2018 JO Nationals

The full and complete scores may be found here, but I’ll be tracking the major results throughout the weekend and including them here as they come in, along with what you need to know for future NCAA purposes. (Verbally committed seniors are noted with their school and the year of their first competition season, not year of academic entry, because we don’t care about that book-lerning nunsense.)

SENIOR F – Top 10 AA & Notables

Sunday, May 13 – 6:30pm ET

Rk Name NCAA VT UB BB FX Total
1 Natalie Wojcik Michigan 2019 9.850 (2) 9.700 (2) 9.600 (5) 9.625 (4) 38.775
The much-anticipated L10 army heading to Michigan next season delivered at JO Nationals this year, bringing a 1st and 4th finish here in Senior F to mostly dominate the session.  Michigan will have to spend a long offseason living with the fact that it missed nationals without counting a fall this season, and anticipate quite a bit lineup turnover next season with all these new routines.
2 Abigail Johnston Nebraska 2019 9.675 (7) 9.625 (6) 9.675 (1) 9.650 (2) 38.625
As mentioned in the last couple groups, Nebraska’s commits had a very good JO nationals this year, and Johnston may be emerging as the top contributor of the bunch. The depth should be there next season, but it will be interesting to watch whether Nebraska becomes a team that competes small nonetheless because you could go with Crouse, Houchin, Roby, Schweihofer, and a couple freshmen in the all-around, and that might just be the best-scoring team, with maybe only one more routine or two here and there getting into lineups.
3 Derrian Gobourne Auburn 2019 9.675 (7) 9.750 (1) 9.550 (6) 9.625 (4) 38.600
Gobourne was the only signee Auburn announced in its original class, though there’s not the pressure on her contribution that there might be otherwise because Auburn is a very young team that isn’t losing any lineup sets from 2018. Gobourne is expected to be an additive force, rather than a replacement force, and she should do that on multiple events.
4 Abby Brenner Michigan 2019 9.750 (4) 9.675 (4) 9.400 (16) 9.550 (9) 38.375
The new Michigan L10s have made a mark these last couple years for their AA placements, which speaks to the number of routines Michigan is adding for next year. When you add Heiskell and Mariani to this group (both missing this year with injury), it’s reasonable to think that could add up to half-a-team’s worth of routines just from the freshmen—since most of them are three-eventers or AAers.
5 Shylen Murakami Southern Utah 2019 9.525 (25) 9.700 (2) 9.625 (4) 9.500 (14) 38.350
Like McClain, who won Senior E, Murakami is part of the project to rebuild SUU’s lineups that particularly suffered from depletion on bars and beam this past season. Get Murakami to the ends of those lineups immediately.
6 Madison Dagen Oregon State 2019 9.600 (13) 9.525 (8) 9.650 (2) 9.450 (27) 38.225
Dagen is Oregon State’s big L10 hope for the next season. While the name brand in that incoming class is Jade Carey, Carey is still on the worlds track as a first-tier contender for that team and potentially beyond. If the lure of elite opportunities does beckon, that puts more onus on Dagen to help Oregon State build its lineups back up to become a team that can challenge for nationals once more. We’ll be talking a lot about her.
7 Rachael Lukacs Georgia 2019 9.875 (1) 9.000 (38) 9.650 (2) 9.675 (1) 38.200
A surprising miss on bars knocked the session favorite down to the 7th spot all-around, but I think she’ll survive somehow as an expected future star for Georgia. If she does have a weakness, it’s bars, but Lukacs is a major frontrunner to jump right toward the end of the vault and floor lineups for Georgia next season and erase all memory of 2018’s five-gymnast shuffles.
8 Halley Taylor Florida 2019 9.600 (13) 9.500 (11) 9.475 (9) 9.550 (9) 38.125
Taylor is the sixth, unheralded member of Florida’s incoming class next season, it appears casually walking on as a top-10 finisher at JO nationals. I feel like Florida is going to have enough routines for next year? Just a hunch.
9 Rachel Hornung West Virginia 2019

9.625 (11)

9.425 (14) 9.550 (6) 9.475 (21) 38.075
10 Libby Garfoot Penn 2019 9.650 (9)

9.550 (7)

9.425 (14) 9.225 (44) 37.850
Well go ahead on, Penn.
10 Olivia Miller Pittsburgh 2019 9.575 (19) 9.500 (11) 9.375 (20) 9.400 (31) 37.850
14 Kennedy Hambrick Arkansas 2019 9.650 (9) 9.675 (4) 8.825 (45) 9.550 (9) 37.700
No relation.
16 Deja Chambliss George Washington 2019 9.775 (3) 9.400 (16) 9.200 (32) 9.300 (40) 37.675
21 Mia Quigg Illinois State 2019 9.475 (28) 9.100 (35) 9.325 (24) 9.650 (2) 37.550
56 Nya Reed  Florida 2019 9.750 (4) 1.000 (57) 9.450 (11) 9.625 (4) 29.825
It appears an unfortunate bars disaster derailed Reed’s competition, but the other scores are there.

