The U.S. Gymnastics Championships wrapped up yesterday in Boston, and we’re wrapping up the performances of your favorite college teams on both the men’s and women’s side, as well as the latest news on fall international assignments. Note that since recruiting occurs later for the men than the women, only current college athletes are included on the MAG side while WAG features commits as well.
While he wasn’t able to defend his title, Oklahoma senior Yul Moldauer placed second in the all around after bouncing back from an uncharacteristic performance on day one that left him sitting in sixth place. He was just one of several collegiate gymnasts who performed notably over the weekend and were able to make an impact in the eyes of the men’s selection committee.
Moldauer and his Oklahoma teammates were the most impressive collegiate team this weekend, with Moldauer and Genki Suzuki earning spots on the Senior National Team and Spencer Goodell earning a spot on the Junior National Team. Michigan’s Cameron Bock and Ohio State’s Alec Yoder also earned spots on the Senior National Team by placing in the top seven in the all around.
At the conclusion of the meet the world team training squad and Pan American Championships team were also announced. Moldauer and Yoder earned spots on the world team training squad, which is comprised of eight gymnasts who will make up the five members and three alternates for the 2018 world championships. Competing at the Pan American Championships in mid-September in Lima, Peru, will be Bock, Goodell and Suzuki.
Moldauer earned one final accolade to end his championships, receiving Athlete of the Year and Co-Sportsperson of the Year alongside former Stanford gymnast Akash Modi. His coach, Oklahoma’s Mark Williams, was named Senior Coach of the Year.
Scores and recaps of each team’s performances at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships can be found below. Scores are in the following order: floor, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar, all around (rank).
|Kiwan Watts (SR)||So||13.600||13.100||12.950||14.200||13.400||13.150||159.500 (15)|
|Jordan Williams (JR)||Fr||13.500||11.950||12.650||13.800||12.500||12.700||152.100 (9)|
Arizona State impressed many just by having two athletes competing at nationals, a huge feat for a club team. In the senior division, Watts was consistent across all six events and achieved a ninth place finish on vault in addition to 15th in the all around. Williams had a few miscues on parallel bars and high bar on day two but was able to use his strong performance from day one to finish ninth overall in the junior division.
|Kyte Crigger (SR)||Jr||13.600||—||12.200||13.850||13.000||12.150||148.350 (25)|
Crigger struggled on pommel horse both days of nationals, but used his clean Yurchenko double to tie for 13th on vault, his best result of the meet.
|Alexander Diab (SR)||Jr||13.900||—||14.500||13.650||—||12.550||69.050 (32)|
|Sebastian Quiana (SR)||Jr||13.600||—||—||13.950||13.100||11.850||105.450 (27)|
|Michael Fletcher (JR)||Fr||13.100||12.950||12.250||13.700||12.900||11.050||152.950 (6)|
In the junior division, Fletcher had a strong outing, tying for first on parallel bars and placing second on pommel horse. Competing limited routines in the senior division, Diab excelled on rings, placing second on the event, while Quiana struggled on high bar but put together solid performances on his other three events.
|Jake Brodarzon (SR)||Sr||12.850||11.800||13.000||13.950||12.400||12.200||150.600 (24)|
|Bennet Huang (SR)||So||12.850||13.550||11.800||14.050||12.900||12.800||156.500 (22)|
|Evan Davis (JR)||Fr||12.550||13.050||13.050||13.700||11.250||12.250||152.300 (8)|
In addition to placing eighth in the all around, Davis placed fourth on pommel horse and rings in the junior division for the Hawkeyes. In the senior division, Huang’s best placement was eighth on pommel horse and Brodarzon’s was 16th on vault.
|Cameron Bock (SR)||So||13.850||13.650||13.700||13.800||13.900||13.100||163.200 (7)|
|Jacob Moore (SR)||So||14.000||13.600||12.350||14.050||13.100||11.700||157.450 (21)|
|Kevin Penev (JR)||Fr||13.600||12.600||12.000||14.200||12.500||10.800||152.850 (7)|
Michigan was the most impressive NCAA team other than Oklahoma at these championships. Bock placed seventh in the senior all around standings, and Penev mimicked Bock’s placement in the junior division. Bock claimed four top 10 event finishes (parallel bars, high bar, pommel horse, floor), proving himself as a steady all arounder the U.S. will rely on at the Pan American Championships. Moore placed eighth on floor, adding to the Wolverines accolades.
