Six all-around national champions crowned at 2016 Women's Junior Olympic Championships
posted on 05/07/2016

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 7, 2016 – All-around champions for the Junior A, Junior B, Junior C, Senior A, Senior B and Senior C divisions were crowned today at the 2016 Women’s U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships, May 7, at the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center. Level 10 is the highest level in the Junior Olympic program, which is just under the elite level.

The top three in each division are as follows.

  • Junior A: 1. Annie Beard of Texas Dreams, 38.300; 2. Jordan Levi of AOGC, 38.075; 3. Sophia Groth of Chow’s Gymnastics, 38.025.
  • Junior B: 1. Carly Bauman of Chow’s Gymnastics, 38.525; 2. Cossette Carranza of Texas Dreams, 38.400; 3. Brooke Butler of American Twisters, 38.175.
  • Junior C: 1. Amoree Lockheart of Empire, 38.450; 2T. Sierra Brooks of Aspire; Elexis Edwards of VIGS, and Andrea Li of Legacy Elite, 38.375.
  • Senior A: 1. Rachel Lukacs of North Star Gymnastics, 38.650; 2. Natalie Wojcik of Berk’s Gymnastics, 38.475; and Abigail Brenner of Twin City Twisters, 38.150.
  • Senior B: 1. Rachael Flam of Stars Gymnastics, 38.575; 2. Anastasia Webb of Illinois Gymnastics Institute, 38.550; 3. Jennifer Oh of WOGA, 38.225.
  • Senior C: 1. Emma Marchese of Hill’s, 38.500; 2t. Mollie Korth of Madtown Twisters, and Kynsee Roby of Triad 38.350.

In the team competition, Region 3 grabbed the title in the Junior A division while the team from Region 7 took top honors in Senior A. In the second session, Region 1 was victorious in the Junior B division and Region 3 was the Senior B team champion. In the final session of the day, Region 5 took the Junior C title and Region 4 grabbed the top spot in Senior C.

The Junior Olympic National Championships is the culmination event for the competitive season. The competition features twelve age divisions (Junior A, Junior B, Junior C, Junior D, Junior E, Junior F, Senior A, Senior B, Senior C, Senior D, Senior E and Senior F), which are determined by birthdate. These gymnasts are vying to become Junior Olympic national champions in the all-around, as well as in all four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.

The competition schedule is May 8 – 9 a.m., Junior and Senior D, 1 p.m., Junior and Senior E, and 6 p.m. Junior and Senior F. All times are local. Champions are determined for each session. The winning regions will also be determined at the conclusion of the competition. For results and other event information, go to jonationals.com.

Tickets are available onsite: training day (May 6), adults – $10, and children (5-12) and seniors (65+) – $5; one-day pass, adults – $25, children - $12 and seniors – $10. Children 4-and-under are free.

USA Gymnastics has eight regions, and the top seven gymnasts from each region’s Regional Championships advanced to nationals. The top four all-around athletes in each age division also qualify to the 2016 Junior Olympic National Team and are invited to attend a National Training Camp at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a U.S. Olympic Training Site, in Huntsville, Texas.

The 2016 Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships is hosted by Metroplex Gymnastics.

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. Many of the country’s top gymnasts are former participants in the Junior Olympic program, including 2012 Olympic team champions Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross, 2009 World vault champion Kayla Williams, 2008 Olympic team silver-medalists Shawn Johnson and Samantha Peszek, and 2004 Olympic team silver-medalist Courtney McCool, to name a few.

The states that comprise each region are: Region 1 -- Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah; Region 2 – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington; Region 3 – Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming; Region 4 – Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin; Region 5 – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio; Region 6 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont; Region 7 – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia; and Region 8 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee.