Welcome to the live blog for the day one senior session at the 2017 U.S. Championships, held in Anaheim, California. We’re not live at the competition this time, but many people have asked us to blog what we see in the stream and in videos, so here we are! The most recent updates will appear at the top, and you can refresh your browser every few minutes to see what’s happening.
12:50 am. Day 1 Standings
1. Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams, 57.400
2. Riley McCusker, MG Elite, 56.100
3. Jordan Chiles, Naydenov, 55.850
4. Margzetta Frazier, Parkettes, 55.400
5. Trinity Thomas, Prestige, 55.300
6. Morgan Hurd, First State, 54.100
7. Shania Adams, Buckeye, 53.950
8. Alyona Shchennikova, 5280 Gymnastics, 53.750
9. Emily Gaskins, Cincinnati, 53.700
10. Deanne Soza, Texas Dreams, 53.300
11. Elena Arenas, Georgia Elite, 53.000
12. Kalyany Steele, Colorado Aerials, 52.400
13. Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters, 52.050
14. Luisa Blanco, WOGA, 51.750
15. Leah Clapper, Gym America, 48.150
16. Victoria Nguyen, Chow’s, 47.550
17. Jade Carey, Oasis, 41.550
18. Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Brandy Johnson’s, 39.650
19. Abi Walker, Texas Dreams, 38.100
20. Marissa Oakley, Everest, 27.500
21. Ashton Locklear, Everest, 27.150
22. Frida Esparza, Head Over Heels, 25.500
12:45 am. Blanco BB- Beautiful mount and low beam choreo series. Front aerial to ring jump, bhs loso is off-line and she lands completely off the beam. Switch to switch half to split jump, hit her double full dismount.
55.300 for Trinity Thomas! Girl needs to upgrade vault STAT because that’s about as good as it’s gonna get for her without something more than a full.
12:43 am. Thomas UB- Trin quietly slipping into the podium like whoops! Here I am. Weiler half to Maloney to clear hip full to huge Tkachev to pak (messy and caught close), toe on to clean van Leeuwen, a little short on handstand before giants into her double layout dismount with a hop.
Gaskins finishes with a 53.700, Paulson with a 52.050
12:42 am. Johnson-Scharpf FX- First of two routines we’ll see this weekend! This is the fun one, and she’ll have more of a dramatic one for Sunday. I missed most of her tumbling but she had lots of sass as usual and I actually freaking LOVE this leo. Rainbow splashed on black, it’s very cool.
12:40 am. Paulson UB- Love this leo. Toe full to stalder to Chow to pak to stalder to van Leeuwen, some leg sep on that last skill. Toe half to piked Jaeger (feet slightly flexed), cowboyed double front with a hop back.
53.750 for Shchennikova, only a 47.550 for Victoria Nguyen, whose highest score here was a 12.4 on beam #whatthecrap
12:38 am. Shchennikova FX- Piked full-in, short. 1.5 to front full and double pike are both decent, just evident that she isn’t the greatest at tumbling. Double tuck is a little cowboyed in the second tuck.
Adams goes 53.950
12:36 am. Adams UB- Van Leeuwen, toe half to big straddle Jaeger, pak, toe full is a little late, full-out dismount comes up really high off the bar but gets like no distance. Not a problem though.
Nguyen BB- Saw it from the switch ring, lots of amplitude. Punch front to split jump to sissone, just a layout dismount.
Hurd goes 54.100 with a 13.9 on bars.
12:35 am. Frazier VT- Big and solid DTY. Hop back.
Steele goes 52.400, Clapper goes 48.150 after a 10.5 on bars, Arenas goes 53.0 with just a 12.45 on floor so they def didn’t credit the DLO. Huge 55.4 for Frazier!!!
12:34 am. Hurd UB- I only saw the stalder to full-out with a step back. Looked happy at the end.
Carey BB- Sat her double pike dismount.
12:32 am. Arenas FX- I think her opening was meant to be a double layout but it’s a super open tuck throughout. 2.5 to punch front. Double pike, and double tuck, the latter of which is super short and probably won’t count if they call her double layout a double tuck.
56.100 for Riley McCusker after a 14.4 on beam! And Chiles is the only gymnast to break a 15 today with a 15.15 on her Amanar, going 55.850 in the all-around! Deanne Soza gets a 53.300 for another SOLID day. Love this newfound confidence of hers.
