2021 U.S. Classic | Junior Live Blog

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1. Katelyn Jong 54.750
2. Kailin Chio 51.750
3. Gabriella Van Frayen 51.700
4. Izzy Stassi 51.350
5. Joscelyn Roberson 51.300
6. Charlotte Booth 51.050
7. Sage Bradford 50.650
8. Ella Murphy 50.600

8:22 pm. With all of the falls and scratches from the top contenders, both Gym X-Treme girls are currently 3rd and 4th AA before Azaraya’s score comes in!!! Amazing for them, they were both SUPER impressive here.

8:20 pm. Azaraya Ra-Akbar BB: Super clean and solid bhs loso. Then off on a transverse split jump half. WHY GOD WHY. I think all the top kids fell, except Katelyn Jong and Kailin Chio. Switch to switch half. Front aerial, little step, split jump to back tuck, side aerial, full turn, and a double full with a step to finish.

8:18 pm. Autumn Reingold UB: Big piked Jaeger, stalder full, a tiny bit late, but clean, to Pak, Ray back to the high bar, double layout, little step back. Very nice lines here!

8:15 pm. Izzy Stassi UB: Caught a release early on, then a clean Pak. Toe-on to Maloney to clear hip to Ray, amazing! Super straight double layout, small hop.

Charlotte Booth BB: Candle mount, solid bhs loso. Switch half. Had a big wobble on a transverse jump. Double full, some knee form, hop back.

Zoey Molomo FX: Double pike, small hop. Switch to switch half. Double tuck, small stumble.

8:14 pm. Lucy Tobia BB: Transverse split jump half, short in the split, side aerial, pike jump to sissone, good bhs loso. Switch leap, her best leap so far. Double back comes up short, puts her hands down.

Paityn Walker UB: Maloney to Pak, van Leeuwen, some leg form. Comes down WEIRD from a giant, like, bends her hips and can’t pull back up to handstand, full-in to dismount.

8:12 pm. Katelyn Jong FX: Nails the double double, tiny step. Tucked full-in with a hop. She’s crushing it today. 1.5 to front full. Double pike, stumbles back out of it but saves it from being a disaster!

Avery King VT: FTY, step back.

8:11 pm. Tiana Sumanasekera UB: Stalder full, arches it over about 3/4 of the way through and has to come off. All of the top girls are slipping right now. Back on, think she did Maloney to Pak, Ray to high, blind change, tiniest ankle separation, to front giant half, and her trademark high, legs glued, toes pointed double tuck.

Madray Johnson VT: FTY with a step back.

8:10 pm. Kaliya Lincoln VT: Yurchenko 1.5, and WOW, it’s the best one I’ve seen her do all year!!! Form is super tight and she nearly sticks it. Good for her!

8:06 pm. Ella Murphy VT: Clean FTY with a hop back.

Gabriella Van Frayen UB: Maloney to Pak, I missed the rest, caught her full-in dismount which was stuck! Fab day for her!

Joscelyn Roberson BB: Layout stepout mount, Onodi, nailed the jump series, transverse straight jump full. Full turn. UGHHHH, off on her triple flight series. Lunge on the double pike. So bummed about that fall.

Kailin Chio FX: Stuck her full-out! Hit the second pass. 2.5 to front pike to stag, sneaks the stag in there after coming in a little low at the end. Double pike goes a little buckled with a step or two.

Sage Bradford VT: FTY, a little piked, step back.

Looks like Nola Matthews is scratching floor.


1. Katelyn Jong 41.250
2. Tiana Sumanasekera 39.300
3. Azaraya Ra-Akbar 39.250
4. Kailin Chio 38.800
5. Joscelyn Roberson 38.700
6. Charlotte Booth 38.650
— Lucy Tobia 38.650
8. Gabriella Van Frayen 38.550

7:59 pm. Avery King FX: Tucked full-in, a tiny bit short, step forward. Switch ring to tour jeté half, clean wolf turn. 1.5 to front full. Split jump full. Double turn in front attitude to pirouette, the first turn was a little skidded around, then a double tuck to finish, looked a bit low and had to lunge it forward.

7:55 pm. Madray Johnson FX: Tucked full-in, lunge back. Stuck the 1.5 to front full, that was beautiful. Double pike is a little deep.

7:53 pm. Kaliya Lincoln FX: Double layout, nice! Small hop back. Front tuck through to double back, fabulous. Switch ring, back leg isn’t there. Tour jeté half. Switch full into the corner before her last pass…hop back on the tucked full-in. Really strong routine. 13.6!

7:52 pm. Katelyn Jong BB: Standing full, little check, but gets it! Punch front tuck is also strong and solid. Standing loso into a back pike, solid again. Switch to pike jump. Double pike, chest slightly down and a step back. But a great routine overall.

