The May 2019 Developmental Camp wrapped up on Friday, May 24, in Crossville, Tennessee. The camp was lead by Elite Development Coordinator Dan Baker. High Performance Coordinator Tom Forster was also present to watch, coach, provide advice, and host coaches clinics. This camp included 39 athletes and served as a verification and working camp where gymnasts verified either full or half routines on soft or competition surfaces. Gymnasts also worked on fine tuning routines for the 2019 Hopes and Elite season and showed National Staff the upgrades they are currently working.

On the first day of camp, the athletes took part in physical abilities testing which includes rope climb, kicks and holds, stick tests, cast handstands, kip cast handstands, press handstands, leg lifts, and handstand holds. Paloma Spiridonova of WOGA took first in physical abilities with Genie’s Mya Witte in second, and Autumn Reingold of Gymnastics Olympica in third.

Physical abilities winner Paloma Spiridonova with Elite Development Coordinator Dan Baker

The next two days consisted of verification. Vault and bars verification took place on Wednesday with beam and floor verification on Thursday. Gymnasts who verified full routines on competition surfaces had the chance to earn a score to qualify to the Hopes Classic or American and US Classic competitions as well as to earn an invite to the Junior World Championships Selection Camp. The following gymnasts earned their qualifying scores and qualified to the Hopes or US and American Classic.

Hopes 12-13

Kaitlynd Kastl – Metroplex

Ashlee Sullivan – WOGA

Junior Elite

Olivia Ahern

Charlotte Booth

Jamison Sears

Chavala Shepard

Jamie Wright

On the final day of camp, National Staff awarded two gymnasts per event with the “Coach’s Choice Awards.” The vault award, awarded by Mike Hunger went to Gabby Van Frayen of Gym Xtreme and Autumn Reingold. Pete Arenas and Neil Resnick gave awards for bars which went to Everest’s Bryn Bartman and Brandy Johnson’s Charlotte Booth. The beam awards, awarded by Tammy Biggs went to Lily Pederson of Flips and Mya Witte. Floor coach Ivan Alexov awarded World Class’ Jamie Wright and Mavericks’ Katelyn Rosen. The dance awards, awarded by Betty Okino went to Jamison Sears of World Class and Leah Fontaine of Capital.

Last but certainly not least, the Most Improved Camper Award, voted on by all National Staff, went to Izzy Stassi of Five-Star Gymnastics.

Most improved camper Izzy Stassi with Dan Baker

The next Developmental Camp will take place in October following the Hopes season and summer Elite season. Next weekend, the Parkettes National Qualifier will take place where gymnasts will have the chance to qualify Hopes or Elite. The final National Elite Qualifier will occur the weekend after at the Auburn Elite Qualifier in Tacoma, Washington.

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