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. 

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