7:50 pm. Charlotte Booth UB: Stalder full, a little late, Maloney to Tkachev, hop change to straddle Jaeger, nice. Pak is really clean. Van Leeuwen, and a double front with two steps back, yes girl!

7:49 pm. Nola Matthews BB: A little wild in the wolf turn but controls it in the end. Bent legs on the bhs loso, a fall sadly. Front aerial, nice. 2.5, big step forward.

Sage Bradford FX: Good double pike. 2.5 with a lunge. Some wild choreo, I love it. 1.5 to front pike.

7:48 pm. Lucy Tobia UB: Hop change to Weiler half to toe-on to Church to Pak, some form in the Pak, but LOVE that connection series. Stalder full, Chow to stalder to stalder half, at horizontal, double pike with a small hop.

7:47 pm. Paityn Walker VT: FTY, some form things in the air, big lunge back.

Izzy Stassi VT: FTY, clean in the air, decent power, hop back.

7:43 pm. Gabriella Van Frayen VT: FTY, clean, nice distance, lunge back.

Joscelyn Roberson UB: Just want her to hit! Caught a release, clear hip half, some ankle form, to Ezhova, toe shoot, double layout with a big stumble forward, but good hit for her!

Tiana Sumanasekera VT: Oh, she’s doing a DTY?! Okay then. Not a ton of power, steps to the side OOB, but not scary so there’s that.

Kailin Chio BB: Back handspring mount to bhs loso, amazing! Switch half to Korbut, love that. Basically stuck the double full. She must have had a fall that I didn’t see because her score is an 11.8, 6.8 E.

Ella Murphy FX: 1.5 to front tuck, I think I missed her first pass. Double tuck, hop back. Double full to finish. Good work!

7:41 pm. Azaraya Ra-Akbar UB: Toe-on, Tkachev to Pak, stalder full, dismounts with a high double tuck, beautiful work.

Autumn Reingold VT: FTY, form is a tiny bit weak. Just not a ton of power to get it around.

Zoey Molomo BB: Hit everything I’ve seen.

Paloma Spiridonova FX: My floor queen! Opening choreo is stunning. I wasn’t typing during any of her passes or skills in general but she hit everything and this was a gorgeous routine overall.


1. Joscelyn Roberson 27.350
2. Katelyn Jong 27.100
3. Kailin Chio 27.000
4. Azaraya Ra-Akbar 26.700
5. Charlotte Booth 26.000
6. Lucy Tobia 25.750
7. Tiana Sumanasekera 25.450
8. Nola Matthews 25.400

7:33 pm. Madray Johnson BB: Layout stepout mount is nice, but comes off on the bhs loso loso. Onodi, front aerial, transverse split jump half

7:27 pm. Kaliya Lincoln BB: Little stumble on the switch to switch half. Front aerial to split jump, pause into the straddle jump. Some flexed feet there too. Transverse split jump half, form is a little weak there too.

Paityn Walker FX: 1.5 through to double full, good! 2.5 to front pike, a little soft in her form on the leaps. Double pike, I think her knees went down, but she stood it up quickly.

7:24 pm. Tiana Sumanasekera FX: Double layout, steps OOB, but that looked mostly good in the air. Ugh, looked like she sat the front full. Lunge back out of the double pike.

Katelyn Jong UB: Stalder full to Chow to Pak, nice. Toe shoot, toe half to piked Jaeger, just bends her legs a little bit before catching. Full-out dismount, solid.

Sage Bradford BB: Bhs loso loso, good! Double full dismount, she looks happy with that routine…everything I saw looked pretty good!

7:21 pm. Ella Murphy BB: Good on the bhs loso loso, front aerial, amazing split ring jump to Korbut!! Off on a transverse jump though. Double full, chest position isn’t quite there.

Nola Matthews UB: Toe full to Chow, Ricna, big straddle Jaeger. UGH, flies off on her Pak, sits It on the mat. Back on for her dismount, a double layout, maybe a little whippy.

Kailin Chio UB: I apparently missed this one too. Something has to be up with the feeds.

Gabriella Van Frayen FX: Double pike and 2.5 were both really strong. Solid double full. I feel like both she and Izzy, the Gym X-Treme girls, are secret gems at this meet. They both do really cool stuff and looked great in training yesterday.

7:20 pm. I feel like my feeds must have lagged and skipped a few routines because it looks like I also missed Lucy Tobia on vault? It jumped right from Joscelyn landing to showing Lucy’s score so idk.

7:18 pm. Joscelyn Roberson VT: A little loose in her leg form on the second twist in her DTY, but the power is there! I feel like she just needs a little time to clean this up and she’ll be golden.

Paloma Spiridonova BB: Bhs loso, some bent knees there. Onodi is lovely. Clean side somi. Good 2.5 dismount, maybe some crossed ankles.

