CHARLOTTETOWN, 11:56 a.m.: The junior women’s qualification will not get underway until a little after 3 p.m. Atlantic time, so we have some time to kill.
Right now the competition floor is happy, oraganized chaos as the junior men, the senior men and some Tyro/Argo types train on the podium-less podium. As I don’t have names, this session will not be liveblogged.
Observation: Reigning national champ Nathan Gafuik looks more like Blaine Wilson with each passing year. In training today, he’s sporting some decidedly Blaine-like stubble.
1:12 p.m.: Novice training is interesting. British Columbia’s Shallon Olsen, all of 10, is immediately recignizable. She worked a double turn with leg up on floor, and is doing drills for Yurchenko fulls on vault. The skill level overall is good — lots of double tucks and a few double pikes on floor, some stalder and toe on work on bars, and advanced series on beam.
1:19 p.m.: It’s very cute to see the little Argo/Tyro guys tumbling with the senior men. And what a privilege for them! One little boy about half the size of one of the seniors runs and does a layout. Then the senior in the other corner does a full in!
1:39 p.m.: The junior women have commenced their general stretch. Hooray!
1:55 p.m.: I just sat down in the bleachers, where there’s a better view of everything going on. And Kelly Manjak, who is also in the stands, says, “did you see it?” Did I see what? “That little novice, Shallon Olsen, doing a double Yurchenko!”
I did not see this. I saw a few Yurchenko full timers. “It was amazing,” Kelly enthused. “She’s like this high [gestures] and she did It was like it was nothing.”
We’re in for another exciting Novice competition, that’s obvious.
2:25 p.m.: Spotted in the stands: NCAA coaches Dan Kendig and Greg Marsden, chatting up a storm.
Sabrina Tomassini has been thoroughly impressive during warmups. She did about three full in tucks on floor, very easily, then warmed up a handspring front tuck half on vault.
Gymnasts to watch here: Sabrina Tomassini, Natalie Vaculik, Jordyn Pedersen, Stefanie Merkle, Maegan Chant, Vivi Babalis and Victoria Moors. We’ll be underway shortly.
And before we get started…the stands are packed with NCAA coaches. I see either the head coaches or assistants from Utah, Iowa State, LSU and Nebraska…and apparently UCLA’s Chris Waller is hanging out, too. In the end, their assessments may be even more important than the judges’s…
Warmup notes: Spotlight on floor…Maegan Chant — double pike and then full in. Great. The NCAA coaches are probably sad she’s only about 14…Nicole Chow is giving her best and shows nice form on a double pike but is having a little trouble with a 1.5 to…double full maybe?
Marisa Dick, vault: FTY, step to the side. Handspring front with a step forward.
Sabrina Tomassini, bars: Off on bail to low. A big shame — she’s very good on floor, vault…front giants to double front, well done but hits her feet on the low bar on front giants.
Brielle Wilchuck, beam: Bhs, layout. Side aerial. Punch front. Gainer pike off the end.
Stefanie Merkle, floor: Full ni tuck, step foprward. Great triple full. 1.5 to double full, nice landing. Salsa music, but soft. Double tuck with legs together. Nice routine.
Victoria Moors, vault: Lovely FTY, tiny hop. Great in the air. Yurchenko layout second vault, easy for her.
Jordyn Pedersen, bars: Jump to high. Full to Tkatchev, Pak, toe hecht to high, blind to half turn, hits her feet on bar, double layout, stuck.
Kaitlyn Hofland, beam: Bhs, layout, not bad, small wobble. Switch, side somie, well done. Full turn to illusion, puts her knee down but saves it. Nice combo! Punch front. Full twisting gainer pike off the end. Unique routine.
Nicole Chow, floor: Double pike, bounces OOB. 1.5 to roundoff, back tuck. Some trouble walking out of the 1.5 but covered well. Double full, hop forward.
Casey Carvalho, vault: Tucked FTY.
Emily Blackner, bars: Comes off after a blind to front giant, just not enough swing and she’s got a long body. Lovely routine until then, however.
Rachel Sherrington, beam: Off on side somie. Double full. Came off earlier in the routine as well, I believe.
Vivi Babalis, floor: Double pike, step back. Double tuck last pass.
Victoria Woo, vault: Yurchenko layout, not a ton of height, small step back. Very interesting — her second vault is a roundoff, half on, front tuck off! Way to do the difficulty last!
