60027.35055.950
14.Georgia Bonora28.10027.75055.850
15.Olivia Vivian27.70026.20053.900
16.Daria Joura26.90026.35053.250
17.Shar-Lee Clark13.45011.65025.100
18.Natasha Hammann11.65012.05023.700

Junior Women's All-AroundDay 1Day 2Total
1.Georgia Godwin50.62552.725103.350
2.Kiara Munteanu51.55049.350100.900
3.Tamika Jones49.07549.97599.050
4.Tiahn Pesterey49.30049.00098.300
--.Brittany Robertson48.67549.45098.125
5.Grace Flood48.05049.27597.325
6.Eden Tarvit49.07546.80095.875
7.Emily Conran45.12547.52592.650
8.Celeste Loo46.37545.95092.325
Comments (2)add comment

Rachel T said:

Does anyone know why Auren opted out of UB?
So close to the Olympics.....puzzled why she didn't
May 26, 2012
Votes: +0

Tina said:

reply to Rachel
Lauren will not be competing AA at the Olympics - she has an injured shoulder, and doesn't want to risk not being able to compete beam & floor.
May 27, 2012
Votes: +0

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