Welcome to the live blog for the day two 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.
8:59 pm. FINAL STANDINGS
1. Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams, 115.250
2. Jordan Chiles, Naydenov, 111.850
3. Riley McCusker, MG Elite, 111.650
4. Trinity Thomas, Prestige, 111.350
5. Marz Frazier, Parkettes, 110.900
6. Morgan Hurd, First State, 109.750
7. Emily Gaskins, Cincinnati, 109.200
8. Alyona Shchennikova, 5280 Gymnastics, 107.800
9. Elena Arenas, Georgia Elite, 107.150
10. Deanne Soza, Texas Dreams, 106.450
11. Shania Adams, Buckeye, 105.350
12. Luisa Blanco, WOGA, 104.700
13. Kalyany Steele, Colorado Aerials, 104.100
14. Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters, 104.050
15. Leah Clapper, Gym America, 98.100
16. Jade Carey, Oasis, 84.200
17. Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Brandy Johnson’s, 79.150
18. Abi Walker, Texas Dreams, 74.650
19. Ashton Locklear, Everest, 55.450
20. Marissa Oakley, Everest, 54.650
21. Frida Esparza, Head Over Heels, 50.500
SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM
Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Marz Frazier, Morgan Hurd, Ashton Locklear, Riley McCusker, Ragan Smith, Trinity Thomas
8:54 pm. Thomas FX- Double layout with a hop back. 2.5 to double tuck with a couple of steps back. Front lay to front double full. Double pike with a hop back.
8:52 pm. Abi Walker fell on beam.
Marz Frazier gets a 55.5 today and is currently fourth still with Trinity Thomas left to go. Thomas needs a 14.5 on floor to medal.
8:46 pm. Steele hit bars.
Frazier BB- The fact that she could pull off a medal here is insane. I don’t think she will after her wobbly messy double wolf turn but it was fun while it lasted. Side aerial, bhs loso, front aerial to straddle jump to split half is nice. Switch to switch half gets no amplitude. Tour jete half has control but no real split position either. Double pike stumbled back.
Hurd goes 13.8 on floor to finish with a 55.650.
8:44 pm. Hurd FX- Excellent double double with a hop back. Piked full-in with a hop back. Hit her third pass. Great double pike to finish. That one fall yesterday, but overall, 7 for 8 isn’t bad at all! Much better than she was doing in the spring.
Smith goes 57.850 today! Her combined total is 115.250 which is currently over three points ahead of second place.
8:41 pm. I missed a few routines because I was seriously just screaming laughing about Jordan’s turns. Like I’m legitimately crying. I CAN’T. I’m so happy.
Smith BB- Double wolf turn. Good layoug series, legs just a bit apart in the layout. Misses her foot on her standing full but it doesn’t mess her up at all, just a small adjustment. Punch front pike to split jump to straddle jump. Front aerial, double pike with a small hop.
GASKINS HAD A 55.5 TODAY!!!!!!!!
8:38 pm. McCusker VT- Clean flared FTY with a small hop back.
Chiles BB 14.2, shows how good the rest of it was! 56.0 AA is still pretty awesome all things considered. Riley McCusker gets a 13.4 for her vault and a 55.550 AA to finish BEHIND JORDAN!!!
8:35 pm. Carey VT- Second is the Amanar, practically sits it, has legs of steel to stand up out of it.
Shchennikova UB- Inbar full to Komova II to Tkachev, sketchy Ricna, doesn’t connect to pak, van Leeuwen, stalder half to front giant half, double layout with a hop.
8:33 pm. Carey VT- Tsuk double/kaz full with a hop to the side OOB.
Paulson FX- Stumbled triple full back and OOB. Landed 2.5 basically on her butt and somehow still punched out of it into a tuck, which she obviously sat. 1.5 to front full.
Carey VT 14.4
8:30 pm. Chiles BB- LMAOOOOOOOOOOO OH MY GOD LMAOOOOOOO She stood up out of her wolf turn and ended up turning around roughly 75,000 times. I CAN’T EVEN WATCH THIS, I’M LITERALLY CRYING. THAT WAS THE BEST MISTAKE I’VE EVER SEEN. I calmed down again in time for a wobble on her side somi, punch front with a small hop, stuck double pike.
