Welcome to the live blog for the second day of the senior women’s competition at the 2019 U.S. Championships, held in Kansas City, Missouri!
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9:53 pm. FINAL STANDINGS
1. Simone Biles, World Champions, 118.500
2. Sunisa Lee, Midwest, 113.550
3. Grace McCallum, Twin City Twisters, 111.850
4. Morgan Hurd, First State, 111.700
5. Leanne Wong, GAGE, 111.250
6. Jordan Chiles, World Champions, 110.850
7. Jade Carey, Arizona Sunrays, 109.950
8. MyKayla Skinner, Desert Lights, 109.600
9. Trinity Thomas, Florida, 108.750
10. Kara Eaker, GAGE, 108.100
11. Emily Lee, West Valley, 107.950
12. Shilese Jones, Future, 107.700
13. Aleah Finnegan, GAGE, 107.600
14. Faith Torrez, Legacy Elite, 107.400
15. Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite, 104.300
16. Riley McCusker, MG Elite, 84.250
17. Sloane Blakely, WOGA, 80.150
1. Simone Biles, World Champions, 30.850
2. Jade Carey, Arizona Sunrays, 29.900
3. MyKayla Skinner, Desert Lights, 29.525
4. Aleah Finnegan, GAGE, 28.050
5. Shilese Jones, Future, 27.600
UNEVEN BARS STANDINGS
1. Sunisa Lee, Midwest, 29.800
2. Morgan Hurd, First State, 29.000
3. Simone Biles, World Champions, 28.800
4. Trinity Thomas, Florida, 28.450
5. Leanne Wong, GAGE, 27.850
6. Grace McCallum, Twin City Twisters, 27.450
7. Jordan Chiles, World Champions, 27.400
— Riley McCusker, MG Elite, 27.400
BALANCE BEAM STANDINGS
1. Simone Biles, World Champions, 29.650
2. Kara Eaker, GAGE, 28.650
3. Leanne Wong, GAGE, 28.500
4. Sunisa Lee, Midwest, 28.200
5. Morgan Hurd, First State, 28.100
6. Emily Lee, West Valley, 28.050
7. Faith Torrez, Legacy Elite, 27.950
8. Grace McCallum, Twin City Twisters, 27.500
1. Simone Biles, World Champions, 29.450
2. Jade Carey, Arizona Sunrays, 28.400
3. Sunisa Lee, Midwest, 27.950
4. Grace McCallum, Twin City Twisters, 27.650
5. MyKayla Skinner, Desert Lights, 27.550
6. Aleah Finnegan, GAGE, 27.200
7. Jordan Chiles, World Champions, 27.050
8. Emily Lee, West Valley, 26.550
9:51 pm. Jade Carey with a 53.850 today and a 109.950 total.
9:49 pm. Aleah Finnegan FX: Excellent double double to start. Super clean arabian double front to stag. I wasn’t typing during the rest but she hit and looked fabulous!
9:47 pm. Shilese Jones BB: We came in a tad late, saw her with a standing arabian I think, and then she hit her layout series with just a couple of minor things. Side aerial, little check. Wobbled on the punch front, super high double tuck with a step back. 13.550 (5.7, 7.850)
9:45 pm. Jade Carey FX: Great Moors, just a lunge back, I think OOB but I couldn’t see. FTDLO had some form issues throughout, the camera was basically PART OF HER during that pass so it was SUPER evident. ZOOM OUT. Double double, also lots of little leg separations there, but solid again on the landing. Tour jeté full. Front tuck through to tucked full-in, just some steps back. 14.100 (6.3, 7.900, -0.1)
Kara Eaker with a 53.450 AA today, 108.100 total.
9:43 pm. Emily Lee BB: Solid full turn, Punch front is excellent, into her jump series, just some foot form. Bhs bhs layout, super floaty but isn’t quite ready for the landing. Bobbles it but holds on. Switch to switch half, little bobble. Hit her bhs loso very well. Front aerial into a jump. Double pike, some leg sep, good landing though. 13.900 (5.9, 8.000)
Faith Torrez with a 54.250 today and a 107.400 total.
Trinity Thomas UB 14.250 (5.5, 8.750)
Trinity Thomas with a 53.350 today and a 108.750 total.
9:42 pm. Kara Eaker FX: I missed most of her first pass, caught it just as she was taking a little bobble forward. Triple full with a huge bounce back OOB. 2.5 to front full was great, but then she was short on one of her leaps after. Dobule pike, a little low, scoots it back. GREAT, NOW GO TAKE A NAP FOR ONE MONTH. 12.800 (5.3, 7.800, -0.3)
Leanne Wong with a 55.850 today, and a 111.250 total.
