Region 5 Insider
The best level 10s in the nation will be competing at the 2017 JO National Championships beginning Saturday, May 6 and will continue through the 7th. Over 650 gymnasts across the nation will be competing this weekend. Gymnasts will be competing for their respective region in age groups Jr. A-F and Sr. A-F. There are multiple gymnasts in the hunt for the National AA title, and our top gymnasts for you to watch out for are listed below by age group.
Region 1: Arizona, Nevada, NorCal, SoCal, Utah
Region 2: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Region 3: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming
Region 4: Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Region 5: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
Region 6: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
Region 7: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Region 8: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
DOB: September 2, 2003 & Later
JaFree Scott – GAGE – Region 4
JaFree had the meet of her season at the 2017 Region 4 Champions where she posted a 38.500 in the all around for first place. JaFree has also had an especially great season on vault scoring three 9.7+ this season. This will be JaFree’s second visit to the JO National Championships. Last year, JaFree tied for 8th AA.
éMjae Frazier – Parkettes – Region 7
éMjae has had a busy season, and this is not the end of the season for her. éMjae qualified for Hopes 12-13 at the Brestyan’s Las Vegas Invitational while continuing to have a great level 10 season. At the 2017 Region 7 Championships, éMjae won the all around title with a 37.900; she also won the beam and all around titles at the Pennsylvania State Meet with a 38.275. éMjae competed at JO Nationals last year and tied for 7th on floor with a 9.525.
DOB: December 14, 2002 – September 1, 2003
Sage Thompson – All American – Region 1
After dealing with injuries and deciding forego with the elite training, Sage Thompson is back on the level 10 scene and although she has only competed three meets this season, she has scored above 38 on all three meets as well as winning the all around. At the 2017 Region 1 Championships, Sage won the all around with a 38.150 as well as the floor title with a 9.700. With her gorgeous lines and big skills, Sage is for sure one to look out for this weekend.
Kaytlyn Johnson – Denton – Region 3
Second year level 10, Kaytlyn Johnson has had a remarkable year. Kaytlyn remained undefeated in the all around during this season with a personal best all around score of a 38.250 at the Texas State Championships. This season, Kaytlyn also qualified Junior Elite, so her season will continue after JO Nationals. Last year, Kaytlyn won the all around at the Texas State Meet but an injury kept her from competing at regionals. This year, Kaytlyn is back and is ready to compete at JO Nationals!
Ella Cesario – Legacy Elite – Region 5
First year level 10 Ella Cesario has remained undefeated in the all around during the entire season! Ella took home the vault and all around titles at the Illinois State Meet as well as the vault, bars, floor and all around titles at the Region 5 Championships. Last year as a level 9, Ella finished second in the all around at the Eastern National Championships. Although she is a first year level 10, Ella is definitely a contender for the Junior B all around title!
DOB: May 17, 2002 – December 13, 2002
Alyssa Al-Ashari – Twistars USA – Region 5
Alyssa Al-Ashari is no new face to the top level 10 rankings. This will be Alyssa’s second JO Nationals with her first being in 2015 when she took the all around title with a 38.300. This year, Alyssa has had a stellar season with multiple gold medals under her belt including the Michigan State all around title as well as the Region 5 all around title with a 38.525. Alyssa has always been a force to be reckoned with on the level 10 scene and definitely has a shot at the Junior C title.
Corinne Bunagan – ENA Paramus – Region 7
After a huge finish at the Region 7 Championships with a 38.475 and taking home four gold medals, Corinne Bunagan is ready to rock her third JO Nationals. At last year’s JO Nationals, Corinne finished 3rd on bars and 7th on beam. Corinne has had a great season so far and will definitely be a contender for the all around title.
DOB: November 19, 2001 – May 16, 2002
Taylor Russon – San Mateo – Region 1
2016 JO National Beam Champion, Taylor Russon is headed “back to Indiana” for her second JO National Championships. Taylor’s beautiful lines stand out on all events – especially bars and beam – and has had an exceptional season with all around wins at the NorCal State Championships and Region 1 Championships with scores of 38.525 and 38.775, respectively. This weekend, you can definitely expect to see Taylor at the top of the score boards!
Carly Bauman – Chow’s – Region 4
2016 JO National Junior B all around champion, Carly Bauman is having another great level 10 season. So far this season, Carly has remained undefeated in the all around including a win at the Nastia Liukin Cup in the junior division with a 38.425. Carly won the all around at both the Iowa State Championships and the Region 4 Championships with all around scores of 38.225 and 38.400, respectively. Carly’s Nastia-esque look will draw eyes from all around the arena and will be one to watch this weekend.
