First-year senior Martina Maggio led Brixia Brescia to the team title at this weekend’s Serie A match in Rome, where she also posted the top all-around score of 54.250 (a 53.650 without Italy’s domestic bonuses included).
Both Maggio and junior Asia D’Amato, the second-best all-around with a 54.050 (53.250 without bonus) competed well on all four events, showing excellent Yurchenko doubles on top of hit bars sets, both of which brought their team to a nearly six-point lead over the second-place team. D’Amato struggled a little on floor while Maggio didn’t have her best day on beam, but overall the two looked solid and showed potential for Italy’s strong future, especially as Maggio prepares for Euros later this month.
Joining these two were Sofia Busato, who showed an excellent Yurchenko double to get the team a huge 14.75 on vault, new senior Francesca Linari with the best beam set of the day along with a decent performance on floor, and 2016 Olympian Martina Rizzelli, who earned a 13.6 on bars with some mistakes.
Forza e Virtu, led by Desiree Carofiglio (third all-around with a 53.750, or a 53.050 without bonus), was second while GAL Lissone, featuring 2016 Olympian Elisa Meneghini alongside junior Sydney Saturnino, was third.
Carofiglio was at her strongest on vault and floor, but she also hit bars and showed some promise on beam, where she’s not generally one of the strongest. She was joined by Arianna Rocca on every event but bars, with her Yurchenko 1.5 on vault and a strong beam set her biggest contributions.
For GAL Lissone, this was Meneghini’s first time back on all four events since before the Rio Games, so she understandably wasn’t at full strength. Even on beam, generally where she shines, she struggled a bit, and with her low difficulty coupled with mistakes, she finished only fifth all-around with a 52.400 (or a 52.000 without bonus). Still, for her team, her scores were much-needed, and the same goes for seventh-best all-arounder Saturnino, whose 51.100 (50.800 without bonus) came with mistakes, but she still contributed solid scores on both vault and floor.
Rounding out the team standings in the A1 competition was Centro Sport Bollate in fourth, Ginnica Giglio in fifth, Artistica 81 Trieste in sixth, World Sporting Academy in seventh, Pro Lissone in eighth, Estate 83 in ninth, Olos Gym 2000 in tenth, Civitavecchia in 11th, and SGA Gymnasium in 12th.
Giada Grisetti was a standout for the Centro Sport Bollate team, competing all events but floor. She put up the best score of the day for her lovely bars set, and also posted the third-best score on beam. We also saw a glimpse of Spain’s Claudia Colom competing well on vault and beam for Ginnica Giglio, while her teammate Cintia Rodriguez competed bars and beam for Estate 83, and Germany’s Helene Schäfer competed vault and bars for Pro Lissone, putting up a 13.6 for her solid Yurchenko full.
In the A2 competition, Juventus Nova Melzo took the lead by about two points over Propatria 1883 Milano with Corpo Libero in third.
Clara Colombo was the standout for Juventus, placing second all-around with a 51.750 thanks to her excellent work on beam and floor, while first-year elite competitor Alessia Federici, who turned heads with her super-expressive floor at her debut in Jesolo, was Propatria’s best, placing third all-around with a 51.350 while showing her best work on beam and floor.
The best gymnast in the A2 competition was Sara Ricciardi, representing Corpo Libero incredibly well with a first-place all-around finish with a score of 52.500 while also topping the charts on every event but beam, where she was third-best. She doesn’t really have a standout event, but seems consistent and reliable across the board, so with the rest of her team relatively weak, she was the reason Corpo Libero was able to push past the other teams in this competition to finish third.
Behind the top three were Ginnastica Romana in fourth, Ghislanzoni in fifth, Di Torino in sixth, Biancoverde in seventh, Sampietrina in eighth, Renato Serra in ninth, Victoria Torino in tenth, Fratellanza Savonese in 11th, and Casellina in 12th.
Other notable competitors included Alice Bernardini, fourth place all-around with a 49.350 to help Ginnastica Romana, Irene Lanza of Di Torino, fifth all-around with the second-best vault score and third-best bars score, and Chiara Dalla Vecchia of Corpo Libero, who tied Lanza with the second-best vault score for her clean FTY.
The Serie A competition continues after Euros with the third meet in the series taking place on May 6.
Full results from this meet are available here.
Article by Lauren Hopkins