The U.S. Classic Junior Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for the junior session at the 2017 U.S. Classic!

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1. Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams, 56.750
2. Maile O’Keefe, Salcianu Elite, 54.700
3. Grace McCallum, Twin City Twisters, 54.150
4. Audrey Davis, WOGA, 53.750
5. Kara Eaker, GAGE, 53.600
— Olivia Dunne, ENA Paramus, 53.600
7. Shilese Jones, Buckeye, 53.450
8. Madelyn Williams, San Mateo, 53.300
9. Leanne Wong, GAGE, 53.200
10. Jay Jay Marshall, TIGAR, 52.250
— Addison Fatta, Prestige, 52.250
— Lilly Lippeatt, Cincinnati, 52.250
13. JaFree Scott, GAGE, 52.050
14. Lauren Little, Everest, 52.000
15. Sienna Robinson, Browns, 51.950
16. Ciena Alipio, West Valley, 51.550
17. Hannah Hagle, Texas East, 51.300
18. Abigail Scanlon, Capital, 51.150
— Deiah-Marie Moody, WOGA, 51.150
— Sydney Barros, Texas Dreams, 51.150
21. Anya Pilgrim, Hill’s, 51.000
22. Selena Harris, Gymcats, 50.750
23. Love Birt, First State, 50.250
24. Konnor McClain, Revolution, 50.200
— Kayla DiCello, Hill’s, 50.200
— Maeve Hahn, First in Flight, 50.200
27. Brooke Siter, North Stars, 50.050
28. Anapaula Gutierrez, TIGAR, 50.000
29. Ellie Lazzari, Gym Nasti, 49.700
30. Brenna Neault, Precision, 49.600
31. Olivia Hollingsworth, Stars Houston, 49.500
32. Jordan Bowers, Solid Rock, 49.450
33. Kaytlyn Johnson, Denton, 49.100
34. Morgan Trevor, WOGA, 48.950
35. Victoria Smirnov, Shooting Stars, 48.700
36. Sydney Kho, Winner’s, 48.600
37. Gabbie Gallentine, Everest, 48.550
38. Madeleine Johnston, Hill’s, 48.500
39. Jimena Gutierrez, TIGAR, 48.400
40. Carina Jordan, Prattville YMCA, 47.350
41. Nikki Beckwith, Buckeye, 47.250
42. Cael Bixler, Prestige, 46.800
43. Brooke Butler, Midwest, 46.500
44. Adeline Kenlin, Iowa GymNest, 28.900
45. Sunisa Lee, Midwest, 27.300
— Annie Beard, Texas Dreams, 27.300
47. Tienna Nguyen, Zenith Elite, 23.350
48. Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite, 14.500


1. Grace McCallum, Twin City Twisters, 14.650
2. Maile O’Keefe, Salcianu Elite, 14.600
3. Jay Jay Marshall, TIGAR, 14.550


1. Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite, 14.500
2. Madelyn Williams, San Mateo, 14.300
3. Adeline Kenlin, Iowa GymNest, 14.050


1. Adeline Kenlin, Iowa GymNest, 14.850
2. Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams, 14.450
3. Kara Eaker, GAGE, 14.250


1. Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams
2. Maile O’Keefe, Salcianu Elite, 13.900
3. Annie Beard, Texas Dreams, 13.400

4:13 pm. Leading After Session 1

1. Grace McCallum, Twin City Twisters, 54.150
2. Audrey Davis, WOGA, 53.750
3. Kara Eaker, GAGE, 53.600
4. Shilese Jones, Buckeye, 53.450
5. Madelyn Williams, San Mateo, 53.300
6. Leanne Wong, GAGE, 53.200
7. Jay Jay Marshall, TIGAR, 52.250
— Addison Fatta, Prestige, 52.250
— Lilly Lippeatt, Cincinnati, 52.250

4:11 pm. Robinson FX- Tucked full-in to start, good! Sassy little walk around, BEAUTIFUL Memmel turn, double tuck with a hop, 2.5 to front tuck with a hop, 1.5 through to double full, excellent routine!

