5 Gymnasts To Rewatch After The Cancun Classic

The gymnastics programs of Michigan, Rutgers, Iowa State and West Virginia officially kicked off the 2019 NCAA season at the Cancun Classic. The meet was one of fierce competition and startling scores. Far from home, these four teams began their seasons in a fun venue and shook off the first-meet jitters in a tropical setting.

The meet was covered live on FloGymnastics, and in case you missed it, you can find all of the routine archives here. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are five gymnasts who excelled at the Cancun Classic.

1. Natalie Wojcik – Michigan

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


Freshman Natalie Wojcik made an incredible college debut at the Cancun Classic, shocking those who have never seen her compete and even impressing those who had. Rocking a 9.975 on vault after sticking the difficult landing, 9.925 on beam, 9.900 on bars with another perfectly stuck dismount and a 9.825 on floor, this newcomer has more than just beginner’s luck. Her talent will produce impressive results throughout the season. Wojcik captured the attention of the crowd in Cancun and gained following that will grow with her throughout her years at Michigan. Wojcik won all-around with a 39.625, along with first on vault, bars and beam. Her all-around score even broke the Michigan program record for a freshman debut. 

2. Meaghan Sievers – Iowa State

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


Senior Meaghan Sievers scored a 9.800 on vault as the team anchor and didn’t get lower than a 9.800 the entire meet. Her floor routine, which scored a 9.825, got the crowd excited with her upbeat, fun choreography and personality. “My biggest goal is just to soak up every moment and enjoy it with my teammates,” Sievers told FloGymnastics. After scoring a 9.825 on bars and beam, as well, it is safe to say she did just that. Her beam score tied a career high for Sievers, and she ended up with a 39.275 all-around score. This Cyclone was also recently named Big 12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Vice-Chair for Iowa State, a huge honor for the senior.

3. Jaquie Tun – West Virginia

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


Matching her career high on floor, Tun scored an impressive 9.850 in Cancun. She also received a 9.750 on both bars and vault. On vault, Tun scored a 9.800 from one judge, and on bars she put on a good show until the very end when she stepped back a little on the landing. Overall, it was a strong meet for Tun, especially as she opened her floor routine with a huge full in. This is the first time Tun has competed that skill, and she expressed excitement about being able to debut it at the Cancun Classic so early in the season. This senior from Chattanooga, Tennessee, showed up when her team needed it, and spectators will have to continue following Jaquie Tun to see if she can keep it up for the rest of her final competitive season. 

4. Emma McLean – Michigan

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


McLean competed in the Cancun Classic three years ago, making her college debut at this meet in 2016. “Coming full circle, I’m very excited for the freshmen and everything … [The Cancun Classic] definitely gets us pumped for the season, it’s kind of like a once in a lifetime thing,” McLean said. She showed up ready to compete, earning a 9.925 on floor and a 9.875 on vault with a stuck landing. Michigan had lots of fun new floor routines, but McLean’s shone as her unique routine and won first place on floor. McLean gets to complete her senior season as coach Bev Plocki begins her 30th season as head coach.

5. Belle Huang – Rutgers

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


Huang scored a 9.850 on floor with an impressive routine, displaying her strength on that event. She also proved her ability on vault, scoring a 9.725 and impressing the crowd. Unfortunately, she received a 9.150 on beam after an uncharacteristic fall on her series, and a 9.000 on bars after falling on her Tkatchev. Still, Huang showed up for her team on floor and vault. Although she had a few slip ups, it was the first meet of the season, and the normally rock-solid gymnast will be sure to improve as the first meet nerves dissipate.

The competition ended with Michigan in first place with a team score of 196.050, Iowa State in second with a 194.275, West Virginia taking third with a 194.150 and Rutgers in fourth with a 189.800.


Miranda Martin is a freelance writer who writes about gymnastics, social justice issues, and more. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or contact her through her website.

These NCAA Teams Had The Best Showing At 2019 JO Nationals

This past weekend was Junior Olympic Nationals, and many of the competitors have already committed to NCAA teams, some being 2019 graduates and others not finishing high school until 2022. Although this competition had no true impact on NCAA standings, we ranked the top NCAA teams based on their incoming gymnasts’ performances, just for fun!

Ana Padurariu Aims For Confidence & Consistency Despite Setback

Aly Raisman once said "Simone [Biles is] just in her own league. Whoever gets second place, that's the real winner." That would make Canada's Ana Padurariu the "real winner" of the 2019 Stuttgart World Cup, as she finished second at the all-around competition behind Biles.

Master List: College Commitments For 2019 J.O. Nationals Qualifiers

Over 650 of the top level 10s in the country will be competing at USA Gymnastics' 2019 J.O. National Championships May 18-19 in Indianapolis. Many of these gymnasts have already committed to or even signed their National Letter of Intent for an NCAA gymnastics program. Below is the full roster for JO's (current from USAG as of May 14) along with intended colleges for those who have already committed.

Ashton Locklear Announces Gymnastics Retirement

World Champion and Olympic Alternate Ashton Locklear announced her retirement from gymnastics on May 16, 2019. 

Gabryel Wilson Determined To Make Last JO Nationals Count

Growing up, Gabryel Wilson didn't know what college gymnastics was. When she began the sport, it was simply what she did after school. Then, like many young gymnasts, the Olympics were her dream. But things changed when colleges started paying attention to her.

NCAA Finalists Well-Represented At JO Nationals

Not many gymnastics fans could have predicted which NCAA teams would finish in this year’s top four. With Oklahoma, LSU, UCLA, and Denver finishing the 2019 season on top, some might be wondering what next season will look like for these teams. 

4 Standout Gymnasts To Watch At The 2019 JO Nationals

In club gymnastics, gymnasts compete all year to qualify to state. At state the top competitors qualify to regionals, and from there, only a select few gymnasts move onto nationals. Because of these intense qualifications, Junior Olympic (JO) Nationals is a competition of the best club gymnasts each year, and so much talent is showcased there.

Chris Waller Named UCLA Head Coach

Chris Waller has been named the new head coach of the UCLA gymnastics team. Waller takes over for longtime head coach Valorie Kondos Field, who led the Bruins for 29 years.

Olympic Team Size Returns To Five In 2024

The International Gymnastics Federation announced changes to the qualifying procedures for the Olympic Games and the format of the World Championships. Most notably, the team size for artistic gymnastics will return to five members for the 2024 Olympic Games, pending approval from the International Olympic Committee.

Gymnasts To Watch At Elite Canada Trampoline & Tumbling

Canada's best trampoline and tumbling gymnasts are set to compete at the 2019 Elite Canada trampoline and tumbling competition from May 3-5 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  All three days of competition will stream live here on FloGymnastics. The meet will include competition in individual and synchronized trampoline, tumbling, and double mini-trampoline.