SENIOR E – Top 10 AA & Notables

Sunday, May 13 – 1:45pm ET

Rk Name NCAA VT UB BB FX Total
1 Karley McClain Southern Utah 2019 9.750 (5) 9.575 (7) 9.575 (6) 9.650 (4) 38.550
We have an upset result in Senior E with McClain taking the title over more famous names in the top 10—also a significant development for SUU for next season after falling off in 2018 in the aftermath of a graduation bomb being dropping in those lineups. Some strong L10s will be entering for the 2019 season in the hope of rebuilding that lineup foundation.
2 Milan Clausi Cal 2019 9.800 (2) 9.500 (13) 9.700 (1) 9.525 (14) 38.525
Clausi, the daughter of Missy Marlowe, is expected to be a big part of Cal’s lineup solidification project for next season as one of several L10s who all look likely to come in on at least 2-3 events, replacing the lost routines as well as providing the luxury of assigning some of the borderline 9.775s to backup roles. Previously, Clausi had looked mostly beam and floor, but the vault scores this season have been more than legit.
3 Olivia Trautman Oklahoma 2019 9.800 (2) 9.600 (5) 9.375 (22) 9.725 (1) 38.500
An Oklahoma gymnast with a 9.375 on beam? Immediately off the team. I kid because she’s going to be a big deal. Those floor lineups next season will want a little reinforcement without Jackson in there, and Trautman is poised to be the one who slots into those positions and keeps the power quotient at a necessary level.
4 Cristal Isa Utah 2019 9.550 (22) 9.700 (1) 9.575 (6) 9.475 (20) 38.300
4 Adrienne Randall Utah 2019  9.475 (31) 9.600 (5) 9.625 (2) 9.600 (6) 38.300
The Ute freshmen are twinning already, coming in with the exact same score here. Add those two to Dula from Senior B and Cammy Hall from this session (finished 35th AA but got the vault score) and Utah should have the routine numbers next year with some increased choice on bars and beam—where the mid-lineup options in 2018 fell a little behind those of the best teams.
6 Katie Chamberlain Pittsburgh 2019 9.650 (11) 9.525 (11) 9.575 (6) 9.450 (23) 38.200
Several Pitt commits have been bringing the 9.5s and 9.6s at JOs this year, which should indicate that the improvement of 2018 was not a one-off. Beam was the major question in 2018, often in the lower 48 zone, and it’s not coincidental that the Pitt gymnasts placing well here are excelling on beam. Recruit to those weaknesses.
7 Sarah Hargrove  Nebraska 2019 9.625 (15) 9.650 (3) 9.425 (17) 9.450 (23) 38.150
Hargrove won beam and floor at her regional, and placed well on bars here, providing a good indication that she can provide that solid-across-the-board repertoire that Nebraska will need next year as the departures of Epperson, Breen, and Williams mean that every event is losing about the same amount, about two routines. A little shoring up everywhere is what’s called for.
8 Olivia Raymond George Washington 2019 9.475 (31) 9.400 (18) 9.575 (6) 9.625 (5) 38.075
I was really hoping to see some George Washington here because we know how many critical routines the team is losing for next season. Without that group, the lineup outlook is not great, so the freshmen will need to do a lot and be major scoring contributors for NCAA 9.8s and 9.9s.
9 Alisa Sheremeta Illinois-Chicago 2019 9.250 (46) 9.575 (7) 9.625 (2) 9.600 (6) 38.050
Nice get for UIC. Sheremeta should give them three events. And well done for that very non-Ukrainian beam score that defies her name.
10 Sekai Wright  UCLA 2019 9.850 (1) 9.125 (34) 9.325 (26) 9.675 (3) 37.975
Placing top 10 in the AA is a strong finish for Wirght, who is going to UCLA ostensibly as a vault and floor specialist so the AA results don’t really mean as much. Wright was not officially committed when she emerged at JO Nationals last year, but UCLA snapped up that 10.0-start vault right quick.
11 Kaylee Quinn  Nebraska 2019 9.650 (11) 9.200 (31) 9.350 (25) 9.700 (2) 37.900
14 Alexa Al-Hameed ??? 9.550 (22) 9.225 (30) 9.600 (5) 9.400 (28) 37.775
Did not sign for Oklahoma for next season as her previous verbal indicated.
18 Alexandra Greenwald  Iowa 2019 9.625 (15) 9.675 (2) 8.800 (47) 9.475 (20) 37.575
21 Amara Cunningham  Temple 2019 9.775 (4) 9.325 (23) 8.775 (48) 9.600 (6) 37.475
25 Jacqueline Kranitz  Iowa 2019 9.450 (33) 9.650 (3) 9.275 (31) 9.025 (48) 37.400
ALL THE BARS for Iowa here.
33 Asia Dewalt  Alabama 2019  9.750 (5) 9.550 (9) 9.250 (34) 8.550 (53) 37.100

