Grace Williams wins 2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup
posted on 03/04/2011

Grace Williams with Nastia Liukin
© John Cheng

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 4, 2011 – Grace Williams of Linden, Mich., won the all-around title at the second annual Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup at the Jacksonville (Fla.) Veteran's Memorial Arena. Amelia Hundley of Hamilton, Ohio, and Rachel Spicer of Highland Village, Texas, finished second and third, respectively, in the 36-gymnast field that boasted competitors from 18 states across the country. Proceeds from the event go to the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation.

"I am very excited to get this opportunity to have the second annual Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup," said Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic all-around champion. "The first one was a great experience, but the second one kind of means more because everyone trusted and believed in us to continue this. It's an honor to have an event bear my name, and I really want to thank USA Gymnastics, Warner Bros, and GK Elite for helping make it possible."

Williams, who trains at Gedderts' Twistars USA, won the all-around with a total score of 38.525. She started the competition on vault with a Yurchenko one-and-a-half to score a 9.450. On the uneven bars she did a high Tkatchev and a tucked full-twisting double-back dismount to score a 9.650. On the balance beam she performed a difficult series of flip flop, layout, layout step-out to score a 9.700, which was the top score on this event. She finished the competition on floor exercise with her highest score of the day, 9.725, which also was the top score on this event. Her routine included a double Arabian mount and a double tuck dismount.

"It felt great to win," said Williams. "I just came into this competition to have fun and do my best. I didn't know I'd win anything. I'm just a little overwhelmed and taking it all in."

As far as her future goals, Williams said, "I hope to compete at the Visa Championships this summer."

Hundley of Cincinnati Gymnastics finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.150. Hundley's top score was on bars, where she competed a nice Yeager and Pak salto to score a 9.750, the event's top score. Hundley's other scores were 9.450 on vault, 9.300 on beam and 9.650 on floor.

Spicer of Metroplex Gymnastics finished third in the all-around with a score of 37.975. Her high score of the day was on bars, where her routine that included a tucked full-twisting double-back earned a 9.600. Spicer also scored a 9.40 on vault, a 9.425 on beam and a 9.550 on floor.

Alexandra McMurtry of Midlothian, Va./Richmond Olympiad Gymnastics, earned the top vault score of 9.800 for her Yurchenko layout full.

The 36 competitors were chosen for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup based on performances at the 17 invitationals that comprised the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series. Each invitational selected a minimum of two athletes from the respective Level 10/open fields. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is a partnership between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, USA Gymnastics and Liukin. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup and the accompanying Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series provide a unique competitive opportunity for the country's rising female gymnasts.

The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup participants received a Nastia Liukin-designed leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the AT&T American Cup and recognition during that event for the Cup's medalists; and both met and had their photo taken with Liukin. For more information, go to www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com.

Background information

  • Nastia Liukin. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Liukin's total of five medals tied the U.S. gymnastics record for most medals in one Olympic Games, held by Mary Lou Retton (1984) and Shannon Miller (1992). Liukin's medals are: gold – all-around; silver – team, balance beam and uneven bars; and bronze – floor exercise. Liukin is just the third U.S. woman to win the Olympic all-around crown. Liukin has graced many magazine covers and appeared on various shows, including Gossip Girl, Make It or Break It and the feature film, Stick It. She was also chosen as one of 2009's most influential women by MSN Lifestyle. Liukin is considering making a comeback for the 2012 London Olympics and would be coached by her father, Valeri, who has four Olympic medals from 1988 including two gold.

  • Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

  • Supergirl by Nastia. Supergirl by Nastia is the first-ever lifestyle merchandise line of its kind for girls available at a major retailer. Supergirl by Nastia features trend-right, affordable apparel that encourages a message of empowerment, creativity, strength, intelligence and independence—the symbolic attributes of the iconic Supergirl S-Shield. The collection, created for today's 8-12-year-old girls, is available exclusively at JCPenney.

  • DC Entertainment. DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, MAD Magazine, and Fables, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its superheroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing more than 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

  • AT&T American Cup. The 2011 AT&T American Cup, an all-around FIG World Cup event, is one of the most prestigious international invitationals. The list of former champions comprises some of the sport's best-known names, including Nastia Liukin, Bart Conner, Paul Hamm, Shawn Johnson, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton and Peter Vidmar. For more information, go to www.attamericancup.com.

2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup
Jacksonville, Fla.
March 4, 2011
Final results
All-around

1. Grace Williams, Linden, Mich., 38.525
2. Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio, 38.150
3. Rachel Spicer, Highland Village, Texas, 37.975
4. Kayla Williams, Huntington, W. Va., 37.900
5. Mykayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz., 37.675
6. Kassandra Lopez, Tucson, Ariz., 37.450
6. Alyssa Jackson, Belton, Mo., 37.450
8. Caitlin Mann, Tucson, Ariz., 37.425
8. Kiersten Wang, Monument, Colo., 37.425
10. Asi Peko, Henderson, Nev., 37.325
10. Georgia Dabritz, Newburyport, Mass., 37.325
12. Alina Cartwright, Naperville, Ill., 37.300
13. Mackenzie Brannan, Austin, Texas, 37.125
14. Megan Jimenez, Temecula, Calif., 37.075
15. Alexandra McMurtry, Midlothian, Va., 37.000
16. Annette Miele, Easton, Pa., 36.975
17. Michaela Woodford, Newberry, Fla., 36.925
18. Tory Wilson, Albuquerque, N.M., 36.825
19. Sachi Rose Sugiyama, Keller, Texas, 36.800
20. Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn., 36.775
21. Lisa Burt, Port Orange, Fla., 36.750
22. Maile'ana Kanewa, Duluth, Minn., 36.700
23. Stefani Catour, Phoenix, Ariz., 36.625
24. Ashley Lambert, Newport News, Va., 36.450
25. Kathryn Kluz, Wixom, Mich., 36.400
26. Alyssa Nocella, Gilbertsville, Pa., 36.325
27. Mary Kaitlyn Bailey, Kernersville, N.C., 36.200
28. Rebecca Tutka, Upper Black Eddy, Pa., 36.150
29. Mary Jane Horth, Akron, Ohio, 36.100
30. Kaitlyn Hall, Kansas City, Mo., 35.550
31. Brittney Sooksengdao, USA, 35.525
32. Miya Dotson, Northville, Mich., 35.050
33. Kelsey Lawless, Lyndhurst, Ohio, 34.550
34. Jennie Laeng, West Middlesex, Pa., 34.325
35. Jordan Naleway, Vernon Hills, Ill., 34.050
36. Lauren Marinez, Orlando, Fla., 26.300