Welcome to the live blog for the senior session at the 2018 U.S. Classic, held in Columbus, Ohio!
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9:57 pm. FINAL STANDINGS
1. Simone Biles 58.700
2. Riley McCusker 57.500
3. Morgan Hurd 56.350
4. Shilese Jones 54.900
5. Alyona Shchennikova 53.900
6. Audrey Davis 53.750
7. Sloane Blakely 53.300
8. Jordan Chiles 53.250
9. Luisa Blanco 52.750
10. Jade Carey 52.650
11. Grace McCallum 52.050
12. Madelyn Williams 51.500
13. Shania Adams 51.400
14. Deanne Soza 51.150
15. Maddie Johnston 51.000
16. Kara Eaker 50.300
17. Olivia Hollingsworth 49.450
18. Stephanie Berger 49.450
19. Isabel Mabanta 46.150
20. Ragan Smith 41.800
21. Jaylene Gilstrap 39.600
22. Emma Malabuyo 26.950
23. Olivia Dunne 12.850
9:48 pm. McCallum BB: LOVE her mount. Side aerial loso, switch leap to front aerial, sits it and then falls. 😦 Not her day today. She’s like “I only crush it when I have to beat the reigning world champion in my U.S. national team debut.” Hit the rest.
9:46 pm. Jones UB: Stalder full to Maloney to Pak (some leg sep), Chow half, toe half to piked Jaeger, some little form things on that, high full-in, little step. Great!
9:42 pm. Mabanta UB: Blind change to straddle Jaeger, fall, back on for a Pak, toe full (a little late
Biles BB: Perf triple wolf turn, solid jump series, barani, no major issues with it, super solid bhs loso loso, switch leap to switch half, little bobble, back pike, punch front pike (knees tuck a little earlier than they should for the landing), front aerial to split jump, tucked full-in dismount with a hop back. #QUEEN #IS #BACK
9:41 pm. Shchennikova FX: Front layout to double front, hands down. 😦 WHY. Hit the second pass. Double pike low with a step after that. Double tuck, leg sep and her chest down.
9:39 pm. Blanco UB: Toe full, Maloney to Tkachev, nice, Pak, some flexed feet, van Leeuwen, hit the dismount.
Carey BB: Bhs loso to back pike/layout, I can’t tell what she’s going for, hits it, and then hits her jumps to a back tuck. Front aerial, wobble, jump series after that is good. Double pike stumbled back like at the American Classic but kept it standing!
9:37 pm. Johnston FX: Double layout low, knee almost down. Front double full. Double pike to finish, solid.
56.350 for Morgan Hurd! Great score with a fall.
9:36 pm. Hurd UB: Komova II to stalder full to Tkachev, nice, Ricna to Pak, just slight leg sep on the Pak, Ray back up to high, inbar half to front giant half, inbar full, and a full-in with slight leg sep in the second flip and a small hop to finish. Solid end to her day, and she did fantastic climbing up the rankings after the beam fall!
9:34 pm. Eaker BB: Ring leap, wobbled on something after that but I couldn’t see what. Front aerial to ring jump to back handspring. Solid side aerial loso loso. Switch ring, back leg isn’t the best, to back handspring, switch half to Korbut, fell on a leap after that. 😦 2.5 with a hop.
Gilstrap FX: Good double arabian, little step back. Hit the rest, including a lovely double full to finish.
9:33 pm. Blakely UB: Lovely bail, toe full to toe shoot, caught close, stalder to toe half to front giant to Endo to double front, very nice!! WHAT A DAY!
Smith VT: Solid DTY, just some leg stuff. Little bounce in place.
9:31 pm. Malabuyo VT: DTY, not bad.
Riley McCusker with a 57.500 in the all-around! Just a little over two tenths shy of the highest in the world so far this year.
9:29 pm. Hollingsworth BB: Off on tuck full series. Some kind of side jump half that was way too low if it was meant to be a split. Side aerial, jump series, hit the dismount.
Chiles FX: Double arabian, step forward. Better on the double layout, just a little low. Tucked full-in is also a little low but not bad in the air. Double pike with a bounce.
9:28 pm. Adams VT: Goes for the DTY but comes up a quarter short and lands it on her side kinda.
Dunne UB: I missed the beginning, saw the Pak, van Leeuwen (legs a bit tucked), toe half (leg sep) to piked Jaeger, good Tkachev, just a layout dismount.
9:25 pm. Berger VT: Clean FTY.
Davis UB: Pak, and I missed the rest, sorry!
Williams BB: Solid bhs loso. Double full with a hop back.
McCusker FX: Double layout, low and buckled with a hop forward. Double pike, a little low and her second pike is VERY open! That prob contributed to it being a tad low but she still hit no problem. Good work on the third pass. Well, I think we can all be THRILLED with the day she had here today!!
