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Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:00    PDF Print
Ellie Downie: 'I Definitely Exceeded My Expectations'
(6 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)

After her field-topping all-around score in Thursday's qualifications at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Ellie Downie of Great Britain told IG that her floor exercise routine in the last rotation highlighted her satisfying overall performance on all four apparatuses. Pictured: Becky and Ellie Downie

After her field-topping all-around score in Thursday's qualifications at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Ellie Downie of Great Britain told IG that her floor exercise routine in the last rotation highlighted her satisfying overall performance on all four apparatuses.

"I've got a new floor routine and I really enjoy competing this routine," said Downie, whose 56.198 total ranked her first above Hungary's Zsófia Kovács (54.882) and Germany's Tabea Alt (54.866). "It's a bit different for me because used to do four tumbles and now I'm concentrating on just the three, which is a lot better for me because I have quite a struggle with stamina. It's quite hard for me. The past couple weeks, because of my (injured) foot, has been a bit up and down. I haven't been able to train as much. So to go out there and nail it like that, I was just so relieved."

Downie said her consistent performance on Thursday reassured her that her training continues to yield results at the top level. She placed third all-around at the 2015 Europeans in Montpellier, won silver medals on vault and floor exercise at the 2016 Europeans in Bern, and placed 13th all-around at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

"I definitely exceeded my expectations today," said Downie, whose older sister, two-time Olympian Becky Downie, also competed on Thursday and qualified to finals on bars and beam. "I feel I'm pretty up there in Europe and in the world now, I would say. I always feel I never know how good I am at all-around until I do it and see my score. It's always a surprise to me when I see myself up there, which is really nice. It just shows that all my hard work has paid off."

Kovács, who placed fifth on uneven bars and seventh on vault at the 2016 Europeans, said ranking second to Downie on Thursday was a pleasant surprise.

"It is a great feeling," she said. "I didn't expect to give such good performances on all four apparatuses, but I'm very happy I managed to do that."

Kovcas said challenging for a medal in Friday's all-around final will require courage and steadiness.

"To achieve that I have to be confident in my strength, and have good performances in all four routines," she said.

Like Downie and Kovács, Alt said she was happy with her precise performance.

"I'm very pleased with all apparatuses because I didn't have any big mistake, only a small one," she said. "I think that, in the all-around final, maybe my floor routine can be better and I can start with more self-confidence. There are even some small things that can be better than today, but I'm very pleased with my result."

Alt said winning the all-around titles at recent World Cup meets in Stuttgart and London contributed to her readiness for Cluj-Napoca.

"It was very important to me," said Alt. "It's given me much self-confidence, and it's a very good feeling to start the European Championships with such success a few weeks ago."

Alt stops short of forecasting a medal for herself on Friday, however.

"I don't think about that," she told IG. "The main point is to show my best routines for myself and the audience, and then we will see."

Competition continues Friday in Cluj-Napoca with the men's and women's all-around finals.

International Gymnast magazine is on hand in Cluj-Napoca, so check back for daily updates on IG Online. Read full coverage in the May 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and exclusive behind-the-scenes profiles on various 2017 Europeans competitors in upcoming issues. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

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2017 European Gymnastics Championships
April 20, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Women's All-Around QualificationVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Ellie Downie5.414.5665.914.2665.313.4665.413.90056.198 Q
2.Zsófia Kovács5.414.4836.014.3665.113.2004.912.83354.882 Q
3.Tabea Alt5.414.4005.413.9006.013.7004.712.86654.866 Q
4.Yelena Yeryomina5.414.4666.114.4665.512.1335.213.63354.698 Q
5.Eythora Thorsdottir5.413.4665.413.5335.814.2335.213.36654.598 Q
6.Kim Bui4.613.6006.014.1334.912.7335.213.16653.632 Q
7.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.413.8005.814.1005.412.5334.912.90053.333 Q
8.Martina Maggio5.414.1335.313.5665.112.8164.912.80053.315 Q
9.Marine Boyer4.613.7004.712.8005.913.7004.912.76652.966 Q
10.Filipa Martins4.613.4335.513.6665.413.1004.912.74152.940 Q
11.Giada Grisetti5.414.1005.413.4335.313.0334.912.36652.932 Q
12.Natalia Kapitonova4.613.5665.913.8665.412.5005.112.96652.898 Q
13.Nina Derwael4.613.4666.114.5664.812.1334.812.30052.465 Q
14.Lara Mori4.613.4664.913.0005.012.3665.413.53352.365
15.Angelina Melnikova5.414.3664.412.0255.412.6335.513.23352.257
16.Alice Kinsella4.613.4335.113.3915.212.3665.012.80051.990 Q
17.Tisha Volleman5.414.2004.512.8004.211.6335.013.06651.699 Q
18.Pauline Schäfer5.013.8334.812.2664.812.2335.113.13351.465
19.Ilaria Käslin4.613.4335.012.5005.412.1664.913.10051.199 Q
20.Ana Pérez4.613.6005.813.4255.111.4334.912.70051.158 Q
21.Cintia Rodríguez4.012.7664.812.7334.712.8664.612.70051.065 Q
22.Alison Lepin4.813.4335.712.6004.912.5664.812.26650.865
23.Lynn Genhart4.613.4005.212.8665.112.0004.612.36650.632 Q
24.Boglárka Dévai5.414.3004.812.1004.511.9005.112.23350.533 Q
25.Kirsten Polderman4.813.6005.012.0584.612.2334.912.60050.491
26.Olivia Cîmpian5.414.2334.911.4665.311.8165.112.96650.481 Q
27.Barbora Mokošová4.613.5664.712.7004.611.8334.412.36650.465 Q
28.Fabienne Studer4.613.3334.912.7004.812.5664.511.83350.432
29.Ioana Crişan4.613.6004.913.0335.211.0004.912.56650.199 Q
30.Nora Fernández4.613.5005.012.7664.811.5334.712.36650.165
31.Vendula Měrková3.712.3004.712.5165.112.6664.312.46649.948 Q
32.Argyro Afrati4.613.6005.212.2334.911.5004.712.60049.933 R1
33.Coline Devillard5.814.5334.410.8005.112.4334.912.16649.932
34.Jasmin Mader4.613.4664.612.3004.111.7334.412.26649.765 R2
35.Thea Brogli4.613.2004.311.7335.012.4334.312.13349.499
36.Paula Raya i Artigas4.613.2334.912.9004.411.6664.511.26649.065
37.Tamara Mrđenović4.213.2004.111.7004.911.9334.312.20049.033 R3
38.Maija Leinonen4.212.9664.311.7334.512.1664.311.96648.831 R4
39.Irina Sazonova4.613.3004.611.6334.411.7004.711.96648.599
40.Gabriela Janik4.813.6004.911.6664.711.7334.611.50048.499
41.Dominiqua Belányi4.012.7664.311.8334.211.9334.111.80048.332
42.Noémi Jakab3.712.3334.612.0664.811.7334.412.13348.265
43.Lucie Jirikova4.213.2004.412.0664.610.8004.712.13348.199
44.Martine Skregelid4.613.2754.511.6664.811.1334.312.00048.074
45.Dália Al-Salty3.712.3004.311.6754.512.2004.611.80047.975
46.Ágnes Sütő4.013.0003.811.3334.011.8334.011.80047.966
47.Lucija Hribar4.613.2664.312.1334.310.6834.211.86647.948
48.Marlies Männersdorfer4.213.0004.211.3664.511.2004.212.22547.791
49.Veronika Cenková3.511.8664.412.2664.711.0664.712.36647.564
50.Ekin Morova4.413.0004.311.0664.611.3334.211.96647.365
51.Demet Mutlu4.613.3664.711.3004.410.5004.512.06647.232
52.Yulia Inshina4.613.2664.211.1334.111.5664.911.23347.198
53.Greta Banishka4.613.3414.110.4834.711.1334.512.10047.057
54.Yana Fedorova4.613.6004.610.7004.911.0334.611.63346.966
55.Yekaterina Tishkova4.012.7664.710.8664.710.9004.311.86646.398
56.Mariana Carvalho4.212.7004.211.6334.710.4664.311.33346.132
57.Bianca Frysak4.012.7004.110.8584.410.6004.111.73345.891
58.Julie Meyers4.613.5004.811.4664.68.9334.211.83345.732
59.Shailee Weiss4.613.3663.110.3004.611.1334.410.72545.524
60.Julie Söderström3.512.2663.09.3004.311.6334.611.80044.999
61.Mariana Marianito3.712.3002.99.4004.611.4334.311.86644.999
62.Mette Hulgaard4.012.5662.89.4834.310.8004.411.83344.682
63.Ofir Netzer4.112.6004.410.7004.210.9334.410.36644.599
64.Tinna Odinsdottir3.512.0664.410.7664.610.2664.311.33344.431
65.Valeria Osipova4.613.5584.48.2665.011.5664.810.93344.323
66.Desislava Todorova3.712.3332.99.4004.210.8004.111.66644.199
67.Hanna Traukova4.012.9334.38.7664.610.0334.412.16643.898
68.Maria Butskikh4.012.6662.99.1334.49.5334.412.20043.532
69.Solveig Berg3.712.2002.99.7334.710.2004.211.13343.266
70.Anastasija Dubova3.711.7663.19.4004.110.8663.711.06643.098
71.Victoria Bøe3.512.0333.18.8333.310.3004.211.83342.999
72.Agata Vostruchovaitė4.813.2662.88.1254.411.3164.49.56642.273
73.Doğa Özgöçmez4.011.6002.18.9333.69.9664.211.16641.665
74.Marija Ribalcenko4.012.5003.76.4664.79.3004.510.80039.066
75.Diana Balkyte4.012.4661.76.5333.29.6002.79.90038.499

