The 2017 Level 10 JO National Championships from Indianapolis Indiana is now over! Team Champions, All-Around Champions & Individual event Champions were crowned, Region 5 once again upheld its strong tradition of excellence among a very tough field of competitors.
The Junior D’s starting the morning off by adding to the super team total by finishing 3rd place as a team. Emma Pritchard lead the junior D’s in the All-Around tying for 6th place with a 37.9, while her club mate Gianna Gerdes finished in 10th (37.775). Delanie Harkness picked up 2 individual medals on the uneven bars (9.725) & the balance beam (9.45) placing 2nd & 5th respectively. Perfection’s Gillian Rutz finished 9th on vault with her 9.65.
For the Senior D’s Jenna Swartzentruber lead the team by finishing 8th in the All-Around (38.275) as well as picking up two individual medals on the vault 4th with 9.75 and 5th on uneven bars 9.6. Abigail Matthews in her final competition as a JO athletes tied Swartzentruber for 5th on the uneven bars to close out her club career. Wesley Stevenson who scored over a 38 in the all around to finish 14th did break the top ten placing 10th on bars 9.525 and beam 9.45. Overall the Senior D’s had a great meet finishing in the top 3 on three of the four events and ended up 4th, just .075 away from third.
Junior Es came away with 3 athletes in the top 10 for all around. Sierra Brooks lead the charge placing 3rd (38.375) followed by Aria Brusch in 5th (38.075) and JerQuavia Henderson “Q” in 7th (37.85) in her first level 10 nationals. Brooks also came away with two individual medals with a 2nd place finish on her Yurchenko 1 1/2 vault (9.775) , 2nd tie on beam 9.575 and 7th on bars 9.575. Aria Brusch finished 5th on the uneven bars 9.6 and tied for 5th on the balance beam 9.5. “Q” took the top spot on the vault 9.9 becoming the 2017 JO National Vault Champion her first time out. Andrea Li landed on the podium three times taking 3rd on the vault 9.725, 2nd on the balance beam 9.575 and 2nd on the floor exercise 9.725. Mickayla Stuckey danced her way to a 7th place finish on the floor 9.525 and the routine will be featured in an upcoming coaches wired.
The Senior E’s had a good showing today with Anastasia Webb finishing 7th in the All-Around 38.25, 4th on the floor exercise 9.7 and tying for the 2017 JO National Vault Title with an incredible 9.90. Annie Maxim who finished just outside the top 10 in the AA, tied for 3rd place on the uneven bars 9.7 & 7th on the floor exercise 9.65. Future Mountaineer, MacKenna Linnen took 5th on the balance beam 9.5 with her unique range of skills. Samantha Gallet picked up an individual event medal as well with her 8th place 9.725 on the vault. Cincinnati’s Darby Nelson scored a 9.6 on bars good enough for 9th on the event. The Senior E’s finished 4th in the team competition but was the top team in the session on bars and 2nd on vault.
The Junior F’s certainly lived up to the hype that surrounded them leading up to this weekend. Matilyn Waligora took the top spot becoming the 2017 JO National AA Champion 38.575 as well the National Floor Champion 9.725. Waligora also tied for 2nd on the uneven bars 9.65, 5th on the balance beam 9.525 and 6th on the vault 9.675. Waligora’s clubmate Gabryel Wilson finished second to her teammate in the All-Around 38.5 as well in the floor exercise 9.7. Wilson also finished the weekend as the 2017 JO National Vault Champion with a 9.875 with her Yurchenko 1 1/2. Helen Hu, who competed with Region 2, became the 2017 National Beam Champion 9.6 for the 2nd year in a row. Hu also finished 4th in the floor 9.575 and 7th on bars 9.6 leaping her into 5th all around with her 38.175. Chloe Bellmore from Twistars finished in the top 10 with her 8th place 37.8 all around along with 8th on the vault 9.625. Isabel Redmond picked up two medals on the uneven bars 5th 9.625 & the balance beam 4th 9.55. Top’s Brooklyn Sears broke into the top 10 on bars with her 9th place 9.55. Karlie Franz of Hunts vaulted into the top 1o with her 8th place tying 9.625 score for her Yurchenko full. The Junior F’s became the National Team champions and giving Region 5 its 2nd team title of the weekend beating the competition by almost a point and winning 3 out of the 4 events. This group will be featured in the upcoming Region 5 Uncovered.
Nia Dennis led the Senior Fs winning the 2017 National All-Around title 38.8 . Nia, who will head to UCLA in the fall, also finished 2nd on the balance beam 9.675, 4th on the floor 9.675, and 6th on the uneven bars 9.675. Senior F’s finished in 6th as a team but was 2nd best for the session on both bars and floor. For the Seniors (SR E, F and some SR D’s) this was the last time they will compete together as Region 5 teammates, many of these girls will be heading off to college in the fall and we wish them all good luck on the next chapter of their lives.
Region 5 finished the weekend in third place behind the National Champion trophy winners Region 1 and only one point behind second place Region 3. Congrats to all of our all around, event and team champions and medalists. We come together like no other region when it comes to nationals and it’s always a fun and rewarding experience and 2017 was no different.
Day 1 Recap click here
Quotes from Day 2:
Anastasia Webb speaking about the Corals…After vault “Can we get out of here yet???”
Nia Dennis after beam “Right! Solid Beam Girls Solid”
Mia Lord before beam to her teammates “hey can you guys cheer a lot!”