SENIOR D – Top 10 AA & Notables

Sunday, May 13- 9:00am ET

Rk Name NCAA VT UB BB FX Total
1 Makarri Doggette Alabama 2020 9.850 (1) 9.750 (1) 9.625 (1) 9.700 (1) 38.925
It’s very unusual to have someone sweep all the events in a JO Nationals competition—with the scores so close you don’t get a lot of Simoneing. As mentioned in Senior C, the 2020 class for Alabama has some under-the-radar L10s who should be major contributors of that “the elites may have the name, but so-and-so does the heavy lifting” type.
2 Savannah Schoenherr Florida 2019  9.800 (4)  9.750 (1) 9.500 (6) 9.400 (27) 38.450
Don’t forget about Schoenherr for next season when we get caught up in all the elites that Florida will have as Thomas and Johnson-Scharpf presumably add themselves to the lineup mix. Some of these L10s in the coming seasons may get shunted to backup/occasional competition roles (like in a Kiersten Wang kind of way) because of Florida’s depth of name routines, but those vault and bars scores are making a good argument for Schoenherr, especially with the 1.5 on vault.
3 Kai Rivers LSU 2020 9.800 (4) 9.725 (3) 9.300 (25) 9.600 (3) 38.425
Rivers made a name for herself last year by winning the Nastia Cup and showing a huge DTY in the process (just a full here), and is continuing that success here to convince us that the LSU vault reputation should stay on track for years to come.
4 Payton Richards Florida 2020 9.575 (20) 9.675 (4) 9.475 (9) 9.600 (3) 38.325
Senior D was the session of Florida, with three among the top 10 finishers. These are important results because as we know, success cannot be built on elites alone because sometimes they break into a thousand pieces every single minute. The hope is that this Senior D group will be the backbone in coming seasons.
5 AK Subject Denver 2020 9.625 (14) 9.675 (4) 9.350 (20) 9.575 (7) 38.225
6 Emma Brown Denver 2020 9.625 (14) 9.625 (9) 9.475 (9) 9.475 (17) 38.200
Denver will also be pleased with the results from this duo in Senior D, showing a useful depth of routines in a class that will have one year of overlap with Karr and Lynnzee Brown and the other strong JO freshmen from 2018. That 2020 season should be a hearty year for Denver. AK Subject is also going to win the name award for seasons and seasons to come. Basically already excited about it.
6 Chloe Widner Arizona 2020 9.825 (3) 9.350 (25) 9.500 (6) 9.525 (10) 38.200
Widner finished 2nd in Senior A last year, and has followed that up with another top-10 finish this year in Senior D, where once again vault is the standout event. Basically, get to Arizona right this minute because vault has been the trouble event in recent seasons, even when there are six whole people available to go. Widner is a big get for Arizona.
8 Arayah Simons Illinois 2020 9.750 (6) 9.400 (21) 9.550 (4) 9.475 (17) 38.175
9 Leah Clapper Florida 2019 9.625 (14) 9.600 (11) 9.375 (17) 9.550 (8) 38.150
You’ll recall Clapper from her time as an elite, during which she elected to go to Florida instead of Penn State. She’s that in-between type of gymnast from L10 and elite, who has the breadth of skill selection from her elite composition so that there’s more choice in honing routines down to only the fewest deductions, but that may also not be quite so repetition-dead like those who have been through long elite careers.
9 Hallie Thompson North Carolina 2020 9.850 (1) 9.675 (4) 9.125 (32) 9.500 (13) 38.150
9 Elizabeth Culton North Carolina 2019 9.575 (20) 9.625 (9) 9.450 (12) 9.500 (13) 38.150
It’s a frustrating time for North Carolina because heading in, 2018 felt like the year with Morgan Lane and Khazia Hislop both there together for one more season. But it never came together on bars, and add to that, the revolving door of coaches has continued revolving with Taylor Spears moving on to Arizona. These strong L10 results will provide encouragement for future success, particularly those 9.6s on bars. Get into the lineup yesterday.
13 Emerson Hurst  Towson 2019 9.700 (10) 9.175 (36) 9.600 (2) 9.600 (3) 38.075
Really nice three-event scores for a new Towson gymnast next season. Towson has often seemed like it should have better results than it does because every time I watch the team, I’m impressed by the likes of Arduino, McKellar, and Yarussi, but then the scores aren’t really there. These scores from Hurst are going to be essential given the departures of McKellar and Yarussi and their critical routines.
15 Kathryn Thaler  Rutgers 2020  9.550 (23) 9.675 (4) 9.325 (23) 9.450 (22) 38.000
17 Sofia
Sullivan
Utah State 2020 9.575 (20) 9.300 (27) 9.550 (4) 9.375 (33) 37.800
18 Rachel DeCavitch Kent State 2020 9.175 (44) 9.600 (11) 9.375 (17) 9.625 (2) 37.775
19 Lauren Beckwith Pittsburgh 2020 9.425 (31) 9.225 (32) 9.600 (2) 9.500 (13) 37.750
21 Kylie Piringer Nebraska 2020 9.300 (34) 9.375 (23) 9.350 (20) 9.600 (3) 37.625

