Ecker Defends National Title at 23

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The unstoppable Lisa Ecker defended her all-around title at the Austrian Championships this weekend in Innsbruck.

The 23-year-old from Linz posted a huge 54.45 – her best all-around score to date – in addition to nabbing three golds and a silver in event finals. In her all-around performance, Ecker was clean and consistent on all four events, and her only real falter of the weekend came during the bars final, where she still managed silver with a 12.575. Looking to worlds, she has made great improvements on beam and floor and should make big contributions there in Glasgow.

Elisa Hämmerle placed second again this year with a 52.4 after a fall on beam. Her vault and bars were both strong in the all-around competition, and then in event finals she picked up another silver on vault with her average of 13.925 in addition to posting a 13.15 for silver on floor. She had a fall on bars in finals, but her score of 11.9 was enough for the bronze there.

In bronze medal position was Jasmin Mader, who improved a great deal from her disastrous meet against Poland and Hungary last month, though still struggled on beam and floor. In addition to her 50.95 in the all-around, Mader picked up vault bronze with a 13.438 average, and then though her bars had some mistakes, she pulled off a hit routine for a 13.1 to earn a gold medal there – a major difference from the 8.75 she received in Grieskirchen.

In addition to these three, I was impressed with Christina Meixner on beam. Meixner had a huge 13.6 in the all-around, the second best score on the event Saturday, and though she counted mistakes in the final for a 12.875, it was still enough for silver. Erja Metzler was the only other medalist of the meet, earning the bronze on beam with a 12.625 and on floor with a 12.85.

The Austrians named the world championships team the day after the competition. Ecker, Hämmerle, Mader, and Olivia Jochum are the experienced members while Metzler and Marlies Männersdorfer will make their worlds debuts on the podium in Glasgow.

In the junior field, Tamara Stadelmann won the all-around with a 48.65 after hitting excellent routines everywhere but bars. In event finals, Stadelmann won bars bronze with a 10.8, beam bronze with a 12.275, and floor gold with a 12.125. She was followed in the all-around by silver medalist Beatrice Stritzl with a 48.25. Stritzl had a fantastic day on Sunday, picking up golds on vault with a 12.863 average and on bars with an 11.45 in addition to floor bronze with an 11.95.

The bronze medalist was Xenia Samstag with a 48.2. Samstag likely would’ve picked up the title with a hit bar routine, and went on to earn the vault silver averaging 12.838 and beam gold with a 12.85, though she fell in event finals on floor and posted an 11.325 there. Other event medalists included Fabienne Kostelack averaging a 12.813 for vault bronze, Selina Kickinger with an 11.25 for bars silver, Tamara Graf with a 12.275 for beam silver, and Linda Hamersak with an 11.975 for floor silver.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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