Schäfer Defeats Scheder, Seitz in National Team Cup


As part of the qualification process for their Olympic Test Event team, Germany hosted a National Team Cup in Buttenwiesen over the weekend, featuring nearly all gymnasts in contention but new senior Tabea Alt, who was busy at the American Cup.

The three best in Germany – Pauline Schäfer, Sophie Scheder, and Elisabeth Seitz – finished at the top as usual, in that order after Seitz counted a fall on bars. Schäfer posted an all-around score of 56.0 with Scheder earning a 55.2 after a fall on floor and Seitz coming in third with a 54.7.

Beyond this group we saw 2015 worlds team members Leah Griesser and Pauline Tratz in fourth and fifth with scores of 52.7 and 51.25, respectively. Carina Kröll was sixth with a 50.7, Amelie Föllinger was seventh with a 50.05, and worlds alternate Sarah Voss was eighth with a 49.65.

In addition to her all-around win, Schäfer had the best scores on vault and floor, earning scores of 14.65 and 14.05. She also had the second-best score on beam with a 14.15, a score that came with a fall, though she did reintroduce her eponymous side somi half into the routine.

Scheder ended up getting the top score of 14.4 on beam, and also won the bars title with a 15.05, the highest score on any event all day. Though Seitz fell on bars, she still managed the second-best score of 13.65 (matched by new senior Lina Philipp, who competed only on this event) while also posting the third-best score of 14.1 on vault for her superbly clean and powerful FTY.

Griesser was strong on floor, as usual, for a second-best 13.6 there while Tratz posted a 14.3 for her typically excellent vault. Voss struggled on bars and floor but hit beam for the third-best score of 13.6 there while Antonia Alicke had the third-best score of 13.5 for her excellent floor performance.

Alicke didn’t compete on bars, but actually otherwise had a pretty successful day, with good work on vault and beam in addition to her floor performance. Other non all-arounders included Nadja Schulze on everything but floor (an 11.9 on vault was her top score of the day) and Maike Enderle on bars and beam (she had mistakes on both, getting scores of 12.75 and 11.75, respectively).

From here, the German women move on to either the Stuttgart World Cup on March 19 or the DTB Pokal Team Challenge, held in conjunction with the cup with qualifications on March 18 and team finals on March 20. All-around leaders Schäfer and Scheder will cover the world cup spots with Seitz taking Germany’s spot at the Glasgow World Cup in addition to performing with one of the teams in the challenge. Alt, who was seventh at the American Cup after falls on beam and floor, will also fill a Team Challenge spot.

The National Team Cup was held on March 5 in Buttenwiesen, Germany. Full results are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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