Pacific Rim teams announced!

After the two-day verification competition in Spring, Texas, USA Gymnastics has finally announced the team that will travel to Medellin, Colombia, and compete in the 2018 Pacific Rims Championships April 27-29

The seniors that will represent team USA, are: Grace McCallum, Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twister, Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, and Margzetta Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes(who is an alternate).

The juniors that will represent team USA are: Sunisa Lee, St. Paul, Minn./Midwest Gym Center. Kayla DiCello, Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, Jordan Bowers, Lincoln, Nebraska/Solid Rock Gymnastics, and JaFree Scott, Independence, Mo./GAGE (who is an alternate).

In the team final, all six gymnasts can compete, only taking the top five scores to count towards the final team score. Additionally, the top four scores will be added together as the team total. There will also be awards for individual all-around and event finals for both the junior and senior groups.

I think this competition will be great to watch. There are a lot of talented gymnasts that made the senior and junior teams. There should be a lot of good international competition as well, therefor it will be interesting to see how team USA does against the other international teams.



Pacific Rim Team to be announced soon!!

  SA Gymnastics announced that they will host a two-day verification event on April 7-8 to name the team that will travel to Medellin, Colombia, and compete in the 2018 Pacific Rims Championships April 27-29.

The event will happen at the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas. Additionally, there will be live streaming and it will be provided by USAG on April 7 at 6:30 PM ET and April 8 at 11 AM ET. The team will be announced to the public around 2 PM ET after the competition is completed.

  For this competition, there are a lot of competitors from around the nation. Some of these gymnasts include Shania Adams, Plain City, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, senior, Sydney Barros, Woodstock, Ga./Texas Dreams, junior, Jordan Bowers, Lincoln, Nev./Solid Rock Gymnastics, junior, Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, senior, Kayla DiCello, Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, junior, Olivia Dunne, Hillsdale, N.J./ENA Paramus, senior, Kara Eaker, Grain Valley, Mo./GAGE, senior, Margzetta Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes, senior, Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, senior, Maile O’Keefe, Las Vegas, Nev./Salcianu Elite Academy, senior, and Tori Tatum, Chanhassen, Minn./Twin City Twisters, junior.

The final team will consist of six athletes (no more than three seniors). In the team final, all six gymnasts can compete with five designated to count toward the team score, and the top four scores will be added together as the team total. There will also be awards for individual all-around and event finals for both juniors and seniors.



LSU gymnast out for the season

Image result for mckenna kelleyUnfortunately, there has been some sad news that was announced from the LUS gymnastics team. One of the team’s juniors, McKenna Kelley, ruptured her achilles tendon during one of the team’s practices.

Kelley shared her news on her Instagram account, writing a touching message out to her family, friends, and fans. By the looks of what she wrote she seems to be confident in her comeback…” Tiger fans, I promise you I will work my tail off to be the best person, student, and athlete for this school”. The amount of confidence Kelley has with her right now is exactly what she needs to help get her back to her full capabilities.

Kelley earned first team-All American and All-SEC honors last season, helping LSU accomplish a record breaking season. This year she was predicted to continue helping her team by being apart of the floor line-up as well as the vault line-up. Due to the circumstances now, she is likely to redshirt this year and return as a red shirt junior next year.

I think it will be interesting to see how the team handles this big loss. Kelley played a very important role in the team’s floor line up, always being able to perform well enough so that her score contributed to the teams over all score. It will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate and takes Kelley’s spot. I personally believe the team will be able to come up with someone that can replace Kelley due to the fact that the team looks very strong this year.

As for Kelley as an individual, I personally believe she will be able to come back from her injury in no time. It was said that she got her surgery almost immediately after she hurt herself. This is good news to hear because the faster you get surgery for a major injury, the faster it can heal. What do you guys think of Kelley’s injury? Do you think she’ll be able to bounce back from her injury as well?