SENIOR C – Top 10 AA & Notables

Saturday, May 12 – 6:30pm ET

Rk Name NCAA VT UB BB FX Total
1 Gabryel Wilson Michigan 2020 9.850 (2) 9.700 (2) 9.625 (4) 9.725 (1) 38.900
It has been a good first day of JO Nationals for Michigan, with a top-3 finish in every senior division, A-C, so far. Wilson is the top scorer of the bunch so far with a 38.900. For those currently wallowing in a ditch over missing nationals in 2018, there are three straight classes of JO hope coming, and Wilson should be a four-eventer in NCAA.
2 Helen Hu Missouri 2020 9.675 (10) 9.750 (1) 9.775 (1) 9.675 (2) 38.875
Quite a nice get for Missouri here, a team that is looking to get out of the teens and become more of a challenging force for a top-four place in the SEC, even if the team is already a threat nationally. There should be one overlap season with Porter, Tucker, and Hu all there at the same time in 2020, should they all be at their top levels, a season Missouri fans will be eyeing with anticipation.
3 Maitlyn Waligora Alabama 2020 9.725 (4) 9.600 (8) 9.525 (8) 9.650 (3) 38.500
It’s a time of nervousness for Alabama right now, given the “low” finish in 2018 and the sacking of Bryan Raschilla, so any JO success is something to latch onto. The 2019 and 2021 classes have more name-brand elites in them (Gaskins, Olsen, Adams, Blanco), but Waligora should bring that useful JO help in the intervening year.
4 Navaeh DeSouza Cal 2020 9.700 (7) 9.625 (6) 9.575 (5) 9.575 (5) 38.475
DeSouza has been a fixture at the Nastia and JO Nationals over the last few seasons, the typical sign of top L10 talent and one we should keep an eye on. Her class is now the one that has to replace the Toni-Ann scores, which will be a challenge, but the frequency of Cal among these top finishers in every age group is a sign that it is becoming a Ninja L10 destination.
5 Soraya Hawthorne Georgia 2020 9.900 (1) 9.300 (30) 9.475 (10) 9.500 (9) 38.175
On the topic of Ninja L10s, Georgia has a fair few of them coming in the next couple years, those who committed during the Durante era. During the height of the Suzanne years, Georgia was the foremost elite destination, so it will be interesting to see whether Georgia starts to bring those big-name elites back into its gravity field or whether Ninja L10s will be the path forward. A 9.900 on vault is the kind of score that raises eyebrows.
6 Cassie Stevens Auburn 2020 9.725 (4) 9.600 (8) 9.550 (6) 9.275 (40) 38.150
Don’t sleep on Auburn, which has a few strong L10s coming in the next couple seasons. I wouldn’t completely relegate the huge nationals-level success of the Caitlin Atkinson years fully to the memory banks just yet, as the talent will continue to come in, but in these coming seasons Auburn will be on the looking for not just the depth of routines (that already exists) but the massive scores that can bring nationals back into the realm of possibility.
6 Hannah Joyner Temple 2020 9.550 (22) 9.525 (11) 9.650 (2) 9.425 (25) 38.150
You may recall Joyner, a former junior elite, who trained at WCC and then went with Aimee to EVO in Florida. She is verbally committed to Temple, a big get for that program to have a junior elite/someone who can place 2nd on beam at JO Nationals. But, keep an eye on the Temple verbals since previous head coach Umme Salim-Beasley, who led Temple to scores it could never have imagined before, has just taken the head coaching job at Rutgers. If I were her, I would be like, “Hey Hannah, New Jersey is a fun state…”
8 Abigail Pierson West Virginia 2020 9.800 (3) 9.450 (17) 9.325 (23) 9.450 (19) 38.025
9 Vanessa Deniz Oklahoma 2020 9.725 (4) 9.675 (4) 8.975 (39) 9.600 (4) 37.975
Deniz was on track for an easy top-5 finish here if not for a miss on beam, but those other three event finishes should explain why she is an Oklahoma verbal. Deniz is slated to come in for that 2020 class with Ragan Smith, but since Smith is currently on track to be a potential deferral to 2021 so that she can go for the Olympics, that puts a little more pressure on the other L10s in her class to do more of the heavy routine lifting as they try to replace the Brenna and Lehrmann scores.
9 Gracie Reeves Arizona State 2020 9.550 (22) 9.500 (13) 9.450 (11) 9.475 (17) 37.975
Arizona State had a huge season in 2018, but the goal will be to continue improving on that finish, which requires constantly stoking the JO coals with new talent in every single class. It will be a little hit and miss for a while as people take time to wake up to the fact that ASU is a thing again, but we’re seeing the beginnings of JO talent gravitating there once more.
13 Jenna Domingo ??? 9.425 (43) 9.675 (4) 9.425 (14) 9.350 (34) 37.875
I haven’t yet seen a verbal yet for Jenna Domingo from Hawaii. Anyone need a bars routine?
14 Maya Green Cal 2020 9.450 (39) 9.700 (2) 9.300 (28) 9.400 (26) 37.850
Another one for Cal, this one bringing a bars routine that may come in handy. Daughter of Kristen Smyth.
30 Bailey Ferrer LSU 2019 9.675 (10) 9.050 (41) 9.325 (23) 9.250 (42) 37.300
Ferrer announced today that she would be joining LSU early, for the 2019 season instead of 2020. They had no one coming and scholarship spots open, so it was only a matter of time. We may hear more before the offseason is out.
38 Halle Remlinger Minnesota 2020 9.600 (16) 9.300 (30) 8.350 (58) 9.575 (5) 36.825
43 Mallory Desch ??? 9.350 (47) 9.300 (30) 8.850 (42) 9.125 (53) 36.625
50 Ella Hodges ??? 9.150 (56) 8.650 (53) 9.650 (2) 8.700 (55) 36.150