Faith Torrez BB 13.900 (5.9, 8.000)
9:41 pm. Simone Biles with a 59.850 today! Total is 118.500, about 5 points ahead of the rest. No biggie.
9:40 pm. Morgan Hurd with a 56.650 today, 111.700 total.
Just saw the tail end of Faith Torrez’s beam, which looked great.
9:39 pm. So yeah, they didn’t show Simone’s bars on the international feed, just the Fabrichnova dismount, which was stunning tonight. She came off the podium with a HUGE grin, though. Incredible night today. 14.750 (6.3, 8.450)
9:38 pm. Leanne Wong FX: Dos Santos, a little overrotated and takes a big step OOB…then her 3.5 gets around today, but it’s a bit low and she really has to work to get that last half where it needs to be, big step. 2.5 comes in short to the front layout, lands it pretty seated but nothing too bad, super clean triple full with an excellent landing to finish. 12.750 (5.3, 7.550, -0.1)
OKAY THEY DIDN’T SHOW SIMONE’S BARS ON THE INTERNATIONAL FEED LMAO.
9:37 pm. MyKayla Skinner with a 54.700 today WITH A FALL. The fact that she is almost at a 56 AA on a good day is BEYOND INSANE. There are no words. Total is a 109.600.
9:35 pm. Morgan Hurd BB: Standing full, slight check, then a good side aerial. Bhs loso, little check there as well. Front aerial to split ring jump, good. Switch leap to straddle jump to split jump, great. Full turn, small adjustment. Switch ring, back leg isn’t quite there. Super solid double pike dismount. Amazing day! 13.950 (5.7, 8.250)
Sunisa Lee with a 56.650 AA today, and a 113.550 total!
MyKayla Skinner UB 13.350 (5.8, 7.550)
9:34 pm. Grace McCallum with a 56.950 AA today, and a 111.850 total.
Jordan Chiles with a 55.500 AA today, and a 110.850 total.
9:32 pm. Sunisa Lee FX: Double double, small hop back. Double layout, maybe a little low, but solid on the landing either way. Her wolf turns are timed so perfectly to the music, I don’t even mind that she does two in a row. They BELONG there tbh. 1.5 to front full, super clean and solid. Switch ring to tour jeté half. Good double tuck, hop back. FAB. She deserves this podium SO MUCH. 14.000 (5.7, 8.300)
Jordan Chiles UB 13.850 (5.4, 8.450)
9:31 pm Grace McCallum BB: Easily gets through her wolf turns. Good transverse split half into a transverse straight jump full. Great side aerial loso loso. Front aerial, small check, sissone to full turn. Double tuck with a step. I feel like that’s SUCH a quick but compact little routine with everything squeezed in super well. 14.450 (5.9, 8.550)
9:30 pm. Sloane Blakely will start this rotation on bars, Grace McCallum on beam, and Sunisa Lee on floor!
9:24 pm. ROTATION 7 STANDINGS
1. Simone Biles 103.750
2. Sunisa Lee 99.550
3. Leanne Wong 98.500
4. Morgan Hurd 97.400
5. Grace McCallum 97.400
6. Jordan Chiles 97.000
7. MyKayla Skinner 96.250
8. Jade Carey 95.850
9:22 pm. Jade Carey BB: Big wobble on a front aerial at the start, hit the jump series after. Bhs loso into a two-foot layout series solid. Leap into a side aerial, good. Switch 3/4. Switch to switch half to back tuck, good, looking mostly steady here. Gainer back handspring, almost gets it to the switch side, into a transverse split jump half. Double tuck is good! 13.100 (5.4, 7.800, -0.1)
Shilese Jones UB 12.000 (5.4, 6.600)
9:20 pm. Emily Lee UB 12.150 (5.1, 7.050)
9:17 pm. Kara Eaker BB: Hit her mount/leap series after it, then wobbled on her full L turn. Hit the skills after, I didn’t see what, then a side aerial loso loso, super solid. Split leap to side somi, good. Switch ring to bhs to Korbut, nice. Switch leap to switch side. 2.5 to finish was great. 14.900 (6.6, 8.300)!!
Leanne Wong BB 14.550 (6.0, 8.550)! Sad to have missed this.
