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Top Event Scores of 2022

Today, as we hurtle ever closer to worlds, I’m checking in on the best scores on each apparatus recorded in 2022*. Across all four of these top-10 lists, China owns 14 scores, the US has 13 scores, Gadirova Britain has 6 scores, Brazil has 4 scores, Italy has 3, and Hungary has 1.

*Only worlds-eligible gymnasts are included.

1.Jade Carey14.650US Nationals Day 1
2.Jade Carey14.567US September Camp
3. Jade Carey14.475US Nationals Day 2
4.Jessica Gadirova14.150English Championship
5.Jordan Chiles14.117US September Camp
6.Asia D’Amato13.967Jesolo Qualification
7.Zsofia Kovacs13.933European Event Final
8.Leanne Wong13.900US Classic
8.Jessica Gadirova13.900British Nationals Event Final
10.Asia D’Amato13.875Mediterranean Games
1.Wei Xiaoyuan15.000Asian Championship Qualification
2.Rebeca Andrade14.967Pan American AA/Event Final
2. Rebeca Andrade14.967Brazilian Nationals Day 2
2. Luo Rui14.967Chinese Nationals Event Final
2.Wei Xiaoyuan14.967Chinese Nationals Event Final
6.Wei Xiaoyuan14.900Chinese Nationals Team Final
7.Shilese Jones14.850US Nationals Day 1
7.Luo Rui14.850Chinese Nationals Team Final
9.Alice D’Amato14.800Serie A Final
10.Shilese Jones14.767US September Camp
10.Wei Xiaoyuan14.767Asian Championship Event Final
1.Sun Xinyi14.850Chinese Nationals Team Final
2.Konnor McClain14.800US Nationals Day 1
2. Zhou Yaqin14.800Chinese Nationals Team Final
4. Tang Xijing14.767Asian Championship Trial
5.Luo Rui14.650Chinese Nationals Team Final
6.Sun Xinyi14.633Asian Championship Trial
6.Wu Ran14.633Asian Championship Qualification
6.Wu Ran14.633Asian Championship Event Final
9.Konnor McClain14.600Winter Cup
10.Wu Ran14.533Asian Championship Trial
1.Jessica Gadirova14.600British Nationals Event Final
2.Shilese Jones14.250US Nationals Day 2
3. Flavia Saraiva14.133Brazilian Nationals Day 2
4. Shilese Jones14.100US Nationals Day 1
5.Jade Carey14.050US Nationals Day 1
5.Jessica Gadirova14.050British Nationals Day 1
5.Jessica Gadirova14.050English Championship
8.Jordan Chiles14.000US September Camp
8.Jessica Gadirova14.000European Event Final
8.Rebeca Andrade14.000Brazilian Nationals Day 2

Armed and not to be trusted with this information, it’s time to play a little game called What Is the Best Possible Worlds Team You Could Pick Using Anyone From Any Country? We’re still workshopping the title. Seems long-ish.

The highest-scoring team one could come up with is this one (using single-vault scores because that’s what team is):

Rebeca Andrade14.70014.96714.43314.000
Shilese Jones14.55014.85014.250
Konnor McClain14.40014.800
Luo Rui14.96714.650
Jessica Gadirova14.600

Now, if this were real life, I’m not sure that I would trust that Gadirova 14.600 from British as real and would also consider Jade Carey for that position on the team to deliver a floor score and improve the vault total by several tenths. A team with Carey in place of Gadirova also goes into the 175s.

In fact, a “light a candle and hold on for dear life” team with Jade Carey and Sun Xinyi joining Andrade, Jones, and Luo comes in only a tenth behind the previous team.

Rebeca Andrade14.70014.96714.43314.000
Shilese Jones14.55014.85014.250
Sun Xinyi14.850
Luo Rui14.96714.650
Jade Carey14.80014.050

Luo Rui delivers the best combination of bars and beam scores, though by only a little more than a tenth over Tang Xijing, whom you might also consider for having more realistic events, even though her floor wouldn’t be used on a best-in-the-world team.

Wei Xiaoyuan’s world-leading bars score doesn’t really get her into these five because the bars scores from Andrade, Jones, and Luo are very close to her, and they all have at least one other event.

For reference, the highest-scoring team you can come up with that doesn’t include Rebeca Andrade would be at 174.682, which would include Jones, McClain, Tang, Luo, and either Carey or Gadirova (both the same score). The top team that doesn’t include Shilese Jones would be at 174.882 and would include Andrade, Gadirova, Carey, Luo, and Tang.

So anyway, this was a very productive use of time and I’m pretty much the same as a doctor.

US Scoring Update — Post-Classic

The time has come for the post-Classic score update where all our questions can finally be answered. Now, because of how light the senior field was at Classic, “all our questions” amounts to exactly one question: where does Leanne Wong fit in the current team conversation after this meet?

