- Women’s Event Finals: Junior | Senior
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STUTTGART, Germany, March 20, 2022 – Four U.S. gymnasts earned additional hardware Sunday as the women’s individual apparatus finals wrapped up the three-day DTB Pokal Team Challenge at Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Konnor McClain (Cross Lanes, W.Va./WOGA Gymnastics) and Tiana Sumanasekera (Pleasanton, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School) each picked up a gold and a silver, while Nola Matthews (Gilroy, Calif./Airborne Gymnastics Training Center) and Ella Kate Parker (West Monroe, La./Cincinnati Gymnastics) notched bronze.
McClain (14.033) edged Italy’s Martina Maggio (14.000) for the top spot on balance beam. Sanna Veerman of the Netherlands was third with a 12.600. On floor, Italy’s Angela Andreoli delivered the day’s high score with a 13.666 followed by McClain with a 13.300 and Australia’s Emily Whitehead with a 13.000. Fellow senior Matthews added bronze on uneven bars, posting a 13.700. Australia’s Romi Brown, who also scored a 13.700, came out ahead in the tie break to claim silver. Italy’s Giorgia Villa led the way with a 13.833.
In the junior division, Sumanasekera soared to the vault title with a 13.683 (14.033, 13.333). Australia’s Ruby Pass (13.250) and Spain’s Laia Font (12.883) rounded out the podium. Later, Pass (13.266) outpaced Sumanasekera (13.166) by a tenth of a point to claim the top spot on balance beam. Great Britain’s Tiegan Trafford was third with an 11.700. Parker represented the U.S. on floor exercise, earning bronze with a 12.266. She finished just behind Italy’s Chiara Barzasi (12.433) and Germany’s Meolie Jauch (12.333) who were one and two.