The NCAA Weekly|26 August (U.S. Nationals Edition)

1. Olympic champion (and honorary UCLA Bruin) Simone Biles made history at Nationals last week, by winning her fourth all around title, as well as ALL four apparatus titles – including bars. On the second day of competition, Simone wore a teal leotard in support of her sisters survivors.

2. Baby Florida won Nationals with seven gymnasts involved: Morgan Hurd was second in the all around, Riley McCusker was third, Shilese Jones was fifth, Trinity Thomas was eighth and Sloane Blakely was 16th. Among the Juniors, Sophia Butler was eighth.

3. The three current NCAA freshmen had a blast: Jade Carey of Oregon State and Florida’s Trinity Thomas made the National team, while UCLA’s Margzetta Frazier was very proud of competing her full difficulty, after coming back from retirement only one month ago. Jade competed a super difficult floor routine – Moors, Chusovitina, Silivas and front tuck into full-twisting double back. Trinity performed a gorgeous NCAA-ready one-and-a-half-twisting Yurchenko on vault. And Margzetta showed off the Bruin spark on floor.

4. Baby Bruin Jordan Chiles made everyone’s day on Day 2 by wearing a Wonder Woman-themed leotard, and hitting her very difficult floor routine – including a brand-new double Arabian piked – like a real wonder woman!

5. Florida’s Trinity Thomas honoured her college team by throwing a Gators chomp in her floor routine. Baby Red Rocks Jaylene Gilstrap and Deanne Soza honoured Utah by wearing red (Day 1), and baby Tiger Olivia Dunne honoured LSU by wearing purple (also Day 1).

6. In the Junior ranks, the perfect Leanne Wong (who is still uncommitted, college coaches!!!!) won the all around crown, surprisingly the first ever GAGE gymnast to win an all around title. Second was Kayla Di Cello (also uncommitted), who is turning senior only in 2020, but is already a rock. Third was Sunisa Lee (Auburn, 2022), who excels on beam and makes everyone gasp on bars with her super difficult routine and her Nabieva.

7. Vault beauties: Simone Biles and all her vaults; Jordan Chiles, her Amanar on Day 1 and stuck DTY on Day 2; Trinity Thomas and her beautiful Yurchenko one-and-a-half; Kayla Di Cello and her stuck DTY on Day 2; Aleah Finnegan and her new gorgeous DTY; stuck FTYs from Shania Adams and Sophia Butler; and Leanne Wong and her fantastic DTY.

8. Bars beauties: Simone Biles and her double double dismount; Riley McCusker and Morgan Hurd and their beautiful lines; Kayla Di Cello and her solid routine; Leanne Wong and her impressive new confidence on bars; Sunisa Lee and her Nabieva; Levi Jung-Ruivivar and her stuck full-in after crashing her Shaposh-half on her head; and Olivia Greaves and all her potential on bars.

9. Beam beauties: Sophia Butler,  the only gymnast – among both juniors and seniors – to compete a full-twisting layout on beam; Kara Eaker and everything she does on beam; Konnor McLain and her Chinese-style back layout to two feet; Leanne Wong, Aleah Finnegan, Ciena Alipio and their amazing lines; Sunisa Lee and her two acre series; and Luisa Blanco and her pointed toes.

10. Floor beauties: Levi Jung-Ruivivar and her heart-breaking dance (she’s only 12!!!!); Leanne Wong and everything she does on floor; Kara Eaker, her dance and THAT triple twist!; some amazing double Arabians: Sloane Blakely’s, Jaylene Gilstrap’s, Jordan Chiles’, Luisa Blanco’s…; Alyona Shchennikova’s new front layout to double front to stag jump on floor (Day 1); and Simone Biles doing Simone things on floor.

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Senior results

1. Simone Biles (Pro) – 119.850

2. Morgan Hurd (Florida, deferred) – 113.300

3. Riley McCusker (Florida, deferred) – 112.750

4. Grace McCallum (Utah, 2022) – 111.650

5. Shilese Jones (Florida, 2021) – 109.850

6. Jade Carey (Oregon State, 2019) – 109.700

7. Kara Eaker (Uncommitted) – 109.650

8. Trinity Thomas (Florida, 2019) – 109.600

Senior national team: Simone Biles, Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker, Grace McCallum, Shilese Jones, Jade Carey, Kara Eaker and Trinity Thomas.

 

Junior results

1. Leanne Wong (Uncommitted) – 112.250

2. Kayla Di Cello (Uncommitted) – 111.200

3. Sunisa Lee (Auburn, 2022) – 111.050

4. Skye Blakely (Uncommitted) – 109.300

5. Konnor McClain (Uncommitted) – 108.700

6. Olivia Greaves (Uncommitted) – 105.850

7. Tori Tatum (LSU, 2022) – 105.050

8. Sophia Butler (Florida, 2023) – 104.000

Junior national team: Leanne Wong, Kayla Di Cello, Sunisa Lee, Skye Blakely, Konnor McClain, Olivia Greaves.

 

PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM

Jade Carey (Oregon State, 2019), Kara Eaker (Uncommitted), Shilese Jones (Florida, 2021), Grace McCallum (Utah, 2021), Trinity Thomas (Florida, 2019). Alternate: Alyona Shchennikova (Michigan, 2020).

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Routine of the week

Jordan Chiles’ Wonder Woman floor routine.

 

 

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