Among a huge number of fantastic beam routines in 2018, here are my 10 favourite ones!
10. Polina Shchennikova (Michigan) – Michigan State @ Michigan
I’m probably influenced by the fact that we’ll never see Polina compete again, but this routine is painfully beautiful – look at her flexibility and pointed toes!
9. Missy Reinstadtler (Utah) – Regionals
Missy has unique poise on beam, which increasingly convinces me that she should be Utah’s anchor on this apparatus.
8. Lexy Ramler (Minnesota) – Michigan State @ Minnesota
Probably my favourite freshman of the 2018 season, Lexy was born to perform on beam. I wouldn’t be surprised if she scored a perfect 10.0 soon this upcoming season.
7. Sabrina Vega (Georgia) – Nationals Semifinals
Sabrina hit this routine for her team when it counted the most – a true Gymdog hero!
6. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) – Arizona @ LSU
If there is someone who is a natural beam worker, that’s Sarah. And here, for once, the judges seemed to agree with me!
5. Alyssa Baumann (Florida) – SEC Championships
Alyssa got emotional at the end of this routine, and so did I – so fulfilling to see this young lady hitting her super hard beam set and becoming the SEC beam champion!
4. Ivy Lu (Minnesota) – GymQuarter Mardi Gras Invite
When thinking of beam difficulty, everyone thinks of Peng Peng Lee. But Ivy’s routine is equally hard and well-performed – a gem!
3. Sophia Carter (Arkansas) – Georgia @ Arkansas
The Arkansas freshman is a real beamer. I can foresee a perfect 10.0 waiting for her round the corner!
2. Casey Lauter (New Hampshire) – Carolina @ New Hampshire
I fell in love with Casey’s beam work watching this routine early this year, and I was delighted to read that she scored a perfect 10.0 later in the season, although there doesn’t seem to be footage of it.
1. Christine Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) – Super Six Finals
Peng scored five perfect 10.0s on beam this season and were all well-deserved. This routine is difficult, complex and super solid – and won Peng an individual and a team national title!