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Ellie Downie5.49.16614.56614.433 Q
2.Maria Paseka5.28.96614.16614.412 Q
3.Coline Devillard5.88.73314.53314.267 Q
4.Boglárka Dévai5.48.90014.30014.233 Q
5.Teja Belak5.49.00014.40014.217 Q
6.Zsófia Kovács5.49.08314.48314.175 Q
7.Angelina Melnikova5.48.96614.36614.166 Q
8.Tisha Volleman5.48.80014.20013.967 Q
9.Tjaša Kysselef4.89.03313.83313.900 R1
10.Gabriela Janik4.88.80013.60013.700 R2
11.Valērija Grišāne4.88.80013.60013.467 R3
12.Agata Vostruchovaitė4.88.7660.313.26613.183
13.Gaya Giladi4.68.63313.23313.033
14.Shailee Weiss4.68.76613.36612.900
15.Ofir Netzer4.18.50012.60012.733
16.Argyro Afrati4.69.00013.60012.483
17.Diana Balkyte4.08.5660.112.46612.350

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Elisabeth Seitz6.18.46614.566 Q
1.Nina Derwael6.18.46614.566 Q
3.Yelena Yeryomina6.18.36614.466 Q
4.Becky Downie6.18.33314.433 Q
5.Zsófia Kovács6.08.36614.366 Q
6.Ellie Downie5.98.36614.266 Q
7.Kim Bui6.08.13314.133 Q
8.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.88.30014.100 Q
9.Tabea Alt5.48.50013.900
10.Natalia Kapitonova5.97.96613.866 R1
11.Larisa Iordache5.88.03313.833 R2
12.Filipa Martins5.58.16613.666 R3
13.Martina Maggio5.38.26613.566
14.Eythora Thorsdottir5.48.13313.533
15.Giada Grisetti5.48.03313.433
16.Ana Pérez5.87.62513.425
17.Alice Kinsella5.18.29113.391
18.Alma Kuc5.47.90013.300
19.Ioana Crişan4.98.13313.033
20.Lara Mori4.98.10013.000
21.Paula Raya i Artigas4.98.00012.900
22.Lynn Genhart5.27.66612.866
23.Tisha Volleman4.58.30012.800
24.Marine Boyer4.78.10012.800
25.Nora Fernández5.07.76612.766
26.Diana Varinska5.86.96612.766
27.Cintia Rodríguez4.87.93312.733
28.Barbora Mokošová4.78.00012.700
29.Fabienne Studer4.97.80012.700
30.Alison Lepin5.76.90012.600
31.Vendula Měrková4.77.81612.516
32.Ilaria Käslin5.07.50012.500
33.Jasmin Mader4.67.70012.300
34.Veronika Cenková4.47.86612.266
35.Pauline Schäfer4.87.46612.266
36.Argyro Afrati5.27.03312.233
37.Lucija Hribar4.37.83312.133
38.Boglárka Dévai4.87.30012.100
39.Lucie Jirikova4.47.66612.066
40.Noémi Jakab4.67.46612.066
41.Evangelia Plyta5.56.56612.066
42.Kirsten Polderman5.07.05812.058
43.Angelina Melnikova4.47.62512.025
44.Dominiqua Belányi4.37.53311.833
45.Thea Brogli4.37.43311.733
45.Maija Leinonen4.37.43311.733
47.Tamara Mrđenović4.17.60011.700
48.Dália Al-Salty4.37.37511.675
49.Martine Skregelid4.57.16611.666
50.Gabriela Janik4.96.76611.666
51.Mariana Carvalho4.27.43311.633
52.Irina Sazonova4.67.03311.633
53.Aleksandra Rajčić4.37.16611.466
54.Julie Meyers4.86.66611.466
55.Olivia Cîmpian4.96.56611.466
56.Marlies Männersdorfer4.27.16611.366
57.Ágnes Sütő3.87.53311.333
58.Demet Mutlu4.76.60011.300
59.Angelina Radivilova5.06.26611.266
60.Marie Skammelsen3.87.36611.166
61.Yulia Inshina4.26.93311.133
62.Ekin Morova4.36.76611.066
63.Yekaterina Tishkova4.76.16610.866
64.Bianca Frysak4.16.75810.858
65.Coline Devillard4.46.40010.800
66.Tinna Odinsdottir4.46.36610.766
67.Vasiliki Millousi4.76.03310.733
68.Ofir Netzer4.46.30010.700
69.Yana Fedorova4.66.10010.700
70.Greta Banishka4.16.38310.483
71.Shailee Weiss3.17.20010.300
72.Solveig Berg2.96.8339.733
73.Mette Hulgaard2.86.6839.483
74.Desislava Todorova2.96.5009.400
74.Mariana Marianito2.96.5009.400
76.Anastasija Dubova3.16.3009.400
77.Julie Söderström3.06.3009.300
78.Maria Butskikh2.96.2339.133
79.Doğa Özgöçmez2.16.8338.933
80.Victoria Bøe3.15.7338.833
81.Hanna Traukova4.34.4668.766
82.Valeria Osipova4.43.8668.266
83.Agata Vostruchovaitė2.85.3258.125
84.Diana Balkyte1.74.8336.533
85.Marija Ribalcenko3.72.7666.466

