Garcia, now 25, looked better than ever, especially on bars and beam, where she reached scores of 14.6 and 14.65, respectively. She also hit all of her passes on floor for a 14.2 and showed a beautiful Yurchenko 1.5 for a 14.55. She was impossible to beat, sweeping all four event titles with her incredible performance.
Lago placed second with a 55.35, another big score especially considering her bad luck with injuries in the past couple of years. Her standout events were beam (14.25) and floor (14.0), though she also did nice work with her lovely FTY, which brought in a 13.95, the third-best score of the day.
In third was the powerful Alexa Moreno, who went easy on vault, but showed that she’s growing more consistent each year with great routines on bars, beam ,and floor. Her bars score was the second highest of the day, hitting 13.65, and she was right behind Lago on the latter two, with a 13.7 on beam and a 13.75 on floor after relatively minor mistakes on both. She finished her day with a 54.9 in the all-around for bronze.
Rounding out the top five were the 2014 World Championships teammates of the top three, Karla Retiz and Amaranta Torres. Retiz excels on bars, and that was no exception in Monterrey this weekend, as her 13.35 was the third-best of the meet; she also had a solid beam for a 13.55. Torres, meanwhile, posted the second highest vault score of 14.05 and she to had a clean beam for a 13.4, though she had falls on bars and floor that kept her out of the running.
Ahtziri Sandoval, also on last year’s Worlds team, is known for her bars but is relatively weak elsewhere. She finished 11th in the all-around, and even struggled a tiny bit on her strongest event, posting just a 13.25 to wind up in fourth place.
Somewhat disappointing was the 12th place finish of first-year senior and 2014 Youth Olympic Games standout Stephanie Hernandez, who had a 48.55 all-around total. Hernandez actually did some nice work on vault and beam, but a disastrous bars performance led to a score of just 9.1, leaving her unable to contend. If she can fix that, she’d definitely be among the top five, so hopefully this is something the team is able to accomplish in the next couple of years.
Article by Lauren Hopkins