Leanne Wong 53.2, Lauren Little 52.0

4:09 pm. Wong BB- Bhs loso loso, perfect, full L turn, slight check, front aerial, wobbled on something after that, side somi with a wobble and I think she put her hand down. 😦 Double full with a hop.

Shilese Jones 53.45

4:07 pm. Johnson BB- Hit everything I saw, again, sorry I can’t do anything with the freaaaaking wifi!

Okay, we were able to set up a hotspot, so from here on out we should be good.

Little FX- Double arabian SKY HIGH, triple full is great! Solid 2.5, double tuck hopped forward

Wiliams 53.3 AA, JaFree Scott 52.05, Deiah-Marie Moody 51.15, Kayla DiCello 50.2

4:05 pm. Jones UB- Pak caught close but everything before that was good, had to muscle out of that, stalder to Ray, just a double tuck dismount.


4:03 pm. My internet died so I missed a lot of this…

DiCello UB- Caught her pak tucked and hit her knees on the floor coming off, but caught her piked Jaeger and hit her dismount.

Scott BB- Missed most of this in terms of writing it down but everything I saw was hit

Hahn FX- Another one that I couldn’t jot down but everything I saw as good, final pass was a front through to 2.5

3:59 pm. Williams BB- Sissone to split jump, nice bhs loso, a little shor ton her leaps, double full with a step

Hollingsworth VT- FTY, clean with a bounce

Siter UB- Toe full, pak, toe shoot, double layout with a hop back

Moody FX- Whip whip to 2.5, double pike with a bounce back, front full to front lay, hit the final pass, double full I think

J. Gutierrez VT- FTY, stuck! Mostly clean.

49.7 for Ellie Lazzari, 50.25 for Love Birt, 49.5 for Olivia Hollingsworth, 48.6 for Sydney Kho, 47.35 for Carina Jordan, 46.8 for Cael Bixler, 46.5 for Brooke Butler

3:58 pm. Kho UB- Ray, toe full to pak, toe shoot, toe half to front giant half, full-twisting double layout nearly stuck.

Lazzari VT- Lovely stuck DTY!!!

3:56 pm. Butler VT- Hit her FTY.

Birt UB- Toe on to toe full to stalder to toe shoot, bent legs a little on the catch, toe half (slightly messy ankles), front giant half, double layout with a small hop. Overall amazing day from her!

Bixler BB- I only saw the end, a double tuck with her hands down.

Jordan FX- Either a double arabian or a double front, I missed the entry, huge though! Piked full-in, nice. 2.5 came in low to front layout, and she sat it.

3:53 pm. More scores…Lilly Lippeatt 52.25, Morgan Trevor 48.95

Only one half of a rotation left to go! I still can’t believe no nationals for Konnor. Apparently her coach was piiiiiiissed.

3:49 pm. Lippeatt UB- Ray, nice! Soars through her pak. Toe on to toe shoot, blind change to front giant half, stuck full-in!

Trevor FX- Whip whip to double tuck. 1.5 to front layout, a little archy. Good double tuck.

51.15 for Abigail Scanlon, 49.6 for Brenna Neault, 51.3 for Hannah Hagle, 50.75 for Selena Harris

3:46 pm. Hagle BB- Front aerial to jumps, punch front with a wobble, double full with a step.

Neault FX- Jungle Book music. Hit first pass, then 1.5 to front full, front layout to Rudi, hit last pass.

Harris UB- Tkachev, bail to toe on to toe shoot, Markelov! Full-in is good.

52.25 for Addison Fatta, 48.55 for Gabbie Gallentine

3:45 pm. Scanlon UB- Giant full, Tkachev, stalder to bail to toe shoot, blind change to front giant half, double pike with a small hop.