Balance Beam QualificationDENDScore
1.Larisa Iordache6.28.36614.566 Q
2.Sanne Wevers5.98.40014.300 Q
3.Eythora Thorsdottir5.88.43314.233 Q
4.Cătălina Ponor5.98.16614.066 Q
5.Tabea Alt6.07.8000.113.700 Q
6.Marine Boyer5.97.80013.700 Q
7.Ellie Downie5.38.16613.466 Q
8.Becky Downie5.67.73313.333 Q
9.Claudia Fragapane5.18.10013.200
9.Zsófia Kovács5.18.10013.200 R1
11.Filipa Martins5.47.70013.100 R2
12.Elisabeth Seitz4.88.26613.066 R3
13.Giada Grisetti5.37.73313.033
14.Cintia Rodríguez4.78.16612.866
15.Martina Maggio5.17.71612.816
16.Kim Bui4.97.83312.733
17.Vendula Měrková5.17.56612.666
18.Angelina Melnikova5.47.23312.633
19.Vasiliki Millousi5.67.00012.600
20.Fabienne Studer4.87.76612.566
21.Alison Lepin4.97.66612.566
22.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.47.13312.533
23.Natalia Kapitonova5.47.10012.500
24.Thea Brogli5.07.43312.433
25.Coline Devillard5.17.33312.433
26.Ioanna Xoulogi4.97.46612.366
27.Lara Mori5.07.36612.366
28.Alice Kinsella5.27.16612.366
29.Kirsten Polderman4.67.63312.233
30.Pauline Schäfer4.87.43312.233
31.Dália Al-Salty4.57.70012.200
32.Maija Leinonen4.57.66612.166
33.Ilaria Käslin5.46.76612.166
34.Nina Derwael4.87.4330.112.133
35.Yelena Yeryomina5.56.63312.133
36.Lynn Genhart5.16.90012.000
37.Dominiqua Belányi4.27.73311.933
38.Tamara Mrđenović4.97.1330.111.933
39.Göksu Üçtaş Şanlı4.87.13311.933
40.Boglárka Dévai4.57.40011.900
41.Ágnes Sütő4.07.83311.833
42.Barbora Mokošová4.67.23311.833
43.Olivia Cîmpian5.36.51611.816
44.Jasmin Mader4.17.63311.733
45.Gabriela Janik4.77.1330.111.733
46.Noémi Jakab4.86.93311.733
47.Irina Sazonova4.47.30011.700
48.Paula Raya i Artigas4.47.26611.666
49.Tisha Volleman4.27.43311.633
50.Julie Söderström4.37.33311.633
51.Yulia Inshina4.17.46611.566
52.Valeria Osipova5.06.56611.566
53.Alīna Circene4.86.73311.533
53.Nora Fernández4.86.73311.533
55.Argyro Afrati4.96.60011.500
56.Mariana Marianito4.66.83311.433
57.Ana Pérez5.16.33311.433
58.Ekin Morova4.66.8330.111.333
59.Agata Vostruchovaitė4.46.91611.316
60.Tzuf Feldon4.96.36611.266
61.Marlies Männersdorfer4.56.70011.200
62.Greta Banishka4.76.5330.111.133
63.Shailee Weiss4.66.53311.133
64.Martine Skregelid4.86.33311.133
65.Rosanna Ojala3.97.20011.100
66.Evangelia Plyta4.76.40011.100
67.Veronika Cenková4.76.36611.066
68.Yana Fedorova4.96.13311.033
69.Ioana Crişan5.25.80011.000
70.Ofir Netzer4.26.73310.933
71.Zoi Lima4.86.13310.933
72.Yekaterina Tishkova4.76.3000.110.900
73.Anastasija Dubova4.16.76610.866
74.Desislava Todorova4.26.60010.800
75.Mette Hulgaard4.36.50010.800
76.Lucie Jirikova4.66.20010.800
77.Marie Skammelsen4.85.93310.733
78.Lucija Hribar4.36.4830.110.683
79.Bianca Frysak4.46.20010.600
80.Ana Đerek4.26.36610.566
81.Demet Mutlu4.46.10010.500
82.Mariana Carvalho4.75.76610.466
83.Victoria Bøe3.37.00010.300
84.Tinna Odinsdottir4.65.66610.266
85.Solveig Berg4.75.50010.200
86.Hanna Traukova4.65.43310.033
87.Doğa Özgöçmez3.66.3669.966
88.Diana Balkyte3.26.5000.19.600
89.Maria Butskikh4.45.2330.19.533
90.Marija Ribalcenko4.74.7000.19.300
91.Julie Meyers4.64.7330.48.933

Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Ellie Downie5.48.50013.900 Q
2.Claudia Fragapane5.58.26613.766 Q
3.Yelena Yeryomina5.28.43313.633 Q
4.Lara Mori5.48.13313.533 Q
5.Eythora Thorsdottir5.28.16613.366 Q
6.Angelina Melnikova5.58.0330.313.233 Q
7.Kim Bui5.28.0660.113.166 Q
8.Pauline Schäfer5.18.03313.133 Q
9.Ilaria Käslin4.98.20013.100 R1
10.Cătălina Ponor4.98.16613.066 R2
11.Tisha Volleman5.08.06613.066 R3
12.Natalia Kapitonova5.17.9660.112.966
13.Olivia Cîmpian5.17.86612.966
14.Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos4.98.1000.112.900
15.Tabea Alt4.78.16612.866
16.Zsófia Kovács4.97.93312.833
17.Martina Maggio4.98.2000.312.800
18.Alice Kinsella5.07.80012.800
19.Marine Boyer4.97.86612.766
20.Filipa Martins4.97.9410.112.741
21.Cintia Rodríguez4.68.10012.700
22.Ana Pérez4.97.80012.700
23.Kirsten Polderman4.98.0000.312.600
24.Argyro Afrati4.77.90012.600
25.Ioana Crişan4.97.9660.312.566
26.Vendula Měrková4.38.16612.466
27.Ioanna Xoulogi4.48.03312.433
28.Barbora Mokošová4.47.96612.366
29.Lynn Genhart4.67.76612.366
30.Giada Grisetti4.97.6660.212.366
31.Veronika Cenková4.77.66612.366
31.Nora Fernández4.77.66612.366
33.Ana Đerek5.27.16612.366
34.Nina Derwael4.87.6000.112.300
35.Jasmin Mader4.47.86612.266
36.Alison Lepin4.87.7660.312.266
37.Boglárka Dévai5.17.2330.112.233
38.Marlies Männersdorfer4.28.02512.225
39.Tamara Mrđenović4.37.90012.200
40.Maria Butskikh4.47.80012.200
41.Hanna Traukova4.47.76612.166
42.Coline Devillard4.97.4660.212.166
43.Thea Brogli4.37.83312.133
44.Noémi Jakab4.47.73312.133
45.Lucie Jirikova4.77.43312.133
46.Greta Banishka4.57.7000.112.100
47.Demet Mutlu4.57.6660.112.066
48.Martine Skregelid4.37.70012.000
49.Ekin Morova4.27.76611.966
50.Maija Leinonen4.37.66611.966
51.Irina Sazonova4.77.26611.966
52.Lucija Hribar4.27.66611.866
53.Mariana Marianito4.37.56611.866
53.Yekaterina Tishkova4.37.56611.866
55.Fabienne Studer4.57.6330.311.833
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61.Dália Al-Salty4.67.20011.800
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70.Mariana Carvalho4.37.03311.333
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82.Ofir Netzer4.46.5660.610.366
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Written by dwight normile    Saturday, 15 April 2017 22:02    PDF Print
Oklahoma Captures Third NCAA Title
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

On a night when every mistake is magnified and nerves are difficult to control, the Super Six at the 2017 NCAA Championships became a test of survival. And top-ranked Oklahoma came out sticking in St. Louis Saturday to complete an undefeated season and win back-to-back NCAA titles. The Sooners ran away with the championship with a record score of 198.3875.