Delanie Harkness – Twistars USA – Region 5
Region 5 All Around Champion, Delanie Harkness has had a great season taking home at least one gold medal at each meet she has competed at. Delanie is a level 10 veteran as this is her fifth year as a level 10, and her third trip to the JO National Championships. In 2014, Delanie won the bars, floor and all around titles at the JO National Championships. Las year, Delanie finished third on bars. With amazing bars and a powerful floor, Delanie will be one to watch for this weekend!
Haleigh Bryant – Everest – Region 8
Third year level 10, Haleigh Bryant, will be making her third trip to the JO National Championships. In the past years, Haleigh has made her mark on the JO Nationals scene. As her first year as a level 10, Haleigh finished 2nd on vault at JO Nationals and last year, she finished 5th on bars, 4th on floor, and 6th all around in a tough age group. This year, Haleigh has had an amazing season winning the all around at the North Carolina State Championships with a 38.625 as well as the Region 8 all around title with a 38.575. The Junior D age group will definitely be a tough one and Haleigh will definitely be a part of the mix.
DOB: June 25, 2001 – November 18, 2001
Jaedyn Rucker – Desert Devils – Region 1
Jaedyn Rucker has had the season of her life this year, improving her score on all four events as well as the all around. Jaedyn competed at JO Nationals last year and placed 29th in the all around. This year, Jaedyn has had a great season, qualifying to the Nastia Liukin Cup as well as winning the all around at the Region 1 Championships with a 38.400. With her powerful vault and floor, Jaedyn will be one to watch for the vault, floor and all around titles.
Amoree Lockhart – Empire – Region 3
There aren’t many gymnasts out there as graceful and powerful as Amoree Lockhart. Amoree is the reigning JO National Champion where she won the Junior C all around title last year with a 38.450. This year, Amoree has had an even better season with a career high all around score of a 39.075 at the Texas State Meet. You will not want to miss out on Amoree’s performance this weekend.
Andrea Li – Legacy Elite – Region 5
Andrea Li is no stranger to the top of the level 10 leader boards, scoring above a 38 (and two 39s) at every meet this season. Andrea is strong on every event, but if you had to watch just one event of her’s, you’d have to watch her bars. Last year at the 2016 JO National Championships, Andrea tied for the silver medal in the all around with a 38.375. However this year, it would be no surprise to see Andrea on the top of the podium.
Aria Brusch – Cincinnati – Region 5
Former elite, Aria Brusch has had a spectacular level 10 season. At the Ohio State Meet, Aria won the vault title with a huge 9.900 as well as the beam and all around titles with a 38.375. At the Region 5 Championships, Aria finished second to Andrea Li with a 38.525. Not many gymnasts our there can match Aria’s powerful vault and floor which truly puts her at the top.
DOB: February 17, 2001 – June 24, 2001
Cassie Stevens – Arizona Sunrays – Region 1
Cassie Stevens is a third year level 10 and will be making her third trip to the JO National Championships this weekend. Last year, Cassie finished second in the all around with a 38.475 and is aiming to grab the all around title this year. Cassie has her own skill on beam dubbed “The Stevens” and is solid on all 4 events. At the 2017 Arizona State Championships, Cassie won the all around with a 38.925 and at the Region 1 Championships, she claimed the all around title with a 38.675. Cassie has a great combination of power and grace and is determined to take home the gold this weekend.
Nevaeh DeSouza – Dream Xtreme – Region 1
2016 JO Nationals Junior D all around bronze medalist, Nevaeh DeSouza is aiming for a great meet at the 2017 JO National Championships. At the Region 1 Championships, Nevaeh finished 2nd in the all around with a 38.325. Nevaeh is great on all four events and if she hits, she could take home the all around title this weekend.
Gabryel Wilson – Olympia – Region 5
If you could compare Simone Biles to anyone, it would be Gabryel Wilson. Gabryel’s action packed routines engage the crowd, and her sky high tumbling will make your mouth drop. Gabryel was the 2016 Junior D JO National Champion with a 38.900. As a third year level 10, Gabryel has had an amazing season with a win at the Region 5 Championships with a 38.675. As the reigning JO National Champion, Gabryel will be one to watch for at the top of the leaderboards this weekend.
Matilyn Waligora – Olympia – Region 5
Matilyn Waligora is another gymnast from Olympia in Michigan to watch out for at the JO National Championships. Matilyn finished second in the all around at the Region 5 Championships with a 38.650. Matilyn is great on all four events, but is a standout on vault and floor. Last year, Matilyn finished 6th all around at JO Nationals in a tough age division with a 38.175; and this year, Matilyn is hoping to move up on the podium – and she is definitely able to do it.
