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Team Canada wins silver at world trampoline championships

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The Canadian Press
11/8/2013 5:05:44 PM
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SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Rosie MacLennan led Canada to its first medal of the 2013 world trampoline and tumbling championships on Friday, winning silver in the women's team trampoline event with Samantha Sendel and Samantha Smith.

After qualifying third on Thursday the Toronto threesome all hit solid routines to finish second in the five-team final with 159.995 points.

Great Britain won gold with 164.845 points and Belarus took the bronze with a score of 158.450.

"We're in an individual sport most of the time but we get to come here as a team, work together as a team and have a lot of fun," said MacLennan. "We we're all confident in each other so no matter what happens out there we all have each other's backs."

MacLennan and Sendel also teamed up to finish first in the synchro qualification and will go for a medal in the final on Saturday.

"I got into a little bit of trouble in the compulsory routine but we came back strong with the optional and it turned out to be one of our best," said Sendel, who stepped up as MacLennan's new synchro partner this year after veteran Karen Cockburn took time off to start a family.

It's been a winning combination for Sendel and MacLennan, the 2012 Olympic gold medal winner in individual trampoline. The pair won gold at the last two World Cup meets before the world championships.

In the women's double mini trampoline qualification, 17-year-old Lexi Giesbrecht of Calgary upset a field of 27 competitors to place first with a score of 69.30 points at her first world championship as a senior.

Svetlana Balandina of Russia was a close second with 69.00 points and Erin Jauch of the United States was third at 68.600.

"I really didn't know what to expect so everything else at this point is a bonus," said Giesbrecht, who competes for a medal on Sunday along with veteran teammate Corissa Boychuk of Airdrie, Alta.

"Corissa has done a really great job helping three new athletes move up to the senior team and I've added a lot of difficulty to my routines," Giesbrecht added.

In other events, brothers Kyle and Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., squeaked into the eighth and final spot of the men's synchro final while Vincent Lavoie of Drummondville, Que., and Katelyn Verschoor of Brantford, Ont., advanced to the men's and women's tumbling finals.

Canada also qualified for team finals in men's and women's double mini and women's tumbling.

Rosie MacLennan (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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