51.55 for Ciena Alipio, 50.0 for Anapaula Gutierrez, 48.5 for Madeleine Johnston, 47.25 for Nikki Beckwith

3:42 pm. A. Gutierrez VT- Hit her FTY, just a little short.

Beckwith UB- Jaeger, pak, toe shoot, double tuck with a step.

Fatta BB- Bhs loso, back tuck, hit jumps, double tuck with her chest down and a step.

Gallentine FX- Kind of a wild triple full, double pike, 1.5 to front layout, 2.5 with a step back.

Only a 50.200 for Konnor McClain, and she didn’t get her nationals score at American Classic either…has she verified at the ranch? I don’t think she’s going to nationals. 😦

3:38 pm. Barros VT- Clean FTY with a bounce back.

Johnston UB- Hit everything I saw

McClain BB- Beautiful bhs bhs layout, just a bounce on the landing but good fight. Full turn, side aerial, switch to switch half to back tuck, front aerial, standing full, a wobble but YESSSS holds it! Jumps are good. Sat her double pike UGHHHHHHH.

Alipio FX- Double pike, hit the rest.

Bowers VT- Nice clean FTY with a hop back.

Huge 54.150 for Grace McCallum! NICE. Jay Jay Marshall gets a 52.250 after some falls but she at least got her nationals score! 53.6 for Kara Eaker, 53.75 for Audrey Davis, 51.15 for Sydney Barros, 51.0 for Anya Pilgrim, Jordan Bowers 49.45.

3:34 pm. McCallum VT- HUGE beautiful DTY! Bounce back.

Pilgrim UB- Inbar half, hits her feet a little, to inbar full, slips on her Maloney, nooooo! Huge Tkachev, double pike with a hop. 2.5 a little messy with a low/skid landing.

Eaker BB- Full Y turn, side aerial loso loso YAAAAAAAS omg, beautiful low beam choreo, switch ring, good 2.5 dismount.

Davis FX- Piked full-in, good double tuck, front full to front lay a little short,

Marshall VT- Amaaaazing DTY!

3:31 pm. Leading After Rotation 3

1. Audrey Davis, WOGA, 41.800
2. Shilese Jones, Buckeye, 40.700
3. Madelyn Williams, San Mateo, 40.400
4. Leanne Wong, GAGE, 40.200
5. Abigail Scanlon, Capital, 39.550
6. Addison Fatta, Prestige, 39.500
— Grace McCallum, Twin City Twisters, 39.500
8. Kara Eaker, GAGE, 39.350

3:27 pm. Hahn BB- Side aerial, switch to bhs loso, front aerial, lovely jumps, tour jete half! PERFECT full turn into a little choreo bit, nice. Double tuck a little squatted.

3:23 pm. Lazzari FX- Tucked full-in, a little low with a step, switch to switch half, stumble, stuck double pike, switch ring, double full to her hands and knees. 😦

Moody BB- Front aerial with a wobble before the straddle jump, bhs loso, good punch front, 1.5 to punch front tuck with a bounce forward, looked like she just hit a sweet spot on the floor that kind of launched her after she had already reached the landing, double full dismount.

3:21 pm. Smirnov FX- Double pike, nice and clean. I love her performance, her leaps are so cute. 1.5 to front full with a step. Her leaps are GREAT. Amazing flexibility. Beautiful 2.5, step to control it.

3:20 pm. Jordan BB- Bhs back pike, probably supposed to be a layout, barani, way off to the side, fall. Split ring jump, double pike with a step back.

Scott UB- Toe full, Maloney to huge pak, toe shoot, toe half muscled into big straddle Jaeger, short handstand before giants into clean double layout with a hop.

3:17 pm. Butler FX- Big double tuck with a bounce back. 2.5 with slightly messy knees. Front layout to front pike. Double pike to her knees and then she walks forward on her knees for her final pose LOL.

