USA sweeps medals in Jesolo
posted on 03/22/2014

© Filippo Tomasi

JESOLO, Italy, March 21, 2014 – The United States women won the junior and senior team titles and swept all six all-around medals at the Jesolo (Italy) Trophy competition today. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, led the senior team to gold while capturing the all-around title. Peyton Ernst of Coppell, Texas/Texas Dreams, and Maggie Nichols of Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters, finished second and third. Junior national champion Bailie Key of Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams, won the junior all-around title. Nia Dennis of Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, and Norah Flatley of Cumming, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance, rounded out the junior podium.

Competition concludes tomorrow with junior and senior event finals at 6 a.m. ET. The Italian Gymnastics Federation will provide a live webcast of the competition on its YouTube channel.

The U.S. scored 231.650 to win the senior title ahead of Italy, 221.500, and Japan, 217.800.

Ross posted a 58.000 in the all-around. She began on the vault, where she received a 1.000 penalty for running past the vault in her first attempt. She scored 14.300 for her double twisting Yurchenko. On the uneven bars, she earned a 14.900. In rotation three, she moved to the balance beam and stuck her double back dismount for a 14.450. Ross closed out her competition on the floor, tumbling an Arabian double front to stag leap to open her routine. She posted a 14.350. Ersnt scored 57.650 for silver and Nichols took the bronze, scoring 57.450.

In the junior competition, Team USA posted a 228.000 for gold. Romania was second with 212.900, and Italy was third (211.400).

Key, Dennis and Flatley, took the gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the junior women's all-around competition. Key earned a 58.250 total with scores of 15.200, vault; 14.300, uneven bars; 14.100, balance beam; and 14.650, floor exercise. Dennis posted a 56.300 with Flatley earning 56.100.

The U.S. grabbed the top six placements in the all-around with MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics, 57.200; Rachel Gowey, Urbandale, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute, 56.750; and Alyssa Baumann, Plano, Texas/WOGA, 55.700, finishing fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan./Great American Gymnastics Express, 55.650, was eighth in the all-around.

All six U.S. juniors finished in the top 10 in the all-around as Emily Gaskins of Coral Springs, Fla./Cincinnati Gymnastics, fifth; Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, sixth; and Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams, ninth, also competed in the junior event.

 


Senior Team Champions


Junior Team Champions