SENIOR B – Top 10 AA & Notables

Saturday, May 12 – 1:45pm ET

Rk Name NCAA VT UB BB FX Total
1 Andrea Li Cal 2021 9.675 (8) 9.800 (1) 9.650 (2) 9.725 (1) 38.850
We’re getting to the point where we don’t have to introduce her as Anna’s sister anymore, right? This past year or so, Li has emerged as one of the top L10s in the country. This 2020-2021 Cal group is the class—with Gabby Perea and Andi Li (as well as Kennedy Quay in Senior A below)—that’s expected to officially ring in the next stage of Cal’s transition, moving from a respectable 8th-12th team to one that regularly and legitimately challenges UCLA and Utah.
2 Jaedyn Rucker Utah 2020 9.850 (1) 9.675 (4) 9.500 (7) 9.650 (2) 38.675
Senior B turned out to be the Utah session, with four of the top ten finishers being Utah verbals (or signees). Rucker is an exciting one because she’s ostensibly a power gymnast—with a big, stickable Y1.5 on vault and double Arabian on floor—but has serious ability on beam and potential on bars, as seen in that 9.675.
3 Sierra Brooks Michigan 2021 9.825 (2) 9.675 (4) 9.425 (14) 9.500 (11) 38.425
It’s still several years until Brooks will be at Michigan, and it’s tough to look at how specific events might impact lineups this far out—but that vault score is a big deal. 9.800s are more common on vault than the other events in JO, but are still pretty rare at a nationals. Once again this year, Michigan has a lot of top finishers at JO Nationals.
4 Abbie Thompson Denver 2021 9.625 (14) 9.500 (18) 9.675 (1) 9.575 (7) 38.375
Thompson will come in at Denver in the class tasked with replacing those Maddie Karr scores—a challenging job that will probably fall to more than one person. Still, these strong scores across the board and the big result on beam (historically not the strongest event for Denver) indicate that Thompson should be relied upon as one to keep Denver’s run going.
5 Jillian Hoffman Utah 2020 9.675 (8) 9.525 (16) 9.500 (7) 9.650 (2) 38.350
Hoffman won her division at JO Nationals last year with victories on bars and floor, adding to that top-10 finishes on everything but bars as she moved into the senior ranks this year, indicating that we’re looking at another all-around option for Utah. A lot of the future focus for Utah has been on the 2021ers (O’Keefe and Deanne Soza), but this 2020 group is legit.
6 Elena Deets Arizona 2021 9.725 (5) 9.550 (13) 9.550 (4) 9.475 (15) 38.300
It’s nice to see these results for Arizona today—the good bars score in Senior A, the all-around finish here—as Arizona is coming off the disappointment of one of the worst finishes in program history, missing regionals entirely. It’s fresh start time, and it looks like the verbals are there.
7 Katherine LeVasseur Oklahoma 2021 9.725 (5) 9.675 (4) 9.550 (4) 9.300 (29) 38.250
LeVasseur is currently part of an Oklahoma 2021 verbal group that has 750,000 people in it for some reason and will be worth watching as the years progress (who’s on scholarship, who’s not?). LeVasseur looks like a solid future NCAA all-around option in the Anastasia Webb mold—not as much difficulty right now but similar style.
7 Mia Townes Illinois 2020 9.650 (12) 9.425 (25) 9.550 (4) 9.625 (4) 38.250
It’s an exciting time for Illinois, coming off an end-of-season that really had no business being as good as it was given the expectations for the roster. When a new coach comes in, it can be tough to hang onto those verbals from a previous coaching staff, but retaining a JO finish like this should help keep things on track.
9 Hunter Dula Utah 2019 9.675 (8) 9.675 (4) 9.300 (20)  9.525 (8) 38.175
Dula is unusual in this Senior B group in that she has already signed to start at Utah next year (Senior Bs are still 16 right now but will turn 17 before the end of the year), which makes her results and routines a little more immediately relevant. Utah is bringing in a fairly large group next year, tasked with replacing only a few routines—but important, often unsung routines—so the team should see a boost in its depth. One of the interesting factors is that Utah will have a lot of routines at a fairly similar level (exactly that “9.675 in JO” level), so I don’t have a great read on how the lineups will change, or not, just yet. But we could see some serious competition for places with those 1-3 lineup spots not super secure for returners.
10 Amanda Cashman Utah 2020 9.800 (3) 9.450 (22) 9.500 (7) 9.375  (23) 38.125
More for Utah! Utah went 1 and 3 on vault in this session with 2020 gymnasts, those whose time at Utah will overlap with Skinner and Tessen. Utah is getting those vaulters.
11 Aria
Brusch
Auburn 2020 9.675 (8) 9.650 (8) 9.300 (20) 9.475 (15) 38.100
12 Elena
Arenas
LSU 2021 9.625 (14) 9.550 (13) 9.375 (16) 9.325 (26) 37.875
A name that will be familiar, Arenas has elected to drop back to L10 instead of continuing with elite.
15 Rylie Mundell Denver 2021  9.600 (16) 9.600 (11) 9.650 (2) 8.900 (46) 37.750
More beam for Denver.
18 JerQuavia Henderson Iowa 2020 9.750 (4) 9.450 (22) 8.900 (41) 9.600 (5) 37.700
Vault and floor. Iowa’s vaulting has been keeping the team farther back in recent seasons, so the relatively soon introduction of a vault and floor worker like this is important.
23 Kambrie Brandt Missouri 2021 9.725 (5) 9.025 (40) 9.100 (34) 9.525 (8) 37.375
30 Hannah DeMers CMU 2020 9.550 (22) 8.525 (50) 9.375 (16) 9.600 (5) 37.050
43 Raegan Walker Kentucky 2020 9.600 (16) 9.725 (2) 9.300 (20) 7.550 (57) 36.175
47 Kylie Haffner Rutgers 2021 9.275 (44) 9.700 (3) 8.350 (51) 8.700 (53) 36.025

