Nastia Liukin Cup Series: Week 2

This year’s Nastia Liukin Cup Series will be comprised of 20 meets, each of which will qualify one senior gymnast (aged 16 or older) and one junior (15 or younger) to the 14th Nastia Liukin Cup in Louisville, Kentucky on Feb. 24.

The series continued this week with the Hill’s Maryland Classic.

Hill’s Maryland Classic

Auburn signee Julianne Huff qualified to her first NLC in her final year of club gymnastics, becoming this year’s first qualifier to break the 39-point barrier in the all-around. Huff had the meet of her life, scoring career highs on three of the four events, as well as in the all-around. Her best score was a 9.850 on vault for her Yurchenko one and a half.

Kyra DiCello, in the class of 2027, also had the best meet of her career, posting career highs on vault, beam and in the all-around to notch the junior qualification. DiCello, whose older sister Kayla is a freshman at Florida, displayed significant improvements to her gymnastics this year after starting to compete in level 10 only last season.

Florida signee Anya Pilgrim impressed on vault with a 9.950 for her Yurchenko one and a half.

Winner (senior division): Julianne Huff

Winner (junior division): Kyra DiCello

Julianne Huff

Scores: VT: 9.850 | UB: 9.750 | BB: 9.650 | FX: 9.800 | AA: 39.050

  • Club: JamJev Gymnastics
  • College: Auburn
  • High School Graduation Year: 2023
  • CGN Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Notable Results: 2021 and 2022 national all around medalist; 2019 GK U.S. Classic competitor
  • Previous NLC Appearances: N/A

Kyra DiCello

VT: 9.650 | UB: 9.350 | BB: 9.525 | FX: 9.550 | AA: 38.075

Videos: VT | UB | BB | FX

  • Club: Hill’s Gymnastics
  • High School Graduation Year: 
  • Notable Results: 2022 Region 7 all around champion
  • Previous NLC Appearances: N/A

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Article by Talitha Ilacqua

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