Williams UB- Inbar half to big piked Jaeger, inbar full to pak, nice, to stalder to super clean van Leeuwen, toe on, double layout with a step back. Her inbars are really nice and deep!

3:15 pm. A. Gutierrez FX- 1.5 through to 2.5 to punch front. Skidded double tuck. Triple full a little short.

Kho VT- Good FTY.

Bixler UB- Stalder to blind change to piked Jaeger, missed her toe on (feet slipped) but good recovery. Pak with legs in a V, toe shoot, double layout with a step.

Trevor BB- Onodi to jump series. Front aerial to wolf jump. Full turn. Switch ring. Double pike with a big hop back.

Siter VT- Decent FTY.

3:13 pm. Birt VT- Really pretty FTY!

Hagle UB- Giant full to Tkachev, pak a little close, toe half to stalder to toe shoot, blind change to front giant half, double layout stuck! Very nice.

3:10 pm. Harris VT- Yurchenko 1.5, she stuck it in warm-ups! Almost stuck here.

Fatta UB- Toe full to pak, blind change to piked Jaeger, hit the dismount.

Neault BB- Side aerial to back tuck, front aerial, hit the dismount.

Bowers FX- Double arabian to her knees, double front squatted but hit. Front full to punch front. She really loves front tumbling. 2.5 to finish.

Lippeatt VT- FTY, cute attempt, she’s so small though and it comes up a little weak.

3:03 pm. Beard FX- Big clean Popa right before her first pass, a tucked full-in, stuck. Nearly stuck double tuck. Lovely switch ring to switch full. 1.5 to front pike, stuck. Holy crap, this kid is textbook. 2.5 with a little step back. DAMN.

3:00 pm. Gallentine BB- Flight series is good, just form issues. Leaps into back pike. Switch half a little short. 2.5 is short and squatted, maybe put hand down.

Barros FX- Good double pike. 2.5 with a little skid. Clean front tuck through to double tuck. Very nice work!

2:56 pm. Nguyen UB- I missed this.

Alipio BB- Front aerial to jump series, hit flight series, side aerial, double full dismount.

Marshall FX- Nice full-twisting double layout sot art, STUCK DOS SANTOS!!!!!! Big double layout but her chest is too far forward on the landing and she puts her hands down. 1.5 through to triple, slightly underrotated. Her difficulty is INSANE.

Sienna’s 5.7 beam is the highest for juniors, I think. AGAIN…she’s 11. #BABIES Audrey Davis has a 5.6, though, AND she killed it to get a 14.1!!!

2:53 pm. McCallum FX- Tucked full-in with a small step back. front lay to front double full, NICE. Switch ring to tour jete half, BEAUTIFUL triple full!!!

Davis BB- Cool poses it looks like for her low beam choreo. Bhs loso is super solid. Side aerial, Onodi to split jump, beautiful! Front aerial to split ring jump, and a 2.5 dismount with slight helicopter ankles. BEAUTIFUL routine.

McClain UB- Toe full to Maloney to stalder to pak (bent knees, brushed the floor maybe), toe shoot, ugh, off on piked Jaeger. Front giant half, double pike with a step.

2:52 pm. Eaker UB- Toe full to Maloney to pak, beautiful van Leeuwen, toe half to big straddle Jaeger, big double layout STUCK. OMGGGG. Beauty.

Scanlon VT- Beautiful stuck FTY.

2:48 pm. Pilgrim VT- Very nice DTY…a little forward on the landing but nice and big, down the middle.

Wong UB- Maloney to huge pak, toe shoot, toe half to huge Jaeger, giant full, huge straight double layout, almost stuck. She reminds me of Kyla Ross SOOOOO FREAKING MUCH.

Robinson BB- Bhs bhs layout, YAS! Switch to switch half, side aerial to back tuck, front aerial to split ring jump, HOW ARE YOU 11????? Punch front, nooooo, she fell!!! NOOOOOO. Wolf jump to split jump. 2.5 with a hop.