12:31 am. Chiles VT- Huge Amanar with a hop forward. Awesome.
McCusker BB- Triple wolf, double wolf, both good. Front aerial to split jump to straddle jump, nice bhs loso, wobble after switch leap, misses connection to switch half. Side aerial, small wobble, switch ring leap, double tuck with a step. What a good day she had.
12:29 am. Smith VT- DAAAAMN, a great DTY! Her best ever basically. 14.4 gets her a 57.4 AA, which is now the highest AA score in the world so far in 2017! And the fourth to break 57. The other three 57+ AAers are all US juniors.
Steele FX- LOVE this leo. Double layout is super short. Hit her double tuck.
12:21 am. Leading After Rotation 3
1. Ragan Smith 43.000
2. Riley McCusker 41.700
3. Trinity Thomas 41.600
4. Margzetta Frazier 41.100
5. Alyona Shchennikova 40.800
6. Shania Adams 40.750
7. Jordan Chiles 40.700
8. Emily Gaskins 40.650
12:19 am. Locklear BB- Triple wolf turn gets a little wild, doesn’t do the double after thank GOODNESS. Bhs loso is off-line and she falls. Tour jete full to split jump is an awesome connection. Punch front tuck, side somi, side aerial to switch leap to switch side, she has one of the only switch sides that should be competed in connection. Double tuck with a stumble back, two big steps.
Chiles FX 13.2
12:17 am. Chiles FX- Double layout bounces up…she could’ve done a jump out of that! Dos Santos, comes in super low and lands stuck but squatted, bum practically touching but doesn’t. 1.5 through to double tuck is short with a step forward. Double pike is a little low.
Shchennikova BB 11.95
12:14 am. Shchennikova BB- Double wolf turn, which she finishes off the beam. LAWD. Gets back on and does it again. Front aerial to split jump to sissone, bhs loso loso, switch ring with a super sketchy back leg and a wobble. Onodi with a bobble. Side aerial, side somi, double tuck is super low with her chest down and a step forward.
Soza 12.7 FX
12:13 am. Nguyen UB- Toe full is a little late, Maloney to Gienger, pretty sure the Maloney is supposed to be a Komova II but her toes literally don’t clear the bar at all, toe half to piked Jaeger that she basically catches with one hand, damn, and doesn’t come off. Pak, but then gets lost in a pirouette on the low bar, gets her rhythm back for a Ray to high, and hits a double layout with a big step forward.
12:11 am. Soza FX- Tucked full-in to open, so I’m guessing her ankle is still bugging her and it’s not worth the double layout. 1.5 to front tuck. Double tuck. Good double pike.
Ragan only needs a 14 on vault to surpass a 57!
Arenas BB 13.0
12:09 am. Arenas BB- Bhs loso, punch front, 2.5, looks a little bummed so I don’t know if she fell earlier on?
McCusker UB 14.55, she’s gotta be thrilled with that, Adams VT 13.4, Hurd VT 13.9, Paulson VT 12.95, Steele BB 12.7, Smith FX 14.2
12:07 am. Smith FX- They had to redo her music at the last minute because it included a piece of a song that was part of a movie but was also part of confederate culture, which I didn’t know and neither did they. They had literally less than 24 hours to fix it and they did because they’re freaking badass. Double layout, 1.5 to triple, and hit the last two passes that I saw…double arabian and double pike IIRC, my blog froze!
12:06 am. McCusker UB- Stalder full to Maloney to Tkachev is good, Downie, Ricna to pak, she looks 400% better than she did at classics! Van Leeuwen, blind change to front giant to half-in double back, and she looks thrilled with that! Major confidence boost right there.
Frazier FX 13.35
12:04 am. Hurd VT- DTY, rotation looked good but didn’t get the best block so she’s a little short and squatted on the landing, step forward.
Blanco UB 12.65
12:02 am. Johnson-Scharpf BB- Hit what I saw…bhs loso, side aerial, good jumps, little wobble on her side somi. Double tuck looks really close to the beam but overall a good set!
Clapper VT 13.15
12:00 am. Omg why is it midnight.
Thomas VT- HUUUUGE FTY! Very pretty.
