Juniors Day 1 2011 Visa Championships (Results, Videos and Analysis)
Katelyn Ohashi was spectacular today. I believe this is the highest all around score in this quadrennium without an Amanar. Beam, of course, was her strongest event, but she was amazing everywhere. She is first on bars, beam and floor, and third on vault at the moment. We have all been waiting a long time for this to happen. It will be very hard for somebody to pass her. Kyla Ross, who is currently third, probably has the best chance at doing that on Saturday. She would need to be nearly flawless for that to happen, even if Ohashi falls, because she is 3.45 behind at the moment. Ross, who usually is the best competitor around, fell on her last tumbling pass on floor and stumbled off the mat after landing her Amanar, which was devalued. She hit bars and beam, to climb from 9th after the second rotation to 3rd.
The second most impressive performance of the day came from Sarah Finnegan. She is unexpectedly sitting in second place at the moment, even though Ross and Priessman were favored to be in the top three. She started off with a new double twisting yurchenko (she competed a full a month ago) on vault, then continued on to bars, where she has improved the most since last year. She was wobbly on beam, but managed to save everything. Finally, she recorded her highest score and had her highest event finish of the day on floor. If she can hit like this on Saturday and improve her beam score, she will probably stay on the podium.
Lexie Priessman fell on her first event, beam, but really pulled herself back together. She did a gorgeous Amanar in the third rotation, the highest vault score so far, and hit her very difficult floor routine which includes a double twisting double back. She did a very good job coming back from that first mistake, which is almost more impressive than not making the mistake at all. Bars, however, are holding her back.
Kennedy Baker had a fantastic competition, as did the rest of the Texas Dreams girls, who hit 25/26 routines as a group. Brenna Dowell, who is tied with Baker for 5th, scored consistently in the high 13s, with the exception of a 14.8 on vault, her best event. Amelia Hundley had a good day overall, but a wobbly beam routine. Mykayla Skinner, 9th all around, landed a clean Amanar for second on the event.
Current national team members Ericha Fassbender, Ariana Guerra and Elizabeth Price will want to improve for Saturday’s competition; they all recorded a score under 13.0. There are only 8 funded spots left over after the top 6 all around, and if they cannot reach that position, they can at least prove that they can come back from mistakes. Getting back on the national team is definitely not a sure thing for them at the moment (or anybody really, except maybe the top 4 who Marta would probably add even if they bombed on Saturday).
Below are results linked to videos, which will be updated as videos appear. Click here for results with difficulty and execution scores.