SENIOR A – Top 10 AA & Notables

Saturday, May 12 – 9:00am ET

Rk Name NCAA VT UB BB FX Total
1 Carly
Bauman
Michigan 2021 9.650 (10) 9.750 (1) 9.750 (1) 9.475 (7) 38.625
No relation to Alyssa and Rachel, just in case you had a nervous breakdown. One n, not two. But, those bars and beam results are just as exciting. A lot of attention is on the Ninja L10s in the Michigan 2019 class, but it looks like the JO pipeline has oil in it for multiple seasons to come.
1 Kiya
Johnson
Georgia 2021 9.725 (4) 9.700 (3) 9.600 (3) 9.600 (1) 38.625
Johnson is among the most sought-after members of this 2020-2021 group, one who is expected to be a four-event success in college, and is a critical part of Project Re-Suzanneing. She’ll be entering in the class that has to replace those Rachel Dickson routines and is on track for that kind of role.
3 Haleigh Bryant LSU 2021 9.900 (1) 9.650 (6) 9.450 (12) 9.550 (2) 38.550
Bryant was probably expected to win this Senior A division, coming off her victory over all other seniors at the Nastia “Pink is the new Pink” Cup, though it looks like she just got out-touched on the beam scores. Bryant’s showcase event is vault (clearly) with the handspring pike 1/2 that LSU is already salivating over. It’s the heir to Kennedi Edney’s anchor position vault, as long as Kai Rivers (2020) doesn’t get there first.
4 Colbi Flory UCLA 2021 9.675 (7) 9.750 (1) 9.575 (5) 9.525 (3) 38.525
You’ll remember Flory as a Texas Dreamer who dabbled in junior elite for a hot second last quad before going L10 full time. She’s mostly known for beam, because of Kim and HIGHEST TOE, while bars has been her occasional undoing—8s on bars took her out of contention at the Nastia and JO Nats in 2017. So her winning bars here is a thing.
4 Skylar Killough-Wilhelm ??? 9.725 (4) 9.675 (5) 9.650 (2) 9.475 (7) 38.525
The senior As are still young enough that a new name (at least to us) can still emerge and pop through as an uncommitted contender that was not on the radar beforehand. Those scores are going to be worth a look. The VT, UB, and BB number here are all L10 career highs, which is very unusual for JO Nationals. Typically the scores are tighter here, and gymnasts usually get their career highs at Nancy’s Fun In The Sun SparkleBlast Invite in January.
6 Kennedy Quay Cal 2021 9.775 (2) 9.650 (6) 9.525 (7) 9.450 (12) 38.400
Quay is a very new L10, only jumping up to L10 in 2017 and going on to finish 5th AA at JO Nationals the same year that she started the level. You know how you do that. Vault is the standout, where she has never scored lower than 9.650 as a L10, but it looks like the numbers are there across the events, even bars where you might remember she peeled off on the low bar and fell immediately into a pit of lava at the Nastia this year. I am concerned about her name pronunciation because the word quay is pronounced like key, but what if she pronounces it phonetically? It’s going to be a long four years.
7 Kinsey Davis Nebraska 2021 9.650 (10) 9.575 (13) 9.500 (8) 9.400 (20) 38.125
8 Meilin
Sullivan
Nebraska 2021 9.625 (12) 9.600 (10) 9.350 (25) 9.500 (5) 38.075
Nebraska was one of the bigger winners of Senior A this year, boasting another strong clump of very usable-looking scores on multiple events. Maybe this continuing streak of good L10s, and making Super Six again, will convince all of us to stop ranking Nebraska 11th in preseason every year and forgetting about the team for half a season until oh ho ho I do like to kid.
9 Emma Pritchard Michigan State 2021 9.675 (7) 9.500 (16) 9.550 (6) 9.325 (30) 38.050
It was also a very successful Senior A for Michigan State (see Harkness below), a team that is trying to get out of the EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE funk it has been forced into by circumstances outside its control, and continuing strong performances from future L10s is a start.
10 Chae Campbell UCLA 2021 9.775 (2) 9.525 (15) 9.225 (36) 9.475 (7) 38.000
I know technically I’m supposed to stop talking about UCLA’s vaulting because they kinda sorta just won a national championship with that vault lineup, but let’s not pretend we didn’t all perk up when seeing a 2nd-place vault from a UCLA verbal. Beam has a tendency to take Campbell out of the top AA places (as it did here), but vault is the big strength for her.
11 Isabella Magnelli Kentucky 2021 9.600 (13) 9.275 (29) 9.600 (3) 9.400 (20) 37.875
15 Delanie Harkness Michigan State 2021 9.400 (33) 9.625 (9) 9.400 (18) 9.300 (33) 37.725
23 Cael Bixler Oklahoma 2021 9.500 (19) 9.150 (34) 9.425 (15) 9.350 (27) 37.425
27 Anya Ishida ??? 9.400 (33) 8.975 (40) 9.325 (28) 9.525 (3) 37.225
35 Bailey
McCabe
Arizona 2021 9.300 (39) 9.700 (3) 8.625 (54) 9.225 (40) 36.850
39 Jenna
Mulligan
??? 9.600 (13) 7.975 (55) 9.500 (8) 9.500 (5) 36.575
Mulligan is among those who could have finished top 10 AA if not for bars (#brestyansing), so keep an eye on that.

