2018 Desert Lights National Qualifier Results

The 2018 Desert Lights National Qualifier was held from January 26 through January 28 in Chandler, Arizona.

Senior Optional All-Around Results

Rank Athlete Club VT UB BB FX AA
1 Emily Lee West Valley 13.500 12.000 14.650 13.200 53.350 Q
2 Madelyn Williams San Mateo 13.450 13.050 11.950 12.550 51.000 Q
3 Alexandra Theodorou Desert Lights 13.950 11.250 11.600 12.400 49.200
4 Laney Madsen Gym Max 13.450 10.050 12.650 12.600 48.750

The “Q” next to the score signifies that the gymnast has qualified to elite and thus to the American and U.S. Classic, to be held this summer. To qualify to international elite at the senior level, the gymnast must receive a score of 51.000 in the all-around, 39.000 for three events, or 26.500 for two events.

Junior Optional All-Around Results

Rank Athlete Club VT UB BB FX AA
1 Kailin Chio Gym Cats 13.550 13.150 13.450 12.700 52.850 Q
2 Kaliya Lincoln Airborne 13.950 11.450 13.500 13.550 52.450 Q
3 Levi Jung-Ruivivar Paramount Elite 12.850 13.000 13.250 13.100 52.200 Q
4 Alonna Kratzer Top Notch 13.550 13.100 11.900 13.150 51.700 Q
5 Sydney Morris First State 13.250 13.200 13.350 11.300 51.100 Q
6 Claire Dean Head Over Heels 13.550 12.750 12.150 12.050 50.500 Q
7 Ui Soma San Mateo 12.850 12.050 12.600 12.200 49.700
8 Amari Drayton Olympia Hills 13.550 12.450 11.300 12.350 49.650
9 Love Birt First State 13.350 8.900 13.950 12.800 49.000
10 Trista Goodman Salcianu 11.950 13.100 11.250 12.350 48.650
11 Olivia Ahern River City 13.650 10.250 12.550 10.400 46.850
12 Nikki Beckwith Buckeye 12.600 10.950 11.100 12.050 46.700
13 Lyden Saltness Midwest 12.100 10.800 11.500 11.750 46.150
14 Jacqueline Tunney Rebound 12.200 10.300 11.100 10.900 44.500
15 Ava Johnston Capital 13.000 10.600 9.900 10.650 44.150
16 Ciena Alipio West Valley —— 12.650 12.450 12.300 37.400
17 Mia Nelson AGA 12.950 —— 12.150 12.050 37.150
18 Tessa Volpe Pearland Elite 13.000 8.350 11.900 —— 33.250
19 Zara Waddell Jordan Gym Jam —— —— 12.000 12.400 24.400

The “Q” next to the score signifies that the gymnast has qualified to elite and thus to the American and U.S. Classic, to be held this summer. To qualify to international elite at the junior level, the gymnast must receive a score of 50.500 in the all-around.