DOB: September 30, 2000 – February 16, 2001
Talitha Jones – Precision – Region 1
The Region 1 Senior A team is full of superstars, and Talitha sits on top of that list. Talitha won the all around at the Region 1 Championships with a huge 38.600 and has remained nearly undefeated all season. Talitha was a part of the 2016 Region 1 Junior D team where she took home the bronze on vault. This weekend, you will want to look out for Talitha, especially on vault.
Nicoletta Koulos – Wildfire – Region 1
UCLA commit, Nicoletta Kulous was a part of the 2016 JO National team after finishing 4th all around at the JO National Championships. This year, Nicoletta has continued to improve and placed second all around at the Region 1 Championships with a 38.500. Nicoletta is another
great gymnast on all four events, but is a standout on vault and floor.
Chloe Widner – Texas Dreams – Region 3
2017 Region 3 all around champion with a 38.375, Chloe Winder is looking to bring the gold home at the 2017 JO National Championships. Chloe has always been a great gymnast, but is looking at her absolute best this year. Chloe is a true standout on all four events and is absolutely amazing when she hits. Although there is tough competition in the Senior A division, Chloe could be the one to take it all home.
Kai Rivers – Twistars USA – Region 5
If you’ve ever looked at any JO Nationals results from the past few years, then you have definitely seen the name ‘Kai Rivers’ pop up on your screen. At the 2016 JO National Championships, an unfortunate beam routine kept Kai out of the running for the all around gold, but she took home the silver on vault and the gold on bars. In 2015, Kai won the Junior B National all around title with a 38.575 and in 2014, Kai placed second with a 38.350. This season, Kai has remained undefeated in the all around and has scored above a 38.000 at each meet. While Kai is a very powerful gymnast known for her vault and floor, she is also graceful and has gorgeous lines on bars and beam. Will Kai Rivers reclaim her title this year?
Payton Richards – Aerial – Region 5
Payton Richards of Aerial Gymnastics Club is the reigning JO National all around champion in the Junior E division and is looking to reclaim her title. Payton finished 2nd at this year’s Region 5 Championships and took home the gold on beam with a 9.600. Even though there is tough competition in the Senior A division, don’t count Payton Richards out!
DOB: April 27, 2000 – September 29, 2000
Karley McClain – All American – Region 1
Another All American Utah standout gymnast, Karley McClain is rocking her third season of level 10. With a Region 1 Championships all around title under her belt (a 38.700!), Karley is one of the top gymnasts in the running for the Senior B all around title. Last year as a Junior E, Karley placed third all around with a 38.300 as well as a gold medal on floor with a 9.650. Karley’s power and grace makes her a force to be reckoned with. Will Karley take home the title this weekend?
Cristal Isa – Gymcats – Region 1
Cristal Isa finished 2nd all around at the 2017 Region 1 Championships with a 38.300 and has had a great level 10 season altogether. Cristal won the Nevada State Championships with a 38.375 and took home numerous all around titles throughout the season. This will be Cristal’s third JO Nationals and it is hopeful that she will place even higher in the ranks this time around.
Rachel Baumann – WOGA – Region 3
Injuries and surgeries can’t keep Rachel Baumann out of the scene! After winning JO Nationals last year as a Junior E, Rachel had an elbow and wrist surgery, keeping her out of the entire 2017 season except the Region 3 Championships. At Regionals – her first meet back since 2016 – Rachel took home the all around title with a 38.075 as well as the beam title with a 38.075. If this is what Rachel can do in her first meet back, imagine what she will be able to do at JO Nationals!
Maddie Quarles – Twin City Twisters – Region 4
Although she was out of most of the 2016 season, Maddie Quarles is back and is ready to rock her second JO National Championships. This season, Maddie took home both the Minnesota and Region 4 all around titles. Maddie especially tends to score high on vault and beam, which should be the events you should look out for from Maddie this weekend.
Samantha Davis – North Stars – Region 7
With big scores across the board, Samantha is ready to rock it at JO Nationals. Last year, Samantha placed 4th all around with a 38.450 at nationals and won the floor title with a huge 9.850. This year at regionals, Samantha took home the vault, beam, floor and all around titles. Samantha is a great gymnast on all four events and could be the one to take home the title this weekend.
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DOB: December 28, 1999 – April 26, 2000
Adrienne Randall – SCEGA – Region 1
Back-to-back Region 1 all around champion, Adrienne Randall has had the best season of her level 10 career this year. At this year’s Region 1 Championships, Adrienne scored her best all around score with a 38.550. Adrienne also placed 2nd all around at the SoCal State Championships and has the potential to win the all around at the JO National Championships.
