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DALLAS, Texas, May 8, 2009 – Region 3 won the Overall Super Team Award at the 2010 Women’s U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships at the Dallas Convention Center, besting seven-time winner Region 5 (2003-09) which came in second. Region 4 was third. The remaining four all-around champions also were determined on the final day of the two-day event, which featured nearly 450 of the USA’s best Level 10 gymnasts. Level 10 is the highest level in the Junior Olympic program that is just under the elite level.
The champions determined on May 8 are as follows.
Junior D – Brandie Jay (Watch Video) of GK’s in Ft. Collins, Colo., won the all-around title with a score of 38.425 and also won the vault title with a score of 9.850. Holly Blanske of Twin City Twisters in Champlin, Minn., took second in the all-around with a score of 38.375. Ariel Martin of Illinois Gymnastics Institute in Westmont, Ill., finished third with a score of 38.300. Randii Wyrick of Brown’s Las Vegas (Nev.) and Breanna Hughes of Twin City Twisters tied for fourth at 38.250. Lexi Mills of WOGA in Plano, Texas, won the balance beam with a 9.700, and Lexus Demers of Midwest Gym in Canada, Minn., posted the top score for floor exercise (9.725). Amy Roemmele of Oakland Gymnastics in Commerce Township, Mich., won bars with a score of 9.725.
Region 3 and 4 tied for the team honors with a score of 152.875, with Region 1 taking third.
Senior D – Alaina Johnson (Watch Video) of Texas East in Tyler and Kimberly Jacob (Watch Video) of Superior in Morrisville, N.C., tied for the all-around title at 38.500. Johnson also won the uneven bars title with a score of 9.625. Sarah DeMeo of Eagles in Kansas City, Mo., took third in the all-around with a score of 38.450 and also claimed the beam title (9.700). Amber See of TAGS South in Apple Valley, Minn., who finished fourth all-around (38.25), won two event titles: vault with a score of 9.875 and floor exercise with a score of 9.725. Diahanna Ham of Gym Cats in Henderson, Nev., finished fifth in the all-around with a score of 38.000.
Region 8 earned team honors at 152.725, with Region 4 and Region 5 landing in second and third place.
Junior C – Rachel Spicer (Watch Video) of Texas Dreams in Coppell, Texas, won the all-around title with a total score of 38.475. Shealyn Farley of Prestige in Lancaster, Pa., was second with a score of 38.425 and also tied for first on beam with a score of 9.675 along with Megan Marenghi of WOGA in Plano, Texas. Asi Peko of Brown’s in Las Vegas, Nev., finished third in the all-around with a score of 38.375 and was first on floor exercise with a score of 9.700. Marenghi also took fourth in the all-around with a score of 38.325. Sarah Lokos of Hill’s Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, Md., took fifth all-around with a score of 38.150. The vault title was awarded to Rachel Fielitz of ENA Paramus in Paramus, N.J. with a score of 9.750. Erin Freier of Geddert’s Twistars in Lansing, Mich., took first on bars with a score of 9.600.
Region 3 finished atop the team rankings with a total score of 152.850, followed by Region 5 and Region 7.
Senior C – Katherine Grable (Watch Video) of Oshkosh in Wisconsin won the all-around title with a score of 38.200. Bailee Zumwalde of Twin City Twisters in Champlin, Minn., took second with a 38.000 in the all-around. Aliza Vaccher of Desert Devils in Mesa, Ariz., took third all-around with a score of 37.975 and won beam with a score of 9.575. Brittany Harris of Krafft Academy in Tulsa, Okla., finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 37.950. Kaylan Earls of Arena Gymnastics in Joliet, Ill., was fifth in the all-around with a score of 37.900 and won vault with a 9.875. Catherine Hires of LaFleur’s Tampa in Florida won the uneven bars title with a score of 9.650. Sasha Tsikhanovich of Universal in Hilliard, Ohio, won first on floor exercise with a 9.650.
Region 4 captured the team title with 150.925 followed by Region 8 and Region 3.
The Junior Olympic National Championships is the culmination event for the competitive season. The competition features eight age divisions (Junior A, Junior B, Junior C, Junior D, Senior A, Senior B, Senior C and Senior D), which are determined by age and birth date. USA Gymnastics has eight regions, and the winning Regions were also determined at the conclusion of the competition.
The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is one of the national championships of USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body in the United States. Many Junior Olympic champions have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics.
The Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament (NIT) is held in conjunction with the Women’s National Junior Olympic Championships. The JO-NIT was developed to allow an additional 192 athletes an opportunity to compete at the national level and features gymnasts who ranked eighth, ninth and 10th in the all-Around in each of the eight age divisions at the Level 10 Regional Championships (provided they achieved a minimum all-around score of 34.00), plus any Regional individual event champions who did not qualify to the Junior Olympic Nationals or the JO-NIT in the all-around qualify for that event. Competition is on May 9 at the Dallas Convention Center.