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Ohashi, Brannan Win WOGA Classic
(8 votes, average 3.88 out of 5)

Junior Katelyn Ohashi (WOGA) and senior Mackenzie Brannan (Capital) won the 17th WOGA Classic, held Saturday evening in Frisco, Texas.


Katelyn Ohashi (WOGA)

Brannan, a first-year senior, topped Ukraine's Krystyna Sankova to win the senior title. Brannan won back-to-back international invitationals, taking the senior title last weekend in Oklahoma City.

Two-time world all-around medalist Rebecca Bross (WOGA) made her return after suffering a dislocated knee in August. Bross, who underwent surgery to tighten the knee ligaments, looked extremely fit but competed exhibition on uneven bars and balance beam. She performed full difficulty on both events but had one fall on each event, missing her Maloney-half on bars and Arabian double front dismount on balance beam.

Ohashi, the 2011 U.S. junior national champion, defended her title with few miscues. She fell off bars (short on pirouette to elgrip) but blew away the field on balance beam with her celebrated routine, which included a standing Arabian to back handspring, a nailed layout full and piked full-in dismount.

Clubmate Madison Kocian took second, earning the top score on uneven bars (outstanding Stalder-Shaposhnikova-half combination). Kocian took time off from elite training in 2011 to train at Level 10 before returning to elite.

Newcomer Simone Biles (Bannon's) was third in the junior field, vaulting an outstanding Amanar for a well-deserved 16.15. Biles missed her Pak on uneven bars but impressed on balance beam and floor exercise as well (double layout to stag jump mount).

2008 Olympic champion Nastia Liukin, once again on the U.S. national team, had been on the roster but withdrew because of a sore shoulder.

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17th WOGA Classic
Feb. 18, 2012, Frisco, Texas

TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1. WOGA 28.45 29.00 29.75 27.25 114.45
2. Texas Dreams 27.50 26.15 26.85 24.95 105.45
3. Ukraine 26.40 26.60 24.80 24.10 101.90

Senior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Mackenzie Brannan 5.3 14.05 6.0 14.00 5.3 13.60 5.5 13.25 54.90
2. Krystyna Sankova 5.0 13.55 5.3 12.40 5.9 14.10 5.6 12.05 52.10
3. Claire Hammen 5.2 13.60 5.1 11.90 4.7 12.70 5.1 11.75 49.95
4. Leslie Delgado 4.6 13.10 4.5 11.15 5.0 10.00 4.5 11.25 45.50
5. Briley Casanova 5.3 13.90 4.8 12.55 5.3 13.50 39.95
6. Hayley Sanders 5.9 13.90 13.90

Junior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Kaitlyn Ohashi 5.8 14.45 6.0 13.50 7.0 15.70 5.4 13.75 57.40
2. Madison Kocian 5.0 14.00 6.3 15.10 5.6 14.05 5.2 13.40 56.55
3. Simona Bile 6.5 16.15 4.5 11.35 5.7 14.00 5.5 13.85 55.35
4. Peyton Ernst 5.8 14.60 5.1 12.15 6.4 14.50 5.3 12.05 53.30
5. Polina Shchennikova 5.0 13.50 5.9 13.35 5.3 13.40 5.1 12.70 52.95
6. Olena Vasilyeva 5.0 12.85 6.2 14.20 5.6 10.70 4.9 12.05 49.80
7. Macy Toronjo 5.0 12.90 0.0 0.00 4.7 12.35 5.3 12.90 38.15
8. Veronica Hults 6.0 14.00 14.00
Comments (3)add comment

Margaret Tudor said:

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LOATHE AGE RULE
I hate, loathe, and abominate the age rule. Gifted athletes like Katelyn BELONG at the Olympics! Lucky Seniors this Olympic season-they don't have to deal with Ohashi head on at the Games.
 
February 19, 2012
Votes: +3

Jollybarb said:

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jollybarb
I'm concerned about Liukin's absence. A shoulder injury? That could be because she started heavy training before she added enough muscle to cope with it.

I have no doubt Ohashi BELONGS at the Olympics...She could really challenge for GOLD on the Balance Beam. I hope she survives the next 4 years and is fit, healthy and able to compete at the 2016 Games.
 
February 20, 2012
Votes: -1

Rachel T said:

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American Team Up In The Air
So scary being so close to the Olympics. Many of the veterans just don't seem like they will be ready. Not a good sign that Bross falls on both routines and I am beginning to think Nastia and Shawn won't be ready either. Don't get me wrong, I want them there but I don't have a good feeling about it.
 
February 20, 2012
Votes: +2

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