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2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup

March 4, 2011

Winner Grace William with Nastia Liukin (photo: usa-gymnastics.org)

Grace Williams of Geddert’s Twistars won the Supergirl Cup tonight ahead of Amelia Hundley and Rachel Spicer.

Grace Williams looked very good throughout, and won by almost four tenths. She started out on vault with a stuck yurchenko 1.5, which surprisingly only scored 9.45. Her scores increased on every event throughout the night, culminating in a 9.725 on floor. The event that really set her apart, though, was beam where she scored a 9.7, the highest score of the night on that event. The other competitors in the top four only scored between 9.3 and 9.45. Grace stated that her goal this year is to make the National Team and compete at the Pan American Games.

At her second Supergirl Cup, Amelia Hundley couldn’t quite become the second straight winner from CGA, but easily finished second. Her high scores came on bars (9.75) and floor (9.65). Amelia is a very fun gymnast to watch and always seems to be enjoying herself when she competes.

Rachel Spicer was clean throughout the competition without any real standout routines or scores. She came in with the highest qualifying score and did well under pressure. She seems to be one of the few gymnasts from the competition who never has been elite and does not hope to compete elite in the future. Instead, she is one of two gymnasts from the competition to have received a full scholarship to compete at the University of Florida.

The gymnast who was most hyped up by the commentators throughout the competition was 13 year old MyKayla Skinner. MyKayla is age eligible for London and competes some big skills such as an amanar, standing full and double double. Due to level 10 rules that do not reward extreme difficulty, her vault score was a low 9.35. She was still in contention for a medal going into the fourth rotation, but rushed through bars missing a couple handstands and only scored 9.025. She certainly impressed Marta Karolyi tonight, and if she wants to make the Olympics, that’s what really matters.

Four other interesting stories came from Kayla Williams, Alexandra McMurtry, Georgia Dabritz and Lauren Marinez. Williams, a former World Vault Champion, looked alright in this competition. She isn’t in the same physical shape she was in two years ago, but she looks like she is doing a good job preparing herself for college. McMurtry has gotten herself invited to elite training camps and looks like she could be a good vault and floor specialist in the future. She did not have the best competition tonight, but if you watch her vault and floor from earlier this year, her potential is obvious. Today, she only vaulted a yurchenko full but picked up the highest score of the competition, 9.8. Dabritz was in the group of leaders early on, but then fell on beam and floor. Her gymnastics is very clean and she will be a great addition to Utah, where she has received a full scholarship. Lauren Marinez, who just missed the national team last year had a very good bars routine in the first rotation but then fell off beam. On floor, she had a scary fall on her first pass and didn’t get up for a few seconds, but got up and finished the routine. She scratched vault. I hope she is not too seriously injured.

Tomorrow, Grace’s teammate Jordyn Wieber will take on World Champion Aliya Mustafina and fourth place finisher Huang Qiushuang.

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