Level 10s Bring Top Scoring Potential To JO Nationals

This weekend all of the top level 10s will congregate in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Duke Energy Convention Center May 12-13 to compete at the 2018 Level Junior Olympic National Championships. 

Returning champions from last year include Haleigh Bryant of Everest Gymnastics, Abby Brenner from Metroplex Gymnastics, Makarri Doggette from Buckeye Gymnastics, Jillian Hoffman of SCEGA, Quinn Smit from Arizona Sunrays, and Matilyn Waligora of Olympia Gymnastics Academy.

Top Regional AA Scores

Along with those returning champions come a slew of huge all-around scores from the eight regional sites. From Region 8, Haleigh Bryant returns to defend last year’s title. She finished on top of her region with a 38.8 all-around score and a 9.9 on vault. This year, Bryant has scored as high as a 9.95 on vault. She also won the 2018 Nastia Liukin Cup with an all-around score of 38.7.

Representing Region 1, Raegan Walker from SCEGA put up a 38.9 all-around at regionals where she posted a 9.8 on vault. She’s scored as high as a 9.85 on bars. Walker also tied for first on bars at the 2018 Nastia Liukin Cup.

Andrea Li, of Legacy Elite comes in hot from Region 5; she won the all-around with a 38.875. She currently holds the highest level 10 all-around recorded in 2018 after posting a massive 39.225 at the Illinois state meet along with a 9.875 on bars. She also tied for first on bars at the 2018 Nastia Liukin Cup. 

Region 7 brings the two highest regional all-arounders. Natalie Wojcik and Rachael Lukacs, both graduating seniors, scored on the top of the charts at Region 7 championships. 

Wojcik, from Stallone Gymnastics in Fleetwood, PA, rocked a 9.9 for a stuck Y-1.5, and put up the highest regional all-around of the year. Her 39.0 is the sixth-highest all-around recorded for level 10 in 2018. She is also the defending national vault champion and won beam at this year’s Nastia Liukin Cup. 

Lukacs posted a perfect 10 on vault at Region 7 championships and totaled an all-around that came right behind Wojcik with a 38.975. She was also the vault champion at the 2018 Nastia Liukin Cup.

Potential Event Winners

We saw a lot of 10s this year on vault, and several of those athletes will compete this weekend. Aisha Gaither from Great American Gymnastics Express in Missouri scored her 10 at the Dragon Invitational hosted by GAGE. Jaedyn Rucker of Desert Devils scored a 10 at Pikes Peak, Cassie Stevens from Arizona Sunrays vaulted a perfect Y-1.5 at the Valley of the Sun Challenge, and Chloe Widner from Texas Dreams Gymnastics scored her 10 at the Texas level 10 state meet. 

The top 2018 bar scorers competing this weekend include Kiya Johnson from Texas Dreams, who posted a 9.95 at the 2018 WOGA Classic, and Andrea Li of Legacy Elite with a 9.875 at the Illinois state meet. 

Three qualifiers have scored as high as a 9.875 on beam this season: Kaitlyn Lyle of Airborne Gymnastics Training Center (Spirit of the Fame Invitational), Sadie Miner from All American Gymnastics (Black Diamond Winter Classic), and Faith Torrez from Legacy Elite (Arizona SunRays Classic Rock Invitational). 

The big potential floor scores come from five gymnasts who maxed out at 9.875. Jillian Hoffman of SCEGA Gymnastics put up a 9.875 at the Calif Grand Invitational where she nearly stuck a gorgeous Arabian double tuck. 

Lukacs, a frequent flyer on the top 100 lists, also earned a 9.875 on floor at the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational. You know her for her massive double layout opening pass. 

Payton Murphy from Palmer’s Gymnastics Inc. scored a 9.875 on floor at the Illinois state meet. Rucker also put up her score at the Arizona Grand Invite, and rounding out the list is Gabryel Wilson of Olympia Gymnastics Academy, who makes the list for her routine at the Michigan state meet where she mounted her routine with an open tucked full-in. 

5 NCAA Gymnasts To Watch At Elevate The Stage Toledo

With the conclusion of World Championships and the start of NCAA preseason exhibitions, it's almost time for the collegiate gymnastics season to begin. FloGymnastics will be providing coverage of several NCAA meets, including the NCAA meets at Elevate the Stage Toledo. Competing at Elevate the Stage gives collegiate teams the valuable opportunity to compete on podium, the same raised setup used at NCAA Championships. 

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Simone Biles Leads D-Scores At 2018 Gymnastics World All-Around Final

Simone Biles won the 2018 women's all-around title at the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, despite mistakes on three events, hurting her execution scores. What helped her finish the meet on top even with two falls was her difficulty score, which leads the entire women's all-around field by nearly three points. 

Help Change A Coach's Life: Vote Now For The 2018 Hometown Hero Award!

Hometown Heroes — an award to recognize the finest coaches in the country who make an impact in the community by changing high school-age athletes' lives for the better. You have from now until Friday, November 16, to vote for the 2018 Hometown Heroes Award. The winner to take home $25,000!

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USA Gymnastics Response Statement To USOC's De-Recognition Letter

Quote and letter via USA Gymnastics:

“The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) issued a letter today to USA Gymnastics initiating actions pursuant to Article 8 of its bylaws, which could ultimately result in the de-recognition of USA Gymnastics as a National Governing Body (NGB). This action is in accordance with their bylaws, which grant the USOC the power to review all matters relating to the continued recognition of an NGB. USA Gymnastics is carefully reviewing the contents of this letter and is evaluating the best path forward for our athletes, professional members, the organization and staff."USA Gymnastics’ board was seated in June 2018 and inherited an organization in crisis with significant challenges that were years in the making. In the four months since, the Board has done everything it could to move this organization towards a better future. We immediately took steps to change the leadership and are currently conducting a search to find a CEO who can rebuild the organization and, most importantly, regain the trust of the gymnastics community. Substantial work remains — in particular, working with the plaintiffs and USA Gymnastics’ insurers to resolve the ongoing litigation as quickly as possible. We will continue to prioritize our athletes’ health and safety and focus on acting in the best interests of the greater gymnastics community.”

USOC Takes Action To Revoke USA Gymnastics' National Governing Body Status

Press release by UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE | NOV. 05, 2018, 5:08 P.M. (ET)

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Though Saturday marked the conclusion of the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, the final day of competition was nothing short of exciting. After winning bronze and gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise, respectively, Simone Biles increased her World medal count to 20, making her the most decorated female gymnast in World Championships history. She advanced to and medaled on every final possible, completing her Qatar medal haul with four golds, one silver, and one bronze.