Juniors Day 2 2011 Visa Championships (Results, Videos and Analysis)
Coming into today’s competition, Katelyn Ohashi just needed to hit most of her routines to become junior national champion, and that is exactly what she did. She fell off of the beam on her sheep jump, but was otherwise nearly flawless. She is so much more consistent than she was last year, and should be a huge force in junior competitions next year. It is a shame that she is not old enough for London. Along with the all around, Katelyn won bars, beam and floor.
Kyla Ross looked like herself today, and picked up her highest all around total ever, 60.15. After finally conquering the Amanar in competition, she was steady on bars, beam and floor. She finished second on both bars and beam, but because of her problems on thursday only ended up third on vault and sixth on floor. I think Marta will be very pleased with her performance today.
Sarah Finnegan started on bars, her weakest event, and only scored 13.5 (.8 less than day 1), but hit beam for a 14.7. She did not defend her national title on floor, finishing third, even with a clean routine. Vault, however, has improved significantly for her since last year. After seeing Priessman’s 14.2 on beam, I doubted that Finnegan could pass her, but she came through with the best vault of her life for a 14.8, her highest score of the day. Sarah is a big dark horse for 2012.
Lexie Priessman did a great job today. She improved every single score, and almost hit 16 on vault. She had some serious catching up to do, though, from the first event on Thursday, and just fell short. Her teammate, Amelia Hundley, has come a long way since last year. She improved on every event except for bars, with a high score of 14.75 on vault. She still has two years until she can compete as a senior, so hopefully she will keep improving at this rate.
Brenna Dowell had a good day, although all of her scores went down. She is not really spectacular anywhere, but delivered clean gymnastics all around. The highlight of her day was vault, where she scored a 14.7. Her teammate, Maddie Desch, also scored 14.7 on vault and picked up one of the higher floor scores, 14.15.
A trio of gymnasts from Texas Dreams, Kennedy Baker, Kiana Winston and Bailie Key, finished in 7th, 8th and 9th place. Baker, who was tied for fifth after day 1, faltered on beam and floor today but improved her score on bars by 5.5 tenths. She has always been a bit inconsistent, so I thought it was remarkable that she hit everything so well yesterday. Winston was consistent over the two days of competition and once again (this seemed to happen for most of the juniors), vault was her highest scoring event. Key, the youngest gymnast at championships, improved all of her scores today and even scored some 14s. She has very low difficulty on all events, never above 5.5, but is clean enough to make up for it.
Mykayla Skinner landed another Amanar today, which of course received her highest score. While she is very powerful and should theoretically be great on floor with a double double and a full in dismount, she only has a difficulty score of 5.3. Hopefully that will improve, because it seems like she should be capable of more.
Overall, this was a fantastic day for WOGA and Gym-Max for the success of their individual competitors and CGA, GAGE and Texas Dreams, who all qualified three gymnasts to the junior national team.
The results for the past two days of the competition are below, with the scores linked to videos. The top line for each gymnast is day one, the middle line is day two and the third line, in bold, is their combined score. The top 13 gymnasts made the national team.
The top five on each event were as follows:
1. Lexie Priessman- 31.5
2. Mykayla Skinner- 30.45
3. Kyla Ross– 29.95
4. Katelyn Ohashi- 29.7
5. Brenna Dowell- 29.5
5. Elizabeth Price- 29.5
1. Katelyn Ohashi- 30.15
2. Kyla Ross- 29.6
3. Kennedy Baker- 28.95
4. Elizabeth Price- 28.05
5. Sarah Finnegan- 27.8
1. Katelyn Ohashi- 31.05
2. Kyla Ross- 30.45
3. Sarah Finnegan- 29.05
4. Lauren Marinez- 28.75
5. Nica Hults- 28.0
1. Katelyn Ohashi- 30.05
2. Lexie Priessman- 29.15
3. Sarah Finnegan- 29.1
4. Amelia Hundley- 28.2
5. Maddie Desch- 27.85