Erica Fasana, 12, wins at Italian-French junior meet
Posted November 18, 2008on:
I take a particular interest in French gymnastics because I grew up in Paris. This weekend, a group of French juniors took on a dominant set of Italian juniors in Ponzano Veneto, Italy. Results at the bottom, as usual.
Both teams sent their second-tier juniors to this meet, although the Italians had a clear edge on experience and level — they were not represented by the Paola Galantes, of course, but known juniors Carlotta Ferlito, Andrea Foti, Andrea La Spada, Serena Licchetta, Eleonora Rando. The last three were members of the Italian team at the 2008 Junior European Championships.
By contrast, France sent some greener juniors — with the exception of Marine Brevet, who was a member of the French Junior European team, none have any international experience to speak of. France has a couple of interesting very young juniors, but the ones they selected for this meet are fairly middle-of-the-pack. This was good experience for both Ambre Casanova and Emilie Dupuis, who competed in their first international meet. However, Brevet, Casanova, Justine Crosato and Sarah Gusmaroli, all at this meet, will be at the Massilia Cup later this month.
The top four Italians all scored in the 55-and-above range, with Erica Fasana scoring 56.700. The highest B-scores were to be found on vault, where Fasana, Chiara Gandolfi, La Spada and Brevet received B-scores of at least 9.000, the only B-scores in the 9’s of the entire meet. Not that this is uncommon among juniors, but the Italian and French teams are among those that have the most problems with this — and low A-score vaults, also witnessed at this meet.
On the other hand, Brevet qualified to EF in beam at the Junior Europeans this year, and three of the top four Italians beat her beam score at this event: point being, things are looking good for the Italians.
Anyway, the Italians certainly dominated at this meet, taking the top 9 spots. The results:
1. Erica Fasana (56.700)
2. Serena Licchetta (56.300)
3. Andrea Foti (55.450)
4. Carlotta Ferlito (55.100)
5. Valentina Scapin/Chiara Gandolfini (54.200)
7. Andrea La Spada (54.050)
8. Eleonora Rando (53.900)
9. Francesca De Agostini (52.650)
10. Justine Crosato (52.250)
The full results of the Italy-France meet can be found here. It includes the team results by club.