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Priessman Wins Women's Junior U.S. National Title
(5 votes, average 3.40 out of 5)

Even with a fall on her first event, first-day leader Lexie Priessman rallied the rest of the way to claim the junior U.S. national title with 116.400. Coached by Mary Lee Tracy (and Tracy's daughter Rachael) at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, Priessman lost the lead after falling on a layout step-out on beam, but she hit her other events well, highlighted by a 15.65 for her Amanar vault. Priessman also won floor exercise, where she mounted with a high tucked double-twisting double tuck.

"I was so mad a myself," said Priessman of her fall on beam, adding that she saw that the scoreboard showed her well behind in second after that event. "I knew the next three events I had to go and do what I've been training."

After a solid floor routine, she hit the Amanar vault she had fallen on in the U.S. Classic. She sealed the win on uneven bars, where she dismounted with a full-twisting double layout.

Madison Desch (GAGE) placed second with 115.85 and posted the highest two-day total on balance beam (29.15), where she tumbled two flip-flops to layout full.

Third went to Simone Biles (Bannon's), who won vault with two excellent Amanars (2.5-twisting Yurchenko). She scored 115.60 in the all-around.

Bailie Key (Texas Dreams) tallied 115.050 to place fourth, ahead of defending champion Katelyn Ohashi (114.90) of WOGA, who won the uneven bars. Ohashi had been sidelined for six weeks earlier this year with a stress fracture in her leg.

Amelia Hundley of Cincinnati placed sixth (114.00) to complete the six-member women's junior national team.

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• First-day leader Lexie Priessman began on beam, hit her standing full but fell on a flip-flop layout. She hit everything else in a cautious set and managed to pull around her tucked full-in dismount. She started the day with a 1.65 lead over Bailie Key, with Simone Biles and Madison Desch not far behind. After one rotation, she was already in second, .45 behind Desch.

Priessman mounted floor with a high tucked double-double and hit everything else, including her tucked full-in dismount. World-class tumbling. She must not have gotten credit for everything because she scored 14.55, compared with 15.25 in prelims. She lost .30 in D-score, and trails Desch by .75. Priessman needed only a quick hop to land her Amanar, which pulled her up the rankings (15.65). Priessman is back in first, .30 ahead of Biles, with Desch .70 behind Biles. First up on bars in the last event, Priessman mounted with a Maloney, did a toe-full to Tkatchev and dismounted with a full-twisting double layout. Solid routine (14.40).

Simone Biles started on beam with a hit set, ending with a double pike. She mounted floor with a high double layout to stag jump that must have gone six feet in the air. She added a 1.5 thru to double pike and closed with a 2.5 twist (14.25). Biles did a near-perfect Amanar, high and plenty of distance. Needed just a tiny hop (16.00). Biles hit bars well (Tkatchev to Pak, stuck full-twisting double tuck) to finish third, same as in prelims.

Madison Desch opened on floor with a whip immediate Arabian double tuck, stuck. She dismounted with a clean triple twist and drew loud applause for her high-energy set. She followed with a high double-twisting Yurchenko that appeared to have a delayed twist (14.85). Classy. Desch made it thru bars (Gienger, piked Jaeger) but it looked a bit labored. Desch went on beam right after Priessman finished bars, knowing she needed a great routine. She hit her ff, ff, layout-full very well; a clean side somi; front aerial to back tuck; very long pause before her RO, ff, double tuck dismount (14.85).

Katelyn Ohashi, the defending champion, went for a Yurchenko-double twist today and barely made it. She staggered forward but avoided putting a hand down. She nailed bars (elgrip giants, Ono to half pirouette, Tkatchev, tucked full-out, stuck) and got a nod of approval from coach Valeri Liukin. She hit her standing Arabian on beam, saved her layout full with one step, and stuck her double pike. A much better day for her so far. Ohashi finished on floor with no real problems (piked full-in a bit low), and nailed a 2.5-front-full ending (15.20)

Bailie Key began on bars and hit well, showing a high Gienger and Jaeger and full-twisting double tuck. She made it through a tentative beam routine but was solid under the circumstances (front aerial, ff, layout; switch ring; side somi; RO 2.5 twist dismount). Key worked high on her toes throughout a lively floor routine, and her tumbling was excellent (complete triple twist; 2.5 to front layout, stuck double pike; handspring to double-twisting front). Key finished with a clean double-twisting Yurchenko that was just slightly short on the landing (14.60).

Amelia Hundley can tumble with the best of them. She mounted floor with a clean piked full-in and came back with a 1.5 twist thru to double pike. She ended with double tuck. She followed with a high double-twisting Yurchenko.

Yelena Piskun, the former star for Belarus, is here as one of the coaches for Amanda Huang (Northwind).

Cirque du Soleil has a recruiting table here and a promo video that is shown prior to the competition. It features sound bites from various former gymnasts who are now with the company. All are wishing the Visa competitors good luck. Raj Bhavsar, Duke Van Vleet, Ryan Weston, Chris Silcox, Amy DeFilippo, et al.

Click here for USA Gymnastics' YouTube channel, featuring videos from St. Louis.

External Link: USA Gymnastics

2012 Visa (U.S.) Gymnastics Championships
June 10, St. Louis, Mo.

Junior Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal2-Day
1.Lexie PriessmanCincinnati6.515.705.814.155.814.106.315.2559.20116.40
2.Madison DeschGAGE5.814.705.513.856.114.306.014.3557.20115.85
3.Simone BilesBannon's6.515.805.213.755.613.805.514.0557.40115.60
4.Bailie KeyTexas Dreams5.815.005.513.605.814.255.814.7057.55115.05
5.Katelyn OhashiWOGA5.013.706.214.356.514.206.014.4056.65114.90
6.Amelia HundleyCincinnati5.814.355.813.955.914.305.714.1556.75114.00
7.Nia DennisBuckeye5.013.704.713.055.813.955.413.8054.50109.55
7.Peyton ErnstTexas Dreams5.814.405.413.405.913.905.913.7055.40109.55
9.Veronica HultsTexas Dreams5.013.355.813.705.614.204.912.9554.20107.60
10.Polina ShchennikovaTIGAR5.
11.Maggie NicholsTwin City Twisters5.313.655.512.805.313.755.413.3553.55107.30
12.Ariana GuerraTexas Dreams5.314.254.311.205.513.305.613.6552.40106.95
13.Alexis BeuclerCincinnati5.013.604.912.004.813.455.413.5052.55105.55
14.Ashley FossNorth Stars5.013.654.611.705.613.505.313.4552.30105.05
15.Amanda HuangNorthwind5.012.805.213.255.513.455.213.5053.00104.65
16.Lacy DagenSan Mateo5.314.154.812.254.912.955.211.7551.10104.35
17.Ashton KimTexas Dreams5.013.005.313.355.013.355.112.3552.05103.60
18.Meredith SylviaParkettes5.011.805.013.105.613.605.613.9052.40103.50
19.Megan SkaggsGym Acad of Atlanta5.013.605.011.805.412.505.313.7051.60103.35
20.Nicole LehrmannCapital (TX)5.013.655.112.804.811.804.912.9051.15102.30
21.Laurie HernandezMonmouth5.013.054.513.105.313.505.412.8052.45101.90
22.Shannon McNattStars Houston5.
23.Jessica WangWinner's Acad5.013.354.39.805.913.004.911.1047.2599.25
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