The Weekend Competition Roundup

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Lots of meets again this weekend, kiddos! Not only meets, but big news, as the FIG released the nominative list for World Championships. With this list came a bunch of official team announcements, which we’ll be getting nonstop in the coming weeks.

Team Announcements

If you haven’t seen it yet, we’re tracking all team announcement news on our World Championships team master list. It’s mostly based on the nominative roster at this point, though some teams have confirmed, which we’re noting when it happens.

Right now, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland are all set in stone and official, though I’d take the Chinese and Russian teams with a grain of salt, as they’ve been making little swaps and changes ever since their decisions.

Look for more announcements next week, as the German and Dutch women both have final trials on October 3, and then the U.S. women’s selection camp begins October 6 with the team to be named on the 8th. Great Britain and Australia are also in the midst of selection camps this week, so they should also be official soon.

Romanian Championships

Larisa Iordache was the undisputed champion here, adding another all-around title to her collection with a huge three point lead over silver medalist Ana Maria Ocolisan. Her score of 60.9 makes her the only non-U.S. gymnast to earn above a 59 in 2015. Iordache also brought home the gold in the three event finals in which she participated, earning a 14.95 on bars, a 15.625 on beam, and a 15.2 on floor.

Ocolisan was excellent, posting a 57.7 in the all-around while also earning bronze on beam, and Diana Bulimar was third in the all-around with a 57.25 and the silver beam medalist with a 14.7. Laura Jurca captured bars silver and floor bronze, Silvia Zarzu won floor silver, and junior Olivia Cimpian won bronze on bars. The vault final featured no top Worlds contenders, but keep your eyes on gold medalist Denisa Golgota, a 2002 baby who has one of her country’s best DTYs. Alexandra Mihai won silver there while Cimpian won bronze. [Results]

Italian Championships

In a major upset, Tea Ugrin – who wasn’t named to the nominative roster – became national champion with a 56.05 after major mistakes limited her teammates in the all-around. Elisa Meneghini was second with a 55.75 while Erika Fasana was third with a 55.65 after a fall on beam. The others in contention for the Worlds team include Lara Mori (4th), Martina Rizzelli (5th), Carlotta Ferlito (6th), and Enus Mariani (10th).

Event titles went to junior Sofia Busato on vault, Rizzelli on bars, Ferlito with a big 14.7 on beam, and Fasana on floor. Vanessa Ferrari skipped out on Championships due to foot pain, but hopes to be back in full for the Novara Cup on October 10. [Results] [Recap]

Swiss Championships

Giuia Steingruber is again the national champion of Switzerland, posting a 57.6 in the all-around final and capturing titles on every event but beam. In event finals she averaged a 14.65 on vault, hit bars for a 14.25, and then nailed floor for a 14.5. She seemed to have some struggles on beam, going just 13.6 there compared to her 14.8 in the all-around, but still won the bronze medal.

Ilaria Käslin placed second with a 54.9 and Laura Schulte was third with a 53.35. Nicole Hitz, originally left off the nominative list, had an impressive enough performance, outdoing Stefanie Siegenthaler to replace her on the Worlds team. [Results]

Hungarian Grand Prix

Dorina Boczoco won this year’s all-around title at home after posting a 53.8, a point higher than Slovenia’s Teja Belak in second with a 52.6. In third was Luca Diveky of Hungary with a 50.8. Hungary’s Boglarka Devai won the vault title averaging a 14.4 with her new DTY looking great. Tyesha Mattis of Great Britain is skipping Worlds selection this year after spending the majority of 2015 recovering from injury, but earned the bars title here with a 13.55. Vasiliki Millousi of Greece won the beam title with a 13.85 while Boczogo showed an upgraded floor to win there with a 14.2. [Results]

Junior Japan International

Once again, Laurie Hernandez proved to be the top junior in the game with her dominating performance at Junior Japan. She won the all-around by nearly three points with a 58.75, picked up two more gold medals on vault (14.566 average) and floor (a huge 14.933), and then added two silvers on bars (14.833) and beam (14.633). Russia’s Anastasia Iliankova won bars with a 15.166 and Liu Tingting of China won beam with a 14.8. Jazzy Foberg of the United States seemed to struggle here, but still managed silver in the all-around and bronze medals on vault and beam. [Results] [Recap]

What’s Next?

As mentioned, Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia have their final World Championships selection meets this weekend. We’ll see a few more domestic national championships with both Austria and New Zealand using the weekend to crown new title holders, the South American Junior Championships are happening in Argentina, and on Saturday we’ll see the Polish International Team Championships as well as the French Friendly. Finally, the U.S. women will travel to the ranch on Sunday and we should know the U.S. Worlds team by October 8.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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