2022 U.S. Championships | Junior WAG Day 1 Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for the first day of junior women’s competition at the 2022 U.S. Championships, held in Tampa, Florida!

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3:31 pm. Day 1 Standings

1. Madray Johnson 53.550
2. Jayla Hang 53.000
3. Alicia Zhou 52.450
4. Audrey Snyder 51.450
5. Dulcy Caylor 51.400
6. Zoey Molomo 51.350
7. Tiana Sumanasekera 51.250
– Hezly Rivera 51.250

3:30 pm. Gabriella Van Frayen BB: Wasn’t typing during this, it’s her only routine today, looked good on everything I saw. Step back on the double full. 12.700

3:27 pm. Jayla Hang BB: Watching a replay of this! Switch to switch half to back tuck. Hit a wolf turn as well. Standing loso loso. Side aerial, a little slow to the split jump to wolf jump. Double tuck with a good landing. 13.550!

3:26 pm. Kieryn Finnell BB: Caught it from the side aerial, medium check. Switch side was nice and airy. Full turn. Double pike with a lunge back. 12.450

3:25 pm. Zoey Molomo FX: Big Popa to start. Piked full-in, some leg separation with a little unsteady bounce OOB. Full Y turn. Double pike with a bounce back, leg up. Switch leap to tour jeté half. Front full with a hop forward. Double wolf turn, bends her knee slightly. Great landing on the double tuck at the end. 12.250

3:23 pm. Simone Rose BB: Super aggressive on the bhs bhs loso, great landing. Lovely side aerial, looked textbook almost. Front aerial with a little check. 2.5 with a step to the side. 12.900

Hezly Rivera UB: 13.250

3:21 pm. Norah Christian FX: Full-in to start, small hop. Hit the second pass and a good double tuck to finish. 12.500

Claire Pease UB: 12.250

Myli Lew BB: 12.900

3:19 pm. They’re replaying Sage Bradford’s bars, which we’ve already seen, while Hezly Rivera is going live. Make it make sense!

3:17 pm. Tiana Sumanasekera FX: Strong double layout. Clean double tuck, solid landing. Clean leap pass before the 1.5 to front layout, stuck. Switch half. Deep landing on the double pike, hop back. 13.550

Jayla Hang BB: They didn’t show this but she went 13.550 (5.5, 8.050)!

3:16 pm. Madray Johnson: Beautiful stalder full to Maloney to Pak, leg separation there, Van Leeuwen, toe half to straddle Jaeger, nice air on that, full-in with some leg form and a slight step forward. 13.650!

Gabrielle Hardie BB: Only showed the 1.5 dismount. 12.450

3:15 pm. Dulcy Caylor FX: Caught it from the Memmel turn. Had a funny wobble before running into her 2.5, little stumble there. Double tuck with a slight bounce back. 12.650

Ella Kate Parker UB: Ricna, Pak with legs apart, toe full a little late, toe shoot a bit close, toe half to front giant, legs apart, double layout, legs apart and a hop. She was VERY loose throughout this routine but looks really happy to just be here and free of MLT honestly. 11.500

3:14 pm. Alicia Zhou VT: Yurchenko full, big hop back, but clean in the air. 13.450

Nicole Desmond VT: Yurchenko full, lunge back with her heel maybe OOB. 12.900

3:13 pm. Izzy Stassi BB: Front aerial had great amplitude, hit the flight series, goes for a switch half but misses it entirely, ends up looking like a half turn to beat jump hehe, must have stumbled into it. Hit the jump series after. Punch front. 2.5 with a big step forward. 12.250

Malea Milton VT: Yurchenko 1.5, hop forward, but nice in the air. 13.700!