Autumn Reingold FX: I missed this.

Zoey Molomo UB: I missed this as well.

7:17 pm. Azaraya Ra-Akbar VT: Beautiful FTY! Just a hop back.

7:14 pm. Charlotte Booth VT: Good Yurchenko 1.5 with a little scoot forward.

Avery King BB: Came off early on but I missed the skill. Also off on her triple flight series. OOF, transverse jump had a wobble and she nearly bent herself in half backwards to save it. Amazing. Double full with a step back.

Izzy Stassi FX: 1.5 to front full. I think that was her second pass. Good 2.5 to front tuck.

Zoey Molomo UB: Stalder to Moloney to Pak, caught with bent elbows there, van Leeuwen, flexes her feet a bit, blind change to piked Jaeger, misses a hand but stays on! Barely affects her. High double tuck.


1. Katelyn Jong 14.200
2. Kailin Chio 13.900
3. Ella Kate Parker 13.500
4. Tiana Sumanasekera 13.400
5. Azaraya Ra-Akbar 13.250
— Joscelyn Roberson 13.250
7. Zoey Molomo 13.200
8. Nola Matthews 12.950

7:06 pm. Tiana Sumanasekera BB: Lovely front aerial into her jumps, layout series is solid as well. Switch ring, little check. Side aerial, jump series almost connected out of it. Switch to switch half, little bobble there. Full turn. Good double full with a step back.

7:04 pm. Kaliya Lincoln UB: Bends her knees on her Tkachev to compensate for not getting it where she needs to in order to get over the bar, and iesn’t able to catch it. Gets it the second time (it was actually a Ray) to Pak, blind change to front giant half, hits the full-twisting double back dismount.

7:03 pm. Joscelyn Roberson FX: Double layout, nice and big, step back. Tour jeté full. PERFECT arabian double front, stuck it cold, that was amazing. Switch to switch side. Little bounce on the double tuck. Finishes with a 1.5 through to double pike, a little deep there but the POWER in this kid!

Gabriella Van Frayen BB: Candle mount. Little stumble on her full turn. Break at the end of her bhs loso loso, but good correction to stay on.

7:02 pm. Sage Bradford UB: Toe-on, Maloney to clear hip to Tkachev, blind full to another gorgeous Pak, toe shoot, high double pike with a step.

7:00 pm. Azaraya Ra-Akbar FX: My dark horse for this competition! 1.5 through to double tuck, then a 2.5, really nice on her leaps as well. Nails the double pike.

Autumn Reingold BB: Hit her flight series but came off on her side aerial. Clean double full to finish.

Nola Matthews VT: FTY, a little piked down and low, but a good landing.

6:59 pm. Ella Murphy UB: Toe-on to Tkachev, really nice. Toe full to Pak, these WOGA Paks are NEXT LEVEL. High double tuck with a small step.

Kailin Chio VT: Yurchenko 1.5, slight tuck in her legs, but solid landing.

6:56 pm. Izzy Stassi BB: Just did the candle mount half!!! Yesssss. Side aerial, hit a bhs loso, high double tuck with a hop.

Charlotte Booth FX: Big double layout to start. Wild on the landings on the next two passes. Solid 2.5 to finish.

Avery King UB: Tkachev, nice Pak, toe shoot, hit the dismount.

Zoey Molomo VT: Clean FTY, but twists a little too slowly and the landing isn’t the greatest, but not that bad.

6:55 pm. Ella Kate Parker VT: Okay, here she is. No idea what was going on over there…lineup confusion?? Love that. Ella Kate hits the DTY, a little low with a lunge forward. I feel like she’s too tiny to do this vault safely but hey, what do I know.

6:54 pm. So Ella Kate Parker did a DTY in the touch but then didn’t come out for her turn in the lineup. UMMMMMM. Idk what’s going on, I think Zoey Molomo went up but then left the podium?

6:52 pm. Katelyn Jong VT: DTY, really strong! Just some slight leg form and the landing was maybe a little crooked.

Madray Johnson UB: Toe full, tries to muscle it to handstand but has to drop out of it. Hit two transitions after that but missed the van Leeuwen.

Lucy Tobia FX: Front tuck to double pike, really strong. Good 2.5.

Paityn Walker BB: I missed this routine.

6:51 pm. Ella Kate Parker just did a DTY in the touch! It was…not great. So we’ll see how that goes.

6:49 pm. Touch warmups are underway! Should be with you in just a couple of minutes.

4 thoughts on “2021 U.S. Classic | Junior Live Blog

    • Hahaha, at least it wasn’t the entire time! I literally have no idea what happened…they must have been behind and then caught up to speed? I didn’t have volume on for most of it so didn’t even notice!


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