JUNIOR F – Top 10 AA

Sunday, May 13 – 6:30pm ET

Rk Name Gym VT UB BB FX Total
1 Kyra Burns Xtreme 9.600 (14) 9.675 (1) 9.550 (6) 9.525 (12) 38.350
2 Sarah Clark Azarian 9.675 (6) 9.575 (6) 9.650 (2) 9.375 (30) 38.275
3 Courtney Blackson  Byers  9.500 (28) 9.650 (2) 9.525 (17) 9.575 (4) 38.250
4 Cassandra Barbanente Palmer’s  9.575 (18) 9.650 (2) 9.500 (25) 9,425 (24) 38.150
4 Bailey Bunn Rose’s 9.600 (14) 9.550 (10) 9.550 (6) 9.450 (22) 38.150
6 Caroline Henry Texas Dreams 9.575 (18) 9.475 (17) 9.525 (17) 9.550 (8) 38.125
7 Jena Swanson Spearfish 9.675 (6) 9.375 (23) 9.375 (39) 9.575 (4) 38.000
8 Mya Hooten Rising Stars 9.450 (36) 9.550 (10) 9.425 (36) 9.550 (8) 37.975
9 Quinn Smith  Arizona Sunrays 9.825 (1) 9.575 (6) 8.975 (42) 9.625 (2) 37.950
10 Julianne Fehring La Fleur’s 9.725 (2) 9.650 (2) 8.875 (50) 9.650 (1) 37.900

JUNIOR E – Top 10 AA

Sunday, May 13 – 1:45 pm ET

Rk Name Gym VT UB BB FX Total
1 Alexis Jeffrey GAGE 9.600 (9) 9.750 (1) 9.500 (10) 9.475 (13) 38.325
2 Makenzie Sedlacek IGI 9.750 (2) 9.450 (14)  9.450 (18)  9.525 (7) 38.175
2 Stephanie Berger Brestyan’s 9.700 (3)  9.450 (14) 9.600 (2) 9.425 (21) 38.175
4 Haley Tyson Phenom 9.600 (9) 9.475 (12) 9.475 (16) 9.600 (1) 38.150
5 Hannah Oliveros IGI 9.400 (33) 9.625 (3) 9.600 (2) 9.500 (9) 38.125
6 Jimena Gutierrez  TIGAR 9.625 (7) 9.425 (18) 9.450 (18) 9.425 (21) 37.925
7 Erika Penamante Legacy Elite  9.500 (17) 9.500 (9) 9.625 (1) 9.275 (42) 37.900
8 Isabella Martin Paramount 9.500 (17) 9.400 (23) 9.575 (4) 9.400 (24) 37.875
9 Moorea Linker LaFleur’s 9.475 (22) 9.300 (29) 9.475 (16) 9.600 (1) 37.850
10 Anapaula Gutierrez TIGAR 9.475 (22) 9.600 (4) 9.225 (38) 9.525 (7) 37.825

JUNIOR D – Top 10 AA

Sunday, May 7 – 9:00am ET

Rk Name Gym VT UB BB FX Total
1 Lali Dekanoidze South-eastern 9.650 (5) 9.600 (3) 9.675 (1) 9.575 (6) 38.500
2 Ella Cesario Legacy Elite 9.700 (2)  9.575 (7) 9.475 (12) 9.600 (3) 38.350
3 Mya Lauzon Metro-politan 9.650 (5) 9.525 (9) 9.600 (3) 9.500 913) 38.275
4 Danielle Sievers All American 9.650 (5) 9.475 (11) 9.400 (23) 9.650 (1) 38.175
5 Bella Salcedo Texas Dreams 9.450 (21) 9.475 (11) 9.650 (2) 9.525 (8) 38.100
6 Tory Vetter Universal 9.500 (18) 9.450 (15) 9.550 (7) 9.525 (8) 38.025
7 Katie Finnegan Apex 9.525 (17) 9.550 (8) 9.325 (32) 9.600 (3) 38.000
8 Alysen Fears SCEGA 9.275 (36) 9.600 (3) 9.575 (5) 9.275 (26) 37.825
9 Sophia Groth Chow’s 9.600 (9) 9.600 (3) 8.975 (47) 9.625 (2) 37.800
9 Mina Popovic San Mateo 9.475 (19) 9.450 (15) 9.525 (8) 9.350 (28) 37.800

JUNIOR C – Top 10 AA

Saturday, May 6 – 6:30pm ET

Rk Name Gym VT UB BB FX Total
1 Faith Torrez Legacy Elite 9.575 (5) 9.600 (1) 9.725 (1) 9.625 (2) 38.525
2 Karis German WCC 9.800 (1) 9.550 (6) 9.575 (2) 9.525 (7) 38.450
3 Naya Howard Ocean Tumblers 9.550 (8) 9.600 (1) 9.550 (3) 9.575 (3) 38.275
4 Lana Navarro Gliders 9.550 (8) 9.425 (14) 9.550 (3) 9.550 (5) 38.075
5 Taralyn Nguyen Technique 9.575 (5) 9.250 (26) 9.500 (7) 9.700 (1) 38.025
6 Brooke Irwin Airborne 9.675 (2) 9.350 (19) 9.500 (7) 9.450 (15) 37.975
7 Victoria Gatzendorfer South-eastern 9.250 (36) 9.575 (5) 9.550 (3) 9.500 (11) 37.875
8 Ashley Cowan Bull City 9.400 (25) 9.600 (1) 9.500 (7) 9.225 (31) 37.725
9 EMjae Frazier Parkettes 9.550 (8) 9.425 (14) 9.100 (42) 9.575 (3) 37.650
9 Isabelle Schaefer Everest 9.525 (13) 9.550 (6) 9.525 (6) 9.050 (45) 37.650

