The 2020 California Grand Invitational is exploding with talent, from NCAA superstars to breakout level 9 and 10’s looking for the spotlight. With so many accomplished gymnasts taking to the mat in just a few days, we’re highlighting just a few of the many skilled level 10 gymnasts to watch at the California Grand Invitational.
1. Amari Celestine
Representing SCEGA, this California resident is back for another competition in her home state. In 2018, Celestine took home one of the highest all-around scores of the entire competition, and last year she did well too, despite not competing all four events. In 2018, she was awarded first all-around in her age group with a 38.300; first on vault and floor with a 9.700 and 9.725, respectively; second on bars; and third on beam. She finished her 2019 season strong, taking first all-around at regionals and first on vault at nationals with a score of 9.800. She makes her vaults look effortless, even as she flies high and sticks the landing. Celestine is committed to Missouri for the 2021-22 season, and she will be racking up the titles until she leaves club gymnastics. Let’s see if she can win another at this competition!
2. Alani Sabado
Celestine has another talented SCEGA teammate competing at this competition alongside her. Alani Sabado took first all-around in her age group at the 2019 California Grand Invitational, scoring a 37.975. She also placed first on beam with a 9.425, second on bars with a 9.600, and third on vault and floor with a 9.475 on each event. Sabado finished up her 2019 season by taking third all-around at both regionals and nationals, as well as finishing first on bars at regionals. Sabado is committed to Utah for the 2021-22 season and will be looking to add more titles to her name during her 2020 club season as well.
3. Cienna Samiley
Competing for Gold Medal Gym from Arizona, Samiley placed first in her age group at the 2019 competition and is coming back to defend her title. She took home first place all-around with a score of 37.825, and also took first on bars (9.575) and beam (9.725), in that order. This will be Samiley’s last season as a club gymnast, as she is committed to BYU for the 2020-21 season. This senior’s last California Grand competition is sure to be a big one, as she ended her 2019 season by taking second at state, third at regionals, and qualifying to nationals.
4. Sydney Buerk
New to level 10 but not to the California Grand Invitational, this Airborne gymnast is one to keep an eye on this weekend. This past season she was a level 9, and she took first all-around at this meet with a 37.050, as well as first on vault, bars, and beam, all scores above 9.250. The rest of her 2019 season continued strong, as she took second at the Nastia Liukin Invitational, first at state, and fourth all-around at both regionals and nationals. She also took first on bars at state and regionals, scoring at or above a 9.600 each meet. As a first-year level 10 competitor at the California Grand Invitational, Buerk is one to cheer for and encourage during her first level 10 competition!
5. Olivia Reardon
Competing for Auburn Gymnastics Center Inc. from Washington, Olivia Reardon is a returning champion as well. This 2019 first place all-arounder scored a 36.750 to take that title and had first-place wins on vault and beam, as well as tying for third on bars and taking fourth on floor. 2020 will be Reardon’s third level 10 season. Her first level 10 season in 2018 was quite impressive — she took second all-around, first on vault and beam, second on floor, and third on bars at her first level 10 regionals. Going into this year’s California Grand Invitational as a third-year level 10 graduating in 2023, Reardon is sure to be a fierce competitor.
With so many talented gymnasts competing in both the club and NCAA sides of this event, make sure to tune into FloGymnastics’ live stream and video recaps this weekend to see the incredible performances!