LSU, meanwhile, was not the team that dominated the second semi-final the previous night. Beginning on floor, the Tigers could not control several of their landings, and the same was true on vault. So the close battle with OU never developed, with Florida in second place for much of the night. With the title out of reach in the final rotation, however, LSU finally relaxed and posted the top beam score ever in a Super Six to slip past the Gators, 197.7375-197.700. LSU, which has never won the Super Six, also placed second last year.

UCLA placed fourth (197.2625), giving away valuable tenths on its first event, vault. Fifth-place Utah also struggled with landings on floor in the first rotation and finished fifth with 196.5875. Alabama took itself out of the running in the first two rotations with a fall and other mistakes on uneven bars and two falls on beam. The Crimson Tide finished sixth with 196.000.

The night really belonged to the Sooners, who had problems in the first semi-final yesterday, when senior Chayse Capps bounced out of bounds on floor and freshman Maggie Nichols (pictured) fell off beam on a front salto. Both gymnasts were excellent tonight. In the Super Six, Nichols took out the front salto on beam, which led to the first of three 10.0s on the night. UCLA's Peng-Peng Lee also scored a 10.0 on beam, and Florida's Alex McMurtry tallied a 10.0 on uneven bars.

"It was unreal," said Capps. "We're all just so elated."

Said Oklahoma head coach K.J. Kindler during the competition, "It's a magical night, what can I say? They're just on."

The Sooners finished on vault, where the last two gymnasts, AJ Jackson and Nichols, both stuck their Yurchenko-1-1/2 twists to secure OU's third NCAA title with an exclamation point.

That's the nature of the sport. Sometimes you can want it too much, which seemed to be LSU's problem early in the competition. The Tigers simply won on the wrong night.

Read complete coverage of the NCAA Championships in the May issue of International Gymnast.To subscribe or order back issues, click here.

Written by dwight normile    Friday, 14 April 2017 22:20    PDF Print
LSU, Florida, Alabama Advance; McMurtry Wins All-Around
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

The LSU Tigers won the second semi-final Friday at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, and their 198.275 sent a bold statement to the other five teams that advanced to the Super Six Finals on Saturday.

Also qualifying out of this session were Florida (197.8125) and Alabama (197.600), the latter covering a fall with five solid routines on beam in the final rotation to slip ahead of Nebraska (197.2125). Michigan (196.4625) and Georgia (195.800) both struggled in places.

Florida junior Alex McMurtry (pictured) stuck just about every landing to win the all-around with 39.8125. Her victory follows fellow Gators Bridget Sloan last year and Kytra Hunter in 2015.

MyKayla Skinner (Utah) placed second with 39.6125 (pictured left), and Kiana Winston (Alabama) was third with 39.600 (pictured right).

Event champions:

Vault: Kennedy Edney (Yurchenko-1.5) 9.9875.

Uneven Bars: Six tied at 9.950: Kyla Ross (UCLA), Nicole Lehrmann (Oklahoma), Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma), Alex McMurtry (Florida), Katie Bailey (Alabama), Sarah Finnegan (LSU).

Balance Beam: Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.9625.

Floor Exercise: MyKayla Skinner (Utah), Ashleigh Gnat (LSU) 9.9625.

Ashleigh Gnat also won the prestigious AAI Award, which goes to the most outstanding student-athlete.

LSU placed second last year and is no stranger to the Super Six, and it will be interesting to see how the team performs tomorrow. Oklahoma is bound to fix its mistakes from the first semi-final, which could set up an amazing battle for the 2017 title. And if the top teams falter at all, any of the other four teams would have a legitimate chance to win. Tune in tomorrow.

Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 08 April 2017 22:38    PDF Print
Alt, Vernyayev Repeat at London World Cup
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Stuttgart champions Tabea Alt (Germany) and Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) repeated their victories Saturday at the iPro World Cup in London, the third and final FIG all-around World Cup of 2017.

Alt and Vernyayev also sealed up the overall World Cup series titles for their countries, with Germany amassing the most points for the women and Ukraine for the men. (Instead of an individual winner, the FIG awarded the overall series to he national federations.) Vernyayev and Kim Bui both took second at the American Cup in March, the first of the series.

Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine), iPro World Cup champion

The competition, sponsored by iPro, brought the bright pink decor back to London's O2 arena, site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The competition took place in front of a sold-out crowd.

Alt scored 54.598 to top first-year American senior Victoria Nguyen (53.832) and Great Britain's Amy Tinkler (53.433) in a generally low-scoring contest. The top three gymnasts all vaulted double-twisting Yurchenkos in the first rotation, with Tinkler taking the lead with the highest score of the day for her stuck vault (14.600).

Alt once again stunned herself by winning. She started off with a strong vault, sticking the landing (although it was slightly incomplete on the rotation). She then had the top score on uneven bars, where she showed beautiful mechanics (toe-on full to Maloney to Pak; Van Leeuwen; Stalder-blind to piked Jaeger; double layout). She won despite a fall on her balance beam dismount (RO two-foot layout mount; aerial, layout, layout; switch leap, side somi; fall on double pike). She took the highest score on floor exercise for a fairly clean routine that showed tremendous attention to detail (tucked full-in; front to double tuck; double pike).

"I'm speechless," Alt said. "That I am here now with FIG trophy in my hand and the medal around my neck is incomprehensible."

Nguyen, competing in her second international competition following last weekend's Jesolo Trophy, managed four routines without a fall but racked up too many deductions to win (in particular, noticeable bent legs on many skills). After a good vault, she hit a strong set on uneven bars (inside-Stalder-full to Komova II to Gienger between the bars; inside Stalder blind to elgrip layout Jaeger; Pak; double layout, stuck). She was hesitant on balance beam with two large wobbles (ff layout, layout; side aerial, back tuck; switch leap, Onodi, sheep; front tuck; ff ff 2 1/2) and bounced forward on her first pass on floor exercise (tucked full-in; triple twist; double-twisting front; double tuck), performed to very dramatic music.

Tinkler, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist on floor exercise, excelled on the power events and thrilled the British crowd. She had the second-highest score on floor exercise, where she tumbled a full-twisting double layout; double layout; front full and double pike (13.233). However, her routine on uneven bars was very sloppy (lots of bent feet) and she was generously scored at 8.2 Execution. She grabbed the beam on her standing layout, layout combination and dismounted with only a double twist (12.000).

Spain's Ana Pérez, a late addition to the lineup, placed fourth. She tied Alt for the high score on uneven bars with a jammed-packed set (elgrip to piked Jaeger; toe-on piked Tkatchev; toe-on Tkatchev; Pak; Maloney to Gienger; full-twisting double layout).

Olympian Angelina Melnikova, Russia's top hope for the European championships, again failed to hit, finishing a frustrating fifth after missing three of four routines. With just 10 days to go before the European championships, Melnikova still seems to lack confidence in her performances. On uneven bars, she made the same mistake near the end as she did in Jesolo, missing a simple toe-on pirouette (Inside-Stalder full; Komova II to Pak; Van Leeuwen; inside-Stalder blind to piked Jaeger; missed a toe-blind; nearly fell on her full-twisting double). On balance beam she dropped off on her on two-foot layout and then fell on piked full-in on floor exercise. Third at the Stuttgart World Cup, she tallied on 52.599 for fifth in London.