JUNIOR B – Top 10 AA

Saturday, May 6 – 1:45pm ET

Rk Name Gym VT UB BB FX Total
1 Gabriella Disidore GAGE 9.550 (9) 9.625 (4) 9.625 (3) 9.500 (6) 38.300
2 Gabby Gladieux High Point 9.600 (4) 9.650 (2) 9.550 (6) 9.400 (20) 38.200
3 Lillian Lewis San Mateo 9.550 (9) 9.350 (21) 9.725 (1) 9.300 (31) 37.925
4 Delaney Fisher Georgia Elite 9.450 (16) 9.500 (9) 9.475 (10) 9.425 (18) 37.850
5 Bryce
Wilson
Pearland 9.625 (3) 9.325 (24) 9.375 (30) 9.500 (6) 37.825
6 Sophia Stephens WOGA 9.700 (1) 9.050 (36) 9.475 (10) 9.475 (11) 37.700
7 Tessa
Sutton
RGA 9.325 (26) 9.600 (5) 9.400 (25) 9.350 (27) 37.675
7 Farah Lipetz Infiniti Elite 9.500 (13) 9.525 (7) 9.500 (8) 9.150 (40) 37.675
9 Hailey John Orlando Metro 9.275 (29) 9.250 (30) 9.675 (2) 9.450 (16) 37.650
10 Jennifer McMillan South-eastern 9.375 (25) 9.450 (12) 9.425 (20) 9.350 (27) 37.600

JUNIOR A – Top 10 AA

Saturday, May 6 – 9:00am ET

Rk Name Gym VT UB BB FX Total
1 Amari Drayton Olympia Hills 9.550 (7) 9.600 (1) 9.575 (3) 9.600 (2) 38.325
2 Kailin Chio Gymcats 9.575 (5) 9.550 (5) 9.600 (2) 9.475 (7) 38.200
3 Ui Soma San Mateo 9.550 (7) 9.250 (20) 9.675 (1) 9.450 (9) 37.925
4 Sophie
Parenti
San Mateo 9.450 (17) 9.575 (3) 9.475 (11) 9.375 (21) 37.875
5 Katelyn Rosen Mavericks 9.550 (7) 9.100 (30) 9.500 (9) 9.625 (1) 37.775
5 Lily
Pederson
Flips 9.500 (12) 9.300 (17) 9.525 (6) 9.450 (9) 37.775
7 Sophia
Esposito
Phoenix 9.725 (1) 9.125 (29) 9.400 (17) 9.450 (9) 37.700
8 Chavala Shepard Hopes & Dreams 9.350 (24) 9.525 (7) 9.400 (17) 9.375 (21) 37.650
8 Skylar Draser Infiniti Elite 9.500 (12) 9.225 (22) 9.475 (11) 9.450 (9) 37.650
10 Temple Landry Chow’s 9.200 (33) 9.525 (7) 9.475 (11) 9.425 (15) 37.625
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17 thoughts on “2018 JO Nationals”

  1. I love that the trend goes to diversity of commitments. More girls choose not the top schools but other programs to make an impact!
    Also, what the hell is happening to Florida? No commits in the top groups of either divison?!

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    1. They have commits in both Senior D (Schoenherr, Clapper, and Richards) and Senior F (Taylor and Reed). All 3 in Sr D had top 10 finishes (Senior F is later today). Florida recruits so many elites that they tend to not have a lot of level 10s unless those elites drop down to level 10 (like Clapper), or they get late level 10 signees/walk-ons. Thus the reason why their recruits are in the older sessions. Just wait until elite nationals this summer. I guarantee they will have more recruits than most other teams.

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  2. LSU now has someone enter next season, I knew that they would get someone! Bailey Ferrer ist going early and enrolls in spring semester, so she’ll compete in 2019.

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  3. Is Alexa Al-Hameed still committed to Oklahoma? Could have sworn I heard rumors about her decommitting and visiting Georgia…

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  4. Sekai Wright also just won her 3rd career national vault title. Her vaulting skills should be particularly welcomed at UCLA this upcoming season.

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  5. What’s with Ferrer? I don’t know much about her but I was looking up videos and just last year she had a pretty good Omelanchik and floor and gave LSU options on Bars and Beam. These results seem much weaker. However if anyone knows how to get their athletes into a respectable level in a short period of time, it’s DD Breaux.

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      1. She’s 13 so she ought to to be all nice and beat up by the time she gets to Michigan. She’s coming out of Infiniti Elite and coached by Tammy Marshall who’s a good coach but her athletes have a horrible track record of lasting in NCAA because they are trained to death prior … Miceli at ASU, Swoboda at WVU, Postiglione at Penn St, Ryder at Arkansas, Zlotolow at Ohio st … these gymnasts were great in JO and not one lasted more than 2 seasons, some not even one.

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  6. I just realized that ALL of girls at the Pan Ams training squad from 2015 are competing in NCAA right now!

    2015 Training Squad:
    Nia Dennis, Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics
    Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan./GAGE
    Rachel Gowey, Urbandale, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics
    Felicia Hano, San Gabriel, Calif./Gym-Max
    Amelia Hundley, Fairfield, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics
    Lauren Navarro, La Verne, Calif./Gliders
    Emily Schild, Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics
    Megan Skaggs, Marietta, Ga./Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta

    This made me so happy for whatever reason!!!

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    1. I think NCAA will have some crazy competition the years coming up, with the new format and all the L10 and elite incomings!

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