Over the past few months, we at Chalk Warrior have been analyzing stats to bring you the programs of the year nominees. This year, Chalk Warrior will be awarding programs in four different categories: TOPs, Hopes, JO, and Elite. Below are the clubs for each category.
TOPs Program of the Year Nominees
Airborne Gymnastics – Santa Clara, CA
Airborne had a great year of TOPs with four gymnasts make the 2018 TOPs National A team with one gymnast making the B team.
Chelsea Piers – New York, NY
Located in the Big Apple, Chelsea Piers had one gymnast on the 2018 TOPs National Diamond Team, three gymnasts make the A Team, and one gymnast make the A team.
First State – Newark, DE
First State is another club that had a strong TOPs season with two gymnasts making the TOPs A Team and two making the B Team.
Hill’s Gymnastics – Gaithersburg, MD
In 2018, Hill’s produced a strong TOPs program with two National Diamond Team members, three A Team members, and four B Team members.
Pearland Elite – Pearland, TX
Last but not least, Pearland Elite had an excellent year, producing one Diamond Team member, one A Team member, and three B Team members.
Hopes Program of the Year Nominees
Flips – White Bear Lake, MN
Flips gymnastics had two gymnasts at the 2018 Hopes Championships, Lily Pederson and Ella Zirbes. Pederson finished fourth all around with a bronze on beam in the 12-13 division. Also in the 12-13 division, teammate Zirbes came home with a gold medal on floor. At the Hopes Classic, Pederson and Zirbes finished 2-3 in the all around, respectively.
Metroplex – Allen, TX
Metroplex Gymnastics sent three gymnasts to the 2018 Hopes Championships all in the 10-11 division, Michelle Pineda who finished fourth all around and third on vault, Zoey Molomo who won the vault title, and Kaitlynd Kastl. Metroplex also had a great showing at the Hopes Classic where Molomo won the vault title and took third on floor.
NE Texas Elite – Texarkana, TX
Two NE Elite Gymnastics, Joscelyn Roberson in the 12-13 division and Ella Kate Parker in the 10-11 division, competed at both the 2018 Hopes Classic and Hopes Championships. At the Hopes Classic, Roberson earned a silver medal on beam.
San Mateo – Belmont, CA
Both in the 10-11 division, San Mateo had two gymnasts at the 2018 Hopes Classic and Championships: Myli Lew and Tiana Sumanasekera. At the Classic, Lew won the beam and floor titles and took home the silver in the all around. Teammate Sumanasekera earned the bronze on vault. Both advanced to the Hopes Championships where Lew won the bars title, placed second on floor, and third all around.
World Class – Newport News, VA
World Class Gymnastics had three gymnasts qualify Hopes during the 2018 season and on to the Hopes Classic. At the Hopes Classic in the 12-13 division, Jamie Wright took second on floor. Jamison Sears tied for third all around with Jaelah Warner winning the vault title. Both Sears and Warner advanced to the Hopes Championships where Warner and Sears tied for second on vault.
JO Program of the Year Nominees
All American – Lindon, UT
A Region 1 and national stand-out club, All American Gymnastics. At the Region 1 Championships, All American posted the third highest level 10 team score with Sage Thompson winning a level 10 all around title. At the JO National Championships, All American had five athletes compete and Karley McClain won the all around title.
Chow’s – West Des Moines, IA
Chow’s Gymnastics had a fantastic year, winning the Iowa State Championships at levels 6 through 10. Chow’s also had eight Region 4 all around champions, sent 100% of its level 10s to JO Nationals, and 6/7 level 9s to Westerns. The team had much success at these competitions as well with Alexa Ebeling winning the Sr 4 all around title at Westerns, and Carly Bauman tying for the JO National Sr A all around title.
La Fleur’s – Tampa, FL
It’s not easy to qualify all of your level 10s to JO Nationals, but that’s exactly what La Fleur’s did. La Fleur’s won the Flordia State Championships Level 10 team title. La Fleur’s went on to do well at the Region 8 Championships and then went on to the JO National Championships where Julianne Fehring won the floor title and placed second on vault and bars.
Legacy Elite – Carol Stream, IL
With an immense amount of accomplishments at all levels, it’s no wonder why Legacy Elite is a nominee for the 2018 JO Program of the Year. At the Illinois State Championships, Legacy Elite took home the level 7, 9, and 10 team titles. Legacy Elite then moved on to the Region 5 Championships where they earned 15 individual all around titles levels 7-10. At the JO National Championships, Legacy Elite had two all around champions: Andrea Li and Faith Torrez as well as all around silver medalist Ella Cesario. Success was also seen at the Level 9 Eastern Championships with Mia Figola and Maleah Crowley winning the all around title, Alyssa Taylor placing second, and Samantha Macasu placing third.
Metroplex – Allen, TX
Not only did Metroplex have success at the Hopes level, but at the JO level too! At the Texas State Championships, Metroplex had the highest level 10 team score. Metroplex also had much success at the Region 3 Championships with four all around champions. Out of the 23 Metroplex level 10s at regionals, 13 qualified to the JO National Championships with Abby Brenner finishing fourth all around, Chae Campbell taking second on vault, and Jazmine Neely taking third on vault.
North Stars – Boonton, NJ
North Stars, the New Jersey State level 9 and 10 team champions, had six all around champions between levels 9 and 10 at the Region 7 Championships. At the JO National Championships, North Stars had ten competitors with Rachael Lukacs winning the vault and floor title, and Kaylee Quinn taking second on floor. North Stars also did great at the Eastern Championships where North Stars collected six gold medals and posted the highest team score.