Switzerland's Ilaria Käslin (50.699), the Netherlands' Tisha Volleman (50.465) and China's Liu Jinru (47.665) rounded out the field. Liu had a particularly disastrous competition, falling on three events. She crashed her layout Rudi on vault, then flew off uneven bars after a Maloney (doing a front flip onto the mat), then fell off beam on her roundoff, two-foot layout. Liu at least ended well with a hit floor routine (triple twist; tucked full-in; 2 1/2 twist, punch front; double tuck) but was hammered for execution (12.633/5.0).

Vernyayev once again took the title with ease, winning despite some mistakes. He hit six routines, but was hammered for his execution on pommel horse (just 7.600 for a 12.9000). Notably, he won by more than a point in London with 83.864, but he was well below the scoring at this weekend's Japanese championships, where two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura won with a massive 86.350. Vernyayev will likely be untouchable at the European championships, but the Olympic runner-up will need to strengthen all his routines if he hopes to win this fall's world championships.

American Donnell Whittenburg won the silver medal (82.665), with the highest score on floor exercise (14.133). Germany's Lukas Dauser, who competed in all three World Cup meets like Vernyayev, won the bronze (81.698). He outscored Vernyayev on parallel bars with an excellent routine (14.933/6.3D)

British Olympians Sam Oldham (81.064) and Brinn Bevan (80.465) folllowed in the standings, placing fourth and fifth respectively. Bevan fell on floor exercise and on his Tsukahara double pike vault. Switzerland's Eddy Yusof (80.431), China's Luo Jianlin (77.931) and Russian newcomer Alexei Rostov (75.965) rounded out the men's field.

External Link: Official Website

2017 iPro World Cup/FIG World Cup
April 8, London

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Tabea Alt5.414.4665.413.8336.012.9665.013.33354.598
2.Victoria Nguyen5.414.1665.713.8005.812.8665.113.00053.832
3.Amy Tinkler5.414.6005.413.6004.812.0005.313.23353.433
4.Ana Pérez4.613.6005.713.8335.313.2334.912.63353.299
5.Angelina Melnikova5.414.1005.813.4665.412.3335.412.70052.599
6.Ilaria Käslin4.613.1335.012.6335.012.3334.912.60050.699
7.Tisha Volleman5.414.2664.512.6334.611.6334.911.93350.465
8.Liu Jinru5.612.9335.111.0664.611.0335.012.63347.665

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Oleg Vernyayev5.613.9665.312.9006.114.3005.614.7666.214.8665.513.06683.864
2.Donnell Whittenburg6.014.1334.712.3006.214.2335.614.5336.114.5335.612.93382.665
3.Lukas Dauser5.513.1335.012.4335.313.3334.814.1336.314.9335.513.73381.698
4.Sam Oldham5.712.8665.613.3334.912.6005.213.9665.914.1335.814.16681.064
5.Brinn Bevan5.412.2006.013.6005.213.3335.613.5665.513.9665.213.80080.465
6.Eddy Yusof5.711.4005.113.2335.613.7665.613.6336.014.3665.614.03380.431
7.Luo Jianlin5.512.7334.911.7665.713.6334.013.3335.913.4005.113.06677.931
8.Alexei Rostov4.812.6335.613.5665.613.5335.214.0335.210.8005.311.40075.965
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 01 April 2017 22:36    PDF Print
US Women Sweep 10th Jesolo Trophy
(9 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

The U.S. once again swept both junior and senior team and all-around titles Saturday at the 10th City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy.

The U.S. once again swept both junior and senior team and all-around titles Saturday at the 10th City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy.

The popular annual event for women's gymnastics attracted 33 seniors and 30 juniors from six nations – Belgium, Brazil (seniors only), Canada, France, Russia and United States – to face off against Italy in the scenic resort town on the Adriatic coast. The team competition featured squads of three or four gymnasts with the top three scores on each event counting for the team total.

The Americans – with their first generation under new national team coordinator Valeri Liukin – once again sent two A squads and dominated as expected. With the exception of 2014 world team member Ashton Locklear, the U.S. brought a fresh group of newcomers, including five first-year seniors: Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker, Victoria Nguyen, Alyona Shchennikova (younger sister of Polina, now at the University of Michigan) and Trinity Thomas. Both American teams were hugely impressive, excelling with not just superior difficulty but for the most part excellent bodyline, flexibility and artistry. All 12 Americans train at different gyms in 10 states and presented a good variety of styles and skills (with the exception of wolf turns on beam and floor, overused in general).

Additionally, while almost all of the U.S. seniors committed some nervous mistakes, the juniors nailed routine after routine, outscoring their senior counterparts, 171.850-167.950. The top two juniors, Gabby Perea and Emma Malabuyo, also outscored the senior champion, McCusker.

The U.S. entered Hurd, Locklear, McCusker and Nguyen as its senior team, with Abby Paulson, Shchennikova and Thomas competing as individuals. The team won by a smaller than expected margin, 3.3 points ahead of Brazil (164.650), with Russia just .05 behind (164.600) in third.

McCusker, who struggled to fifth at the American Cup (52.966) last month in her senior debut, this time took first place with 56.600, which included a fall on floor. Coached by Maggie Haney at MG Elite in New Jersey, McCusker is every bit as stylish as clubmate Laurie Hernandez. She impressed with outstanding presentation across the board, with absolutely beautiful leg extension and full amplitude on every skill. She earned the highest score of the day, 15.050 on uneven bars (tied with Perea), for a lovely 6.2-Difficulty routine (Stalder-full to Maloney; Tkatchev; Stalder to piked Tkatchev; Ricna to Pak; Van Leeuwen; pirouette to elgrip to half-in, back out). She earned a 14.600 for a clean double-twisting Yurchenko (one of eight from the U.S. team in Jesolo, now worth 5.4 in the Code of Points) and 14.200 on balance beam (triple wolf turn; double wolf turn; front aerial; ff layout, layout; switch leap switch half; wobble on aerial; ff ff double tuck dismount; 5.5). Her only mistake of the day came with what seemed to be a fluke fall on her last tumbling pass on floor exercise (piked/tucked full-in; double-twisting front to stag jump; double pike; overrotated double tuck; 12.750/5.2).

Minnesotan Abby Paulson, who trains under Sarah Jantzi (who coached Maggie Nichols) at Twin City Twisters, placed third all-around after going four-for-four (55.800). She scored 13.600 on floor exercise (piked full-in; triple twist; 2 1/2 punch front; 5.4D), 13.700 for a clean Yurchenko full (4.6D), 14.200 on balance beam (front flip; side aerial, layout, layout; switch leap, switch half; 2 1/2; 5.8D) and a high of 14.300 on uneven bars (toe-blind, Stalder-Shaposhnikova-Pak-Van Leeuwen; toe-blind to piked Jaeger; double front; 5.6D).

Nguyen, coached by Liang Chow in Iowa, placed seventh all-around with 54.550. Her highest score came on balance beam, 14.250 (ff layout, layout; side aerial, back tuck; Y turn to full turn; switch leap, Onodi, sheep jump; switch ring; front tuck; ff ff 2 1/2; 6.0D), but she struggled a bit on uneven bars, where she was a bit sloppy on her pirouettes and her knees were not quite locked out. The content of her routine was excellent, however (inside Stalder full; Maloney, uprise, Gienger between the bars; elgrip to layout Jaeger; Pak; double layout; 13.250/5.6). Her lowest score came on floor exercise (tucked full-in; triple twist; double-twisting front; double tuck, out of bounds; 12.850/5.0). Nguyen has another chance to impress next Saturday in London, where she is slated to compete in the third and final FIG all-around World Cup of 2017.