3:11 pm. Michelle Pineda FX: Strong triple full to start! Memmel turn. 1.5 to front layout with a hop forward. Double pike, bounce with her leg up. 2.5 with a step at the end. Solid routine overall. 12.050

3:10 pm. Sage Bradford UB: Maloney to clear hip, bends her elbows before going into the Tkachev, Pak with leg separation, toe-on to van Leeuwen, some ankle form, blind change, ankles apart, to front half, blind full is a bit late, double tuck clean with a bounce. 11.800

Christiane Popovich VT: Ooh, really strong Yurchenko double! 13.950

She did a Yurchenko 1.5 before that, which it looks like she missed, just a 12.000 there.

3:09 pm. Avery King UB: Toe full, some hip form throughout. Maloney to stalder to Tkachev, a little slow throughout that series, Pak with some leg separation, van Leeuwen with some leg form, a little short in the handstand before the blind change to front giant half, clean double tuck with a small hop. 11.800

Audrey Snyder VT: Yurchenko full, looked really nice. 13.100

3:07 pm. Payton Chandler FX: Double pike with a hop back. Switch leap to tour jeté half, little hop back. Rudi with a little bounce. Little arabesque into a little waltz. Does it again before her double spin. Double tuck with a huge bounce back at the end. 12.150

Kelise Woolford VT: Yurchenko full, 13.050

3:05 pm. Wrapping up the touch for the final rotation!

3:00 pm. Rotation 3 Rankings

1. Madray Johnson 39.900
2. Jayla Hang 39.450
3. Zoey Molomo 39.100
– Ella Murphy 39.100
5. Alicia Zhou 39.000
6. Dulcy Caylor 38.750
– Gabrielle Hardie 38.750
8. Kieryn Finnell 38.700

2:57 pm. Norah Christian BB: Stream was wonky for a second at the beginning, hit a sissone to split jump almost directly connected to the bhs loso (tbh I’d give it the connection) but unfortunately she’s a little off, and falls. Punch front tuck to straddle jump. Switch to switch half, a little short, to back tuck.

2:55 pm. Alicia Zhou FX: Hit the opening pass, a double pike. Good 1.5 to front full, step forward. Double tuck. 12.650

Myli Lew UB: Ugh, didn’t see this, but looked like a miss. Just a 10.750 (5.3, 5.450)

2:53 pm. Tiana Sumanasekera BB: Front aerial to split jump to sissone, Alicia clapped. She’s like, I too hate bars, we are friends. Oh no, missed a foot on the second bhs in the series and didn’t get the height she needed into the layout, hands down! Switch ring. Side aerial. Bobble on the switch half. Hit the rest, hop back on the double…pike? Tuck? I already forgot? dismount. 12.600

2:51 pm. Malea Milton FX: Double layout with a hop back. Apparently her twin, Annalisa, was in a boot and that’s why she’s not competing. Sad, I enjoy her! 2.5 to front layout, some arch in that. Switch half. Good routine! 12.800

Gabrielle Hardie UB: I missed this but it scored pretty well! Very clean double pike, hop back. L hop full to tour jeté half.

2:50 pm. Dulcy Caylor BB: Bhs loso loso is super solid. Switch leap to sissone. Front aerial with a slight check. Split jump is short, to back tuck, side aerial, full wolf turn, double full with a hop back. 12.700

2:48 pm. Christiane Popovich FX: Double tuck, hit the second pass and then a 2.5 with a step. That routine flew by but everything was done well! 12.350

2:46 pm. Michelle Pineda BB: Bhs loso loso, front aerial to split jump to Korbut, switch (low back leg) to sissone, Onodi with a little check, double full dismount. 13.150

Some WOGA vault scores I haven’t yet shared…

Sage Bradford VT: Yurchenko full with a step back. 13.050

Ella Kate Parker VT: Yurchenko full, a little piked down with a step back. 12.700

Madray Johnson VT: Yurchenko 1.5, 13.800

Claire Pease VT: Yurchenko double, 13.650

2:44 pm. Audrey Snyder FX: Piked full-in, a little short on the landing with a bounce. Clean 1.5 to front full, little bounce to the side. She is giving such Livvy vibes. Oh lord, fell – like literally fell – on her Memmel turn, looked like her foot slipped, hands hit the mat. Double tuck with a bounce at the end. 11.850

2:43 pm. Lacie Saltzmann BB: Had a good wolf turn then front front tuck series, great landing. Front aerial to split jump to straddle jump, a little short on the latter. Hit the rest, including a double tuck with a step back. 13.100!