8:29 pm. Locklear UB- I missed most of this…watched it but not closely or for skills, just know that she hit everything well, finishing with a hop on her dismount.
8:25 pm. Leading After Rotation 7
1. Ragan Smith 100.200
2. Riley McCusker 98.250
3. Jordan Chiles 97.650
— Marz Frazier 97.650
5. Trinity Thomas 97.150
6. Morgan Hurd 95.950
7. Alyona Shchennikova 95.000
8. Emily Gaskins 94.700
9. Deanne Soza 93.700
10. Elena Arenas 93.450
11. Shania Adams 93.150
12. Abby Paulson 92.650
13. Luisa Blanco 91.450
14. Kalyany Steele 90.900
15. Leah Clapper 86.000
16. Sydney Johnson-Scharpf 79.150
17. Jade Carey 69.800
18. Abi Walker 63.700
19. Ashton Locklear 41.050
20. Marissa Oakley 40.500
21. Frida Esparza 37.400
8:22 pm. Clapper BB- Bhs loso loso with slightly bent knees and a little wobble, check on the L turn, switch side to split half, not too bad, oh my god, then she missed a skill and wobbled but then like, flipped off the beam out of her wobble. BLESS. She’s great at falling. Switch to switch half to back tuck isn’t bad, punch front with her leg up, double pike with a hop to the side.
Frazier UB 14.1, Carey FX 14.4
8:20 pm. Frazier UB- Stalder full is a little late, van Leeuwen is clean, stalder half to piked Jaeger, nice pike position. Church to pak, hit what came after that but I missed it due to a wonky bump in the stream, double layout was solid.
Smith UB 14.1, Chiles UB 14.0, Hurd BB 13.65, McCusker FX 13.2
8:18 pm. McCusker FX- Tucked full-in with a hop back. Niceeee front double full to front tuck to stag. Really good air awareness there. Oh, I LOVE how she gets into position for her wolf turn!!!!!! She’s the only one who does it organically. DAMN. The little things. Double pike is low and squatted with a hop. Double tuck a little low with a scoot back OOB.
8:15 pm. Hurd BB- Standing full, a little tentative with her chest down on the landing but she hit it again! Side aerial, switch to split leap, bhs loso is solid, she’s going up to “Toxic” by my girl Brit, GET IT MORGAN. She looks like she’s making tiny movements to the music and I hope she is. Front aerial to jump series. Punch front tuck with a slight hip check. Full turn is a little deep when she gets it around, switch ring with a bobble, double pike a little short with a step but again, no falls!
Gaskins FX 13.85! Soza UB 13.2, Adams BB 12.8, Paulson BB 14.1, Smith UB 14.1
8:13 pm. Smith UB- I actually really like this leo. Inbar to inbar full to inbar half to straddle Jaeger, some ankle sep in her pirouettes. Downie, nice, Ricna, misses connection to pak, but the pak on its own is great and that was smart, quick thinking, there was no way that looked like it was going to be a good connection! Ray to high, full-in with a tiny baby hop.
8:11 pm. Carey FX- Double double with a hop back. Full-in double layout. I missed her second pass, looked twisty but I wasn’t paying attention, think she hit though…and finished with a tucked full-in with a hop.
8:10 pm. Adams BB- Airplane-y triple and double wolf turns. Solid bhs loso loso. Switch with a wobble before the switch half, big wobble, pulls back too hard, and falls. Front aerial to split jump to sissone with a check. Side somi with a wobble. Side split jump half. 2.5 with a step.
8:09 pm. Soza UB- Toe full to huge Tkachev, Ray, toe half to Ezhova, inbar shoot to high, full-twisting double layout with a step. Missed a big connection in there but girl is 11 for 11 this summer so BLESS HER.
8:07 pm. Gaskins FX- Great opening turns, double layout with a hop back, tucked full-in with a hop back, good extension on her leaps, double arabian right into the corner, a tenth of her toe possibly went over lol. Good double pike with a small hop.
