6 Gymnasts To Watch At The 2017 Tampa Bay Turners Invitational

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Top gymnasts from across the nation are coming together to compete in the 2017 Tampa Bay Turners Invitational in Palmetto, Florida, this weekend. FloGymnastics will be providing coverage on site and live-streaming every level 9 and 10 session on Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14.

Below we have highlighted six level 10 gymnasts who will be ones to watch at the competition. Last year, they all had strong performances throughout 2016 and finished the season ranked in the top 100 of our FloGymnastics Level 10 National Qualifiers Rankings.

View the full roster for the level 9s and 10s here.


Anastasia Webb - IGI

A future Oklahoma Sooner, Anastasia Webb has been a standout athlete over the years and continued her success last season, when she took second all-around at Junior Olympic Nationals with a giant 38.550. She also won the Sr. B floor title with a 9.7. Webb took gold in the all-around at the very competitive Region 5 regional with a 38.375 and won the Illinois state all-around title as well. Webb won floor at the IGI Chicago Style meet early in the season, scoring a big 9.75 for this great routine:




Derrian Gobourne - Lakewood Ranch

Derrian Gobourne is a dynamic athlete with big difficulty across every event. She is the reigning Region 8 all-around champion, scoring a 38.350 to take the title last season. At JO Nationals, Gobourne topped that score with a personal-best 38.375 and took fifth place. She also was second on bars with a 9.7. The future Auburn Tiger is a delight to watch as she performs her skills with ease. Watch Gobourne on beam at last year's Cancun Classic:




Alexandria Ruiz - Gymnastics USA

Alexandra Ruiz is an incredibly consistent gymnast who performs at the top of her game whenever she hits the competition floor. She scored 38 or above in the all-around at four meets last season and took second at the Florida State Championship with a 38.025. She posted a season-high 38.450 at the Presidential Classic. Ruiz scored a 9.8 on beam at the Nastia Liukin Cup for the bronze:




Abbie Thompson - Orlando Metro

Abbie Thompson had an impressive 2016, winning the all-around in various competitions, competing in the Nastia Liukin Cup, and winning the all-around at regionals with a 37.750. She took gold at the Florida state meet with a 38.075. Thompson was the Tampa Bay Turners Invite champion last year with a 38.175, so be sure to keep an eye out for her to defend the title! Watch Thompson's gold medal-winning beam set (9.575) from the Nastia Liukin Cup:




Nicole Biondi - 10.0 Gymnastics

Nicole Biondi is coming off a stellar 2016 and is one to watch in 2017 before she competes for Illinois next year. Last season, she swept first place in every event and the all-around at regionals in April, when she scored her personal-best 38.100. Biondi also finished fifth all-around and first on bars at nationals. Watch her bar routine from last year's Buckeye Classic:




Grace Waguespack - Gymnastics USA

Grace Waguespack scored a 37 or above in the final six meets of the 2016 season, including a 38.125 at the Presidential Classic. She won every event and all-around at that meet with a big 9.7 on vault. At regionals, Waguespack secured the bronze with a 37.850, qualifying for JO Nationals for the second year in a row.


Other gymnasts to watch:

Kelsey Lee - Lakewood Ranch 
Sandra Elsadek - Lakewood Ranch
Emma Grace Boyd - Orlando Metro
Teagan Torgerud - Orlando Metro

View the full level 9 and 10 roster for the 2017 Tampa Bay Turners Invitational here.



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