Hurd, third at the Stuttgart World Cup after two falls on beam, once again had an off day. Coached by Russian-born Slava Glazounov at First State Gymnastics in Delaware, Hurd had the top score for the U.S. on vault (14.700) but missed uneven bars (fall on Van Leeuwen transition; 13.400/5.4) and balance beam (fall on ff layout; appeared to grab the beam on aerial; 12.600/5.7), where she dismounted with a clean full-in. On floor exercise, she bounced out of bounds on her double-double mount (13.200/5.3) to finish just 15th.

Locklear, who served as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic team last summer, contributed two strong events on Saturday with 14.750 on uneven bars (toe-full, Stalder-Shaposhnikova; Pak to Maloney to bail to Stalder shoot; toe blind to high Jaeger; full-twisting double; 5.5D) and 14.000 on balance beam (triple wolf, double wolf; ff layout; punch front; side somi; switch leap, switch half, back tuck; RO double tuck; 5.6D).

Shchennikova – coached by her parents, Alex Shchennikov and Katia Shchennikova at 5280 Gymnastics in Colorado – finished just .050 behind Nguyen. She hit well on vault and uneven bars (inside-Stalder full to Komova II directly into Tkatchev to Pak to Stalder to Stalder-Shaposhnikova; double layout) but dropped off beam on her ff, layout, layout series (12.250). Trinity Thomas, the seventh American senior, finished 15th after a 12.850 on beam (side somi; one-arm ff, layout, layout; front aerial; switch leap, switch half and fell; switch side to straddle jump-half; RO double tuck) and a botched Pak salto on uneven bars (Weiler pirouette to Maloney; uprise full to Tkatchev-Pak; Van Leeuwen; double layout), but showed tremendous potential with huge amplitude. Thomas was the only American who didn't vault a Yurchenko, choosing a full-twisting Tsukahara instead.

Olympians Rebeca Andrade and Flávia Saraiva led Brazil to second place. Andrade claimed the all-around silver (56.000) behind McCusker, taking the highest score of the day on vault with 15.000 for a strong double-twisting Yurchenko. She hit relatively cleanly on the three other events, scoring 13.800 on uneven bars (Tkatchev-Pak; Van Leeuwen; piked Jaeger; toe-full to full-twisting double; 5.3D), 13.550 on balance beam (ff layout; front aerial right to split leap, ff; switch half; punch front; switch ring; double pike; 5.4D) and 13.650 on floor exercise (tucked full-in; 2 1/2, front layout full; double tuck; double pike; 5.0). Saraiva finished fifth all-around after a fall on her switch ring on balance beam (ff layout, layout; RO two-foot layout; punch front, split jump; Korbut; front aerial, sheep, ff; side somi; RO double pike one step; 6.0D). She had the top score of the seniors on floor exercise (piked full-in; double pike; double tuck; 13.850/5.1D).

First-year senior Yelena Yeryomina led Russia to third and finished fourth all-around (55.750). Yeryomina, still not looking quite comfortable in the senior spotlight, fell on her Yurchenko mount on beam but finished well (beautiful ff layout, layout; Y turn; front aerial to one foot to scale; split jump full; switch leap, side aerial; RO triple twist; 13.250/5.7). She qualified second to the uneven bars final with 14.850 (Nabiyeva to Pak; messy Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder, inside Stalder-blind; piked Jaeger; toe-full to full-twisting double tuck; 6.0D) and fourth on floor exercise, where she wears rhythmic half-shoes (tucked full-in; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 punch front; double turn in attitude; double tuck; 13.550/5.2). Her Yurchenko 1 1/2 earned 14.100 (5.0D).

Olympian Angelina Melnikova, gearing up for the London World Cup before the European championships, looked stronger than she has so far this year. She earned her highest score on vault for a double-twisting Yurchenko (14.350) and hit beam for 14.050 on vault (double wolf turn to stand; switch ring; ff ff two-foot layout; punch front; full turn with leg held horizontal to full turn; side somi; high and clean double pike; 5.7D) but had a fluke mistake on uneven bars, missing a giant full before her dismount (inside Stalder full; Komova II to Pak; Van Leeuwen; piked Jaeger; full-twisting double tuck to scary straight-legged landing; 13.100/5.7). Her ambitious floor exercise still needs more polish to reach its for full potential (double turn with leg held horizontal to double turn; Arabian double front; double layout, tucked down; piked full-in; double pike; 13.300/5.5).

Russian champion Natalia Kapitonova had nearly the same mistake as Melnikova on uneven bars, coming up short on a toe-on pirouette right before her dismount (Stalder-full; Komova II to Pak to Stalder; Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder full to Tkatchev; fall on toe-on pirouette; full-twisting double; 13.550/6.0) and was very shaky on balance beam, where she showed some unique skills (ff ff two-foot layout; double turn; split jump to punch front; side aerial; double turn in Y; switch half; side somi; ff ff double tuck; 13.350/5.8).

The eldest Russian in Jesolo, Olympian and co-world uneven bars champion Daria Spiridonova, qualified to the bars final in fifth (Komova II, Pak, Van Leeuwen; toe-blind to piked Jaeger; toe-full to full-twisting double; 14.200/5.6).

Mélanie De Jesus Do Santos led France to fourth (160.200) in a good showing before the European championships. Her double-twisting Yurchenko had a bit too much power (13.700), but she was impressive on uneven bars (Komova, back uprise, inside-Stalder-immediate Tkatchev-Pak; Van Leeuwen; got a lost after elgrip full but covered well; full-twisting double layout; 14.450/5.8) and balance beam (piked front mount; piked front; handstand stepdown ff two-foot layout; side somi; beautiful switch ring; RO double tuck; 13.900/5.7). She had a fall on floor exercise that dropped her down to ninth all-around (tucked full-in; fall on double pike; front layout, layout front full; double tuck; 12.100/4.9).

The Italian A team, which included two-first year seniors (Noemi Linari and Martina Maggio) and two gymnasts born in 2000 (Desiree Carofiglio and Giada Grisetti), managed only fifth (159.750). Only three Italian seniors advanced to Sunday's event finals: Grisetti on balance beam (switch ring; ff ff layout; front aerial, split jump, wolf jump; Onodi; side aerial; RO double tuck; 13.500/5.3), and Carofiglio and Sofia Busato (also born in 2000) on vault.

The Canadian seniors finished sixth (156.750). 2016 Olympic vault finalist Shallon Olsen qualified to finals on vault and floor exercise, but the team made a significant number of mistakes. Olsen was the top gymnast in 20th all-around, followed by Audrey Rousseau (23rd) and first-year seniors Jade Chrobok (26th) and Brooklyn Moors, the younger sister of 2012 Olympian Victoria Moors (27th).

A mixed team of Belgium and Italy finished seventh (156.500). Belgium Olympian Nina Derwael, who seems to have undergone a growth spurt since last summer, fell on her dismount after an otherwise strong uneven bars routine (Stalder-piked Tkatchev; Ricna-half to Yezhova; Stalder-Shaposhnikova; Pak; Van Leeuwen; toe-full; fall on full-twisting double; 13.750/6.0). Teammate Senna Deriks qualified to the bars final in sixth place (13.950/5.6).

Junior all-around champion Gabby Perea (USA) outscored the senior field in Jesolo.