J. Gutierrez FX- 1.5 to front full, a little weirdly rotated and skidded forward. Double pike a little short. Sat 2.5 to front full.

Johnston VT- DTY, a little messy in the air.

Beckwith VT- Yurchenko layout, step back.

2:44 pm. DiCello VT- FTY, clean, chest slightly down, good landing.

Johnson UB- I didn’t type out her skills but very good work from what I did see.

Little BB- Punch front to split jump, bhs loso loso, a little shaky on side aerial, switch to straddle to back handspring, very nice and fluid connection. Split jump half. 2.5 a little under-rotated with a step forward. I think I missed a fall in there.

Hollingsworth FX- High double arabian with a step back, stuck tucked full-in, double tuck high with a bounce back.

Jones VT- Nice big DTY! A little wild in the air but huge.

2:41 pm. Leading After Rotation 2

1. Audrey Davis, WOGA, 27.700
2. Lauren Little, Everest, 27.550
3. Leanne Wong, GAGE, 27.550
4. Deiah-Marie Moody, WOGA, 26.850
5. Addison Fatta, Prestige, 26.800
6. Carina Jordan, Prattville YMCA, 26.550
7. Shilese Jones, Buckeye, 26.400
— Kara Eaker, GAGE, 26.400

2:38 pm. Butler BB- Kind of fell out of her wolf turn a little, but not too bad. Front aerial, bhs loso with slightly bent legs, full L turn, side aerial, switch leap, back tuck, double tuck with a step.

Birt FX- YASSS LOVE LOVE LOVE. High stuck double tuck, double L turn, her routine is cute without being nauseating, love. 1.5 to front layout. Good leaps. God I love this kid!!! Double pike with a hop back. Excellent!

2:36 pm. Lippeatt FX- Piked full-in, good. I feel like she’s a grown lady in the body of a tiny child. The way she speaks and carries herself, she seems so much older than 12! 1.5 through to double tuck, good, just a little low. Something into a front tuck, and hit her last pass.

Jordan UB- Toe half muscled into straddle Jaeger, toe full to low Tkachev, Maloney,

A. Gutierrez BB- I missed almost all of this but didn’t see her fall.

2:35 pm. Trevor UB- Toe on toe full to Tkachev, pak with slight leg sep, toe on to toe shoot, stalder to stalder half to front half, whippy double layout with a step.

2:32 pm. Harris FX- I missed the beginning, prob first two passes but I think they were hit. Double tuck with a stumble forward. Looks happy!

2:31 pm. Bowers BB- Double wolf turn, put her hand down. I missed a chunk of this…did see her come off on her loso loso series, which had bent knees.Double pike dismount stumbled back.

Neault UB- Gets a little lost in pirouettes on the low bar, Maloney to bail to toe shoot,

2:30 pm. Bixler VT- Yurchenko 1.5, a bit squatted.

2:27 pm. Fatta VT- Beautiful quick DTY! Nice!

Gallentine UB- Stalder full to toe on to Maloney to pak, huge! Legs got wild on her toe full though and she kinda came flying off. Toe shoot, straddle Jaeger, stuck full-twisting double layout! I love this whole Everest bars awesomeness thing.

Beard BB- Solid triple flight series. Really nice jumps and a good 2.5 dismount.

Scanlon FX- Big double layout. Nearly stuck double tuck. Stuck double pike. I missed one of her passes.

Hagle VT- Yurchenko layout with a lunge back.

2:24 pm. McClain VT- Decent FTY.

Alipio UB- Stalder full, Maloney to bail to stalder to toe shoot, big piked Jaeger and fell right as her coach was pulling the mat away. double tuck almost stuck.

Barros BB- Solid bhs loso, front aerial, 2.5 with a small hop.

Beckwith FX- Double pike, double tuck stumbled back OOB and onto her back.

Nguyen VT- Super short FTY, stumbled forward a bit.

