5 Gymnasts To Watch At Brestyan's Invitational: Bukowski, Bramblett, & More

FloGymnastics will be streaming all level 9 and 10 sessions live from the Brestyan’s Invitational, one of the top club meets in the country. Taking place in Las Vegas, Feb 8-10, this meet is near the middle of the season, when gymnasts start to perfect their routines and look towards the end goal of their season. This gives Brestyan’s Invitational viewers the perfect chance to see some stellar routines, and if we’re lucky, some incredible upgrades as well. Here are five gymnasts who have set themselves up for success at this meet.

1. Paige Bukowski, Brestyan’s American Gymnastics

The top teams from across the entire United States attend this meet, but some of the gymnasts to keep an eye on don’t have to travel too far. Paige Bukowski, from the home team, is favored to do well and perform at her peak ability. She has performed well already this season, taking second all-around at the Parkettes Invitational with a 36.375. Her 9.300 won her first place on floor, and she placed fourth on the other three events. On vault she placed fourth with a 9.325, bars she had an 8.825 and beam an 8.925. This is her fifth level 10 season, which gives her extra experience coming into this meet. Last year, she finished her season with a 36.850 all-around score at J.O. Nationals. Bukowski did well at regionals in 2018 as well, placing fifth all-around with a 36.375, third on beam with a 9.275 and third on floor with a 9.400.

2. Anna Bramblett, Arizona Dreams Gymnastics Academy

Bramblett’s 2019 season began at the California Grand Invitational, where she did well and placed in the top scores for many events. She took third all-around with a 36.050, pretty comparable to her other level 10 all-around scores. She took first place on vault, scoring an incredibly high 9.500, and tied for second on beam with a 8.625. In 2018, she got her highest level 10 score to date at regionals, where she scored a 37.150. There she also placed fifth on vault with a 9.675, proving vault is a strength for her as an individual. Last year at the Brestyan’s Invitational, she showed her consistency, placing third on vault with a 9.550 and fourth on bars. She also competed at this meet in 2016, where she took second all-around with a 35.675, took second on bars, tied for second on floor and placed well on vault and beam, as well. If Bramblett can keep up her consistency like she is known to do, she has a good chance of placing well again at this meet. 

3. Acacia Johnson, Agility Gymnastics Academy Club

Johnson is setting herself up for a successful meet at the Brestyan’s Invitational, as her first meets this season have gone well for her. Early this season she competed at Circle of Stars, then the Ozone Invitational. At the Ozone Invitational, she placed second all-around with a 35.775. She did well on each individual event as well, taking second on both bars and beam and third on vault and floor, scoring a 9.150 on vault and 9.200 on floor. Her 2018 season ended well, as she placed fourth all-around at state with a 36.025. At state, she also took first on vault with a whopping 9.500, third on floor with a 9.275, fourth on bars and fifth on beam. Although there is tough competition on the floor at Brestyan’s, this gymnast has a great chance of holding her own if she performs her best.

4. Emma Page, Club Champion Gymnastics

The first meet this gymnast competed in this season was the OC Classic, where she began her season strong, placing fourth all-around and fourth on floor. She also placed fifth on vault and hopes to move up as the season continues. This is her first level 10 season, but she showed her readiness at the end of her season last year. Her level 9 stint ended at regionals, where she scored a 35.750 all-around. She also scored high on bars, with a 9.325. At state in 2018, Page scored an even 35.000 all-around. She also placed seventh on beam with a 9.200, proving that rather than having a singular strong event, she is able to perform well on all four. If she hits all four, she has a great chance of doing well at this meet, like she did when she competed it in 2017. That year, she took fourth all-around with a 36.100, third on bars with a huge 9.500, tied for fourth on vault with a 9.050, took fifth on floor and seventh on beam. 

5. Lauren Pearl, Brestyan’s American Gymnastics

A level 10 since 2016, Pearl is ready to make this season her best. She ended last year on a high note at J.O. Nationals where she scored a 36.250 all-around, tied for second on vault with a 9.700 and tied for third on beam with a 9.600. Regionals was even more impressive for this gymnast, where she placed first all-around with a 37.575. She also took first on vault and beam with a 9.800 and a 9.500, tied for fifth on floor with a 9.450 and took seventh on bars. She excelled at state in 2018 as well, taking first on everything except bars, where she placed fourth. Her scores were a 9.600 on vault, 9.800 on beam, 9.575 on floor and a 37.975 all-around. She hopes to do even better this year than she did at last year’s Brestyan’s Invitational, where she took third all-around with a 37.000, and first on vault, beam and floor. Her high scores were as even as impressive as her all-around, with a solid 9.700 on vault, 9.500 on beam and 9.600 on floor. 


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