|Shane Wiskus (SR)||So||12.500||11.900||13.100||13.300||13.750||13.450||157.750 (19)|
Coming into the meet, Wiskus looked capable of challenging for a national team spot, but day one falls on pommel horse and a triple full dismount on floor took him out of contention. He was still able to put together hit routines on high bar, where he placed seventh in the senior division.
|Anton Stephenson (SR)||Sr||13.850||13.150||11.850||14.800||13.450||12.650||158.300 (17)|
Stephenson surprised many by winning the vault title, although it was well deserved after watching his performances. He stuck his Yurchenko two and a half both days to outpace the field on the event.
|Alec Yoder (SR)||Sr||13.700||15.150||13.700||13.850||14.000||13.000||166.550 (5)|
|Angel Leon (JR)||Fr||13.500||11.050||13.000||13.400||12.750||12.650||150.450 (11)|
Yoder used his high scores on pommel horse and parallel bars to distance himself from the pack and land in fifth place in the all around. He won the title on pommel horse as one of only two gymnasts to break the 15.000 barrier on the event. Leon was held back slightly by his performances on pommel horse, but still was able to place 11th in the junior division all around.
|Yul Moldauer (SR)||Sr||14.250||12.900||14.400||14.700||13.800||12.650||168.150 (2)|
|Genki Suzuki (SR)||Sr||14.050||13.600||12.600||13.800||13.800||13.400||162.800 (9)|
|Tanner Justus (SR)||Jr||13.850||13.550||13.100||14.450||13.350||12.450||158.650 (16)|
|Gage Dyer (SR)||So||14.000||13.100||12.200||13.750||13.050||13.300||157.650 (20)|
|Alexei Vernyi (SR)||So||13.850||12.200||12.950||14.100||12.950||12.500||157.800 (18)|
|Spencer Goodell (JR)||Fr||13.800||11.850||13.300||14.400||12.300||12.850||156.550 (3)|
|Vitaliy Guimaraes (JR)||Fr||13.800||12.750||12.950||14.450||12.200||12.400||156.000 (4)|
Moldauer, who had uncharacteristic miscues on pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar on day one, chose to switch up his routines for day two of the championships. With an all around score nearly three points higher than day one, he was able to jump from sixth place to finish second in the all around. Other than a few problems on his first pommel horse routine, Suzuki hit all of his routines en route to a ninth place finish in the all around while also placing fourth on high bar. Justus sat his Kasamatsu one and a half on the second day, but like teammates Vernyi and Dyer, had solid performances at nationals. In the junior division, Goodell won the rings title in addition to his third place finish in the all around while Guimaraes placed fourth in the all around while also winning the floor and vault titles.
|Stephen Nedoroscik (SR)||Jr||—||15.100||—||—||—||—||27.100 (35)|
Behind only 0.050 on pommel horse after day one, Nedoroscik looked to challenge for the event title. Unfortunately, he fell twice in his routine on day two, derailing his chance for the title on the only event he chose to compete at this year’s championships.
|Grant Breckenridge (SR)||Sr||14.350||12.900||13.400||14.100||12.950||12.800||159.950 (14)|
Breckenridge put together a steady competition across both days of the meet, placing 14th in the senior all around and nabbing a top 10 finish on vault.
Florida wrapped up a spectacular summer of elite competition as three commits and a current athlete qualified to the U.S. Senior National Team, placing themselves in a strong position for international assignments in the fall. With Shilese Jones winning the American Classic and Riley McCusker and Morgan Hurd making the podium at the U.S. Classic as well as at this meet, it’s hard to imagine a more promising performance from these athletes.
Two other college-bound athletes were named to the senior national team: Grace McCallum of Utah and Oregon State freshman Jade Carey. The women’s Pan American Championships team and world team training squad have not yet been announced.