2:21 pm. Audrey Davis got a 13.65 for her bars! I feel like I only saw like 50% of that routine. Lauren Little also did really well there with a 13.4, and Leanne’s beautiful DTY got a 14.4. Grace McCallum on beam and Shilese Jones on floor both got 13.35s. These are the highs so far!

2:19 pm. Johnston FX- High double arabian with a hop forward. Double layout, a tiny bit short, but YAS, big skill. Whip whip to 1.5, comes in just a little short and slow and sits it. Good double tuck.

2:17 pm. Marshall BB- Front aerial to split jump to straddle jump, Bhs bhs layout, awesome!!! Side aerial, fall. UGHHHH. Switch to switch half, right into a loso. Punch front. Super high double tuck.

2:12 pm. McCallum BB- Wolf turn, punch front, switch to switch half, nice double tuck dismount.

Pilgrim FX- 1.5 through to double arabian, nice!! Double full, basically just jumps into it, doesn’t even need to run. Looks like a side pass in MAG floor, haha. Love! Double tuck to finish.

2:10 pm. Jones FX- Double double, YESSS! Big double arabian with a step, big double pike, and a big double tuck to finish. Great!!!

J. Gutierrez BB- Good bhs loso, side somi, double tuck with a step.

Davis UB- Inbar to toe full to Maloney, toe shoot, Jaeger, high double front.

2:09 pm. Robinson UB- Toe on to blind change to huge straddle Jaeger, clean pak, toe shoot, she’s so tidy! Giant full to full-in, very nice!

2:07 pm. Hollingsworth BB- Switch to switch half to split jump, nice. Side aerial loso under, she puts her hands down then falls. Wobble on front aerial. Goes for a split full but it’s a little under. Switch side. High double tuck with a step back.

DiCello FX- Nice double pike, 1.5 through to 2.5, good. Front full. Double tuck with a bounce back. Not bad.

2:06 pm. Little UB- Chow to pak, Maloney to bail, toe shoot, stalder half to Jaeger, a little stuck in her pirouette, big double layout with a little bounce on the landing.

2:02 pm. Johnson VT- Clean FTY with a solid landing.

Hahn UB-Inbar to toe on to Chow to pak, nice! Nice steady handstand before Maloney to stalder half, Tkachev, stuck double pike. Lovely!

Wong VT- Beautiful DTY!!!

Lazzari BB- Good punch front tuck. Solid bhs loso. Switch to switch half. Full turn. Front aerial to jump series. Good double pike with a step back!

Siter FX- Beautiful opening choreo, YAS. Love that. Double pike with a hop back. Double full, very clean. So many good creepy moments in this choreo, omg, I love it. Hit her third pass. Double tuck with a bounce.

Eaker VT- Lovely FTY.

1:59 pm. Williams VT- Nice clean FTY.

Moody UB- Toe full to Maloney to pak, van Leeuwen, big Jaeger, and a nice clean dismount.

Smirnov BB- She’s so good here for her age. Clean full turn, off on bhs loso loso. 😦 Switch to switch half to back pike, off again. Side aerial, lovely Onodi to split jump to sissone, front aerial with a wobble, split ring jump, stuck her double full COLD. UGH, those falls. She is so good!!!!

Kho FX- Tucked full-in to start, 1.5 through to double tuck crashed OOB. Low last pass to finish, double pike maybe? I couldn’t see.

Scott VT- Clean FTY.

1:54 pm. Leading After Rotation 1

1. Carina Jordan, Prattville YMCA, 14.200
2. Lauren Little, Everest, 14.150
3. Audrey Davis, WOGA, 14.050
4. Deiah-Marie Moody, WOGA, 13.500
— Ciena Alipio, West Valley, 13.500
6. Maeve Hahn, First in Flight, 13.350
7. Sienna Robinson, Browns, 13.300
— Jordan Bowers, Solid Rock, 13.300

Jordan Bowers is the only one in that group who WASN’T a vaulter! That score was from her bars set.