Hopes 12-13 Optional All-Around Results

Rank Athlete Club VT UB BB FX AA
1 Chloe Cho Gym Jam 12.800 12.500 13.100 12.300 50.700 Q
2 Lauren Pearce AGA 13.100 11.700 12.600 11.800 49.200 Q
Sierra Kaplan Klub 13.550 12.250 12.300 11.100 49.200 Q
4 Emily Karay Azarian 12.800 12.200 12.050 11.850 48.900 Q
5 Carrie Resta Capital 12.800 11.950 12.100 11.600 48.450 Q
6 Nola Matthews Airborne 12.300 11.900 12.300 11.900 48.400 Q
7 Karleigh DiCello Hill’s 12.850 12.500 11.650 11.350 48.350 Q
8 Madison Perkins AGA 13.650 11.350 11.650 11.550 48.200 Q
Emma Chaix Azarian 12.850 11.150 11.850 12.350 48.200 Q
10 Chavala Shepard Hopes and Dreams 13.550 13.000 10.350 11.100 48.000 Q
11 Rayna Light Golden City 12.700 12.200 10.750 12.300 47.950
12 Mya Witte Genie’s 12.300 10.650 13.050 11.900 47.900
13 Sydnee Evans Desert Lights 12.650 11.850 11.850 11.450 47.800
14 Lundyn Vandertoolen Olympus 13.000 10.900 11.600 12.050 47.550
Ava Wellmeier Buckeye 13.200 10.900 10.800 12.650 47.550
16 Zoe Frigillana Olympia Hills 12.250 11.100 11.750 12.000 47.100
17 Leah Fontaine Capital 12.250 12.400 10.750 11.250 46.650
18 Natalie DiLandri Desert Lights 12.500 10.150 11.400 11.950 46.000
19 Mallory Barron AGA 12.800 9.450 12.000 11.100 45.350
20 Alicia Wendland Paramount Elite 12.250 10.450 11.300 11.300 45.300
21 Jessica Reith Parkettes 12.650 10.100 10.350 11.550 44.650
22 Eva Volpe Pearland Elite 13.150 9.550 11.500 10.150 44.350
23 Dereka Sikes Salcianu 12.350 11.100 9.850 10.400 43.700
24 Sophia Maliwanag Paramount Elite 11.350 10.100 11.050 11.150 43.650
25 Kimberly Shiau Hill’s 12.050 10.200 11.250 9.950 43.450
Mahleea Werline Aftershock 12.350 8.700 10.150 12.250 43.450
27 Hannah Clark Azarian 11.450 10.300 10.350 11.150 43.250
28 Maggie Mae Slife MWT 12.100 11.100 8.750 11.250 43.200
29 Emerson Smith Buckeye 11.350 11.100 8.800 11.900 43.150
30 August Hayashi AGA 12.450 11.150 8.200 11.250 43.050
31 Kayla Reingold Gymnastics Olympica 12.600 9.300 8.900 11.550 42.350
32 Molly Neinstein Paramount Elite 11.450 8.200 9.950 11.900 41.500
33 Elizabeth Cairns Rebound 12.800 6.900 10.350 11.300 41.350
34 Sammy Smith CEGW 11.500 —— 11.450 11.300 34.250
35 Brianna Lucas Hill’s 13.050 —— 9.350 11.350 33.750
36 Ella Beck Buckeye —— 8.600 12.150 9.750 30.500
37 Alexandra Downing Buckeye —— 8.750 9.400 9.900 28.050

The “Q” next to the score signifies that the gymnast has qualified to Hopes and thus to the Hopes Classic, to be held this summer. To qualify to Hopes in the 12-13 age division, the gymnast must receive a score of 48.000 in the all-around.

Hopes 10-11 Optional All-Around Results

Rank Athlete Club VT UB BB FX AA
1 Acacia Esser Capital 12.050 11.800 11.350 11.000 46.200 Q
2 Azaraya Ra-Akbar Hill’s 12.350 9.950 11.900 11.900 46.100 Q
3 Emerson Fisk Golden City 12.450 10.400 11.200 12.000 46.050 Q
4 Ava San Jose Paramount Elite 12.550 10.450 9.800 12.350 45.150
5 Lucy Tobia Parkettes 12.150 9.750 12.500 10.450 44.850
6 Autumn Reingold Gymnastics Olympica 12.100 7.000 12.200 11.450 42.750
7 Grace Hentemann Paramount Elite 11.650 9.850 10.650 10.300 42.450
8 Sophia Dennis Capital —— 10.750 12.600 9.950 33.300
Lila Couture Golden City 11.950 —— 10.600 10.750 33.300

The “Q” next to the score signifies that the gymnast has qualified to Hopes and thus to the Hopes Classic, to be held this summer. To qualify to Hopes in the 10-11 age division, the gymnast must receive a score of 46.000 in the all-around.

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7 thoughts on “2018 Desert Lights National Qualifier Results

    • I love her story but to be honest, she’s kind of far away from even qualifying elite score-wise, yet alone make it to nationals this year.. I think she should do L10, work on her form (that’s still pretty bad) and get a Div1 Scholarship 🙂

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        • I honestly don’t see how her form would be anywhere close to what’s required for a D1 program. NCAA is all about execution and she… doesn’t have that.

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        • Ok, if we’re talking about bars, no, she doesn’t have the execution at all. But as far as the others go, she certainly could make it happen .Mykayla Skinner is a good example of a successful NCAA gymnast who had messy form as an elite. People were like “Ugh, no. She isn’t gonna be anything in NCAA.” But when she got to Utah, she worked her butt off on her form and managed to end up with routines that get her amazingly high scores, especially for someone with the some of worst form in the US at the time. Laney’s foundations just aren’t there on bars, but beam and floor, that’s another story. She has the difficulty on those events to standout in Elite, and NCAA. Her form really isn’t terrible, bars aside.

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        • Except she really doesn’t. Her foundational skills are worryingly weak – yes, even on floor. Even her RO-BHS isn’t sound. I’m sorry, but she’d literally have to rebuild her skills from the ground up to make me think she’d be a contender even at a D2 school. Mikki’s skills were always messy in elite, but her foundations were solid. Laney’s make me worry for her safety, never mind anything else.

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