Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kai Rivers and Carly Bauman win 2017 Nastia Liukin Cup

Kai Rivers won the senior all around title. Photograph: YouTube

The 2017 Nastia Liukin Cup took place on 4 March at the Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey, USA.

Senior competition

Kai Rivers, from Twistars gymnastics, is the 2017 Nastia Liukin Cup senior champion. Rivers totalled an all around score of 38.650 to knock the gold medal. Rivers posted the highest score of the day on floor (9.825) and scored 9.750 on vault, 9.525 on bars and 9.550 on beam.


Second was the 2016 Nastia Liukin Cup champion, Rachael Lukacs, from the North Stars Gymnastics Academy, with a 38.525. Lukacs tied for first place on vault with a 9.825 for a huge double-twisting Yurchenko. She also scored a 9.250 on bars, a 9.600 on beam and a 9.775 on floor. Kukacs was second both on beam (tied) and floor.


Third was the gorgeous Andrea Li, from Legacy Elite Gymnastics, who was the 2016 junior champion. Li scored a total of 38.425. Li posted the highest scores of the night on beam (9.675) and bars (9.575-tied). She also scored a 9.625 on floor and a 9.550 on vault.


Rachael Flam, from Stars Gymnastics Training Center-Houston, tied with Rachael Lucaks for first place on vault (9.825). Third on vault was Lynnzee Brown, from Great American Gymnastics Express (9.800).

Laura A Brenner, from Metroplex Gymnastics, tied for first place on bars with Andrea Li (9.575). Anastasia Webb, from Illinois Gymnastics Institute Inc., was third (9.550).

Behind Andrea Li on beam, Rachael Lucaks and Abby Heiskell, from Southeastern Gymnastics Center, tied for second (9.600).

Third on floor, behind Kai Rivers and Rachael Lucaks, was Rachael Flam (9.750).


Junior competition

Carly Bauman, from Chow’s Gymnastics, won the all around title, with a total score of 38.425. Bauman also won the vault and bars titles (9.525 and 9.700 respectively) and was fifth on beam and floor (9.575 and 9.625).


Second was Rose Casali, from Southeastern Gymnastics Center, with a score of 38.075. Casali was second on beam (9.675) and tied for third on floor (9.650), and also scored a 9.425 on vault and a 9.325 on bars.


Third was Lali Dekanoidze, also from Southeastern Gymnastics Center, with a score of 37.825. Dekanoidze was second on bars (9.400), and also scored a 9.275 on vault, a 9.600 on beam (fourth) and a 9.550 on floor.


Colbi Flory, from Texas Dreams, and Quinn Smith, from Arizona Sunrays, tied for second on vault, behind Carly Bauman, with two 9.475s.

Third on bars, behind Carly Bauman and Lali Dekanoidze, was fourth-place finisher in the all around Gabbie Gallentine, from Everest Gymnastics, with a 9.375.

Beam was won by Lillian Lippeatt, from Cincinnati Gymnastics, with a 9.750. Second was Rose Casali and third was Colbi Flory (9.625).

Colbi Flory also won floor (9.675), tied with Lillian Lippeatt, while Rose Casali and Sophia Groth, also from Chow’s Gymnastics, tied for third (9.650).

Colbi Flory had an impressive meet. The only reason why she did not feature in the all around podium is that she had a weak bars routine (8.600).


By Talitha Ilacqua
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