Tegan Turner, bars: Jump to high to immediate bail, clear hiop to tie stalder to toe hecht to high, single layout dismount.
Makinli Handley, beam: Bhs, layout, saves it. Side somie, extra armswing but OK…2.5 twist dismount, little bit of leg form.
Maegan Chant, floor: Probably one of the routines of the day right here…double layout! PIkes down at the end, but oh well. Full in pike, step back. Tourjete half. Turn with leg up. Punch front to double tuck, small step back. Switch, switch half. Double turn. Fast paced music. Great lift on her double pike to end. Great routine!
Hailee Westney, vault: Tsuk pike.
Julia Pellerin, bars: Fell, didn’t see on what. Double pike dismount, good landing.
Elise Bolger, beam: Press mount. Bhs, layout, good. Punch front, comes off. Too bad! Switch, back tuck, fights to save it and does.
Helody Cyrenne, floor: The final competitor of the rotation, all eyes are on her…Front double full. Double pike, not enough rotation and puts her hands down. Double turn. Switch half. Her left arm is quite heavily taped…Front layout to front tuck. 2.5 twist to end, legs crossed but straight in the air. Lots of “Allez Helo!” from the gymnasts in the crowd.
Natalie Vaculik, vault: Yurchenko layout half, step forward. Nice in the air, a tiny bit piked. Lovely Yurchenko layout to good landing, almost no movement.
Nicole Chow, vault: Missed seeing it but she did stand it up.
Victoria Moors, bars: Jaeger. Bail to Ray, toe half dismount..
Jordyn Pedersen, beam: Punch front. Bhs, layout. Hit routine I believe…big hug from her coach after she was done.
Kaitlyn Hofland, floor: Double pike. Led Zeppelin music. Double tuck, steps OOB.
Vivi Babalis, vault: Yurchenko layout, step.
Casey Carvahlo, bars: Jumo to high, Geinger, catches on her fingertips and toe brushes the low bar as she swings out but she doesn’t break form. Pak, toe hecht to high, full turn, double pike, stuck. Very nice routine from Casey…she has “gymnast lines” and looks great on this event.
Emily Blackner, beam: Switch not quite 180 to back tuck, small wobble. Bhs, layout, way underrotated the layout but managed to stay on…step on the dismount. Didn’t see much of the rest of the routine after the flight series.
Rachel Sherrington, floor: Double pike. Double turn. Double tuck, hands down because she slid back a bit on landing. Double full to end.
Maegan Chant, vault: Jumping around to keep warm while she waits…Lovely Tsuk full with a step back. Handspring front tuck half, small step. Nice routine.
Victoria Woo, bars: Jump to high, obverbalances handstand, bail to toe shoot, giant, giant full, blind, half turn, giant, double layout, very nice. A bit slow in some places and form on the transition to low, but she’s coming along after being a Novice last year, I think (her little sister Rose is still a Novice.)
Tegan Turner, beam: McCool mount. Bhs, back tuck, comes off.
Makinli Handley, floor: Like Shae Zamardi, Handley really resembles Shayla Worley…double pike. 1.5 to punch front. Cranks around a 2.5.
Helody Cyrenne, vault: Yurchenko pike. 2.5 twist to open? Nice double pike.
Hailee Westney, bars: Wonderful routine with great work and hit handstands and excellent lines…and then crashes double pike dismount. Was just underrotated a bit and almost went to her head. Sigh.
Julia Pellerin, beam: Bhs, back tuck. Comes off after a punch front? But comes off all the same. Comes off a second time before her 1.5 twisting dismount.
Elise Bolger, floor: Tourjete hlaf. OOB on full in tuck. Second pass is 1.5? to punch front, may have gone OOB as well here. But she impresses in her form — she’s not long and angular, but has the body type of Courtney McCool or Dominique Pegg. Double tuck, stuck. Swtich side half. Double tuck, step forward.
Stefanie Merkle, vault: FTY, tiny bit of form in the air, good landing. Yurchenko layout, hop back.
Natalie Vaculik, bars: Stopped after a fingertip catch on her Jaeger. Started with a stunning Geinger (Iowa State was taking video) and did a wonderful bail to toe shoot to high, then blind to the Jaeger. Too bad she couldn’t cover and keep going — it was a smashing routine to that point. Full twisting double tuck, small shuffle on landing.
