Level 10 Nationals Day 1

The first day of competition at Level 10 JO Nationals featured the juniors and seniors in groups A and B, the younger gymnasts in each respective age division. For our immediate NCAA purposes, things won’t get interesting until the Senior C and D divisions compete tomorrow, which will feature many of the athletes entering collegiate competition in the 2013-2014 year.  

Still, a fair number of the Senior A and B athletes have already given verbal commitments, as compiled and reported at collegegymfans, so we can at least have an early look at how some of the future teams will shape up. I’m not spending any time on the Junior A and B groups since they’re hardly more than fetuses (though we know that’s coming next, committing at 9 years old), but all results and scores for the competition can be found at meetscoresonline. For now, the seniors.

Senior A

Top 10 AA
1. Kari Lee – Arizona 2014-2015
38.300 (VT – 10th, UB – 5th, BB – 2nd, FX – 1st)
2. Kristen Nogaki – Michigan
38.100 (VT – 16th, UB – 1st, BB – 9th, FX – 4th)
3. Madison Cindric – Arizona 2014-2015
38.050 (VT – 19th, UB – 5th, BB – 5th, FX – 4th)
T4. Alyssa Shermetaro – Washington 2014-2015
38.025 (VT – 7th, UB – 19th, BB – 1st, FX – 11th)
T4. Bailey Gardner – Minnesota 2014-2015
38.025 (VT – 9th, UB – 9th, BB – 8th, FX – 4th)
6. Paige Zaziski – Arkansas 2014-2015
37.975 (VT – 3rd, UB – 3rd, BB – 17th, FX – 11th)
7. Ericha Fassbender – Florida 2014-2015
37.950 (VT – 3rd, UB – 14th, BB – 5th, FX – 16th)
8. Annie Juarez
37.775 (VT – 3rd, UB – 19th, BB – 15th, FX – 8th)
T9. Samantha Partyka – Utah 2014-2015
37.675 (VT – 1st, UB – 19th, BB – 34th, FX – 1st)
T9. Haylee Roe – Illinois
37.675 (VT – 16th, UB 14th, BB – 13th, FX – 8th)

Go ahead on, Arizona. For a team that lost a star at the end of the season and shows much more strength on floor and vault, those AA placements featuring strong bars and beam scores must be music. Fassbender, Partyka, and Shermetaro have all competed elite before and are performers to watch in the coming years. Many other notable gymnasts (including some former elites to keep serious track of) had certain strong events but missed the top 10, so here is everyone who finished in the top 10 on at least one event:

Notables
Mackenzie Brannan – Alabama 2014-2015
VT – 7th, UB – 2nd, FX – 1st (She would have run away with the session with a hit beam routine.)
Rachel Stypinski
UB – 10th, BB – 2nd, FX – 8th Jillian Winstanley – George Washington 2014-2015
VT – 1st, UB – 5th
Gracie Cherrey – Georgia 2015-2016
BB – 4th, FX – 7th
Brittany Furuyama – Kentucky 2014-2015
VT – 3rd
Kaitlin Won – Arizona State 2014-2015
UB – 4th  
Dare Maxwell 
UB – 5th
Alexandra Zois – George Washington 2014-2015
BB – 7th
Nikki Youd – Iowa 2014-2015
BB – 9th
Jenna Bresette – Alabama 2015-2016
BB – 9th
Taylor Livingston
BB – 9th 
Braie Speed – Arkansas 2014-2015
UB – 10th

Also of note, Stefani Catour (Oklahoma 2014-2015) and Lauren Marinez (Michigan 2014-2015) competed in this session. 

Senior B

Top 10 AA
1. Maddy Stover – Utah 2014-2015
38.250 (VT – 8th, UB – 3rd, BB – 12th, FX – 3rd)
T2. Kaitlynn Hedelund – North Carolina 2014-2015
38.100 (VT – 5th, UB – 14th, BB – 5th, FX – 26th)
T2. Lyndsay Lemke – North Carolina 2014-2015
38.100 (VT – 11th, UB – 8th, BB – 20th, FX – 1st)
4. Nichole Guerrero – Alabama 2014-2015
38.075 (VT – 6th, UB – 25th, BB – 3rd, FX – 8th)
5. Melissa Metcalf – UCLA 2014-2015
38.025 (VT – 37th, UB – 1st, BB – 3rd, FX – 14th)
6. Ciara Gardner – Minnesota 2014-2015
38.000 (VT – 11th, UB – 10th, BB – 12th, FX – 8th)
7. Aja Sims (Has she dropped the Monet? Never drop the Monet.) – Alabama 2014-2015
37.975 (VT – 24th, UB – 36th, BB – 1st, FX – 1st)
8. Sydney Waltz – Kentucky 2014-2015
37.850 (VT – 2nd, UB – 42nd, BB – 2nd, FX – 5th)
T9. Alexis Mattern 
37.775 (VT – 3rd, UB – 28th, BB – 19th, FX – 26th)
T9. Chelsea Knight-Taliaferro 
37.775 (VT – 11th, UB – 12th, BB – 14th, FX – 34th)

If Arizona had cause for the kind of vague and uncertain optimism that comes from strong JO results from future competitors in the first session, North Carolina has that for the second session. A lot of the names expected to excel here had the one bad event bringing them down.

Notables
Ali Jackson – Oklahoma 2014-2015
VT – 1st, UB – 3rd (Like Brannan in the first session, she was a beam away from winning.)
Chayse Capps – Oklahoma 2013-2014
VT – 4th (I love to see these strong vault placements for future Sooners.)
Danielle Dessaints – Oregon State 2014-2015
UB – 9th, FX – 5th
Amber Heltemes – Southern Utah 2014-2015
UB – 10th, FX – 5thTaylor Harrison – Ohio State 2014-2015
VT – 9th, BB – 9th
Hayley Sanders – Georgia 2014-2015
UB – 2nd
Alexis Brown
FX – 4th
Nicole Gendusa – Illinois 2014-2015
UB – 5th
Bridget Hodan – Illinois 2014-2015
BB – 5th
Oni Timothy – Penn State 2014-2015
VT – 6th
Rebecca Schugel
UB – 6th
Nikole Addison – Denver 2014-2015
UB – 6th
Angel Metcalf – Iowa 2013-2014
BB – 7th
Lauren Li – Penn State 2014-2015
BB – 8th
Rachel Slocum
VT – 9th
Alicia Gallarzo – Cal 2014-2015
BB – 9th
Bailie Holst – Minnesota 2013-2014
BB – 9th
Alexa Phillip – West Virginia 2014-2015
FX – 10th

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