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David MacDonald dominates state meet, wins four individual titles

05/17/2014, 10:00pm CDT
By Chris Walker

Wheaton Co-op's David MacDonald won four individual titles in the last meet of his gymnastics career, winning the floor, parallel bars, still rings and tied for the title on vault Saturday.

Wheaton Co-op's David MacDonald won four individual events during Saturday's finals of the IHSA Boys Gymnastics Individual Championship. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media

Apparently, David MacDonald had one more gymnastics meet left in him.

The Wheaton Co-op senior, who will pursue an electrical engineering degree beginning next fall at Baylor, won four events during Saturday’s boys gymnastics individual event championships at Hinsdale Central

“I love gymnastics, but I’m not a big fan of the meets, to be perfectly honest,” he said. “I hate the pressure, but I love the sport. I figured this would be a good time to end.”

MacDonald treated his fellow gymnasts and the fans to another spectacular performance a day after winning his second consecutive all-around title.

MacDonald won the floor exercise with a 9.5, still rings with a 9.2, parallel bars with a 9.45 and tied Glenbard West senior Perry Zumbrook for top honors on vault with a 9.75. He won four individual titles and he finishes his two-year career with eight.

“It’s bittersweet because it’s the end for me, but I’m very happy with how I was able to finish,” MacDonald said. “It’s just been amazing to be a part of this team the past two years. I’m definitely going to miss it.”

​Fellow Wheaton Co-op senior Ethan Sansone took home his first state title, winning pommel horse with a 9.6.

“It’s my first title ever,” Sansone said. “If I could’ve won one event in high school I would’ve wanted it to be pommel horse because it’s my favorite event. I’m glad I was able to get the routine for state finals.”

If you’re looking for a clear favorite for next year’s all-around champion, there’s no doubt that Niles West sophomore Dalai Jamiyankhuu would have to be at the top of your list.

Jamiyankhuu won high bar with a 9.2 and finished in the top four in the remaining events, included second place finishes on pommel horse, floor and parallel bars.

​“It was a pretty good day because I planed to get first on high bar, which I did, so I was very happy about that,” he said. “It was a good weekend. It was good making it as a team for the first time in 29 years, which was a big accomplishment for the team. I really enjoyed it.”

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