8:06 pm. Paulson BB- Double wolf turn, punch front tuck is solid, side aerial loso loso is great, just a small adjustment, switch to switch half, a little short on the latter. Front aerial with a wobble. Switch ring. 2.5 with slightly bent knees on the landing and a hop.
Chiles UB 14.0
8:05 pm. Chiles UB- Clean van Leeuwen, blind change to straddle Jaeger, big Tkachev to bail to toe shoot, ugh I’m SO mad about her sitting her Amanar. She had real potential to shake things up. Toe full to Gienger, full-in with a tiny bounce back.
Blanco FX 12.8, Walker UB 12.9
8:02 pm. Blanco FX- Lovely double L turn to opposite direction Y turn. Nice triple to open. Double pike into a controlled lunge. Solid front double full. Clean double full.
Thomas BB 14.2, Shchennikova VT 14.25, Arenas VT 14.6, Steele VT 14.55
8:00 pm. Thomas BB- Side somi, full turn, one-armed bhs to loso, front aerial to split jump to tuck 3/4, switch to switch half to straddle, side aerial, straddle side to straddle half, love that combo and she’s one of the only ones who should be doing a side jump, stuck double tuck with her chest down (maybe moved her foot after landing). She’s gonna get Kytra Huntered so hard this year.
Arenas VT- Beautiful DTY!
7:59 pm. Walker UB- Toe on to toe full to Tkachev, nice. Big pak with some leg sep. Stalder to toe shoot, toe half to front giant half, stuck full-in. Yay!
Oakley VT 13.0
7:56 pm. Oakley VT- FTY with a bounce back.
7:52 pm. Leading After Rotation 6
1. Ragan Smith 86.100
2. Riley McCusker 85.050
3. Jordan Chiles 83.650
4. Marz Frazier 83.550
5. Trinity Thomas 82.950
6. Morgan Hurd 82.300
7. Emily Gaskins 80.850
8. Alyona Shchennikova 80.750
9. Deanne Soza 80.500
10. Shania Adams 80.350
11. Elena Arenas 78.850
12. Luisa Blanco 78.650
13. Abby Paulson 78.550
14. Kalyany Steele 76.350
15. Leah Clapper 73.600
16. Sydney Johnson-Scharpf 65.950
17. Jade Carey 55.400
18. Abi Walker 50.800
19. Ashton Locklear 41.050
20. Frida Esparza 37.400
21. Marissa Oakley 27.500
7:50 pm. Hurd UB- Inbar full to big Tkachev, Ricna to pak with slight leg sep, Ray to high, inbar to inbar half to front giant half, stalder to full-out with a hop back. Good girl!
Carey BB 13.85, Adams UB 13.2
7:48 pm. Arenas FX- Double layout landed super low in a crouch. Clean 2.5 to stuck front tuck. Double pike with a hop back. High double tuck with a hop back right on the line but it doesn’t look like she goes out.
7:47 pm. Carey BB- Side aerial with a big wobble, straddle jump, solid bhs loso loso, switch to switch half to back tuck, a little short on the switch half, clean full turn, front aerial to split jump to tuck half, cool series. Double pike with a step back.
Gaskins BB 13.7, Shchennikova FX 13.3
7:45 pm. Adams UB- Chow half, toe half to huge straddle Jaeger, pak, toe full is a bit late, van Leeuwen is clean, full-in is way too high with no distance, lands practically under the high bar.
Johnson-Scharpf FX 13.55, which is the same as day one
13.9 for Ashton’s beam earlier btw
7:44 pm. Shchennikova FX- Piked full-in with a step that’s basically a college lunge. 1.5 to front full. Double pike practically stuck, just brings a foot back. A little wobbly in her triple wolf turn but the double isn’t bad. High double tuck, small step to control it.
7:42 pm. Gaskins BB- Candle position mount, she was dancing a bit before this routine which I love. Front aerial with a step before split jump to wolf jump. Bhs loso loso with a slight check at the end. Switch ring. Side split half is good. Front tuck, overcooks her full Y turn to add another half to it, whoops. Meant to do that. Hit leap series after that. Stuck double tuck. I love that she’s not the best out there but is still killing it for herself.
