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22
Aug

Benjamin and Dahlgren Bring Home Bronze Medal in Pas de Deux Championship at FEI World Vaulting Championship

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RELEASE: August 19, 2012
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Kathleen Landwehr

Megan Benjamin and Blake Dahlgren won a bronze medal in the Pas de Deux Championship (www.barny-th.de)
Le Mans, France – The final day of competition at the FEI World Vaulting Championship proved to be an exciting one as the medal winners were determined in the Individual Female, Individual Male, Pas de Deux, and Team Championships. Megan Benjamin (Saratoga, CA) and Blake Dahlgren (Santa Clarita, CA) had another stellar Free Test, with their performance earning them the Bronze medal and an overall score of 8.407 in the Pas de Deux Championship. Vaulting on Jarl lunged by Lasse Kristensen, Benjamin and Dahlgren agreed, “We saved the best for last.”

With this Bronze medal, Benjamin is the first vaulter in history to medal in the World Championships in three different divisions: Individual Female Gold in 2006, Team Silver in 2006, and now a Pas de Deux Bronze in 2012.

Commenting on her historic achievement, Benjamin said, “Medaling in all three events had never been a goal of mine, but it feels awesome to have accomplished it. One routine, one event, and one medal at a time, I guess!”

Finishing in a close fourth place in the Pas de Deux Championship were Devon Maitozo (Palmdale, CA) and Rosalind Ross (Venice, CA). They improved upon their performance from yesterday, earning a total score of 8.376 with Escetelli 2 and lunger Kurt Isensee.

In the Team Championship, the Woodside Vaulters of Woodside, CA finished in 5th place with an overall score of 7.801. Vaulting on Stanford lunged by Julie Divita, the team was Tessa Divita (Emerald Hills, CA), Kalyn Geisler (Redwood City, CA), Kathryn Jaggers (Portola Valley, CA), Siddartha Kreaden (Sunnyvale, CA), Samantha Matson (Los Gatos, CA), and Katherine Salisbury (Atherton, CA).

Gabe Aniello (Redwood City, CA) finished as the top U.S. vaulter in the Individual Male Championship in 10th place. Vaulting on Forrest Cump lunged by Agnes Forst, Aniello earned an overall score of 7.345. Kristian Roberts (Moss Beach, CA) earned an overall score of 6.915 with Forrest Cump and lunger Forst, putting him in 12th place in the final standings. In 13th place with Maxwell and lunger Anouk Dory, Patrick Stevens (Martinez, CA) finished his World Championship with an overall score of 6.256.

In the Individual Female Championship, Alicen Divita (Redwood City, CA) finished with an overall score of 7.793, putting her in 11th place. Vaulting on Pino del Rio lunged by Elke Schep-Lansing, Divita performed another solid Free Test to cap off her World Championship experience. With Anyway 54 and lunger Kristensen, Mary McCormick (Woodside, CA) finished in 15th place with an overall score of 7.674.

For results, click here: http://pole-europeen-du-cheval.com/2012/08/16/les-resultats-du-championnat-du-monde-de-voltige/

Follow the 2012 U.S. Vaulting Team here: http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2012Vaulting/

22
Aug

Benjamin and Dahlgren Sit in Third in Pas de Deux Championship at the FEI World Vaulting Championship

http://www.usefnetwork.com/news/9046/2012/8/18/benjamin_and_dahlgren_sit_in_third.aspx

RELEASE: August 18, 2012
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Kathleen Landwehr

Megan Benjamin and Blake Dahlgren are currently in third place in the Pas de Deux Championship (www.barny-th.de)
Le Mans, France – The third day of competition at the FEI World Vaulting Championship was a full day of world-class vaulting as all four Championship divisions competed. In the Pas de Deux Championship, Megan Benjamin (Saratoga, CA) and Blake Dahlgren (Santa Clarita, CA) had a very impressive first round Free Test performance, putting them in Bronze medal position with a score of 8.549. The pair vaulted on Jarl, lunged by Lasse Kristensen.

Benjamin and Dahlgren agreed, “Our Freestyle with Jarl gets better and better each time we do it. We’re looking forward to our round tomorrow.”

Not far behind in the Pas de Deux Championship were Devon Maitozo (Palmdale, CA) and Rosalind Ross (Venice, CA). The pair’s solid performance aboard Escetelli 2 lunged by Kurt Isensee earned them a score of 8.421 putting them in sixth place. After another Free Test round tomorrow, the medal winners in the Pas de Deux Championship will be determined. With Benjamin and Dahlgren already in position to receive a medal and Maitozo and Ross not far behind them, the conclusion of the Pas de Deux Championship is sure to be an exciting one.

In the Team Championship, the Woodside Vaulters of Woodside, CA performed an impressive Free Test with Stanford, lunged by Julie Divita. The efforts of Tessa Divita (Emerald Hills, CA), Kalyn Geisler (Redwood City, CA), Kathryn Jaggers (Portola Valley, CA), Siddartha Kreaden (Sunnyvale, CA), Samantha Matson (Los Gatos, CA), and Katherine Salisbury (Atherton, CA) were rewarded, earning them a total score of 7.593 and putting them in fifth place.

The Individual Male Championship continued with second round Technical Tests today. Gabe Aniello (Redwood City, CA) sits in ninth place after earning 6.828 for his Technical Test with Forrest Cump and lunger Agnes Forst. Also paired with Forrest Cump and lunger Forst, Kristian Roberts (Moss Beach, CA) earned a 6.446 putting him in tenth place. Patrick Stevens (Martinez, CA) sits in 15th place after scoring a 4.781 while vaulting on Maxwell lunged by Anouk Dory.

Alicen Divita (Redwood City, CA) remains the top U.S. vaulter in the Individual Female Championship. In her second round Technical Test, Divita scored a 7.488 with Pino del Rio and lunger Elke Schep-Lansing, putting her in 14th place. Mary McCormick (Woodside, CA) sits right behind Divita with a score of 7.254 after vaulting on Anyway 54 lunged by Kristensen.

Competition wraps up Sunday with second round Free Tests for all the World Championship divisions. The Individual Females start the day off at 10:00am local time followed by the Individual Males at 11:45am. The Pas de Deux pairs begin at 2:15pm and the day finishes with the Teams at 3:45pm. A Prize-giving Ceremony will take place at 6:00pm presenting the new World Champions with their medals.

FEI TV will be providing a live broadcast of the FEI World Vaulting Championship on their website. To see the broadcast schedule and watch, click here: http://www.feitv.org/page/Live

For start lists and results, click here.

Follow the 2012 U.S. Vaulting Team here: http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2012Vaulting/

22
Aug

Bronze Medal PDD Round 2

29
Sep

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26
Sep

A Rider’s Story: Maitozo and Benjamin

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22
Sep

WEG on Today Show

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21
Sep

Kentucky Is Ready

31
Aug

Chronicle of the Horse: April 23, 2010

Journey to the WEG 2010: Megan Benjamin Will Be Back in a Big Way by Molly Sorge

Catching up on press of the past ever so slowly…

29
Aug

Adequan i.m.® World Equestrian Games Preview: Vaulting

Did I just say “gateway drug”? I meant gateway SPORT! Oopsies…

29
Aug

Cornell Senior Profile

Every May, Cornell chooses 20 “Dynamic Seniors” by staff/faculty recommendation to be featured on the website. I was selected among my peers to “reflect on life and learning at Cornell and on the future.” From the Cornell Chronicle, a little belated, here it is.

Megan Benjamin 2010 Senior Profile

My Cornell lunger, Kelsey O'Shea, with Paradox at Kelviden Farms in Ithaca, NY.