Sabrina Tomassini, beam: Will want to make up for her fall on bars here…the NCAA coaches will be watching. Jump to scale. Switch, scissone. Looks calm. Balks on bhs and jumps off the beam on her flight series. Switch side. Side aerial. Unique hold on one arm, like a strength move. Falls a second time, didn’t see on what. And comes off on her standing Arabian. Yikes. Bhs, bhs, double tuck, great, just a small step. But three falls…
Brielle Wilchuck, floor: Double tuck, steps out. 1.5 to front tuck. Pounding music. Missed the last pass.
Marisa Dick, bars: She’s had the longest wait of anybody to compete…she was first up on vault, and now last on bars…jump to high, bind ot Jaeger, Pak. Full twist dismount.
Rachel Sherrington, vault: Tsuk tuck. Handspring front tuck.
Vivi Babalis, bars: Bail, toe stalders, toe hecht, blind to front giant to beautiful stuck double front.
Casey Carvalho, beam: Bhs, layout, little wobble but OK. Back tuck, back pike combo. Scissone, wolf. Roundoff, 2.5 to end. Very nice. Great bars set last rotation, too. This one’s a girl to keep an eye on.
Emily Blackner, floor: Spanish music. Sits down double tuck to open, alas. Shoulders too far back and overrotates. Front tuck to full twist. 1.5 to end.
Makinli Handley, vault: Very nice FTY, small step forward. Layout Yurchenko.
Maegan Chant, bars: Jaeger. Blind. Bail to toe stalder to toe hecht to high (piked). Very good full twisting double tuck way above the bar! She lacks a little quickness on the twist on her dismount, but is so high it doesn’t matter.
Victoria Woo, beam: Side somie. Front aerial, little wobble….switch, scissone. Double full?
Tegan Turner, floor: “Requiem for a Dream”. Double tuck to open, well done. Double full to end.
Elise Bolger, vault: FTY, hop back. Nicely done. Layout Yurchenko second vault I think.
Helody Cyrenne, bars: Blind to bail to toe hecht, little short on handstand, layout 1.5 dismount.
Hailee Westney, beam: Fell, but didn’t see on what. Falls again. Front aerial, nice. Switch (airy) scissone. Gainer off the end? She’s another gymnast who is extremely graceful and a pleasure to watch on bars and beam. Shame about the falls.
Julia Pellerin, floor: Double pike, nicely done but OOB. “In the Mood” music, very jazzy stuff. Punch front to 1.5 to end.
Brielle Wilchuck, vault: FTY with a step to the side.
Stefanie Merkle, bars: Jump to high, bail, clear hip to toe hecht to high, misses handstand, blind to Markelov, full turn, hits her feet on low bar but no problems with double pike dismount. Nice routine. Don’t count her out.
Natalie Vaculik, beam: Jump to scale. Switch half. Bhs, layout, lovely. Switch, back tuck. Scissone. Switch side. Great routine…double full off.
Sabrina Tomassini, floor: Full in tuck, OOB. Nice Arabian double front, hop back. Performing to something from Cirque du Soleil. Punch front to double full, stuck. Double tuck, legs glued together.
Kaitlyn Hofland, vault: Very nice FTY (NCAA coaches undoubtedly took note).
Nicole Chow, bars: Jump to high, full, stalfder , stalder full, Pak, toe stalder, toe half to hecht to high…double pike to her face. Gets up and seems OK, if disappointed to end that marathon routine that way. May not have gotten to her feet, hard to tell. Impressive interior of the routine, and very hard.
Marisa Dick, beam: Side somie. Bhs, layout. Roundoff, double tuck, small step. Nice dismount.
Jordyn Pedersen, floor: Full in tuck, nice. Front layout, front layout full. Double turn. Music from a movie, I think, but not sure which movie…Double tuck, stuck. Dive roll. This is the sort of music one does dive rolls to…last pass: Double pike. VERY nice routine!
Victoria Moors, beam: Elvira Saadi sweeps the beam before Moors mounts, to get excess chalk off. Swing through mount. Switch. Switch half. Side aerial, so solid, yet also quite light. Front aerial. Bhs, layout to two feet, steps back but does not fall (“STAY!” all the Russian coaches cry in unison from the stands, in English) Side somie. Roundoff, double tuck to end, overrotated and falls on her bottom! She had a couple of nervous moments in that routine, but the fall is a bummer. Saadi will not be pleased, even though the rest was quite good.