9:16 pm. Rotation 3 Standings
1. Riley McCusker 43.900
2. Simone Biles 43.500
3. Alyona Shchennikova 42.200
4. Morgan Hurd 41.650
5. Shilese Jones 41.050
6. Sloane Blakely 40.600
7. Jordan Chiles 40.150
8. Jade Carey 39.850
9. Audrey Davis 39.750
10. Madelyn Williams 39.600
11. Luisa Blanco 39.500
12. Shania Adams 39.050
— Grace McCallum 39.050
14. Maddie Johnston 38.450
15. Deanne Soza 37.850
16. Olivia Hollingsworth 37.350
17. Isabel Mabanta 37.050
18. Kara Eaker 36.650
19. Stephanie Berger 35.800
20. Ragan Smith 27.800
21. Jaylene Gilstrap 26.800
22. Emma Malabuyo 12.650
9:13 pm. Biles UB: She fell on her Tkachev in the touch so fingers crossed for a bad dress rehearsal and good opening night! Weiler half to Maloney to big Tkachev, catches with bent legs but holds on, toe full, legs come apart and she arches a bit before hopping off. Back on for a piked Tkachev to clean Pak, van Leeuwen, Fabrichnova dismount CASUAL with just a hop forward. Not what she wanted and you can tell she’s annoyed but good finish.
Johnston BB: Double spin, ugh, gets a little wild at the end and she falls. But kudos to her for being I think the only U.S. gymnast doing that in 300 years. Side split half. Solid bhs loso. Hit the rest.
9:08 pm. Carey UB: Clear hip to Ray, slipped and fell hard. 😦 Blind change to Ezhova, Maloney to Pak, toe shoot, full-in stuck. Ugh, that fall, she’s like blech.
Gilstrap BB: Clean double wolf turn. Punch front, good jump series after it. Solid bhs loso. front aerial to split ring jump. Bounce back on the double full.
9:06 pm. Blanco VT: Hit her FTY.
Adams FX: Good double arabian, I think she tried to jump out of it and bobbled. Stumbled on her next pass, OOB. Double tuck with a slide back.
Chliles BB: Super cool mount. Wolf turn, bhs loso with a step back, front aerial to jump series, side aerial to switch to switch half, a little low on the end of that and stumbles. Punch front, leg up. Stukbbled back her double pike.
Jones VT: Lovely DTY! #SilentThreat
Eaker UB: Maloney to clear hip to Ray, not bad, Pak, van Leeuwen, clear hip full, a little late, toe half to piked Jaeger, really open pike, double layout is mostly good, tiny step.
9:04 pm. Hurd VT: High DTY, big step back.
Hollingsworth UB: Toe full (late and crooked), Maloney to Pak (legs in a V), van Leeuwen (legs apart), clear hip to blind change (leg sep) to straddle Jaeger, high full-in with a little step.
9:02 pm. Soza FX: Tucked full-in, a little low. Hit her second pass. Then a double tuck, clean and looked stuck! Hit the double pike to finish.
McCusker BB: Front aerial to split jump to back tuck, little bounce. Bhs bhs loso, a tad under but pulls through. Switch to switch half, little bobble, split leap, low back leg, to side aerial, good connection I think, side split jump half, step back on the double tuck. Good work! She’s bringing it today!
9:01 pm. Williams UB: Toe full to Maloney to Pak to stalder (muscled a bit) to van Leeuwen, inbar half to piked Jaeger, double layout, little step.
Blakely VT: Clean FTY.
8:57 pm. Mabanta VT: Hit
UB: I missed most of this but SAW it, just couldn’t type, good full-in at the end and the rest was hit.
Shchennikova BB: Same with missing most of this, only saw the Onodi and the double tuck dismount, a little low with a bounce.
Berger FX: Good 1.5 to front pike, low double pike, sat it.
Davis VT: Stuck her DTY! Not fully rotated and feet were apart, some leg stuff.
8:51 pm. Rotation 2 Standings
1. Simone Biles 30.150
2. Riley McCusker 29.350
3. Alyona Shchennikova 28.800
4. Jade Carey 28.550
5. Jordan Chiles 27.900
6. Ragan Smith 27.800
7. Morgan Hurd 27.250
8. Sloane Blakely 27.100
9. Grace McCallum 26.550
10. Maddie Johnston 26.500
— Shilese Jones 26.500
12. Luisa Blanco 26.250
13. Shania Adams 26.200
14. Madelyn Williams 25.700
15. Audrey Davis 25.550
16. Olivia Hollingsworth 25.400
17. Deanne Soza 25.000
18. Stephanie Berger 24.900
19. Isabel Mabanta 23.800
20. Kara Eaker 23.700
21. Jaylene Gilstrap 13.550
22. Emma Malabuyo 12.650
8:50 pm. Blanco FX: Beautiful double arabian!!! Where did all of these double arabians with glued knees come from?! So little cowboying today! Double tuck, then a 1.5 to front full, little bobble on the second one of those. Switch half. Love her little back walkover into an upside-down split. Good double full to finish.