SCEGA – Temecula, CA
SCEGA had an outstanding 2018 season for its JO program. At the SoCal State Championships, SCEGA took home the level 6, 8, and 10 team titles. SCEGA went on to the Region 1 Championships, winning 12 individual all around titles. SCEGA also qualified 7 out of its 10 level 10s to JO Nationals where Kennedy Quay placed second on vault, Jillian Hoffman second on floor, Adrienne Randall second on beam, Alysen Fears third on bars, and Raegan Walker second on bars. For the level 9s, SCEGA had 3 out of 5 gymnasts qualify to Westerns with all three gymnasts finishing in the top 3 on at least one event, including Jazlyn Wood who won the bars, beam, and all around titles.
Southeastern – Matthews, NC
Southeastern is another club that had 100% of its level 10s qualify to JO Nationals. That’s right – all 11 of them! At JO Nationals, Lali Dekanoidze won the beam and all around titles, and Hallie Thomson won the vault title. Southeastern had five gymnasts compete at the Eastern Championships where they collected four gold medals: three from Abigail Bednar and one from Nia Poole.
Texas Dreams – Coppell, TX
Texas Dreams is another huge JO club that had much success on the national stage in 2018. Texas Dreams had 12 gymnasts qualify to the JO National Championships with Kiya Johnson winning the floor and all around titles, Colbi Flory winning the bars title, Bella Salcedo finishing second on beam, and Chloe Widner placing third on vault. For the level 9s, six Texas Dramers qualified to the Western Championships where Cecily Rizo earned silver medals on bars, floor and in the all around as well as Lara Burhans winning the vault title.
Twin City Twisters – Champlin, MN
Twin City Twisters won the Minnesota State Championship level 8, 9, and 10 titles and had the highest team scores for levels 8 and 10 at the Region 4 Championships. At the Region 4 Championships, Twin City Twisters had 12 all around champions and qualified 9 out of its 11 level 10s to JO Nationals. Twin City Twisters did well at JO Nationals with Olivia Trautman taking home the gold medal on floor as well as a silver on vault and a bronze in the all around. At the Level 9 Western Championships, TCT’s Jenna Eagles tied for the floor and all around titles, and Haley Volstad placed second on vault, floor, and in the all around.
JO Program of the Year – Honorable Mentions
Arizona Dynamics – Chandler, AZ
Arizona Sunrays – Phoenix, AZ
Everest – Huntersville, NC
Elite Program of the Year Nominees
First State – Newark, DE
First State qualified three elite gymnasts compete at the elite level in 2018, juniors Love Birt and Sydney Morris, and senior Morgan Hurd. Morris and Hurd went on to compete at the U.S. Championships where Morris medaled on beam, and Hurd took silver in the all around and bronzes on bars and floor. Hurd then went on to represent Team USA at the World Championships where she took home a bronze medal in the all around as well as a silver on floor.
GAGE – Blue Springs, MO
GAGE had the most gymnasts compete at the 2018 U.S. Championships with five: 1 senior, Kara Eaker, and four juniors, Aleah Finnegan, Alexis Jeffrey, JaFree Scott, and Leanne Wong. In the junior divison at Championships, Wong won the floor and all around titles and took silvers on vault and bars. Finnegan medaled on vault, and Jeffrey medaled on floor. In the senior division, Eaker took second on beam. Eaker was added to the World Championships team where she helped Team USA win a gold medal, and qualified to the balance beam final. Earlier in the season, Leanne Wong won the junior vault, floor, and all around titles at the U.S. Classic and represented Team USA at the Junior Pan American Championships where she earned a bronze in the all around, and silvers on vault, bars, and beam. JaFree Scott also represented Team USA at Junior Pan Ams where she helped Team USA win gold.
MG Elite – Morganville, NJ
MG Elite had three gymnasts compete elite and qualify to the U.S. Championships this year; senior, Riley McCusker, and first year elites and juniors Zoe Gravier and Olivia Greaves. At the U.S. Championships, McCusker earned bronze medals on beam and in the all around and a silver on bars. Greaves finished sixth all around and made the Junior National Team. In November, McCusker represented Team USA at the World Championships where she helped Team USA earn a gold medal.
Twin City Twisters – Champlin, MN
In 2018, Twin City Twisters had two gymnasts compete elite and compete for Team USA: senior Grace McCallum, and junior Tori Tatum. Earlier in the year, Tatum represented Team USA at the Junior Pan American Championships where she finished fourth in the all around, first on vault, second on bars, and helped Team USA win gold. McCallum had a busy season, representing Team USA at the Pacific Rim Championships in April where she won the all around title and placed second on vault, and floor. Following the U.S. Championships where McCallum placed fourth all around, and Tatum earned medals on vault, bars, floor, and in the all around, McCallum competed at the Pan American Championships. Here, she won the bars and all around title, and placed third on vault and beam. McCallum completed her season at the World Championships in Doha where she helped Team USA win the gold medal.
WOGA – Plano & Frisco, TX
WOGA had four gymnasts compete at the 2018 U.S. Championships: seniors Audrey Davis, Sloane Blakely, and Luisa Blanco, and junior Skye Blakely. Skye went on to make the junior national team after finishing fourth all around and earning a silver medal on floor and a bronze on vault.