Milan Clausi – Olympus – Region 1
All around star Milan Clausi is known around the JO world for her huge skills and big scores. Milan has been a level 10 since 2012, so she is no new face to the JO National Championships. Milan has had her best level 10 season this year when she won the Utah State Championships with a 38.525 and placed 2nd all around at the Region 1 Championships with a 38.425. If you see Milan Clausi in the top 3 this weekend, we will not be surprised!
Simone Banen – North Stars – Region 7
Simone Banen of North Stars had a great New Jersey State Championships as well as a great Region 7 Championships proving that she is in the hunt for a JO National title. At the New Jersey State Championships, Simone won the bars and floor titles with scores of 9.675 and 9.650, respectively as well as the all around with a 38.325. Simone had a great showing at the Region 7 Championships as well where she won bars with a 9.675 and all around with a 38.250. Make sure you follow Simone’s scores this weekend as she will likely be towards the top!
Abby Heiskell – Southeastern – Region 8
2016 Junior F National bars and all around national champion, Abby Heiskell, is back to defend her title in the Senior C division. Abby has had a great 2017 season so far placing 2nd all around at the North Carolina State Championships and taking home the gold on vault, beam and in the all around at the Region 8 Championships. Abby has high scores on all four events and her consistency is her key to staying on top.
DOB: August 5, 1999 – December 27, 1999
Lauren Navarro – Gliders – Region 1
Former senior elite Lauren Navarro dropped down to level 10 this season and has been having absolute stellar season. Due to her focus on elite, this will be Lauren’s first and last JO National Championships, but is sure to make an impact on the score board. At the SoCal State Championships, Lauren had the level 10 meet of the season scoring a 39.025 in the all around and taking home gold medals on bars, beam and floor. Lauren had another fantastic meet at the Region 1 Championships where she won the beam title with a 9.875, the floor title with a 9.750, and the all around title with a 38.975. With Lauren’s grace and consistency, she will be a major contender for the title this weekend.
Madison Mariani – AZ Dynamics – Region 1
Madison Mariani is another standout gymnast from Region 1 who has had a fantastic season. Madison won the all around at the Arizona State Meet with a 38.725 and she placed 2nd all around at the Region 1 Championships with a 38.725 as well. This will be Madison’s third JO National Championships. In 2015, Madison placed 5th on vault and 10th all around; in 2016, she placed 2nd on bars and 12th all around, and this year, Madison could be the one to take home the all around title.
Madison Dagen – San Mateo – Region 1
The Region 1 Senior D team is jam-packed with high scores, and 3rd place finisher at these Regional Championships, Madison Dagen is no exception. Madison scored her highest all around this season at the NorCal State Meet where she won with a 38.750. At the Region 1 Championships, Madison posted a 38.650 in the all around. Madison is a veteran to the JO Nationals stage making this her 4th JO Nationals. After this season concludes, Madison will be joining the Oregon State Beavers gymnastics team on a full ride scholarship.
Abby Brenner – Metroplex – Region 3
From Minnesota to Texas, Abby Brenner of Metroplex has had to overcome a lot of change in the past year, but that hasn’t seemed to stop her! Abby won both the State and Regional titles scoring a 38.625 at the Texas State Championships and a 38.350 at the Region 3 Championships. At 2016 JO Nationals, Abby won floor with a 9.700 and placed 3rd all around with a 38.150. After a great season, it will not be a surprise to see Abby up high on the podium again!
Rachael Lukacs – North Stars – Region 7
What’s a JO National Championships without Rachael Lukacs? Three time JO National all around champion, Rachael Lukacs will be concluding her JO career at the 2017 JO National Championships and is sure to go out with a bang. Since early 2016, Rachael has scored above a 38.000 all around in every all around meet that she has competed in. And this year, Rachael scored a huge 38.775 at the Region 7 Championships. Will Rachael win her fourth JO National title this weekend? We won’t be surprised if she does!
Natalie Wojcik – Stallone – Region 7
Natalie Wojcik had the meet of her life when at the 2017 Pennsylvania State Meet she scored a 39.125 in the all around as well as a 9.900 on vault. Confident, Natalie went into the Region 7 Championships and came out as the Region 7 bars and beam champion and all around silver medalist. Natalie has had a great season and is sure to conclude her JO career on a high note this weekend.
