The Daily 5 - Saturday
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1. A New Queen Is Crowned - After a week of grueling practices and close competition, Geddert’s Twistars’ Jordyn Wieber took the crown as the 2011 all-around Champion. Coached by John and Kathryn Geddert, Wieber put on one great performance after another tonight. Not only did Wieber win the all-around, she won by a massive 6.150 difference! She was also honored as the USA Gymnastics Athlete of the Year.
2. Vault Claim Shifts - All Olympia’s McKayla Maroney overtook 2010 World vault Champion Alicia Sacramone tonight for the 2011 national vault title. Maroney competes a massive Amanar (Yurchenko 2 1/2 twists) and Sacramone competes a handspring Rudi (1 1/2 twists) and a Yurchenko double full. It will be exciting to see these two powerhouses battle it out at future competitions, and Team USA could definitely benefit from having both explosive vaults ready to perform at the international level.
3. Ohashi Takes It All - Our junior competitor standout of the day was WOGA’s Katelyn Ohashi, who won the Junior all-around competition with a 120.950. Ohashi was followed in the all-around standings by teammate Kyla Ross, Sarah Finnegan, Lexie Priessman and Amelia Hundley. Ohashi was all smiles after the meet, and was spotted cheering on her teammates during the Senior competition. The Inside Gymnastics team decided Ohashi’s routines were some of our favorites from the entire week. Be sure to watch out for pictures of her stunning gymnastics in our Nationals recap issue, coming to you in October!
4. Sister Act - Sisters Bridgette and Mackenzie Caquatto from Legacy Elite, two previously unexpected threats, both put on dazzling performances in tonight’s Finals. The dynamic duo finished 4th and 6th, respectively, with Mackenzie also placing 2nd on bars. Mackenzie, a member of the Florida Gator gymnastics team, looks like a definite prospect for the World Team.
5. Junior In A Senior World - As one of the few London age-eligible Juniors, Gym-Max’s Kyla Ross felt the pressure from Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi. Had Ross competed in tonight’s Senior competition, she would have placed 2nd in the all around behind Jordyn Wieber. Ross is currently in a great position to be a strong contender for the 2012 Olympics. Could Valeri Liukin have another Olympic all-around Champ on his hands?
**Note: On the 3rd rotation, WOGA’s Rebecca Bross suffered a knee injury when she hit the floor while still twisting on her Yurchenko double full. The diagnosis is a dislocated right kneecap and she is at the hospital for more evaluations. We’re wishing her the best!!
**Note: During Chellsie Memmel’s bar routine in the 4th rotation, her shoulder reportedly popped out of place causing her to end her routine without finishing. She was able to have it popped back into place shortly after it happened and looked great by awards.