Ross repeats as Junior U.S. National Champion at the 2010 Visa Championships
posted on 08/14/2010

Kyla Ross receives her gold medal from Martha Karolyi
© John Cheng

HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 14, 2010 - Kyla Ross won her second consecutive U.S. junior national all-around title at the 2010 Visa Championships at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

Ross scored a two-day all-around total of 116.450, clinching the beam title at 29.90 with a routine that included a front aerial to a flip flop, layout step out and a stuck round-off double back dismount on the final day of competition. She also earned third place on vault and floor exercise with scores of 30.450 and 28.500, respectively. She performed a double twisting Yurchenko on vault and a double Arabian as her first pass on floor.

"Before the meet I was really hoping to hit all of my routines, and after, I was really excited that I hit everything and they were pretty successful," said Ross. "I just tried to keep myself calm and keep my timing like training, and it paid off."

Katelyn Ohashi of Plano, Texas/WOGA, finished second in the all-around with a score of 114.300, winning the uneven bar title with a score of 28.550 using a routine that included a tucked full twisting double back dismount. Her highest score of the day was on vault, where she posted a 29.200 combined two-day total for her Yurchenko double full.

McKayla Maroney of Laguna Niguel, Calif./All Olympia, finished third in the all-around with a score of 113.250, claiming the vault title with her Yurchenko two-and-a-half twist that scored the highest score of the event, 32.00.

Rounding out the top six in the all-around were Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Excalibur Gymnastics, in fourth (112.750); Madison Kocian of Dallas, Texas/WOGA, in fifth (112.100); and Sarah Finnegan of Lake Latawanna, Mo./GAGE in sixth (111.350).

Lexie Priessman of Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, took second on vault with a Yurchenko two-and-a-half twist scoring 31.200, while Ross was third with a 30.450.

McKenzie Wofford of McKinney, Texas/WOGA, finished second on bars with a 27.950 and Madison Kocian of Dallas, Texas/WOGA, took third with a 27.900. On beam, Douglas took second with a score of 28.550 for her routine, which included a standing full twist and a flip flop series into a double tuck dismount. Ericha Fassbender of Katy, Texas/Stars, took third on beam with a 28.450.

Sarah Finnegan of Lake Latawanna, Mo./GAGE grabbed the floor title competing a double Arabian and a double wolf turn to score a 29.20. Sabrina Vega of Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic Gymnastics took second with a 28.90, and Ross was third with a 28.500.

Photos by John Cheng

2010 Visa Championships
XL Center
Hartford, CT
Aug. 14, 2010
Junior Women's Day 2 Final Results

Women's All-Around
1. Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 116.450
2. Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas, 114.300
3. McKayla Maroney, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 113.250
4. Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va., 112.750
5. Madison Kocian, Dallas, Texas, 112.100
6. Sarah Finnegan, Lake Latawanna, Mo., 111.350
7. Sabrina Vega, Carmel, N.Y., 110.600
8. McKenzie Wofford, McKinney, Texas, 110.300

Women's Vault
1. McKayla Maroney, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 32.000
2. Lexie Priessman, Cincinnati, Ohio, 31.200
3. Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 30.450
4. Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va., 29.950
5. Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., 29.850
6. Madison Kocian, Dallas, Texas, 29.300
7. Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas, 29.200
8. Mykayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz., 29.150

Women's Uneven Bars
1. Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas, 28.550
2. McKenzie Wofford, McKinney, Texas, 27.950
3. Madison Kocian, Dallas, Texas, 27.900
4. Mackenzie Brannan, Austin, Texas, 27.800
5. Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., 27.750
5. Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo., 27.750
7. Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 27.600
8. Mary Maxwell, Germantown, Tenn., 27.300

Women's Balance Beam
1. Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 29.900
2. Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va., 28.550
3. Ericha Fassbender, Katy, Texas, 28.450
4. Sarah Finnegan, Lake Latawanna, Mo., 28.400
5. Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas, 28.150
6. Kennedy Baker, Flower Mound, Texas, 27.900
7. McKayla Maroney, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 27.850
8. Lauren Marinez, Orlando, Fla., 27.700

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Sarah Finnegan, Lake Latawanna, Mo., 29.200
2. Sabrina Vega, Carmel, N.Y., 28.900
3. Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 28.500
4. Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas, 28.400
4. McKayla Maroney, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 28.400
6. Madison Kocian, Dallas, Texas, 28.000
7. Lexie Priessman, Cincinnati, Ohio, 27.750
8. Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va., 27.700
8. Mackenzie Brannan, Austin, Texas, 27.700


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