Faith Torrez UB 12.750 (5.3, 7.450)
9:15 pm. Simone Biles VT: Cheng, excellent and HUUUUUGE. Just a small bounce back. I’m saying 9.8 E. Oh damn, the judges are like sorry, we actually take deductions and don’t just score things on feelings, idiot. 15.300 (6.0, 9.300)
Amanar for the second vault was damn near perfect. Tiny hop. THAT will get a 9.8. I’M WILLING IT. 15.450 average.
9:12 pm. MyKayla Skinner VT: Amanar, I didn’t really see much of it in the air, just that she had a big step forward, just pulls her other foot in to join it. 14.600 (5.8, 8.800)
Second vault for MyKayla is the Cheng, which looked better than the Amanar tbh, just a little slide back. Averages a 14.800, damn, I wish she did the Cheng first!
9:11 pm. Just realized Riley McCusker scratched beam. I’m SO bummed. But…it might be for the best. Classics and Pan Ams and nationals was too much for some of these girls, and with Riley and Kara competing EVERY SINGLE DAY in Lima, they should’ve skipped this, honestly.
9:10 pm. Morgan Hurd UB: Komova II to stalder full to Tkachev, great. Good handstand before her Ricna to Pak, super, arches a tiny bit before her Ray back up to high but nothing severe, toe half to front giant half, toe full to full-in stuck cold. QUEEN! 14.600 (6.0, 8.600)
Sloane Blakely VT 13.700 (4.8, 8.900)
Grace McCallum UB 13.950 (5.9, 8.050)
9:07 pm. Sunisa Lee BB: Triple wolf turn, basically perfect. Split jump to sissone to front aerial, also basically perfect. Bhs bhs layout, came into it low, big bobble there with her leg coming up but saves it. Switch to switch half, pauses before the back tuck. Side aerial loso loso, great. Switch ring, almost overdoes the ring, BLESS. Split ring jump. Nailed the dismount. 13.850 (5.8, 8.050)
9:05 pm. Jordan Chiles VT: Huge and excellently done DTY, incredible landing. DAMN. 14.750 (5.4, 9.350)
9:04 pm. Aleah Finnegan BB: We cut in just as she did her punch front, just a slight wobble there. Full turn, front aerial to split jump to Korbut, great. Side aerial to back handspring to 1.5 with a little slide forward.
Trinity Thomas VT 13.900 (4.8, 9.100)
9:03 pm. Gabby Perea UB: Lovely handstand before her toe full to Maloney to Ricna, ugh, but then falls on the Ricna. Pak, leg separation, to Chow half, short handstand before toe half to piked Jaeger, gets that one. Arches the handstand before her giants, good double layout with a slight hop. 13.000 (5.7, 7.300)
9:00 pm. Trinity Thomas starts the next rotation on vault, and Gabby Perea will lead off on bars while Aleah Finnegan leads off beam!
8:58 pm. ROTATION 6 STANDINGS
1. Simone Biles 88.450
2. Sunisa Lee 85.700
3. Riley McCusker 84.250
4. Leanne Wong 83.950
5. Grace McCallum 83.450
6. Morgan Hurd 83.150
7. Jade Carey 82.750
8. Jordan Chiles 82.250
8:54 pm. MyKayla Skinner FX: Moors, pretty good in the first flip but loses hip/knee form in the second. Front tuck through to tucked full-in, excellent! She goes into her front tuck with SO much power, I love it. Hop L full to switch full. Couldn’t really see her split from this angle. Double double, a little low in her set, still gets it around, but her chest is a little lower on the landing than she’d like. Tour jeté full, then a little hop to get her double L turn around. Finishes with a 2.5 with a step forward. Fantastic once again. 13.850 (5.8, 8.050)
8:52 pm. Kara Eaker UB: We jumped in at the…van Leeuwen I think, I didn’t see the entry but it was some sort of shaposh half variation, hit a clear hip to pirouette after that, toe half to piked Jaeger, super clean and solid double layout. 11.900 (4.6, 7.300)
8:51 pm. Sloane Blakely FX: Tucked full-in with a hop back. Switch ring to tour jeté half. I think the first was a ring but I couldn’t see her back leg super well. Arabian double front, clean, just a bit too far forward on the landing, step. Double pike, good, lunge back. Double tuck, a little short, flies forward a bit but stays up. 12.550 (5.0, 7.650, -0.1)
Jordan Chiles FX 13.300 (5.3, 8.000)
8:50 pm. Leanne Wong UB: Toe-on to Komova II to Pak to Chow half, super clean on everything. Nice handstand before her inbar half to straddle Jaeger, toe full, just the tiniest bit late, double layout landing was super deep with a step out but that aside it was great. 13.800 (5.9, 7.900)
8:49 pm. Emily Lee VT: DTY, some little form things throughout, lands with her feet apart, but solid enough! 14.400 (5.4, 9.000)
8:48 pm. Faith Torrez VT 14.500 (5.4, 9.100)
8:47 pm. Sunisa Lee UB: Nabieva to Pak to Maloney to Bhardwaj, great. Van Leeuwen, going after those handstands today, giant 1.5 to piked Jaeger, full-in with a tiny step. QUEEN! 15.050 (6.4, 8.650)!!!