2:41 pm. Kelise Woolford FX: Had a kind of iffy second pass I think it was….front layout to front pike maybe? Looked like front pike to front pike. Hit the pass at the end.

Jayla Hang UB: Stalder to Ricna, big Pak, short handstand before the toe-on to Ray, good handstand before the toe full, little adjustments, double layout with legs apart and a step forward. 12.850

2:40 pm. Avery King VT: Think she did a Yurchenko 1.5, my stream froze for a sec. Looked like a step forward and a little unsteady on the landing. Step to the side OOB. 13.500

2:38 pm. Zoey Molomo BB: Hit her mount, sissone to split jump, side aerial loso, good. Double wolf turn. Switch leap. Back tuck. Front aerial. Hit the dismount, I think it was a 1.5, hop forward. 12.950

Izzy Stassi UB: Maloney to clear hip to Ray to Pak, nice! Some leg separation on the latter. Van Leeuwen, some leg separation, blind full, double layout came off a little low, small hop.

Hezly Rivera VT: Only did the Yurchenko full today. Hop back. 13.150

2:36 pm. Nicole Desmond FX: Missed her run on the first attempt for her first pass, took a step back, and did it again, nice to see that quick-time correction. Good full-in to start. Double layout, some leg separation and a good landing. Switch full. Switch ring to tour jeté half. Double wolf turn, I think a little shy of full rotation in the second spin. Maybe half. Front tuck through to double tuck, a little deep and forward with a step. 12.050

2:35 pm. Touch should be wrapping up for rotation three!

2:30 pm. Rotation 2 Standings

1. Jayla Hang 26.600
2. Audrey Snyder 26.500
3. Izzy Stassi 26.450
4. Alicia Zhou 26.350
5. Kieryn Finnell 26.200

2:26 pm. Ella Kate Parker FX: Little town, it’s a quiet village music. I don’t know the anme of this song. Bonjour? Hello? The opening Beauty and the Beast song. Piked full-in with some leg separation and a step back OOB. Triple full, nice, step back. 2.5 to front tuck with a step forward OOB. Split ring leap, back knee is slightly low. Double pike with some leg separation and a step back. 12.200

2:25 pm. Malea Milton BB: Front pike mount, hit her jump series, front aerial, bhs loso loso is pretty good, okay, my stream weirdly sped up super fast and then slowed down just for her double full dismount lol. Everything I saw was hit.

2:22 pm. Audrey Snyder BB: Excellent triple flight series. Side aerial clean as well. Lovely front aerial to split jump (toe point!) to straddle jump. Switch to sissone. Great landing on the double tuck. 13.250!

2:20 pm. Christiane Popovich BB: Really short on her leap series. Hit a side aerial. Split jump to straddle jump into I think a back pike? 11.900

Avery King FX: Just saw her last pass, had a deep landing on the double tuck. 12.600

Michelle Pineda UB: Only showed the dismount, a double pike. 11.750

2:19 pm. Zoey Molomo UB: Toe full, Maloney with great lift, to Pak, clean. Van Leeuwen, legs go In a full straddle there, idk how she controlled it back! Hit the straddle Jaeger, some form, blind change to L grip into the double front. 12.350

2:18 pm. Payton Chandler UB: Toe-on to toe full, ended really late, to stalder to Chow to Pak, clean, Ray to high caught super close, muscles out of it, blind change to front giant half, double tuck with a bounce in place. 11.550

2:17 pm. Ella Murphy FX: Full-in with a great landing. Front handspring front full, stuck. Nice! Clean stuck double tuck. Okay, queen!  12.850 (one of the only non-vault routines to break an 8 E so far today, 8.050!)