Using everyone’s top score recorded in 2022, the highest-scoring US team remains unchanged, largely because the 13.7 that eMjae Frazier scored on beam at Winter Cup and the 13.85 she scored on floor at Jesolo remain ahead of the 13.5 and 13.6 that Wong got on beam and floor at Classic.

Konnor McClain14.40013.93314.60013.900
Skye Blakely14.26613.93314.30013.550
Shilese Jones14.40014.50013.55013.700
Zoe Miller13.65014.63312.13312.650
eMjae Frazier14.13313.40013.70013.850

But it’s possible to take a slightly more nuanced approach to things than just the single highest score on each event over a 7-month period, and methods where we start to use averages do indeed put Wong on the highest-scoring team of five solely because of her Classic results.

Basing the team on straight average score for the whole year, Wong would move onto the above team to create the highest score along with a couple other shifts that are…interesting and probably unrealistic in the bars department. But that’s where we are right now.

Konnor McClain14.20013.40414.02213.242
Kayla DiCello12.858513.75812.166513.556
Shilese Jones14.24414.27112.72913.150
Ashlee Sullivan14.06112.75013.50013.078
Leanne Wong14.40012.85013.55013.600

Alternately, we could take the current Japanese approach to determining the highest-scoring team—the average of your top two scores on each apparatus (at least, for those who have two).

Konnor McClain14.30013.83314.316513.733
Skye Blakely14.13313.916513.90013.458
Shilese Jones14.35014.40013.508513.675
Zoe Miller13.52514.55012.041512.500
Leanne Wong14.40012.85013.55013.600

Essentially, you can cherry pick whatever variation on the method gets you the team you want (shhh, don’t tell the others), i.e. if you take this method and use only scores from public competitions and eliminate closed-door camps, you would see Frazier replace Blakely on this team. But the headline is that after one competition composed of two good events, one medium event, and a miss, Wong already is—or is at least very close to—making up the best US worlds team, which bodes very well for her chances as we progress.

From the performances over the first 7 months of the year, this third team seems a pretty reasonable estimate of what the best US team looks like, but there’s so much more action to come. DiCello appeared on the average-score team instead of Blakely, which seems quite realistic if she hits beam and gets her DTY back. Plus, of course, there’s the Jordan Chiles and Jade Carey factors, which are still TBD.

Of entirely pointless but also interesting nature: If I give Carey and Chiles what I think would be realistic scores for their previous routines under the new code’s vault values and CV changes—very rough, very guessy, but you know—that would have them replace Wong and Blakely on the above team, leaving Miller. That speaks to how challenging it may end up being to shift Miller off a highest-scoring team in a non-Suni year, despite the fact that she’s contributing only one event. Miller and Jones having mid-14s on bars while most other people are in the 13.9s is a huge asset that’s difficult to make up with an event like beam that’s all…beam.

Basically, regardless of what method you decide to use right now (best score, average score, average of international meets, yada yada yada), Konnor McClain and Shilese Jones are all the teams. I couldn’t find a method that didn’t include them, which means they’re currently most impervious to Olympian comebacks. Everyone else shifts in and out depending on what you decide to look at, but the next most frequent team member after those two is Zoe Miller. I’ll be keeping an eye on whether that remains the case after nationals, especially if we see Jordan Chiles compete, someone who should be going over 14 with a hit bars, or if we see a hit and fully connected bars from Wong, which could disrupt what currently looks valuable.

US Scores, Post-Classic

It’s time for a little score check-in. Now that we have a few more numbers for everyone, it’s a little easier to see where we are now and what people need to do at nationals in a week’s time (!) to save their team-selection narratives.

These scores take into account every meet so far in 2021 for those who have qualified to nationals, along with the associated/presumed petition people. (I think. We’ll know whenever USAG announces the roster.)

I’ll start with what happens when taking everyone’s best score on each event from any competition in 2021.

Best Score All-Around

So, no surprise that Simone is on top with two falls. The thing I didn’t expect before hitting “sort” was Leanne Wong up there tied with DiCello in third place. That’s largely thanks to her vault and floor scores from the March camp, which were quite a bit higher than we saw from her at the Classic meets on those events. Whether that’s a realistic representation of what we might see at nationals/trials, who can say, but it’s worth keeping in mind that her apparent peak is right up there for now.

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Top Scores of Regional Championships

At regionals, 41 routines were deemed perfect by at least one judge. The four-judge splits are included here.

The 10.000s

Ona Loper – Vault – Minnesota – Regional Semifinal

Trinity Thomas – Bars – Florida – Regional Semifinal

Anastasia Webb – Bars – Oklahoma – Regional Semifinal

Makarri Doggette – Bars – Alabama – Regional Semifinal

Luisa Blanco – Beam – Alabama – Regional Semifinal

Lynnzee Brown – Bars – Denver – Regional Final

Lynnzee Brown – Floor – Denver – Regional Final

Olivia Trautman – Vault – Oklahoma – Regional Final

Haleigh Bryant – Vault – LSU – Regional Final

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