Gymnastics News Network
By Terri Laymon
Ragan Smith (Texas Dreams Gymnastics) leads the senior women’s all-around after Day 1 of the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships. Competition continues Sunday as the ladies battle for that all coveted top spot.
Smith earned a 57.400 total for the highest all-around score for the first night of women’s gymnastics. Riley McCusker (MG Elite) and Jordan Chiles (Naydenov Gymnastics) were second and third, scoring 56.100 and 55.850, respectively. Margzetta Frazier (Parkettes) sits in fourth place scoring a 55.400, while Trinity Thomas (Prestige Gymnastics) rounds out the top-five scoring a 55.300.
Smith is the favorite to win the national championships, with Olympic teammates Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez not competing at the P&G Championships this year.
Senior Competition Results – Day 1
Simone Biles did make an appearance for a television interview telling NBC Sports Network’s Andrea Joyce that she has returned to practice just two Fridays ago.
“I’m weak, but I’m coming back,” Biles giggled. “I’m just doing conditioning and basics right now.”
Since Biles is not competing, this means there will be a new national champion for the first time since 2012. Biles holds the previous four consecutive national titles. Smith is on her way to become that new champion this year as she dances her way through her new floor routine, which scored a 14.200 for a first place on floor exercise, so far. She also had the top score on the balance beam scoring a 14.500.
“The floor routine was really fun and I had a blast,” Smith said. “I loved smiling to the crowd and they were cheering for me so it built my energy.”
Jordan Chiles popped off a killer Amanar vault posting a 15.150. It was the highest score of the day.
McCusker, led the field on bars with a 14.550 just tailing Smith for the day. This was a huge accomplishment since she was just coming back from a ligament tear in her ankle and a growth-plate issue in her wrist.
“Let’s just say, I was on crutches and had a wrist cast at the same time,” said McCusker. “I feel like I’ve come a long way since then.” She was cleared to begin practicing and competing just two weeks prior.
At the junior level earlier in the day, Maile O’Keefe posted a 57.200 to lead the competition, while Emma Malabuyo followed closely behind with a 57.050.
Junior Competition Results – Day 1
Source: USA Gymnastics
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