2018 Women's Junior Olympic Championships wrap up in Cincinnati
posted on 05/14/2018

CINCINNATI, Ohio, May 14, 2018 – Thirteen all-around champions were crowned at the 2018 Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Level 10 is the highest level in the Junior Olympic program, which is just under the elite level. Region 1 won the Super Team competition followed by with Regions 8 in second. Region 5 placed third.

The top three in the all-around for each division are as follows.

Junior division

  • Junior A: 1. Amari Drayton of Lakeway, Texas/Olympia Hills Gymnastics, 38.325; 2. Kailin Chio of Henderson, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics, 38.200; 3. Ui Soma of Honolulu, Hawaii/San Mateo Gymnastics, 37.925
  • Junior B: 1. Gabriella Disidore of Overland Park, Kansas/GAGE, 38.300; 2. Gabby Gladieux of Greensboro, N.C./High Point Gymnastics Academy, 38.200; 3. Lillian Lewis of Dublin, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, 37.925
  • Junior C: 1. Faith Torrez of Kenosha, Wis./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, 38.525; 2. Karis German of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, 38.450; 3. Naya Howard of Chesapeake, Va./Ocean Tumblers Gymnastics, 38.275.
  • Junior D: 1. Lali Dekanoidze of Matthews, N.C./Southeastern Gymnastics Center, 38.500; 2. Ella Cesario of Glen Ellyn, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, 38.350; 3. Mya Lauzon of Renton, Wash./Metropolitan Gymnastics, 38.275.
  • Junior E: 1. Alexis Jeffrey of Warrensburg, Mo./GAGE, 38.325; 2t. Makenzie Sedlacek of West Chicago, Ill./IGI Gymnastics, and Stephanie Berger of Groton, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics, 38.175.
  • Junior F: 1. Kyra Burns, Blue Springs, Mo./Xtreme Gymnastics and Trampoline, 38.350; 2. Sarah Clark, Huntington Beach, Calif./Azarian U.S. Gymnastics Training Center, 38.275; 3. Courtney Blackson, Elk Grove, Calif./Byers Gymnastics Center, 38.250.

Senior division

  • Senior A: 1t. Carly Bauman of West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute, and Kiya Johnson of Desoto, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, 38.625; 3. Haleigh Bryant of Cornelius, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, 38.550
  • Senior B: 1. Andrea Li of Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, 38.850; 2. Jaedyn Rucker of Mesa, Ariz./Desert Devils, 38.675; 3. Sierra Brooks of Plainfield, Ill./Aspire Gymnastics Academy, 38.425.
  • Senior C: 1. Gabryel Wilson of Ypsilanti, Mich./Olympia Gymnastics Academy, 38.900; 2. Helen Hu of Chicago, Ill./IK Gymnastics, 38.875; 3. Matilyn Waligora of Rochester, Mich./Olympia Gymnastics Academy, 38.500.
  • Senior D: 1. Makarri Doggette of Pickerington, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, 38.925; 2. Savannah Schoenherr of Columbus, Ga./Georgia Elite Gymnastics, 38.450; 3. Kai Rivers of Franklin, Mich./Twistars USA, 38.425.
  • Senior E: 1. Karley McClain of South Jordan, Utah/All American Gymnastics, 38.550; 2. Milan Clausi of Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus Gymnastics, 38.525; 3. Olivia Trautman of Champlin, Minn./Twin City Twisters, 38.500.
  • Senior F: 1. Natalie Wojcik of Douglassville, Pa./Stallone Gymnastics, 38.775; 2. Abigail Johnston of Parkland, Fla./American Twisters, 38.625; 3. Derrian Gobourne of Sarasota, Fla./Lakewood Ranch Gymnastics, 38.600.

Team results

    Junior division
    • Junior A - Region 3
    • Junior B - Region 3
    • Junior C - Region 3
    • Junior D - Region 5
    • Junior E - Region 5
    • Junior F - Region 7
    Senior division
    • Senior A - Region 4
    • Senior B - Region 5
    • Senior C - Region 5
    • Senior D - Region 5
    • Senior E - Region 1
    • Senior F - Region 1
    Background
    The Junior Olympic National Championships is the culmination event for the competitive season. The competition features 12 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 birth date. 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.

    USA Gymnastics is staging the event in conjunction with the Cincinnati Sports Commission.

    USA Gymnastics has eight regions, and the top seven gymnasts from each region’s Regional Championships advance to nationals. The winning regions will also be determined at the conclusion of the competition. The top four all-around athletes in each age division qualify to the 2018 Junior Olympic National Team and are invited to attend a national training camp.

    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.