Blanco UB- Toe full to Maloney to pak, van Leeuwen, stalder to blind change to front giant half, layout dismount with a tiny step. I love that she’s like yeah I’m not doing a release OR a real dismount, suck it.
Thomas VT 13.3
11:54 pm. Leading After Rotation 2
1. Alyona Shchennikova 28.850
2. Jade Carey 28.800
— Ragan Smith 28.800
4. Trinity Thomas 28.300
5. Emily Gaskins 27.750
— Margzetta Frazier 27.750
7. Elena Arenas 27.550
8. Marissa Oakley 27.500
— Jordan Chiles 27.500
11:50 pm. Shchennikova UB- Inbar full to Komova II to Tkachev, Ricna to pak to Chow half, stalder half to front giant half, whippy double layout that she lands pretty well compared to how she usually does it.
Adams FX- Memmel turn, clean double arabian with a hop back, 1.5 to front tuck is a little messy and a little wonky. Lovely double pike. Hit final pass. Good set.
Shchennikova 14.5, Hurd FX 12.3, Soza BB 13.35 (didn’t see this but YAY she hit!)
11:47 pm. Hurd FX- Stuck double double, just with her chest slightly down. GOD I love this routine so much. Piked full-in looks like it’s going to be a little short and you can see her pull back to kind of correct it, which causes her to take a stumble back and OOB but seriously great correction on her part. It’s always better to stumble back than fall forward. Front layout to front double full, ugh, that one’s a little under and she falls sideways. 😦 Good double pike, and beautiful ending choreo. Shame about that fall.
11:44 pm. Smith BB- Double wolf turn, also really high in the tuck stand, and she finishes with her chest forward but corrects it. Solid layout series, good standing full, punch front pike to split jump to straddle jump, nice and fluid in those connections. Side straddle half is good in the air but lands with her chest a bit down, and then she has a wobble on her side split half. I was talking about these with Elvira Saadi today and she was like “HOW ARE THESE D SKILLS?!?!?!?!?!?!” She was so mad about them, mostly because they come with more deductions than they’re worth. Anyway, good double pike for Ragan to finish. Hope we get to see the Patterson on Sunday!
Arenas UB 12.95
11:43 pm. Clapper FX- Piked full-in with a step back and OOB. Good double arabian! Two little baby steps back. Double tuck is a little underrotated. Double pike also way under with a big step forward.
Steele UB 12.8 (I saw parts of this, no fall but she got stuck on the low bar for a sec and had to break her rhythm), Walker BB 12.55, Frazier BB 13.65
11:39 pm. Esparza VT- DTY is clean in the air but a little underrotated.
Frazier BB- Double wolf turn, again, a little high in the tuck stand. Side aerial, bhs loso is good, left knee is heavily taped, side somi, good leap series, and then a switch to switch half with the latter of the two a little short. Tour jete half, I like that we’re seeing a ton of those now that they’re actually worth something. Double pike is good.
Just saw a replay of Carey’s kas and it’s HUUUUUUUUUUGE. Dayum.
Carey VT 1 14.7, Oakley UB 14.25, Paulson FX 13.65, Thomas FX 14.1
11:35 pm. McCusker VT- Simple and clean FTY with a step back.
Thomas FX- Solid double layout, 2.5 to double tuck, nice! Front layout to front double full. Double pike rotation is super slow so despite a good set she only just gets the second flip around and is a little low.
Carey VT- Kas full with a hop back…legs apart on the entry and her knees are a little loose. Follows up with an Amanar, which she sat!
McCusker VT 13.25, Chiles BB 13.55 seems a little high
11:34 pm. Chiles BB- Looked like she got a little stuck in her back roll? Wolf turn (double) is a little high in the tuckstand. Solid bhs loso, front aerial to straddle jump to wolf jump, side aerial, switch to tour jete half is slow and she puts her hands down. 😦 Side somi, good punch front tuck, good double pike with a hop.
Gaskins VT 14.5, Blanco VT 13.3
11:31 pm. Locklear UB- Toe full to Chow to pak to Maloney to bail to Ray, nice. Toe half to huge straddle Jaeger, finished above the bar. Stuck full-out. Despite not having inbars back yet, that was pretty sweet.
11:30 pm. Shoutout to Charlie Day for being a big boy in a big boy commercial!!!!