1:51 pm. Fatta FX- Tucked full-in with a bounce back. Double pike is solid. Hit the last two passes but I didn’t see either.

1:50 pm. Harris BB- She left her phone on the floor in the credential area this morning, lol. I was like ummm hi, you might want this. Full turn. Front aerial to split jump to split ring jump. Bhs loso. Switch to switch half to back tuck, a little tentative. Side somi with a wobble. Split jump half. Good double full.

1:48 pm. Nguyen FX- Messy and underrotated triple full. Full L hop turn. Front full to stag. Crashed double pike. A little grapevine in her choreo before a leap.

1:46 pm. Scanlon BB- Wonky on her wolf turn. Bhs loso, good amplitude out of her bhs. Good switch to switch half. Front aerial, wanted to connect to split jump to straddle but was a little late. Low side somi. Split jump half, that seems to be pretty popular, huh? Side aerial. Double full with a step back.

1:42 pm. Neault VT- FTY, a little short and messy.

Bowers UB- Toe full to Maloney to pak, nice van Leeuwen, piked Jaeger, good full-in.

Beckwith BB- Solid bhs loso, split jump half, side aerial to a jump series, switch leap, standing back tuck with a big wobble, low 1.5 dismount.

McClain FX- Big double layout! 2.5 to punch front with a step forward. Clean 1.5 to front full. Double pike, underrotated and she falls forward but I couldn’t tell if she put her hands down on the floor or just close to it. Ugh, too bad.

1:39 pm. Johnston BB- Punch front is very nice. Aww, off on something after that, a jump I think. Off again on her flight series. 😦 I missed the rest.

Eaker FX- Double pike with a bounce back. Ooh, nice front lay to front double full! Triple full with a little lack of control on the landing. Excellent double full to finish.

Barros UB- Toe full, Maloney, pak, and a double pike dismount with a tiny hop. Not bad!

Gallentine VT- Clean FTY in the air! Big step back.

1:38 pm. Marshall UB- Hit the beginning, everything I could see. Big Jaeger, big Tkachev between the bars, arched over on a handstand and had to take an extra swing to get her rhythm back, ugh. Big almost stuck full-in.

Alipio VT- FTY, big step back to control.

1:35 pm. Robinson VT- FTY, good! Good landing.

McCallum UB- Lots of connections at the beginning but I missed almost everything. Tkachev, pak, toe shoot, hit the dismount.

Pilgrim BB- Layout series, a little piked, hit jumps to a back tuck. Punch front with a step. Big wobble and a fall at the end of her bhs loso loso, nooooo!!! But KILLED IT ON A HUGE PATTERSON DISMOUNT!!!!!!!

Wong FX- Huge double arabian, hit second pass and then a double back, double full to finish. Very nice!

Davis VT- Messy DTY.

1:33 pm Touch warmups for part two! So far the highest non-vault score is Lippeatt’s 13.15 on beam. Jones had a big 5.5 D score on beam, but only a 7.55 E…guessing because of the jumps not being fully where they need to be. Her acro was solid!

1:28 pm. Jones BB- Full L turn, nice and clean. ARABIAN YAAAAS! So good. Bhs loso I think for her acro series, I missed the beginning. Split full, side aerial, amazing punch front, straddle jump half, then split jump half, omg she gets so much amplitude on all of her jumps!!! Switch half to split jump to straddle jump. She is literally going through every jump in the code. Big double tuck to finish. NIIIIICE.

Johnson FX- Double arabian, over-rotated and stumbled OOB. Double tuck with a little stumble. Good double full, then a double pike with a step forward.

1:26 pm. DiCello BB- Switch to switch side with a little stumble, a little under on the last loso of her bhs loso loso series but fixes it, front aerial to a jump to a back tuck or pike, I couldn’t see. Side aerial. Double full dismount.