2:16 pm. Lacie Saltzmann UB: Maloney to bail to stalder to toe-on to Ray, caught a little close. Blind full, blind change to front giant to straddle Jaeger, slow and deliberate handstand with the turn back to regular grip, and she hit the dismount. Very nice work. 12.450

2:15 pm. Jayla Hang VT: Yurchenko double, really nice!! Lovely in the air and an excellent landing as well. 14.250!

2:14 pm. Hezly Rivera FX: Only saw the front tuck through to double tuck, step back there. 12.600

2:12 pm. Kelise Woolford BB: Hit the double wolf turn, solid bhs loso, front aerial, good jump series, switch to switch half, low split and a wobble there, wobble on the standing back tuck. You can see Chellsie and Alicia in the background and they just clapped when she fought the wobble on the tuck, heartwarming. Double full dismount was good. 12.500

2:11 pm. Norah Christian UB: Nice handstand before the Maloney to Pak, very clean, to stalder to van Leeuwen, lots of leg form there and her rotation is a bit off. Blind change to piked Jaeger, looked high and close, couldn’t muscle into the handstand after and has to cast back up, blind full, some leg separation and a bit late and she pings off of the bar a bit early for the double layout, some form issues but lands it. 10.600

2:10 pm. Claire Pease FX: Another floor routine we’re jumping into halfway through. Had a double pike with a lunge back at the end. 12.750

2:09 pm. Nicole Desmond BB: I missed the beginning, caught the side aerial, switch leap, nice amplitude there. Bhs loso loso looked super confident but she’s just a little off at the end and falls. Split jump to wolf jump. Front aerial. Double tuck with a lunge back. 11.250

Izzy Stassi VT: Yurchenko full, mostly clean, hop back. 13.000

2:07 pm. Alicia Zhou BB: Sissone to split jump, solid bhs loso, switch half, a little short in the split. Full turn. Tiniest check on the side aerial. Switch leap. Had another aerial in there. Double full with a hop back. 12.600

Myli Lew VT: Yurchenko full, piked down at the end, small sep. 13.100

Kieryn Finnell VT: Yurchenko full, lunge back. 13.350

2:05 pm. Madray Johnson FX: Double pike was clean with a step to the side. Nice leap series, switch ring to switch half. 1.5 to front full with a step forward, does it gracefully into an arabesque kind of. Tour jeté half. Double tuck with a step to the side. 12.800

2:04 pm. Touch just about wrapping up!

1:58 pm. Rotation 1 Standings

1. Tiana Sumanasekera 14.150
2. Zoey Molomo 13.800
3. Alicia Zhou 13.750
4. Dulcy Caylor 13.550
5. Madray Johnson 13.300

1:55 pm. Avery King BB: Wasn’t typing during this one but another good routine from what I saw! Though I jumped in late. I think all SEVEN WOGA gymnasts hit beam?! Oh, her score just came up as 11.350, so maybe she didn’t hit.

1:53 pm. Ella Murphy BB: Switch to switch half, short in the split. Bhs loso loso goes right to the end of the beam. Front aerial, split ring jump, some form on the latter. Clean side aerial to jump series. Full turn. Double full with a hop back.

1:52 pm. Zoey Molomo VT: Really solid landing on the Yurchenko 1.5! 13.800

1:49 pm. Hezly Rivera BB: Solid flight series. Switch leap to switch half with a big wobble, leg up. Front aerial with a slight bobble. Switch ring, little adjustment there. 2.5 was slightly underrotated but not enough to downgrade, small step. 12.250

Izzy Stassi FX: Only saw the 2.5 at the end.

1:48 pm. Christiane Popovich UB: What I saw of this was good! Full-twisting double layout had a good landing.