The Americans were untouchable in the junior division, winning team title by nearly 14 points and taking the top four spots in the all-around. All-around champion Gabby Perea, coached by Chinese Olympians Li Yuejiu and Wu Jiani in Illinois, tied McCusker with the top score of the day on uneven bars (inside Stalder full; Maloney, uprise, Ricna, Pak; Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder blind to Jaeger; double layout; 15.050/6.0) and had the highest score of the day on beam (double wolf turn; standing full to split jump and straddle jump; ff, ff, two-foot layout; switch ring; side somi; ff ff 2 1/2; 14.650/6.1). Her double-twisting Yurchenko scored 14.550, and on floor exercise, she tumbled a tucked full-in; front to triple twist; 1 1/2 to double twist; and double pike (13.300/5.1).

U.S. junior champion Maile O'Keefe finished second all-around (56.900). O'Keefe, who is coached by Tammy and Sorin Salcianu at Salcianu Elite, also hit four events, tying Perea on vault (14.550), scoring 14.650 on uneven bars (Stalder-Shaposhnikova; Pak; Maloney, uprise, Ricna; Jaeger; Stalder-full to Arabian double front; 5.4) and 14.500 on balance beam (side aerial layout; ff ff two-foot layout; switch ring, split ring; ff ff double pike; 5.9). O'Keefe's biggest error was stepping out of bounds on her second pass on floor exercise (Arabian double front; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2; double tuck; double pike; 13.600/5.2).

Emma Malabuyo, coached by Kim Zmeskal-Burdette in Texas, finished third all-around with another four hit routines (56.275). She had the top score on junior vault (14.650) and scored 14.000 on uneven bars (inside Stalder, Stalder-full to Tkatchev; Pak; Stalder, Stalder, pirouette, Endo, Stalder-shoot to high; stuck full-twisting double; 5.0); 14.100 on balance beam (triple wolf; ff layout, layout; front tuck; standing Arabian; ff ff double pike; 5.8) and 13.950 on floor exercise (tucked full-in; double-twisting front, punch front, stag leap; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 stuck; double pike; 5.4).

Adeline Kenlin, who trains under coached Mary Wise and Paige Roth at Iowa Gym-Nest, also showed four clean routines for fourth all-around (55.900). Kenlin, who like Hurd was born in China and adopted by American parents, scored 14.250 on both vault and uneven bars (inside Stalder, Stalder-full; Ricna; inside Stalder-full to Pak; Van Leeuwen; double front-half; 5.7), and 14.150 on balance beam (ff layout, layout; side aerial, switch leap, switch half, back tuck; front aerial, sissone; wolf; full turn with leg horizontal to full turn; ff ff double pike with one step; 5.6). Kenlin earned her lowest score on floor exercise with 13.250, but opened with a front handspring, double front-half, rarely (if never) seen since it was performed by Ukrainian legend Lilia Podkopayeva en route to Olympic gold 21 years ago. Kenlin also tumbled a double-twisting front, punch front; to stag jump; 1 1/2 layout front full; double tuck for a 5.1 D-score.

The fifth U.S. junior, Olivia Dunne – coached by Craig and Jennifer Zappa at Eastern National Academy in New Jersey – finished sixth all-around (53.600) with 13.500 on vault, beam and floor exercise, and 13.100 on uneven bars.

Italy, featuring a pair of twins in Asia and Alice d'Amato, finished second (157.900). Asia was the top gymnast in seventh all-around (52.850), followed by Elisa Iorio in eighth (52.675). Top junior hope Giorgia Villa was unable to finish the competition after appearing to injure her ankle or foot on floor exercise. Villa qualified to the uneven bars final (Maloney; Pak Stalder-Shaposh to bail to toe shoot to high; Tkatchev; elgrip giant full to elgrip; full-twisting double), tying Asia d'Amato with 13.500.

A talented quartet of Russians also finished third in the juniors (156.500), owing to too many mistakes. Valeria Saifulina was the top Russian in 11th all-around (51.550), with her top score 13.800 on uneven bars (Komova to Pak; inside Stalder; inside Stalder blind to Jaeger; Stalder, Stalder full to full-twisting double; 5.6D). Russian junior champion Ksenia Klimenko was the most stylish of the bunch, but managed only 12th all-around (51.300) after an 11.600 for just a tucked Yurchenko on vault (3.3D). Klimenko qualified to finals on the other three events, with 13.500 on uneven bars (Stalder-full; Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder, toe-blind to piked Jaeger to Pak; Maloney; double front half; 5.6D); 13.500 on balance beam (switch half; side aerial, layout; front handspring, tucked front; front aerial; sheep, split jump, wolf; side somi; switch ring and grab the beam; RO double tuck; 5.6D).

Anastasia Agafonova finished 13th (51.250) ahead of fan favorite Varvara Zubova in 15th (50.450). The spunky Zubova missed her incredible balance beam routine (RO, Onodi mount that did not get all the way around; front handspring to tucked front, nailed; fall on RO two-foot layout; front aerial, illusion; gainer ff to layout, layout; gainer Korbut; Y turn; RO ff double pike; 12.850/5.8).

Italy's B team finished fourth with 153.950, ahead of France (151.900) and Italy's Youth team (145.500).

Canada, which sent only three juniors, finished in sixth (145.150). Junior champion Ana Padurariu, coached by 1980 Olympic champion Yelena Davydova, finished fifth all-around (55.750), qualifying second to the beam final with a great routine that she ended with a big smile (back dive to shoulder stand mount; switch ring; side aerial, layout, layout; switch half; front aerial, split jump, ff; switch leap, sheep; RO double pike; 14.500/5.7).

A fourth Italian junior squad, Italy Hopes, finished eighth (122.100).

The Jesolo Trophy concludes Sunday with the senior and junior apparatus finals.

External Link: Italian Gymnastics Federation

10th City of Jesolo Trophy
April 1, 2017, Jesolo, Italy

Senior TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1.  United States43.50043.20042.45038.800167.950
Morgan Hurd14.70013.40012.60013.200
Ashton Locklear14.75014.000
Riley McCusker14.60015.05014.20012.750
Victoria Nguyen14.20013.25014.25012.850
2.  Brazil43.25040.40040.50040.500164.650
Rebeca Andrade15.00013.80013.55013.650
Thaís Fidélis13.55012.70013.30013.000
Carolyne Pedro13.95013.00012.90012.600
Flávia Saraiva14.30013.60013.65013.850
3.  Russia41.95042.60040.65039.400164.600
Natalia Kapitonova13.50013.55013.35012.500
Angelina Melnikova14.35013.10014.05013.300
Daria Spiridonova13.35014.20012.75012.550
Yelena Yeryomina14.10014.85013.25013.550
4.  France40.85041.10040.25038.000160.200
Juliette Bossu13.60012.65012.45012.900
Marine Boyer13.45012.85013.90013.000
Lorette Charpy13.55013.80010.95011.900
Mélanie De Jesus Do Santos13.70014.45013.90012.100
5.  Italy40.50039.95040.10039.200159.750
Desiree Carofiglio13.00013.20013.35012.900
Giada Grisetti13.85013.35013.50012.150
Noemi Linari13.55013.15013.25013.200
Martina Maggio13.10013.40012.45013.100
6.  Canada42.10037.95037.45039.250156.750
Jade Chrobok13.70012.75012.45012.650
Brooklyn Moors13.80012.55012.40012.200
Shallon Olsen14.55012.05012.60013.300
Audrey Rousseau13.75012.65012.40013.300
7.  Belgium/Italy40.75040.45037.35037.950156.500
Senna Deriks13.80013.95012.25013.350
Nina Derwael 13.65013.75013.45012.350
Sara Berardinelli13.05012.20011.40012.200
Caterina Cereghetti13.30012.75011.65012.250