Only one NCAA-committed junior was named to the Junior National Team; Sunisa Lee, an Auburn commit, finished third all around and was given an automatic spot. It was a challenging meet for some NCAA commits, with fellow junior Jordan Bowers of Oklahoma scratching after the first day of competition and three future Pac-12 athletes—Maile O’Keefe (Utah), Madelyn Williams (California) and Emma Malabuyo (UCLA)—also forced out of the competition due to injury.
|Shania Adams||2020||13.500||13.700||13.550||13.000||105.900 (12)|
|Luisa Blanco||2020||13.200||11.400||12.550||12.450||101.00 (17)|
Future classmates Adams and Blanco had strong meets, hitting seven of eight routines each and showing off skills that will make a big impact in college. Adams’ dynamism and Blanco’s finesse will form a well-rounded competitive class in Tuscaloosa.
|Sunisa Lee||2021||14.250||14.800||14.050||12.800||111.050 (3)|
Lee had a phenomenal meet only a few weeks after regaining full routines in training, letting her superior difficulty and beautiful technique carry her to a guaranteed spot on the junior national team despite a few small errors.
|Trinity Thomas||2018||14.000||14.400||13.750||13.350||109.600 (8)|
|Morgan Hurd||2019||14.400||14.650||14.100||13.850||113.300 (2)|
|Riley McCusker||2019||14.100||14.500||14.150||13.300||112.750 (3)|
|Shilese Jones||2020||14.700||13.950||13.300||13.350||109.850 (5)|
|Sloane Blakely||2021||13.400||12.650||12.600||12.050||101.700 (16)|
|Sophia Butler||2022||13.350||11.700||13.400||12.800||104.00 (8)|
Florida has been the team of the summer, and it’s hard to argue with its four top seniors making up half the Senior National Team for 2018. Hurd and McCusker established themselves as favorites for the world team, and Jones and Thomas could contend for either worlds or the Pan Ams squad. Junior Sophia Butler also impressed with her beam difficulty.
Kenlin’s events have been restricted throughout the season due to injury, but she had a great day one, especially on her strength, beam.
|Aleah Finnegan||2021||14.600||12.000||13.250||11.750||103.150 (14)|
|Tori Tatum||2021||14.100||13.250||12.800||12.900||105.050 (7)|
It wasn’t the strongest meet for the future Tigers, with all three making uncharacteristic errors to drop in the standings. Tatum finished just outside the automatic national team placings for the juniors but has a good chance to be added to the team as the year goes on.
|Alyona Shchennikova||2019||14.000||13.450||13.300||13.000||108.100 (9)|
Shchennikova continued to be inconsistent on her strongest piece, bars, but put up solid scores on other pieces and is in contention for the Pan Ams team.
|Ragan Smith||2019||14.200||13.350||13.100||13.100||107.200 (10)|
|Audrey Davis||2020||14.100||11.750||12.950||12.500||104.550 (14)|
|Jordan Bowers||2021||13.450||13.150||11.750||11.650||51.000 (22)|
The future Sooners struggled with injury at this meet, as nagging issues limited Smith’s performance and kept her off the senior national team, and the spring season’s star Jordan Bowers was forced to withdraw with injury. Davis did have a great performance, hitting seven for eight routines and putting up strong scores on vault and bars.
|Jade Carey||2018||14.550||12.550||13.750||14.100||109.700 (6)|
Oregon State freshman Carey had a strong performance overall, qualifying to the national team as an all arounder in only her second meet competing all four events as an elite.
|Maddie Johnston||2020||13.550||11.600||12.200||12.900||102.250 (15)|
Johnston remains a fan favorite with her beautiful technique, and recovered well after a tough second day.
|Margzetta Frazier||2018||13.900||12.550||13.100||12.800||105.650 (13)|
|Jordan Chiles||2019||15.000||13.050||13.550||12.000||106.850 (11)|
Frazier and Chiles both stood out for their leotards—with Frazier wearing a UCLA leotard for at least one day and Chiles turning up on Sunday in a Wonder Woman leotard. They showed off some great gymnastics too, with Chiles performing an amazing Amanar on day one.
|Grace McCallum||2021||14.400||13.900||13.800||13.800||111.650 (4)|
McCallum recovered from a rocky Classic to finish fourth with nearly identical scores over the two days, putting herself in a strong position for fall international assignments. Gilstrap and Soza didn’t compete AA, but they both showed off beautiful gymnastics.
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