11:26 pm. Leading After Rotation 1
1. Elena Arenas 14.600
2. Alyona Shchennikova 14.350
3. Ragan Smith 14.300
4. Kalyany Steele 14.200
— Trinity Thomas 14.200
6. Margzetta Frazier 14.100
7. Morgan Hurd 14.000
— Jade Carey 14.000
Can the floor judges get their lives together?
11:22 pm. Carey FX- Double double, short with a step forward. Double layout full-in, kind of a mess, and short as well, deep landing and a step forward. Front double full to stag isn’t bad though. Tucked full-in to finish is good, pretty stuck. Well, the second half was good!
Hurd BB 14.0
11:20 pm. Hurd BB- YAS the best standing full she’s done!!!!!!! Get it Morgan. Side aerial, switch leap to split leap, bhs loso is solid, front aerial to split jump to straddle jump, punch front tuck with a little bounce forward, full turn, a little deep in her spin but she corrects, switch ring with a small adjustment, double pike a little low with a step. Definitely her best beam of the year!
McCusker FX 13.9, Smith UB 14.3
11:18 pm. Smith UB- Inbar to inbar full to inbar half to straddle Jaeger, Downie, Ricna to pak is great, Ray to high, clean and easy full-in with a step.
Frazier UB 14.1, Blanco FX 12.9, Walker UB 12.85, Clapper BB 12.1, Nguyen FX 11.4 (oof I didn’t see that, I think she was first up)
11:17 pm. McCusker FX- Tucked full-in, nearly stuck. Front double full to front tuck isn’t bad, just not super clean in the twists. Wolf turn is a wobbly mess. Double pike is deep but stuck. Switch ring to switch full. Double tuck with a hop back. Not bad all things considered!
11:15 pm. Clapper BB- Bhs loso loso, oh nooooo LMAOOOOO she split the beam and then swung underneath it and then tried for like 30 minutes to pull herself back around oh my god, that was great. Like, if you’re going to fall, make it amusing for me. Hit her leaps well, including switch to switch half to back tuck. Punch front tuck with a leg up. Double pike with a step. Good recovery. And also thanks for the giggle. I hope your crotch feels better soon. You WILL look back on this one day and laugh.
11:14 pm. Frazier UB- Stalder full, clean van Leeuwen, short handstand before stalder half to piked Jaeger, great pike shape! Church to pak is great. Maloney to Tkachev, YAS. Double layout with a couple of small steps back.
Arenas VT 14.6, Thomas BB 14.2
11:11 pm. Walker UB- I missed most of this but it looked hit from what I saw. Solid dismount.
Thomas BB- Side somi, full turn, bhs loso, front aerial to split jump to tuck jump full, switch to switch half to straddle, side aerial, all good so far. Switch side to side straddle half is the best use of the straddle half I’ve seen I think. Double tuck is low, though…little bit of a stumble back.
Arenas VT- Lovely DTY!
Paulson BB 13.15, Gaskins FX 13.25
11:09 pm. Chiles UB- Clean van Leeuwen, nice handstand before her blind change to piked Jaeger, Tkachev to bail to toe shoot, YES! Toe full to Gienger, and she finishes with a pretty much stuck full in OH YESSSSSSSSSSSSS.
Gaskins FX- Double layout with a hop back. Tucked full-in with a slight step. Popa, switch ring to tour jete half. Double arabian with a step forward and OOB. Looked a little messy in her form on that pass and on the full-in but otherwise has been okay. Double pike with a bounce back.
Adams BB 13.9, Oakley VT 13.25, Soza UB 13.15, Steele 14.2 VT, Chiles 13.95 UB
11:08 pm. Johnson-Scharpf VT- Clean FTY with a hop back. Nice flare at the end!
Shchennikova VT 14.35
11:05 pm. Shchennikova VT- Solid DTY.
Soza UB- Toe full to Tkachev, Ray, toe half to Ezhova, toe on to inbar shoot, full-twisting double layout with a step. Good girl!
11:02 pm. So I have the international stream because I’m in Canada but I’m going to try to get everything I can as videos are uploaded! Let me know if there’s something in particular that you want to see.
11:00 pm. Well, I napped for three hours between sessions, but it was NOT ENOUGH. So forgive any mistakes I make all night long please!
Article by Lauren Hopkins