Region 5 wins Super Team title at 2019 U.S. Junior Olympic Championships
posted on 05/19/2019

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INDIANAPOLIS, May 19, 2019 – Region 5 won the Super Team title at the 2019 U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships on the event’s final day at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Additionally, the final six of the 12 all-around champions were crowned. The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships, which featured 675 of the country’s best Junior Olympic female gymnasts, is the culmination of the competitive season for Level 10, the highest Junior Olympic skill level that is just below the elite level.

Region 5 snagged the Super Team title with 74 points. Region 1 was second at 68, and Region 8 was third at 65 points.

The all-around champions for Sunday's sessions are listed below.

  • Junior D: Faith Torrez, Kenosha, Wis./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, 38.725.
  • Junior D regional team ranking: 1. Region 1, 154.050; 2. Region 5, 152.825; 3. Region 7, 151.850.
  • Senior D: Sierra Brooks, Plainfield, Ill./Aspire Gymnastics Academy, 39.350.
  • Senior D regional team ranking: 1. Region 5, 156.225; 2. Region 3, 153.775; 3. Region 8, 151.825.
  • Junior E: Jacey Vore, Fishers, Ind./Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center, 38.550.
  • Junior E regional team ranking: 1. Region 1, 153.375; 2. Region 7, 152.125; 3. Region 4, 152.025.
  • Senior E: Gabryel Wilson, Ypsilanti, Mich./Olympia Gymnastics Academy, 38.925. Wilson was the 2018 Senior C champion.
  • Senior E regional team ranking: 1. Region 5, 155.025; 2. Region 1, 154.200; 3. Region 7, 153.475.
  • Junior F: Ellie Lazzari, Wheaton, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, 38.950.
  • Junior F regional team ranking: 1. Region 5, 154.225; 2. Region 2, 152.150; 3. Region 8, 151.875.
  • Senior F: Chloe Widner, Frisco, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, 39.125.
  • Senior F regional team ranking: 1. Region 5, 153.575; 2. Region 1, 152.875; 3. Region 8, 152.525.

Junior Olympic national champions were named in the all-around, as well as in all four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. The competition featured 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.

USA Gymnastics staged the event with the support of Visit Indy, Indiana Sports Corp and Sports Indiana.

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 qualify to the 2019 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.

Numerous Junior Olympic champions and medalists 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 well-known gymnasts are former participants in the Junior Olympic program, including the 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning Final Five (Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman), 2012 Olympic team champions Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross, 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin, and 2008 Olympic balance beam champion Shawn Johnson, to name a few.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its athlete safety policies and procedures. Former gymnast and business executive Li Li Leung is the new president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, visit usagym.org.