Covergirl Classic Juniors Results, Videos and Analysis
The all around competition in the junior division was more exciting than it was in the senior division; two of the top three all around juniors (or arguably all of them) in the country competed all four events. It definitely looked like it was going to be a showdown between two time national champion Kyla Ross and the exciting rising star from WOGA, Katelyn Ohashi.
Ross performed but not perfectly well throughout the competition. She earned her high score on vault, performing an Amanar for the first time with a somewhat rough landing. She has scored higher on a double full, but is definitely capable of cleaning it up. She also showed her much improved bars routine. Judging by the scores, beam was a bit rough compared to her normally super solid set. Her floor score seemed lower than I expected.
Ohashi started out underperforming on floor, falling on her last pass. After that, she hit vault and bars and was last up on beam with a chance to take the title. A fall early on in the routine took away the gold, but she managed to land her layout full and earn a 7.0 difficulty score without a combination she did in training.
Priessman was one of the other favorites, and stepped up, hitting her routines when others faltered. She finished first on vault with her amanar, and hit a standing full on beam that she was not making during podium training. Her floor routine included a new double doubel. Bars, however, seems to be her biggest weakness, and what is stopping her from competing with Ross and Ohashi if they hit.
The gymnasts from GAGE all had a fantastic competition, finishing in 4th, 5th and 9th place. Finnegan is a very strong gymnast on floor, which she won, and beam, where she scored 14.2 with a fall. She could, however, use a stronger vault. Dowell looked like she was going to be the big surprise of the competition after a clean new double twisting yurchenko, but her scores dropped off as the competition went on, and she finished with a fall on floor. Desch, the youngest of the GAGE girls, also upgraded to a clean double twisting yurchenko, but struggled a bit on bars. Still, she seems to have improved a lot since last year.
A few others: Bailie Key and Amelia Hundley both had outstanding competitions with no standout scores to finish 6th and 7th. Nica Hults scored mediocre 12s and 13s on vault, bars and floor- the highlight of her day came on beam where she earned a huge 15.05 to win the event. Simone Biles, who is training an Amanar and competes a double layout, had a fantastic competition on vault, beam and floor, but missed bars and only scored 8.75 to drop to 20th all around.
Note: More video links will be added as they appear on youtube. Some routines are incomplete.