Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA)

Day 1 of the 2010 edition of the Visa Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, Connecticut resulted in some interesting events.

Rebecca Bross put together a hit meet, going 4-for-4 on day one to proclaim that she will be the next national champion.

For this blogger, the highlight of the day for Rebecca Bross was her spectacular Uneven Bars set, which helped her into the lead after Day 1.

UCLA standout Vanessa Zamarripa has not been given her vaulting dues. She performed two very clean vaults, a Double-twisting Yurchenko (5.8-difficulty) and followed that up with a STUCK Cheng (Yurchenko half-on, layout with 1.5 twists-off, 6.5-difficulty) to make a solid case for a spot on the World Championships team come October. Though her difficulty scores are lacking elsewhere in the gym (5.3 on Uneven Bars and 5.0 on both Balance Beam and Floor Exercise), she has the potential to increase her difficulty values and become a major player for the United States. VaZam, as she is affectionately known in the online gymnastics community, sits in 7th place after Day 1.

Vanessa Zamarripa’s Cheng Vault can be found on Gymnastike.

Mattie Larson of Los Angeles performed magnificently on Day 1 despite a major bobble on her side-somi in the first rotation on the Balance Beam. Her Floor Exercise set was exquisite. Her Vault was clean and nearly stuck. Her Uneven Bars were solid, tight, and cleanly executed. She could legitimately challenge for the national title and could very realistically be on the World Championships team come October.

After Day 1, Bross leads the All-Around (60.400) over Mattie Larson (58.200) and Alexandra Raisman (57.550).

Bross also leads on the Uneven Bars (15.150) over Mackenzie Caquatto (15.000) and Chelsea Davis (14.800), and on the Balance Beam (15.500) over Alicia Sacramone (14.850) and Alexandra Raisman (14.200).

Mattie Larson leads the Floor Exercise (15.000) over Rebecca Bross (14.750) and Alexandra Raisman (14.650).