DOB: February 27, 1999 – August 4, 1999
Kaitlyn Yanish – AZ Dynamics – Region 1
Kaitlyn Yanish is another high scoring and consistent gymnast from AZ Dynamics. This season, Kaitlyn placed 1st or 2nd in each meet she competed in, and won the all around at the Arizona State Championships as well as the Region 1 Championships. At the Arizona State Meet, Kaitlyn took home the gold medals on bars, beam, floor and in the all around with a 38.475. At the Region 1 Championships, Kaitlyn had an even greater showing where she won vault with a 9.750, floor with a 9.800, and the all around with a 38.700. Kaitlyn’s solid gymnastics and big skills will for sure put her in the mix for a JO National title.
Rachael Flam – Stars – Region 3
Another name that will ring a bell to any follower of JO gymnastics is Rachael Flam. Last year at the JO National Championships, Rachael won the vault title as well as the all around with a 38.575. Rachael has been competing level 10 since 2011 and will be competing at her 7th and final JO Nationals this year. As her last year as a level 10, Rachael has had a fantastic season scoring a 39.275 at the WOGA Classic and winning the Texas State Meet all around title as well as the Region 3 all around title with scores of 38.700 and 38.575, respectively. Rachael has lots of power and complements it with poise which could bring her to repeat her JO National title.
Lauren Farley – WOGA – Region 3
Another former elite, Lauren Farley has been doing great in her last season of level 10. Throughout this season, Lauren’s scores as well as her consistency continued to improve and she placed 2nd all around at the Texas State Meet with a 38.675 and 2nd at the Region 3 Championships with a 38.400. Lauren is very strong on all four events, but is especially gorgeous to watch on bars, so keep an eye out for her in the Senior E division this weekend.
Anastasia Webb – IGI – Region 5
Anastasia Webb took home the silver medal in the all around at the 2016 JO National Championships with a 38.550 and has been working to remain at the top during the 2017 season. This year, Anastasia scored her highest level 10 all around score which was a 38.575 at the Region 5 Championships. Anastasia has had a terrific level 10 and JO career and could very likely end her JO career towards the top of the podium this weekend.
DOB: February 26, 1999 & Earlier
Tatum Bruden – Arizona Sunrays – Region 1
Tatum Bruden had a great time to peak: the regional championships during the last season of her JO career. Tatum had the highest scoring meet of her life at the 2017 Region 1 Championships where she won beam with a 9.750 and the all around with a 38.700. With her peaking scores and consistency, Tatum will be one to watch on the score boards this weekend.
Nina Schank – Head Over Heels – Region 1
Heading to her third JO Nationals, Nina Schank has had her best level 10 season so far. Nina posted her highest all around score at the Region 1 Championships where she scored a 38.625 for 2nd place. At the NorCal State Championships, Nina won the all around with a 38.575. Just like Tatum, Nina is peaking at the perfect time and will be another one to watch this weekend.
Kyana George – Metroplex – Region 3
Another familiar name to the JO scene, 2016 JO National Championships all around silver medalist, Kyana George is one amongst the top level 10 scores this season. At the Region 3 Championships, Kyana placed 1st all around with a 38.425 and won the bars and floor titles at the Texas State Meet. Kyana always shows off big gymnastics, so she is definitely one that you will want to look out for.
Lexy Ramler – Kidsport – Region 4
Former senior elite, Lexy Ramler decided to finish her senior year as a level 10 and has had an outstanding season. At her first meet back as a level 10, Lexy scored a 38.700 in the all around; and at the Minnesota State Championships, Lexy placed 2nd all around with a 37.900. Lexy had a great meet at the Region 4 Championships, scoring a 38.325 in the all around for first place. Lexy’s former elite experience aids her in her consistency which will help her for her quest for JO National Championships gold.
Nia Dennis – Legacy Elite – Region 5
Another gymnast who decided to compete level 10 during her senior year is Nia Dennis of Legacy Elite. In every all around meet that she competed in this season, Nia placed 1st or 2nd in the all around and in every meet she scored above a 38.000. With Nia’s powerful vault and floor, you will want to look out for her on those two events as well as the all around. After Nationals, Nia will be headed off to UCLA to be a part of their gymnastics team.
Lauren Bridgens – Hill’s – Region 7
While Lauren Bridgens of Hill’s may have missed out on the 2016 JO National Championships, she is back and ready to compete this weekend. Lauren had another peaking time this season at the 2017 Maryland State Championships where she won the all around with a 38.325. Lauren continued to improve for the Region 7 Championships and won vault, bars, floor and all around with a 38.550. As Lauren has continued to improve this season, we will expect her to do exceptionally well at this weekend at Nationals.
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