8:45 pm. Morgan Hurd VT: DTY, knee form was a TINY bit softer than it’s been recently, and a hop to the side on the landing. 14.350 (5.4, 8.950)
Grace McCallum VT 14.550 (5.4, 9.150)
Gabby Perea VT 13.150 (4.4, 8.750)
8:43 pm. Riley McCusker UB: Stalder full to Maloney to low-ish Tkachev but no problems getting it over. Great handstand before her Ricna into a GORGEOUS Pak, perfect handstand before the van Leeuwen, toe-on, gets the blind change no problem, but then flies off the bar WAAAAAAAY too early into her dismount and flies forward, someone was blocking her on the YouTube stream when she landed so I couldn’t see if she put her hands down. But that was a low key scary way to come off the bar. 13.900 (5.8, 8.100)
Shilese Jones VT 14.700 (5.4, 9.300), average 13.850
8:41 pm. Trinity Thomas FX: Switch full into the corner before her first pass. Biles, ugh, just a little short coming out of it, big lunge back and she has to sit it. 😦 Double layout with a hop back. Switch ring to tour jeté full. Front layout to front double full, a little tentative with that landing but no real issues. UGHHHH, double pike to finish, landing comes out from under her and she kind of flies onto her stomach. 11.550 (5.6, 6.250, -0.3)
Jade Carey UB 11.650 (5.1, 6.550) WHY
8:40 pm. Aleah Finnegan UB: I wasn’t typing during pretty much any of this, but she just had a few little moments throughout, like leg separation and being a little late in handstands. Double front form was tight, just a bounce and step forward. 12.900 (5.0, 7.900)
8:36 pm. Simone Biles FX: Opened her routine with a ridiculously good triple double, excellent. Literally so good I thought it was a double double at first glance. HONESTLY. Biles, tiniest bounce forward. Front full to tuck full-in with a hop forward. Switch to tour jeté full. “EASY” double double to finish. Sweet damn. 15.100 (6.7, 8.400)
8:34 pm. The second rotation will see Shilese Jones start on vault, Jade Carey on bars, and Simone Biles on floor.
8:30 pm. ROTATION 5 STANDINGS
1. Simone Biles 73.350
2. Jade Carey 71.100
3. Sunisa Lee 70.650
4. Riley McCusker 70.350
5. Leanne Wong 70.150
6. Trinity Thomas 69.050
7. Grace McCallum 68.900
8. Jordan Chiles 68.850
8:28 pm. Faith Torrez FX: Glad we’re seeing her! Double layout full, hops back, just some pike down on the second flip, looks better tonight compared to I think podium training was when I worried about it a little. Great double layout. Switch leap to switch half, clean. Front tuck through to double tuck, stuck. Double pike with a bounce back. Great! 13.100 (5.4, 8.000, -0.3)
8:24 pm. Morgan Hurd FX: Love this royal purple look for her. Had a really weird issue at the beginning where she was in her opening pose but didn’t start. Just walked off the floor and took a deep breath. And looked REALLY pissed. Walks back out and starts over again. I hope that won’t count against her. Double double, stuck it cold. Front layout to front double full, no problems. At all. Switch ring to tour jeté full, great. EXCELLENT double tuck. Double pike, excellent, little bounce back. ANGRY FLOOR FTW. 13.750 (5.3, 8.450)
8:21 pm. Sloane Blakely BB: Double wolf turn, a little bobbly. Suuuuper high chest on the standing arabian, just a wobble. Switch leap to switch half, lands it a little off and wobbles, missed the connection to the layout stepout, another wobble. Front handsrping to front tuck is great, just an adjustment at the end. Wolf jump to sissone, clean. Front aerial to split ring jump, there was something a little weird with her feet if you wanna get picky but otherwise nice. Side somi, and a nice big double tuck to finish. 13.950 (5.8, 8.150)
8:19 pm. Grace McCallum FX: Long ass wait. Probably for TV timing. Double double, chest down and a hop. Front layout to front double full to front tuck, good, just some ankles in the twists and a hop to the side. Switch ring to switch half. Tucked full-in, really buckled on the landing there. Tour jeté half. Double tuck, solid on that landing, and more upright than her last one. 14.000 (5.7, 8.300)
Jordan Chiles BB 13.500 (5.2, 8.300), I can’t believe this gal right now.
