PUYALLUP, Wash., May 20, 2009 – Eight all-around champions, as well as individual event champions in the eight age categories, were determined from the 192 Level 10 gymnasts competing in the 2009 Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament (NIT) held in conjunction with the Women’s National Junior Olympic Championships at the Puyallup Fair Showplex on May 17, 2009. The event features gymnasts who ranked eighth, ninth and 10th in the all-around in each of the eight divisions – Junior A-D and Senior A-D – at the Level 10 Regional Championships (provided they achieved a minimum all-around score of 34.00), as well as any Regional individual event champion who did not qualify to the Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships.
Each of the divisions was determined by age, and the champions for each are listed below.
Senior A – Jordan Moore of Texas Dreams in Coppell, Texas, won the all-around title with 36.800 points. In addition to winning the title on the uneven bars with a 9.600, she also tied with Hope Sloanhoffer of Gym Revolution in Windsor, N.Y., with a 9.550 for first on vault. Madison Moring of Krafft Academy in Tulsa, Okla., finished second in the all-around (36.475), as well as posting a 9.575 for both the division’s top floor exercise and balance beam scores. Megan Harrington from Gymnastics, Etc. in Bloomington, Ill., took home third in the all-around with 36.450 points.
Senior B – The all-around title was taken home by Katie O’Rourke of Capital Gymnastics National Center in Springfield, Va., with an overall score of 37.350. Sara Carlson of New Hope Academy of Gymnastics in Fountain Valley, Calif., finished first on bars (9.425) and second in the all-around with a 36.450. Alex Deluca of Ace Gymnastics in Longwood, Fla., rounded out the top three in the all-around with 36.150 points. Kristin Blades of Apollo of Woodbridge, Va., won both the vault and beam with a 9.650 and 9.300, respectively, while Doniele Volopich of Phoenix (Ariz.) Gymnastics Academy finished first on floor with a 9.450.
Senior C – Emily Peterson of De Veau’s Gymnastics in Indianapolis, Ind., finished first on bar (9.225) and beam (9.550) on her way to the all-around title with 37.050 points. Zara Karuman of X-Cel Gymnastics in Cranberry Township, Pa., finished in a two-way tie with Nicole Williams of Hill’s Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, Md., for second in the all-around with scores of 36.900. Natasha Jufko of La Fleur’sTampa (Fla.) claimed first in vault (9.450) and Ashley Meeks of Gwinnett (Ga.) Gymnastics Center finished first on floor (9.350).
Senior D – Lauren Wozniak of X-Cel Gymnastics in Cranberry Township, Pa., won the all-around crown with 36.700 points, which include the top score on vault (9.725) and a tie for first on floor with Emma-Rose Trentacosti of Gymnastika in Ridgefield Park, N.J. (9.350). Trentacosti also finished second in the all-around with a score of 35.375. Elise Gill of Perpetual Motion in Afton, Minn., was third in the all-around (35.350) and was the beam champion at 9.350. Kathleen Mantell of Liberty Gymnastics Training Center in Concord, Calif., tallied the highest score on bars (90.050).
Junior A – Alyssa Shermetaro of Olympia Gymnastics Academy in Rochester Hills, Mich., won the all-around title with a score of 36.975 and finished first on bars (9.200). Bridget Hodan of Salto Gymnastics in Brookfield, Mass., finished second in the all-around with a 36.875, while Rachel Stypinski of Silvia’s Gymnastics in Gilbertsville, Pa., took third in the all-around with a 36.700 and the title on floor (9.800). Kristin Stambaugh of Prestige Gymnastics in Lancaster, Pa., was first on both vault (9.500) and beam (9.475).
Junior B – The all-around title was awarded to Tory Wilson of Gold Cup Gymnastics in Albuquerque, N.M., who also earned first place finishes on vault (9.600) and floor (9.550), for her 38.225 point total. Mary Jane Horth of Gymnastics World in Broadview Heights, Ohio, finished second in the all-around with 37.050 points, while Tessa Bouman of AGA Gymnastics Training Center in Durand, Mich., took home third with 37.025 points. Jessie Sisler of Technique in Cordova, Calif., finished first on beam (9.450), and Kullen Hlawek of Woodlands (Texas) Gymnastics Academy finished first on floor (9.750).
Junior C – Makenzie Johnson of Eagle’s Wings Athletics in Allen, Texas, won the all-around with 37.275 points and tied for first on the vault (9.600) with Lyndsey Dickson of Prestige in Landcaster, Pa. Madison Kaeppeler of Texas Dreams in Coppell, Texas, finished second in the all-around with 36.725 points in addition to tying for first on floor (9.400) with Maggie Lundeen of Palmers in Bloomindale, Ill. Ciera Perkins of Gymcats in Henderson, Nev., won bars (9.350) and finished third in the all-around with 36.650. Shannon Mitchell of Hill’s Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, Md., took home first on beam (9.450).
Junior D – A total score of 37.150 produce a tie for the all-around champion crown by Preslee Harrald of Krafft Academy in Tulsa, Okla., and Kenzie Adams of Legacy Gymnastics in Lexington, Ky. Dana McDonald of Novato Gymnastics in Piedmont, Calif., took home the vault (9.725) and floor (9.625) titles and finished third in the all-around with 37.000 points. Miranda Jarvis of Hill’s Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, Md., won beam (9.475), and Sarah Wu of Naydenov Gymnastics in Vancouver, Wash., finished first on bars (9.300).