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Jake Bonnay Selected for World Championship Trials

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska gymnast Jake Bonnay was one of 12 gymnasts selected to compete at the World Championship Trials for Canada, which will take place July 26-30 in Montreal, Quebec. This competition will be a major factor in deciding who makes the four-man team that will compete at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar in October. Bonnay earned his spot at the trials after an impressive performance at the Canadian Nationals in Waterloo, Ontario, on May 26-27.

“I’m very pleased with how I competed and am extremely excited to have been selected as one of 12 gymnasts in all of Canada to compete at the World Championship Team Trials,” Bonnay said.

Bonnay finished 22nd overall on day one of the Canadian National Championships with a score of 66.850. He finished in the top-ten on all five of his events. Bonnay finished fourth on floor with a score of 13.550 and tied for fifth on high bar with a score of 13.700, advancing him to the finals on both events. However, at the finals he only competed on floor, where he posted a 13.100.

“It’s always an honor to represent my school but it was a very cool experience competing for Ontario at Nationals for the first time in three years,” Bonnay said.

Bonnay competed in five events in the same meet for the first time since starting college gymnastics.

“I was extremely proud of Jake at the National Championships,” Assistant Coach John Robinson said. “He had a great competition and that has turned into fuel as he has been in the gym training hard to make a push for the Canadian World Team.”

Bonnay will be a junior for the Huskers in 2019. Last season, Bonnay competed on floor and high bar in every regular-season meet and competed seven times on vault. Bonnay claimed the silver medal (14.90) on vault at the 2018 Big Ten Championships and shared the silver medal on floor with fellow Husker Anton Stephenson, scoring a 14.20.

“Over the past two years, Jake has grown both as a person and a gymnast and is starting to see the benefits,” Robinson said.  “Jake is building a name for himself at the NCAA level and the Canadian level and his future is looking bright.”

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