8:17 pm. Gabby Perea FX 12.600 (5.0, 7.700, -0.1)
8:16 pm. Leanne Wong VT: Big beautiful DTY. Just some crossed legs in the second twist. Pretty solid on the landing. 14.750 (5.4, 9.350)
8:15 pm. Sunisa Lee VT: DTY, first twist is great, loses her form quite a bit in the second and takes a step to the side OOB. 13.750 (5.4, 8.450, -0.1)
8:14 pm. Trinity Thomas BB: We came into this late, started from a jump into her Korbut. One-arm bhs to her loso, excellent. Switch side to transverse split jump half to transverse straddle jump half, BAMF STATUS. Side aerial. Clean double full. 13.650 (5.4, 8.250)
Shilese Jones FX 13.650 (5.4, 8.250)
8:13 pm. Riley McCusker VT: DTY, WOW. The improvement on this vault since classics, though. Just some crossed ankles and a big step back. 14.650 (5.4, 9.250)
8:12 pm. Emily Lee FX 13.000 (5.3, 7.800, -0.1)
8:11 pm. Aleah Finnegan VT: We’re only seeing her second vault, Yurchenko half-on front pike, which she runs out of.
Her DTY got a 14.600 (5.4, 9.200). Averages a 14.025.
8:09 pm. Simone Biles BB: Triple wolf, arm swinging is a bit wild. Front aerial into her jump series, solid. Bhs loso loso, GOD her technique on those. The way they should be done. Switch to switch half, pause into the back pike. Side aerial, tiniest adjustment. Hit her transverse jump and two jumps after it. “Just” the full-in dismount tonight, which I’m glad for. She proved she can do the double double, we don’t need it again until worlds. STAY SAFE. 14.700 (6.2, 8.500)!!!
I think Jade’s vault average is a 14.875 FYI.
8:08 pm. Jade Carey VT: Does the Amanar for vault two, lots of power, runs forward out of it with some giant steps but that’s much better than being short or scrappy with it. It’s a nice, big, solid, safe vault for her.
8:07 pm. Jade Carey VT: Cheng, much better than night one! Just a step back, but honestly the biggest issue here was the leg separation in the pre-flight…she’s still a little soft in the flight but she looks much tighter. Night one was sloppy in comparison, at least in my memory. 15.000 (6.0, 9.000)
8:06 pm. Kara Eaker VT 13.850 (4.8 D, 9.050 E)
Emily Lee is on floor but instead of watching even a little bit of it and then cutting away for a “more important” routine we’re just gonna watch the logo.
8:04 pm. MyKayla Skinner BB: Candle mount, holds it a LITTLE better than night one. Bhs tuck full, ugh, big wobble and she’s off. Well, it was bound to happen, it’s a tuck full series. Shocked it hasn’t happened yet tbh. Side aerial to split jump to straddle jump, a little low. Switch to switch half to back tuck, split looks BETTER on the switch half but still not 180. Hit her transverse jumps pretty well. Full L turn to full turn, solid. Stuck the double tuck. Great recovery, she’ll be mad about that fall but she still looks fab. 12.900 (5.7, 7.200)
I’M SCREAMING ABOUT MYKAYLA GETTING LIKE A 14 ON BEAM WITHOUT THE FALL
8:02 pm. Kara Eaker will start the competition on vault, MyKayla Skinner leads the beam rotation, and Emily Lee will begin the meet on floor!
8:00 pm. Peng Peng Lee as the emcee just forgot Li Li Leung’s name while introducing her which…is…killing…me. I’m dead.
7:59 pm. Touch warm-up! And a t-shirt gun fail.
7:55 pm. Athlete march-out is happening now!
There’s no point in doing a preview because as night one proved, literally anything can happen, anyone can get on the podium, it doesn’t matter how well you think you know the potential or capabilities of each gymnast because they’re going to do whatever they want.
That said, Simone Biles has the lead (duh), followed by Sunisa Lee and Jade Carey (okay?!), and Riley McCusker, Leanne Wong, Trinity Thomas, Jordan Chiles, and Morgan Hurd round out the top eight. Do with that what you want.