CHEMNITZ, Germany, March 30, 2013 – Led by 2012 Olympic team gold-medalist Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, and Bailie Key of Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams, Team USA posted a 234.050 total to win the team competition at the Germany-Romania-USA tri-meet today in Chemnitz, Germany. Germany was second, 210.600, followed by Romania, 205.150, and a USA/Germany mixed team, 169.100. Ross posted a 59.300 to take the senior all-around title, while Key’s 58.000 total earned her the junior crown.
Ross posted scores of 15.200 on vault for her Yurchenko double full, a 15.450 on bars, a 14.600 on the balance beam and a 14.050 on the floor. Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/Bannon’s Gymnastix, and Peyton Ernst of Coppell, Texas/Texas Dreams, posted matching 58.000 all-around totals to tie for the silver medal in the senior division. Biles earned the highest score of the competition, a 15.900 on the vault. She received a 9.600 execution score for her Amanar (Yurchenko two-and-a-half) vault.
Maggie Nichols of Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twister, was fourth (56.450), followed by Brenna Dowell of Lenexa, Kan./Great American Gymnastics Express, in fifth (56.400), and Lexie Priessman of Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, in sixth (55.750).
On her way to the junior all-around title, Key earned scores of 14.900 (vault); 14.250 (bars); 14.700 (balance beam); and 14.150 (floor). Romania’s Andreea Munteanu finished with a 54.700, to claim the silver medal more than three points behind Key. Germany’s Tabe Alt rounded out the podium, scoring 53.950. The U.S.’s Amelia Hundley of Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, competed on the uneven bars.