1:24 pm. Scott FX- I loooove this routine. Straddle full to start. Super high tucked full-in! Good Memmel turn. Big double arabian with a hop. Big double tuck with a hop. Double pike a little underrotated to finish but that was great!

J. Gutierrez UB- blind change to low straddle Jaeger, bail is way short, toe shoot, giant full, and a stuck full-in!

1:22 pm. Siter BB- Switch leap to switch half, a little short, pause before back tuck. Solid bhs loso. Side aerial, double full with a big hop back.

Hollingsworth UB- Toe full (wild) to giant half to piked Jaeger, oof, her legs were a little crazy but she got it all done! Pak, van Leeuwen, and full-in with a step back.

1:20 pm. Kho BB- Switch to switch half, wobble, back pike. Good side aerial to jump series. Loso loso series, a little short but she pulls it around. Front aerial with a slight check before the sheep jump. Layout series, good, and she hits the dismount.

Williams FX- Double pike with a small hop. I missed what was right after this. 2.5 is a little wild with a step forward.

Lazzari UB- Had the pleasure of meeting Ellie’s parents yesterday at the hotel and they were super awesome. Maloney to pak, toe shoot, toe full gets archy but she pulls it around into the Tkachev, noooo, and falls. 😦 Back on for a blind change to front giant half, then the full-in dismount with a step forward.

1:17 pm. Birt BB- Hit flight series and whatever came before it. Side aerial and leaps are both good. Nice double pike dismount! Fabulous start. Reminder: she’s 11!

Bixler FX- “Chicago” music! Double arabian, sat. 😦 1.5 through to double tuck with a hop back. Good double pike, and finished with a solid double full.

Hahn VT- Clean FTY with a little hop in place.

Little VT- DTY, not the cleanest but good!

Smirnov UB- Stalder full nice and clean ontop of the bar, caught her release after that, pak caught a little wildly but got it under control, stalder to toe shoot, double front with a couple of leaps forward.

1:15 pm. Jordan VT- A little wild on her DTY, but much better than training. She has so much power but just needs a little more control.

Butler UB- Stalder to Ray to pak, a little messy in the pak, Maloney to bail (legs apart) to Ray, legs go craaaaazy in her toe full and she can’t control it, hops off. Gets back to do a toe half to front giant half, and a slightly piked double layout with a hop.

Moody VT- FTY, not bad.

1:12 pm. Trevor VT- FTY, pretty piked, good landing.

Anapaula Gutierrez UB- Tkachev, pak, high double front with a step forward.

Lippeatt BB- Wobble on an opening jump. Good bhs loso loso, front aerial to switch side to straddle jump, side aerial with a wobble before going into her leaps. Double pike, chest down.

Hagle FX- Good double pike to start. A little under on her double tuck. Something into a front lay for her third pass, a camera is blocking one corner of the floor from my view! Double full to finish, hops her feet together. Solid!

1:07 pm. Time for the touch for the first half of rotation one! Victoria Smirnov is sooo clean on bars in her handstands.

1:03 pm. Walk-in happening now! Nothing super major to report from training this morning. This is gonna be such a crazy session with so many girls who could sneak into the top ranks, so I can’t wait to finally get it started! Time for the national anthem…back in a few!

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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12 thoughts on “The U.S. Classic Junior Live Blog

    • Johnson’s routine made me sad cos Iordache’s choreography is like constant movement, and amazing, and all Johnson did was pose and jump up and down a bit.


  1. Ok theres no denying in that these junior are crazy good, in terms of difficulty! But the floor choreos… come on?! Literally haven’t seen one routine with a really good and interesting choreagraphy this far. And using Izbasa and Iordache’s musics (and Eremina’s aldo maybe) doesn’t make anything better lol, personally it just makes me compare the different choreos.. oh well I guess a lot of these girls are competing at a big competitiom like this for the first time, so they’re nervous and they’ll get more comfortable competing like this with time


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