JESOLO, Italy, April 1, 2017 – Led by all-around victories from Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite and Gabby Perea of Geneva, Ill./Legacy Elite, the U.S. women won the senior and junior team titles today at the Jesolo (Italy) Trophy. In addition, Team USA swept the junior all-around podium.
The U.S. tallied 167.950 ahead of Brazil (164.650) and Russia (164.600). McCusker posted a 56.600 in the all-around to take the title. Brazil’s Rebecca Andrade was second (56.000), and Abby Paulson of Coon Rapids, Minn./Twin City Twisters, won the bronze with a 55.800. Victoria Nguyen of West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics was seventh in the all-around with a 54.550 and Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State, finished in tenth place, totaling 53.900. 2016 Olympic team alternate Ashton Locklear of Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, also competed as part of the U.S. team that won the gold medal.
Paulson, Alyona Shchennikova of Evergreen, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, and Trinity Thomas of York, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, competed on a second U.S. squad, which posted a 163.400 for fourth place. Shchennikova’s 54.500 was eighth place in the all-around, while Thomas recorded a 15th place finish with her 53.100.
Nguyen posted the top mark on the beam for the U.S. with a 14.250, performing a back handspring to two layouts series and an aerial cartwheel to back tuck. She dismounted with a two-and-a-half twist. The U.S. posted a 42.450 with McCusker adding a 14.200 and Locklear a 14.000.
On floor, Hurd earned 13.200 after opening with a tucked double-double. The U.S. scored 38.800 counting scores of 12.850 and 12.750 from Nguyen and McCusker, respectively.
All three U.S. women vaulted clean Yurchenko double twists. The team scored 43.500 behind a 14.700 from Hurd, a 14.600 for McCusker and Nguyen’s 14.200.
The U.S. closed strong on the bars behind a 15.050 from McCusker. Her routine included a stalder to piked Tkatchev and a stalder Tkatchev to Pak salto. Locklear added a 14.750 and Hurd’s 13.400 gave the USA a 43.200 total on the event.
With a 171.850, Team USA easily won the junior team title ahead of Italy (157.900) and Russia (156.500). In addition, U.S. juniors swept the top four spots in the all-around with Perea (57.550), Maile O’Keefe of Las Vegas/Salcianu (57.300), Emma Malabuyo of Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams (56.700), and Adeline Kenlin of Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa GymNest (55.900), going 1-2-3-4. Olivia Dunne of Hillsdale, N.J./ENA Paramus, finished sixth with a 53.500.
In the junior competition, the U.S. team started on the balance beam with four solid routines, including Perea’s 14.650 where she connected a standing full into a split leap and dismounted with a two-and-a-half twist. O’Keefe added a 14.500 and Kenlin a 14.150. They totaled 43.300.
On the floor exercise, Malabuyo led the way, posting a 13.950 with a routine that included a full-in mount, a front double full punch front, and a double pike dismount. O’Keefe was solid with a 13.600, and Perea posted a 13.300, giving the U.S. a 40.850 on the event.
All four U.S. vaulters performed double-twisting Yurchenkos with Malabuyo earning the top mark for the team at 14.650. O’Keefe and Perea rounded out the team score with matching 14.550 scores. On vault, the U.S. posted a 43.750.
In the final rotation, Perea posted a massive 15.050, the highest score of the day on any event, on the uneven bars, performing a toe-on Shaposhnikova to stalder Tkatchev, Pak salto sequence to open and a clean double layout to close. O’Keefe earned a 14.650 while Kenlin added a 14.250 to the U.S.’s 43.950 score.
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