Paulson UB 13.6
7:41 pm. Paulson UB- Toe full to Chow to pak, some leg sep on all of those, to stalder to van Leeuwen. Toe half to piked Jaeger, stuck cowboyed double front.
Blanco BB 14.3
7:39 pm. Johnson-Scharpf FX- OOOH, I like this better than her ‘fun’ routine from the other night. 1.5 through to double arabian is EXCELLENT. Omg this choreo is YAS. Double pike with a step back. She’s selling this soooo freaking well, it’s like shades of old school Sydney. Double tuck with a hop. YESSSSS. Love.
Smith VT 14.35, Thomas UB 14.35
7:37 pm. Blanco BB- Front aerial to ring jump, a little weak on the jump. Clean bhs loso. Switch ring with a slight bobble. Switch to switch half to split jump, such a random combo. Side aerial. Some coach is dancing and causing a scene by the beam which is distracting to ME so I can’t imagine how distracting it is to Luisa. Double full with a couple of steps back.
Smith VT- DTY, not bad, hop back
Soza VT 14.4! Steele FX 12.75
7:36 pm. Thomas UB- Weiler half to Maloney to clear hip full right on the bar to big Tkachev to pak, just open legs on the pak but that was awesome. Toe on to van Leeuwen, whippy stuck double layout. God she’s great.
McCusker BB 14.5
7:34 pm. Steele FX- Floaty double layout lands a little short and she then hops back. Front double full is messy and rotated awkwardly, step to the side. Switch leap to tour jete. High double tuck with a bounce back. 2.5 with a step.
Chiles VT 14.1 UGH they didn’t show it, please tell me she did not crash her amanar. 😦
7:33 pm. McCusker BB- I still love her opening split pose, UGH YES. Wobbles triple wolf turn around but double is prettier. Front aerial to sissone to straddle jump. Solid bhs loso. Switch leap to switch half, maybe a tad shy on the latter of the two. Clean side aerial. Solid switch ring. Double tuck with a lunge back. Good work.
Clapper UB 12.3, Walker VT 12.7
7:32 pm. Clapper UB- Late toe full, short handstand before Maloney (split legs) to pak (also split legs), short handstand before van Leeuwen (ankle sep), clear hip, blind change to piked Jaeger, tucked full-in with a step. I think the best bars I’ve seen from her in elite even if the beginning was a little messy!!
Frazier VT 14.55
7:31 pm. Frazier VT- DTY, huge, clean, and SOLID.
7:28 pm. I only just realized Victoria Nguyen withdrew from the meet.
7:26 pm. Leading After Rotation 5
1. Ragan Smith 71.750
2. Riley McCusker 70.550
3. Jordan Chiles 69.550
4. Marz Frazier 69.000
5. Trinity Thomas 68.600
6. Morgan Hurd 68.550
7. Alyona Shchennikova 67.450
8. Emily Gaskins 67.150
— Shania Adams 67.150
10. Deanne Soza 66.100
11. Elena Arenas 66.050
12. Abby Paulson 64.950
13. Luisa Blanco 64.350
14. Kalyany Steele 63.600
15. Leah Clapper 61.300
16. Sydney Johnson-Scharpf 52.400
17. Jade Carey 41.550
18. Ashton Locklear 41.050
19. Abi Walker 38.100
20. Frida Esparza 37.400
21. Marissa Oakley 27.500
7:23 pm. Shchennikova BB- Triple wolf turn, double wolf turn, when did she join this club?!?!?! The triple was actually super fluid. Front aerial with a wobble into her split jump to sissone. Bhs loso loso with a step back. Switch leap. Onodi is nice. Slight check after her side aerial. Side somi with an adjustment. Double tuck got a little messy in her knees, small hop. One of her better beam sets this year!
Johnson-Scharpf BB 12.75, Soza FX 12.8
7:22 pm. Soza FX- Full-in with a scoot back. Front full to front tuck is basically perfect. Turn sequence included a nice illusion. High, clean, stuck double tuck. Switch full is great. Double pike a little short with a hop forward, but super clean.