Junior TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1.  United States43.75043.95043.30040.850171.850
Adelin Kenlin14.25014.25014.15013.250
Emma Malabuyo14.65014.00014.10013.950
Maile O'Keefe14.55014.65014.50013.600
Gabby Perea14.55015.05014.65013.300
2.  Italy 141.90040.05038.00037.950157.900
Asia d'Amato14.20013.50012.35013.100
Alice d'Amato13.70011.00012.85011.750
Elisa Iorio14.00013.05012.80013.100
Giorgia Villa13.50013.50012.3504.800
3.  Russia39.45040.75039.40036.900156.500
Anastasia Agafonova13.40013.45013.25011.150
Ksenia Klimenko11.60013.50013.30012.900
Valeria Saifulina12.80013.80012.45011.900
Varvara Zubova13.25012.25012.85012.100
4.  Italy 240.00036.70038.70038.550153.950
Sidney Saturnino13.65012.50012.95013.150
Martina Basile13.35012.35012.20012.750
Matilde de Tullio13.00011.85013.25012.200
Benedetta Ciammarughi12.05010.65012.50012.650
5.  France40.40037.70036.10037.700151.900
Carolann Heduit13.20013.05012.75013.600
Julia Forestier13.70012.60012.05011.700
Celia Serber13.50012.05011.30012.400
6.  Italy Youth37.65033.10036.90037.850145.500
Giulia Cotroneo12.80011.00013.05012.850
Alessia Federici12.85010.60012.00012.650
Simona Marinelli11.90011.50011.85012.350
Camilla Campagnaro12.00010.40011.25010.700
7.  Canada36.80031.50039.90036.950145.150
Zoé Allaire-Bourgie11.50010.40013.45012.900
Jaden Gorsline11.7007.10011.95010.450
Ana Padurariu13.60014.00014.50013.600
8.  Italy Hopes23.20030.05033.90034.950122.100
Veronica Mandriota12.65010.30012.50012.450
Marta Morabito10.5509.95011.30011.200
Serena Napolitano0.0009.80010.10011.300

Senior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Riley McCusker5.414.6006.215.0505.514.2005.212.75056.600
2.Rebeca Andrade5.415.0005.313.8005.413.5505.013.65056.000
3.Abby Paulson4.613.7005.614.3005.814.2005.413.60055.800
4.Yelena Yeryomina5.014.1006.014.8505.713.2505.213.55055.750
5.Flávia Saraiva5.414.3004.913.6006.013.6505.113.85055.400
6.Angelina Melnikova5.414.3505.713.1005.714.0505.513.30054.800
7.Victoria Nguyen5.414.2005.613.2506.014.2505.012.85054.550
8.Alyona Shchennikova5.414.6505.814.4005.312.2505.113.20054.500
9.Mélanie De Jesus Do Santos4.613.7005.814.4505.713.9004.912.10054.150
10.Morgan Hurd5.414.7005.413.4005.712.6005.313.20053.900
11.Senna Deriks4.613.8005.613.9505.312.2505.113.35053.350
12.Marine Boyer4.613.4504.612.8505.713.9004.913.00053.200
12.Nina Derwael 4.613.6506.013.7505.213.4504.212.35053.200
14.Noemi Linari5.013.5505.113.1505.013.2505.113.20053.150
15.Trinity Thomas4.813.7505.613.2505.312.8505.613.25053.100
16.Natalia Kapitonova4.613.5006.013.5505.813.3505.112.50052.900
17.Giada Grisetti5.413.8505.413.3505.313.5004.812.15052.850
18.Daria Spiridonova4.613.3505.614.2005.312.7504.712.55052.850
19.Thaís Fidélis4.613.5504.812.7006.113.3005.313.00052.550
20.Shallon Olsen5.414.5504.612.0505.312.6005.513.30052.500
21.Desiree Carofiglio4.813.0004.913.2005.313.3504.912.90052.450
22.Carolyne Pedro4.613.9504.813.0005.012.9004.912.60052.450
23.Audrey Rousseau4.613.7504.612.6505.112.4005.313.30052.100
24.Martina Maggio5.413.1005.113.4005.212.4504.713.10052.050
25.Juliette Bossu4.613.6005.512.6504.712.4504.612.90051.600
26.Jade Chrobok5.013.7004.712.7505.212.4504.912.65051.550
27.Brooklyn Moors4.813.8004.512.5504.612.4005.112.20050.950
28.Lorette Charpy4.613.5505.413.8005.110.9504.611.90050.200
29.Caterina Cereghetti4.613.3004.812.7505.211.6504.512.25049.950
30.Sara Berardinelli5.013.0505.012.2004.711.4004.712.20048.850
31.Ashton Locklear5.514.7505.614.00028.750
32.Sofia Busato5.414.30014.300
33.Lara Mori4.712.45012.450

Junior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Gabby Perea5.414.5506.015.0506.114.6505.113.30057.225
2.Maile O'Keefe5.414.5505.614.6505.914.5005.213.60056.900
3.Emma Malabuyo5.414.6505.014.0005.814.1005.413.95056.275
4.Adelin Kenlin5.414.2505.714.2505.614.1505.113.25055.900
5.Ana Padurariu4.613.6005.314.0005.714.5005.113.60055.750
6.Olivia Dunne4.613.5005.313.1005.413.5005.213.50053.600
7.Asia d'Amato5.414.2005.113.5004.712.3505.013.10052.850
8.Elisa Iorio5.414.0005.813.0504.812.8004.913.10052.675
9.Carolann Heduit4.613.2005.713.0505.712.7505.313.60052.600
10.Sidney Saturnino4.613.6504.712.5005.212.9504.913.15052.250
11.Valeria Saifulina5.412.8005.613.8005.212.4504.811.90051.550
12.Ksenia Klimenko3.311.6005.613.5005.613.3005.012.90051.300
13.Anastasia Agafonova4.613.4005.313.4505.313.2505.011.15051.250
14.Martina Basile4.613.3504.512.3505.112.2004.912.75050.650
15.Varvara Zubova4.613.2504.912.2505.812.8504.412.10050.450
16.Matilde de Tullio4.613.0004.911.8504.913.2504.612.20050.300
17.Julia Forestier4.613.7004.912.6004.712.0504.411.70050.050
18.Giulia Cotroneo4.612.8004.411.0005.013.0504.912.85049.700
19.Celia Serber4.613.5004.512.0504.711.3004.912.40049.250
20.Alice d'Amato5.413.7004.611.0005.112.8504.911.75049.100
21.Zoé Allaire-Bourgie3.711.5004.310.4005.213.4504.612.90048.250
22.Alessia Federici4.012.8504.610.6004.712.0004.512.65048.100
23.Veronica Mandriota4.012.6504.010.3004.712.5004.812.45047.900
24.Benedetta Ciammarughi3.512.0504.610.6504.712.5004.812.65047.850
25.Simona Marinelli3.511.9003.411.5004.811.8504.712.35047.600
26.Camilla Campagnaro4.612.0003.510.4004.311.2504.610.70044.350
27.Giorgia Villa5.413.5005.413.5005.112.3502.04.80044.150
28.Marta Morabito3.510.5501.69.9504.011.3003.611.20043.000
29.Jaden Gorsline3.311.7002.47.1004.911.9503.710.45041.200
30.Serena Napolitano0.00.0001.69.8003.910.1003.811.30031.200

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