8:47 pm. Adams BB: Back to back wolf turns, she’s local so the crowd is like YAS WE LOVE THIS. Tour jeté half, a little short. Bhs loso loso looks like it’s gonna go past the end of the beam and then she wobbles like mad trying to save it but hops off. Front aerial to split jump to sissone, clean, side somi, side split jump half, and a double full with two steps back.
8:45 pm. Hurd FX: Moors like it’s easy. GET IT. Double layout is even easier. Front layout to stuck front double full, very nice. Switch ring, through to ring leap, beautiful omg this whole section is to die for. Double pike with a hop. Great.
8:44 pm. Soza BB: Front aerial to split jump to split jump half, side aerial, UGH, was going for some kind of L turn, maybe a double? But almost near the end she grabbed the beam and then fell. 😦 Side split jump half. Good double pike dismount.
Jade got a 14.45 on her Lopez and a 14.65 I believe on her DTY for a 14.55 average…just throwing those at you because it won’t be in the live scores.
8:43 pm. Blakely FX: I missed the beginning. Only saw the 2.5 to finish.
Chiles UB: I missed the beginning of this as well but she came off on a release. Oh, I think she was going for some kind of Tkachev to Gienger, got it the second time! And hit the dismount.
8:42 pm. Carey VT: Second vault is the Lopez and it looks waaaaaaaaaay to easy for her!
8:41 pm. Carey VT: Just a DTY for her first vault, so guessing she won’t do the tsuk double. I feel like I saw her warming up a Lopez? DTY is great though. Second is…yes, the Lopez! Interesting. Guessing she wants the Amanar and Cheng combo.
Berger BB: Bhs loso loso, great. Punch front. Hands down on front aerial then a big wobble after. Switch half. Full turn. Hit the dismount.
8:38 pm. McCusker UB: Toe full to Maloney to big Tkachev, nice, huge Ray to Pak to van Leeuwen! stalder to blind change to front giant to half in double tuck, some little issues in there with the dismount (she has struggled with it in training and it’s not really her friend but she got through it and is thrilled).
Davis FX: Double layout, feet flexed throughout and she’s a little bent, I think she put her knee down? 2.5. Low double pike, and then she kind of stumbles it even lower. Bummer.
8:36 pm. Eaker VT: Went for the Yurchenko 1.5 which she tucked throughout and then sat. 😦
Smith BB: Double wolf turn, layout series, looked great! Bobble on the standing full but good save. Solid side split jump half to side straddle jump half…at least I think she was going for the connection, not sure if she was quick enough. Front aerial to jump series. Hit the double pike well.
8:34 pm. Williams VT: Floaty FTY with a hop back.
Shchennikova UB: Inbar full to Komova II to Tkachev, nice, her feet def look better. Ricna to Pak (super clean) to van Leeuwen, stalder half to front giant to half-in double tuck. Yay! Aww, she’s SO happy.
Mabanta FX: Hit the double tuck to start. Rudi after that. Double full, little bounce.
Hollingsworth VT: Decent FTY.
8:30 pm. Biles VT: Cheng, nbd, what most gymnasts do as their first vault back. I’m doing one right now. Hop back with her leg up but fab height, distance, and rotation.
Johnston UB: Front toe-on to piked Jaeger, clear hip to Pak to toe full to toe-on to Maloney to bail to toe shoot, DAMN, just some leg separation throughout with the Pak being most noticeable. Double pike dismount.
Malabuyo BB: Good wolf turn at the beginning. Solid bhs loso loso. Korbut, wobble on the standing arabian, hit her jumps, front aerial to split ring jump, weird back leg and a bobble, switch ring (back leg again isn’t the best), good double pike. Apparently fell on a punch front but I missed it??? I fully thought I saw that whole routine.
Jones FX: Double double, little hop. GET IT SHI. Excellent double arabian, little hop. Tucked full-in is great. Little hop on the double tuck. She’s the sleeper hit this year.
McCallum VT: DTY, doesn’t get the height she needs and she ends up super short.
