Swiss Worlds Team Announced Following Championships

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On Saturday, Giulia Steingruber was once again crowned queen of her sport with a big all-around win in Winterthur, which marks her fifth national all-around title in as many years.

With a total of 57.6 after hitting all of her routines in the all-around final, the 2015 European all-around champion picked up her first gold of the weekend by nearly three points, and then went on to add three more in event finals, averaging a 14.65 on vault and posting scores of 14.25 on bars and 14.5 on beam. Her only mishap was her beam routine in event finals, which featured a fall on her bhs layout. She still managed bronze with a 13.6, while her hit routine in the all-around earned a huge 14.8, the highest single score of the meet.

Ilaria Käslin continues to be a solid force for the Swiss team, earning the silver medal with a 54.9 after looking especially strong on beam with a 14.25. Her difficulty is a bit too low to make her a contender for an individual event final at Worlds, though she could factor into the all-around final if she hits in qualification, which would be awesome for a country like Switzerland. In event finals, Käslin fell on bars, but won the beam title with a 13.8 and then picked up another silver on floor with a 14.05 for her clean work there.

In third place was Laura Schulte, who posted a 53.35 after a fall on beam. Schulte has a beautiful FTY and should be a big help to the team there, as vault is a little weak overall. She earned another bronze medal on vault in event finals, averaging a 13.55 after again hitting a superb FTY. Her second vault, a piked tsuk, is pretty simple and ranked only at a 4.2 start value, but she performed it well. She did struggle in both the bars and floor finals, however, falling on bars and then going out-of-bounds several times on floor, though she was otherwise somewhat clean on the latter and still managed a 13.4.

Jessica Diacci, a podium favorite, placed fourth after struggling on everything but beam, posting just a 51.7 when she’s capable of much greater. Diacci was originally supposed to compete at last year’s World Championships but was criticized for her lack of work ethic and for being out of shape, and was eventually removed from the team. This year she came back in fighting form and has done some good work internationally, including earning a bars medal in Doha.

Despite her rough day in the all-around, however, she managed to medal on every event, including silver on vault averaging a 13.675, silver on bars with a 13.6, silver on beam with a 13.7, and bronze on floor with a 13.5. She proved there how strong she can be when she’s consistent, but still has a bit of work to do on improving both her difficulty and execution to take her from good to great.

Nicole Hitz, left off the nominative roster, had a surprise fifth place finish, earning a 51.65 with solid routines on vault and floor. Her difficulty is super low across the board, and I can’t imagine they’d have a place for her in the team final, but she should do a decent job in qualifications if she hits.

Like Diacci, Caterina Barloggio had a rough day in the all-around, earning sixth place with a 50.95 after falling on bars and floor. Her beam was nice on this first day of competition, earning a 13.75, but then she fell on the event in finals. She did come away with a bronze for her tidy bars set, but ultimately just didn’t really impress at this meet.

Still, it didn’t affect her Worlds chances. The same can’t be said for Stefanie Siegenthaler, who has been out all year due to injury and finished last with a 50.85 after falls on floor. She was just a tenth behind Barloggio, but found herself on the chopping block for Worlds after also not placing in the top three in any event final (she was fourth on both bars and beam). Originally named on the nominative roster, she was replaced on the team by Hitz, though will likely remain as an alternate.

Two days after the completion of Swiss Championships, the Swiss Gymnastics Federation announced the inclusion of Barloggio, Diacci, Hitz, Käslin, Schulte, and Steingruber to their team for the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland this October. This year, while not a team finals contender, they could actually be in the mix for a top 16 finish, meaning they’d receive a berth to the test event in 2016 where they’d be able to fight for a spot at the Olympic Games.

Full results are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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