1:46 pm. Kieryn Finnell FX: Jumped into this right before I think the second pass, a 1.5 to front layout. Double pike at the end with some leg separation and a hop back. Love this routine! 12.850

1:45 pm. Claire Pease BB: Beautiful triple flight series, landed so well. Front aerial to straddle jump to back handspring. Side aerial. Switch leap. Onodi. Split jump is pretty short but the sissone is lovely. Full turn with a medium-sized check. Double tuck, tries to fight for the stick a little but takes a step back.

1:44 pm. Norah Christian VT: Went for a Yurchenko double but didn’t get the block and was still finishing the second twist when she was close to sitting already, unfortunately a fall.

1:42 pm. Myli Lew FX: 1.5 to front full, sat it. Switch to tour jeté half. Double full at the end. I think we jumped into this routine right before her second pass. 11.000

1:41 pm. Madray Johnson BB: Hit her flight series, a very nice Onodi, side aerial with a little adjustment, front aerial to split jump to Kochetkova, god I love her. She’s doing all of my favorite skills. Switch to switch half, a little short in the split on the latter and she bobbles there. Full turn. Great double tuck, step to the side.

Tiana Sumanasekera VT: Yurchenko double, didn’t see it, but 14.150! Just got a replay, it was big and gorgeous!

1:40 pm. Ella Kate Parker BB: Side aerial to layout stepout was solid. Front aerial, missed connection to the split jump to sissone. Switch to switch half. Almost stuck the double full with her feet apart, had to take a step back in the end, but very nice routine. 12.350

Dulcy Caylor VT: Didn’t see this one but assume a Yurchenko double, she got a 13.550. Going back to a replay now, she twisted SO fast. Bit of a weak landing but nothing terrible.

1:39 pm. Gabrielle Hardie FX: Jumped into this halfway through. Double tuck was pretty clean, with a little hop back. Oh, that’s it from this one. 12.550

Nicole Desmond UB: The FlipNow people need to figure out how to show a routine from the beginning, not jump from the middle of one routine to the middle of another routine!!! Didn’t see much of this, just the double pike dismount. 11.500

1:38 pm. Sage Bradford BB: Hit her triple flight series well. Slight check on the front aerial. Split jump to sissone. Full turn. Side aerial with a step back. Switch leap. 1.5 with a big lunge forward.

1:37 pm. Alicia Zhou UB: Stalder full to Maloney to Pak, very pretty, to toe-on to van Leeuwen, some leg separation there, stalder half, slight ankle separation, to a nice straddle Jaeger, stuck full-in! 13.750

1:36 pm. Malea Milton UB: Toe full, maybe a little late, Maloney, doesn’t connect to the toe-on, but she connects that to the Pak, some leg form and foot form. Toe shoot back up, toe half to straddle Jaeger, a little close. Great double layout! Stuck the landing. 12.350

Michelle Pineda VT: I jumped into this very quickly, think she did a Yurchenko full with a hop back. 12.900

1:34 pm. Jayla Hang FX: Step back on the tucked full-in. Popa. Double pike, clean in the air, bounce back. Pretty leap series. Front layout full with a big kind of leap forward out of it. Double wolf turn. Double tuck is clean with a lunge back. Good start! 12.350

Maybe the start lists are off or Van Frayen and Rose aren’t doing floor? The start lists are showing her going third. But they’ve been off before this year so who knows.

1:31 pm. VT – Pineda, Caylor, Sumanasekera, Christian, Molomo, Saltzmann, Chandler

UB – Milton, Zhou, Desmond, Woolford, Snyder, Popovich

BB – Bradford, Parker, Johnson, Pease, Rivera, Murphy, King

FX – Van Frayen, Rose, Hang, Hardie, Lew, Finnell, Stassi

Ooh, that floor rotation is going to be a PRETTY one!

1:30 pm. Touch warmups are underway for the first rotation!

1:24 pm. Athletes are being introduced now. I’m in the middle of an ocular migraine so watching routines will be really entertaining!