8:26 pm. Rotation 1 Standings
1. Simone Biles 14.750
2. Jordan Chiles 14.500
3. Sloane Blakely 14.400
4. Riley McCusker 14.350
5. Alyona Shchennikova 13.900
— Jade Carey 13.900
7. Shania Adams 13.750
8. Jaylene Gilstrap 13.550
— Maddie Johnston 13.550
— Luisa Blanco 13.550
11. Deanne Soza 13.400
— Audrey Davis 13.400
— Morgan Hurd 13.400
14. Ragan Smith 13.300
15. Shilese Jones 13.200
16. Grace McCallum 13.050
17. Stephanie Berger 12.600
18. Kara Eaker 12.400
19. Madelyn Williams 12.300
20. Olivia Hollingsworth 12.150
21. Isabel Mabanta 11.900
8:23 pm. Eaker FX: 2.5 to front full, and then a good front double full. Memmel to full pirouette. Triple full, a little underrotated, big hop back. Crashed the double pike at the end, UGH.
8:21 pm. Hurd BB: Excellent standing full! Side aerial, switch leap, bhs loso is super solid, girl’s a rock. Front aerial to split jump to straddle jump, going after that extension. Punch front, splits the beam and falls. NOOOOOOO. Tears forever. Side split jump half, a little wobble. Full turn, she’s landing them in a better standing position now instead of squatting them a bit. Switch ring. Double pike, little bounce. Aside from the fall, that was excellent.
8:20 pm. Hollingsworth FX: Full-in (actually may have been a half-in half-out?) to start. Front tuck through to a solid double tuck. 1.5 through to double full, legs are super wild in her twists. Double pike, step back.
8:18 pm. Blakely BB: Double wolf turn, switch leap to switch half to back tuck, great! Really beautiful front handspring front tuck!! Front aeiral to split jump (TOE POINT!!!!) to split jump half, GET IT! Side aerial, little check, side somi, double tuck, little hop. That was fab.
8:17 pm. Williams FX: Lovely double arabian, little step forard. Switch ring to tour jeté full, nice. She’s lovely in literally everything she does. 1.5 to front full with a step. Wobbly wolf turn. Double pike, two steps back, one foot OOB I think.
8:14 pm. Davis BB: Front aerial to split ring jump, nice, bhs loso is solid, switch to switch half to split jump half, side aerial, good double pike dismount.
8:13 pm. Mabanta BB: I missed all of this but I think she hit.
McCallum FX: I missed the beginning but she hit the first pass (tuck full-in maybe?) and a great triple full. Good double tuck to finish.
8:11 pm. Shchennikova VT: DTY, actually not bad! From this angle, much better than she has done it in the past, just some crunching at the end.
Soza UB: Toe full to Tkachev, Ray, clear hip half to Ezhova I think, then a good van Leeuwen, hit the dismount.
McCusker VT: DTY, good! A little underrotated maybe but not bad.
8:07 pm. Smith UB: I missed her first release but she caught it, then a Downie, but she slipped on her Ricna. 😦 Back on for the Pak, Ray to high, high stuck full-in.
Jones BB: Excellent standing arabian and bhs loso. Leap to a side aerial, fab punch front, little bobble. Big switch half. Solid double tuck, little bounce.
Gilstrap VT: Yurchenko 1.5, tucks her legs at the very end.
Biles FX: The screams! Moors, bounces OOB. Front full through to tuck full-in, good. Switch to tour jeté full, super. Great Biles to stag! Tucked double double basically stuck to finish. Gosh darn.
Johnston VT: Yurchenko 1.5, good.
Berger UB: Toe full to Maloney to bail (ankle sep) to toe shoot (high), step on her double tuck dismount.
8:03 pm. Chiles VT: DTY, beautiful, little hop back. Second vault is a solid tsuk full.
Adams UB: Toe full to Maloney to Pak, very clean, van Leeuwen, blind change to straddle Jaeger, nice and big, full-in with a step.
Blanco BB: Hit the beginning that I could see. Switch leap to switch half, short on the latter, then goes right into a split jump half. Full L turn, and hit the dismount.
Carey FX: Moors! Double layout with a couple of steps back. Double double, little bobble. Front tuck (looked like she missed a hand?!) through to double tuck, a little low but good work considering the blunder.
8:01 pm. Chelsea Davis is judging on floor! I thought I saw her in the hotel lobby last night.
7:58 pm. Touch warmup is starting NOW!!!!!
VT: Jordan Chiles, Jaylene Gilstrap, Madeleine Johnston, Alyona Shchennikova, Riley McCusker
UB: Shania Adams, Ragan Smith, Stephanie Berger, Deanne Soza
BB: Luisa Blanco, Shilese Jones, Isabel Mabanta, Audrey Davis, Sloane Blakely, Morgan Hurd
FX: Jade Carey, Simone Biles, Grace McCallum, Madelyn Williams, Olivia Hollingsworth, Kara Eaker