Tegan Turner, vault: Handspring front tuck.
Makinli Handley, bars: Falls on her Geinger.
Maegan Chant, beam: Bhs, layout, wonderful. Switch. Switch half to not connected back tuck and falls! Boo. Great double pike dismount to end. Shame about the fall. You could really see her trying to harness her power for the preciseness that this event requires. And she almost did.
Victoria Woo, floor: Didn’t see first pass. “The Pink Panther.” Double tuck second pass. 1.5 to punch front. 2.5 to end.
Julia Pellerin, vault: Yurchenko half, very well done! Step forward, but great body position in the air. Great handspring front tuck with legs together. Always so impressive to see legs glued together on those skills.
Elise Bolger, bars: Clear hip, toe stalder, toe hecht to high, Tkatchev. Dismounts with an excellent and powerful full twisting double tuck. Very nice technique on that dismount.
Helody Cyrenne, beam: Punch front Back tuck. Double full to end.
Hailee Westney, floor: 2.5 twist. Double pike. Turn with leg at head. Switch, switch half. Front layout, front tuck. Front layout full to end.
Sabrina Tomassini, vault: Handspring front pike half, great. Big steps back/to the side on second vault. This has not been her day.
Brielle Wilchuck, bars: Toe hecht to high, blind to Markelov. Full to giants, layout 1.5 dismount.
Stefanie Merkle, beam: Bhs, back full but falls. Good try though — she almost saved it.
Natalie Vaculik, floor: Double pike, step back, bounces out a bit. 1.5 to layout front half. Double tuck, a little short. Such a lovely piece of music for her…Lovely 2.5 with step forward to end this routine.
Jordyn Pedersen, vault: Handspring front tuck with a step forward. Lots of power on this one.
Kaitlyn Hofland, bars: Hecht to high, Tkatchev, blind to piked Jaeger, fantastic. Pak, Toe half, hecht to high, terrific double full dismount. She’s very tall, especially for a junior, but that was one of the best bar routines of the day.
Nicole Chow, beam: Switch ring. Straddle, split. Side aerial. Double full with a step forward.
Marisa Dick, floor: Jazzy piano piece. Switch side. Double pike, a little underrotated, steps forward. Switch, Tourjete half. Front layout, front double full — whoa. 2.5, both feet OOB, unfortunately.
Emily Blackner, vault: Tsuk pike, basically stuck.
Rachel Sherrington, bars: Hit routine with double tuck dismount.
Vivi Babalis, beam: Switch, back tuck, very precise. Scissone, wolf. Full turn with leg up, excellent! Front aerial. Straight-legged side somie, excellent. Double tuck, underrotated and puts her hands down.
Victoria Moors, floor: Double double tuck, awesome! Really working the choreography to this “Roxanne” too. Front to double full. Front aerial. Switch, switch side. Triple full, a little underrotated. But hey, a triple full third pass! 2.5 with step forward. Great routine! 13.8.
Casey Carvalho, floor: She has been one of the surprises of this meet thusfar, and is having a breakout day. Let’s see if she can continue that on this event…double pike, good start. 1.5 to muscled double full — determination! Had some trouble on the 1.5 walkout but was not going to let it deter her…third pass is running front double full, and she underrotated it but managed to keep it on her feet! She gets more impressive by the second. 2.5 to end, rather a stumble for it. “She certainly went for it,” says the reporter sitting beside me. That she did. Very, very good.
6:01 p.m.: Hey, where are the results? The answer is that they’ll be available shortly, but there is a delay in results. The electronic scoring system did not flash scores for about two rotations, leaving everyone guessing as to who the leader is at this point.
My guess, based on the performances, is that Victoria Moors, Maegan Chant and Natalie Vaculik, despite their errors, are in the top five. Casey Carvalho had a fantastic competition (she was one of the few to get through all events cleanly) and could be up there too
- 1. Victoria Moors
- 2. Natalie Vaculik
- 3. Kaitlyn Hofland
- 4. Maegan Chant
- 5. Jordyn Pedersen
- 6. Vivi Babalis,
- 7. Casey Carvalho
- 8. Stefanie Merkle
- 9. Victoria Woo
- 10. Elise Bolger
Moors had the top scores on bars (13.3) and floor (13.8). Chant was first on vault (14.15) and Babalis was first on beam (13.75).
Related: For complete results from the competition, please visit Gym Score Depot.
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