Devon Maitozo and Megan Benjamin Turn in Golden Performances at 2005 USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championships

 


Denver, CO – In a crowd-capturing performance, vaulting’s revered Devon Maitozo, of Simi Valley, California, once again claimed the right to the golden title, as Men’s National Champion, at the 2005 USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championships in Denver, Colorado, August 11-14. Vaulting atop Mozart, a Warmblood gelding, longed by Carolyn Bland and owned by FACE Vaulters, Maitozo performed his technical test to John Lennon’s “Imagine,” followed by a flawless freestyle performance that left the panel of five judges with no choice but to reward the pair for the obvious win.

“My first Nationals win was in 1990,” Maitozo recalled fondly. “Being National Champion again, 15 years later, is a satisfying pinnacle to a long career. It was great to vault on Mozart; he’s my teammate and partner in this sport.”


In the women’s Gold Division, Megan Benjamin took the spotlight with Faronia (Dutch Warmblood gelding, longed by Emma Drinker, owned by Megan Benjamin) or “Ronin” as he is affectionately known, marking a second win for the 16-year-old native of Saratoga, California.

“Ronin and I have an amazing partnership,” Benjamin said. “When it works, it really works. I couldn’t have done it without him.”

In the A Team Division, Mt. Eden Fire, a California based team of six vaulters: Megan Benjamin, Stephanie Freeman, Alexis Garrod, Elizabeth Ioannou, Mari Inouye and Rosey Ross, took the win on Comet, owned and longed by Erik Martonovich.

Results from the 2005 USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship are as follows:

Gold Men Overall

Devon Maitozo, 29, of Simi Valley, California, Team: FACE, Score: 8.617
Blake Dahlgren, 20, of Sun Valley, California, Team: FACE, Score: 8.018
Kenny Geisler, 23, of Diamond Bar, California, Team: Diamond Bar, Score: 7.805

Gold Women Overall
Megan Benjamin, 16, of Saratoga, California, Team: Mt. Eden, Score: 8.735
Mari Inouye, 21, Palo Alto, California, Team: Mt. Eden, Score: 8.498
Samantha Smith, 18, Saratoga, California, Team: Creekside, Score: 8.393

Silver Men Overall
Morgan Homan, 14, Salem, Utah, Team: Oak Hills, Score: 6.510
Ted Ezell, 18, Petaluma, California, Team: Tambourine, Score: 5.984

Silver Women Overall
Katie Haynie, 13, Oak Hill, Virginia, Team: Virginia Vaulters, Score: 7.228
Kalyn Noah, 16, Paso Robles, California, Team: Pacific Coast, Score: 7.102
Cassidy Palmer, 11, Half Moon Bay, California, Team: Half Moon Bay, Score: 7.042

Open Pas de Deux Overall
Alethea Shelton, 25, Las Vegas, Nevada, Team: Desert Wind, and Erik Martonovich, 26, Golden, Colorado, Team: Golden Gate, Overall Score: 8.787

A Team Overall
Mt. Eden Fire: Megan Benjamin, Stephanie Freeman, Alexis Garrod, Elizabeth Ioannou, Mari Inouye and Rosey Ross, Score: 7.652
Oak Hills-Cambry’s Friends and Dream, Score: 7.368
Tambourine, Score: 7.365

 




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