Lauren here! I went on a ten day vacation to Iceland and the Balkans and missed out on a lot of coverage due to sketchy internet connections.
Just because I went away doesn’t mean the gym world came to a dead stop, however! A lot happened in the past ten days, so here’s a brief recap of everything you may have missed.
Japanese Championships & Universiade Team Named | Final Results
After two days of competition, Asuka Teramoto won the all-around title with a combined total of 114.400. She posted a 57.050 on day one and a 57.350 on day two, looking exceptionally strong on bars and beam both days.
Yuki Uchiyama placed 2nd with a 113.700 and Aiko Sugihara placed 3rd with a 113.450, narrowly edging out Natsumi Sasada, in 4th with a 113.100. Sasada had a great first day, earning a 57.450 – the highest all-around score of the meet – but fell on bars on day two. Her beam both days was tremendous, however!
Koko Tsurumi was fantastic on bars both days and looked good on beam during day one, but had a fall there on day two and placed 5th all-around. The highly anticipated new senior Sae Miyagawa placed 7th but was phenomenal on vault and floor. Also of note…Yu Minobe looked very strong on beam while Mai Murakami struggled on both beam and floor.
The Japanese federation named the Universiade team following the meet. Teramoto, Sasada, Tsurumi, Minobe, and Sakura Yumoto (who has a lovely beam) will travel to South Korea to compete in the multi-sport competition for collegiate athletes.
Sao Paolo World Challenge Cup | Results
Yet another FIG World Challenge Cup this weekend, and it was definitely one of the strongest Challenge Cup fields of the year as far as the women are concerned. Gold medals went to Deng Yalan of China on vault, Shang Chunsong of China on bars and beam, and Flavia Saraiva of Brazil on floor.
Brazil also earned two silver medals, from Rebeca Andrade on vault and Saraiva on beam, and Germany had great success as well – Sophie Scheder and Elisabeth Seitz won silver and bronze on bars with excellent scores of 14.875 and 14.700, respectively, while Scheder also picked up a bronze on beam and then Seitz and Leah Griesser earned silver and bronze on floor.
The only non-Chinese, Brazilian, or German gymnast to win a medal was Chile’s Franchesca Santi on vault.
Dutch European Games Qualifications & Team Named
Lieke Wevers won the all-around at the first trial with a 54.883, followed by Lisa Top in 2nd with a 53.133 and Celine van Gerner in 3rd with a 53.034. In the second day of competition five days later, Wevers was again on top with a 55.533, followed by van Gerner in 2nd with a 53.967 and Top in 3rd with a 53.667. These three were selected to compete at the first ever European Games, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan this June.
U.S. Level 10 Nationals Next Weekend | Qualifiers
All regional championships for level 10 gymnasts in the U.S. are complete and the field is set for this year’s nationals, to be held May 15-17 in Des Moines, Iowa.
See the above link for the full list of competitors. Names you may know include…
- Junior A- Kelsey Knox, Kiya Johnson, Andrea Li
- Junior B- Nevaeh DeSouza, Kaitlin DeGuzman, Makarri Doggette
- Junior C- Madison Dagen, Jenna Swartzentruber, Rachael Lukacs, Natalie Wojcik, Alexandra Ruiz, Grace Waguespack
- Junior D- Lauren Ramirez, Rachael Flam, Lauren Farley, Kailey Gillings, Ava Verdeflor, Hope Masiado
- Senior A- Kennedi Edney, Reagan Campbell, Alexandra Marks, Meredith Sylvia, Melissa Reinstadtler, Ashley Szafranski, Bridget Dean
- Senior B- Cassidy Keelan, Tess McCracken, Wynter Childers, Jazmyn Estrella, Anna Glenn, Alexis Beucler
- Senior C- MaKenna Merrell, Macy Toronjo, Taylor Krippner, Olivia Karas, Kaitlyn Szafranski
- Senior D- Shannon McNatt, Haylee Roe, Jenna Bresette, Alicia Boren, Amanda Huang
Tabitha Yim Named Head Coach at Arizona | Article
The 2001 world bronze medalist who excelled as both a student athlete and assistant coach at Stanford was named head coach of the University of Arizona’s program, replacing Bill Ryden, who retired after leading the program for 17 years.
Marcela Torres is Swedish Champion
The 26-year-old Marcela Torres, formerly of Argentina, is now Sweden’s top all-arounder, winning the Swedish title with a 51.450 last weekend. Lovisa Estberg placed 2nd with a 50.900 while Julia Rumbutis placed 3rd with a 50.800.
We’ll be back for our regularly scheduled gymnastics coverage this week with the Varna World Challenge Cup!
Article by Lauren Hopkins