Top Five Level 10 Stars To Watch At The Metroplex Challenge

This weekend, FloGymnastics will be live-streaming the annual Metroplex Challenge, covering both the NCAA and club sessions at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. 

The club portion will give us a glimpse of some of the top Level 10 gymnasts in the country at the moment, from gyms such as Everest, Southeastern, Capital, and Metroplex themselves. 

The Metroplex Challenge club portion includes four sessions, which we’ll be streaming live over Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27. To prep you for watching this weekend, we’ve summarized some of the key level 10 stars to look out for this weekend. 

1. Abby Brenner | Metroplex

Home crowd favorite Abby Brenner will be competing for Metroplex at the competition this weekend in her last year as a level 10 gymnast before she heads off to compete for University of Michigan for the 2019 season. 

Brenner had an outstanding showing at J.O. nationals last year, where she finished first in the all-around and on bars and second on vault in the Senior D group. She also competed at the Nastia Liukin Cup in 2017 (her second year in a row) and finished sixth in the all-around. 

Check out Brenner’s powerful floor routine below, which she scored a 9.8 on at the 2017 J.O. Nationals.

Video via USA Gymnastics

2. Haleigh Bryant | Everest

Everest’s Haleigh Bryant, a future LSU Tiger, had an outstanding season last year as a junior. She competed at J.O. nationals and finished first in the all-around and on vault in the Junior D group. Bryant has already had a successful start to her 2018 season as well — she easily qualified to the Nastia Liukin Cup with her performance at the Atlanta Crown, where she totaled an impressive 39.000 in the all-around. 

Bryant is a powerful gymnast who is especially strong on vault and floor. Her vault is a front handspring, front pike half, which she scored a 9.85 on at J.O. nationals last year. 

Check out her vault below from the recent Atlanta Crown.

Haleigh Bryant - Vault, Everest Gymnastics - 2018 Atlanta Crown


3. Maya Bordas | Capital

Maya Bordas from Capital is another gymnast who qualified to the Nastia Liukin Cup this year, based on her performance at the Alamo Classic, where she scored a 38.100 in the all-around. 

Bordas is in her final year as a Level 10 and will be attending the University of California at Berkeley in the fall. One of Bordas’ best events is bars, where she shows off clean lines and a sky high Jaeger. 

Check out her Alamo Classic routine by following this link.

4. Lali Dekanoidze | Southeastern

Lali Dekanoidze punched her ticked to the Nastia Liukin Cup at the Atlanta Crown Invitational, where she earned the highest all-around score in the junior division with a 38.500. 

This will be her third consecutive Nastia Liukin Cup — previously, she finished second and third in the all-around in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Dekanoidze is strong on all four events, but she’s got particularly great form on bars.

Check out her Atlanta Crown routine by following this link.

5. Abby Heiskell | Southeastern

Another Southeastern gymnast to watch for is Abby Heiskell, another future Michigan Wolverine. Most recently, she totaled a 38.875 in the all-around at the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational, the second highest score on the all-around. 

She tied for first on vault, scoring a 9.825 for her beautiful Yurchenko full.

Check out that vault below.

Abby Heiskell - Vault, Southeastern - 2018 Tampa Bay Turner's Invitational


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Amaya Marshall | Southeastern
Kayla Yancey | Montgomery County
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