7:20 pm. Locklear BB- Triple wolf turn gets crazy near the end and she has to save it by leaning forward. Bhs loso is good, just a slight adjustment. Solid tour jete half, punch front tuck with a check, side somi, side aerial to switch to switch half, wobble at the very end. Double tuck with a little bounce. Well, not a amazing beam routine, but good for her.
Chiles FX 13.7, Gaskins UB 13.45
7:18 pm. Gaskins UB- Hop change to Endo half is a little muscled to toe full to Maloney to pak to Chow to stalder to Ricna, YAS! Just the dismount left after that insane series, and it’s a double layout with a slightly tentative landing, just hops a bit in place.
Blanco UB 12.6
7:17 pm. Chiles FX- Omg I love her super red white and blue leo. She’s like see?! Look how good I look! I belong on the U.S. team. Huge double layout into a split jump!!! YAS. Practically stuck her super open Dos Santos. THIS IS THE JORDAN I WANT TO SEE. 1.5 to double tuck, just a little awkward in the landing and she just bounces OOB. Excellent control on her double wolf turn. Double pike with a hop back. Aside from the third pass, this was freaking great.
7:15 pm. Johnson-Scharpf BB- Switch to switch half, nice amplitude, with a great connection into a back tuck. Punch front tuck, solid bhs loso, everything so far has been fabulous. Front aerial to ring jump with a slight wobble, side split half is short and there’s a wobble, full turn, side aerial with a wobble, split jump to straddle jump, side somi with a wobble and break at the hips, double tuck with a step back.
Frazier FX 13.6
7:14 pm. Blanco UB- Toe full right on the bar to Maloney to pak, nice. Van Leeuwen with slight ankle separation, blind change to front giant half gets a little piked, and a Liukin dismount, stuck.
Steele BB 11.2
7:12 pm. Frazier FX- Clean double arabian with a big step forward. Looked like she wanted to do it into a leap or something. Tucked full-in with a hop back. Double pike, just slides her heels together. Some cute sass and smiles before her last pass, love! Double tuck stuck. Great work.
Smith FX 14.35, McCusker UB 14.45
7:10 pm. Steele BB- Fall on standing arabian and again on flight series. Switch to switch half to back tuck is good. Front aerial with a wobble into the jump series. Wobble on side aerial. Punch front tuck with a big wobble. Good 2.5 with a step.
7:08 pm. McCusker UB- Stalder full is a little late, Maloney to a release but the camera guy like, dropped the camera lmao, so I didn’t see that release but assuming she obviously hit. Downie, Ricna to pak is good, clean van Leeuwen, I can’t believe she is the same person I saw at classics podium training. Half-in double back just has that wonky leg form going into the first flip and a step back. Mostly a good routine.
Adams VT 13.5
7:06 pm. Smith FX- Double layout with a small hop. 1.5 through to triple full, a tiny adjustment on the landing. Switch ring to tour jete full. Double arabian to stag is solid. Love this little choreo section before the double wolf turn, which is super controlled albeit a little high in the tuck stand. Stuck double pike. Killer
Arenas BB 13.05, Paulson VT 12.9
7:05 pm. Arenas BB- wolf turn, good bhs loso, front aerial to split jump to sissone, lack of amp on the split jump. Punch front tuck, side aerial with a tiny bobble, switch to switch half, second of those is at like 100 degrees. 2.5 with a hop.
Clapper VT 13.15, Thomas VT 13.3
7:03 pm. Hurd VT- DTY, HUGEEEE, one of her better ones too. Just a hop to the side that may have gone OOB.
Esparza UB- Stalder full, Maloney to Ricna, not quite over and she fell. Nice pak, van Leeuwen, toe half to piked Jaeger, double layout with a hop back.
Hurd VT 14.45
6:55 pm. Sorry I missed live blogging juniors earlier, but I was finishing up my incredible weekend at Dynamo Gymnastics, where I learned a full turn on beam so now I’m only like six skills away from being the U.S. beam specialist in 2020. Oh, and if that wasn’t good enough, we also got tons of footage of basically the best program, gymnasts, and coaches ever in life. STAY TUNED! National anthem now, and the senior women will start in a few minutes!
Article by Lauren Hopkins