Jordyn Wieber (Twistars)

This past weekend at the UIC Pavillion on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Junior Elite Jordyn Wieber (DeWitt, Michigan / Twistars) and Senior Elite Mattie Larson (Los Angeles, California / All Olympia) won their respective divisions of the CoverGirl Classic, the final qualifier for the 2010 Visa Championships, which are to be held the second weekend in August at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

Wieber took top honors in the junior division the All-Around, as well as the Vault, scoring 15.950 with her Yurchenko Layout with 2.5 twists (also known as an Amanar), and the Uneven Bars, scoring 14.850, with a routine that includes a Weiler Kip (reverse clear hip circle) and a very big Full-twisting Double Layout dismount.

Other winners for the Juniors include All-Around silver medallist Katelyn Ohashi (Plano, TX / WOGA) who won the Floor Exercise with a 14.750 and came in second on the Balance Beam, scoring a 15.050 with a routine that has a HUGE layout with a full twist. 2009 Junior National All-Around Champion Kyla Ross (Aliso Viejo, CA / Gym-Max) came in third in the All-Around and won the Balance Beam, scoring 15.250.

Mattie Larson (All Olympia)

Mattie Larson, who has been out of competition for more than a year due to injuries took top-honors in the senior division after rebounding from a fall on the Balance Beam. Larson also finished second on the Floor Exercise.

2008 Olympian and 3-time World Team member, Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, MA / Brestyan’s) made her comeback at the CoverGirl Classic and effectively showed the world that she is back for good and means business. Sacramone scored a 15.800 on the Vault with her Handspring Layout with 1.5 twists (Rudi) to win that apparatus. Sacramone also posted a 14.900 on the Balance Beam to become the champion on that apparatus, thus solidifying her place as a contender for the World Team come October.

The gold medal on the Floor Exercise went to Kytra Hunter (Frederick, MD / Hill’s), who scored a 14.650 en route to a sixth-place All-Around finish. Hunter’s Floor Exercise routine opens with an enormous Full-twisting Double Layout, followed immediately by a Piked Double-Arabian (also known as a DosSantos) and closes with a Tucked Double Arabian.

Full results for the Junior Sessions can be found here.

Full results for the Senior Session can be found here.

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Kayla Williams (Cincinnati)

2009 World Vault Champion and US National Team member, Kayla Williams (Huntington, WV / Cincinnati) has announced her retirement from elite-level competition due to injury. According to her coach Mary Lee Tracy, Williams tore the plantar fascia in one of her feet, and decided yesterday to end her run as an International Elite level gymnast.

Williams made a verbal commit to the University of Alabama earlier in the year, though she cannot officially sign with the Crimson Tide until November. Williams will continue to train and may compete at a few invitationals next season as a Level 10 before graduating and heading to Tuscaloosa.

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