The 2020 Tampa Bay Turners Invitational wrapped up this weekend, and there were incredible gymnasts at all levels of the competition. You can re-watch any level 10 routines you missed or would like to see again on FloGymnastics.
The level 10 gymnasts had a close competition, but the highest score of the weekend went to Haleigh Bryant of Everest Gymnastics, who scored a 38.975. Although Bryant just missed scoring a 39.000, she had not only the highest score in level 10, but the highest score of the entire weekend. She obviously placed first all-around and took first on vault as well and tied for first on floor.
Perhaps the most exciting part of Bryant’s weekend wasn’t even taking first all-around with the highest score of the competition, but instead came from her vault score. Her vault, shown below, scored a perfect 10.00 which is incredibly rare in club gymnastics, and not something many people achieve. She competed a front handspring front pike with a half twist.
Abbie Thompson represented Orlando Metro Gymnastics well when she took first in her age group on beam, scoring a 9.800 for her incredible routine which included the unique series of an aerial to a back layout stepout. Thompson also took third in her age group overall, with the third highest level 10 all-around score of the weekend, a 38.650.
Gwendolyn Fink took first in her age group with a 38.175, but also snagged first place on vault, bars, and beam, as well as third on floor. To take first place for Southeastern Gymnastics Center on bars, Fink scored a huge 9.750, and ended her routine with a beautifully executed double layout.
A standout competitor on floor, Gabrielle Diaz of La Fleur’s Tampa tied for first on the event with a 9.675. Her routine started with a full in that got lots of height and was very well executed. She then went on to do two nearly back-to-back tumbling passes showing off her stamina, with a front layout front full, then turning around and doing a double back.
As predicted, Kalani Colendres of ACE Gymnastics and Elisa Sosa-Pesantes of Sun Country Gymnastics both did well at this competition. Sosa-Pesantes took second all-around with a 36.425 and tied for first on beam with a 9.175, not bad for a first-year level 9!
Colendres took first all-around in her age category, scoring a 36.450. She also took third on vault, beam, and bars, as well as second on floor. Colendres improved her all-around since her first meet this season by 0.650, a huge leap and an indicator that she will likely continue to do well and improve the rest of the season.
The highest-scoring level 9 of the weekend was Brooke Dennis, competing for Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics. She scored a 37.375 to take first all-around, and then swept the podium by taking first on bars, beam, and floor, as well as third on vault. She had huge scores, including a 9.425 on bars, 9.350 on floor, 9.325 on beam, and 9.275 on vault, showing how close the competition in her age category was.