In the closing moments of the second subdivision of the junior competition, Kyla Ross (Gym-Max) capped her second consecutive national all-around title with an impeccable balance beam performance that earned 15.45 (6.0; 9.45). Coached by Jenny Zhang and Howie Long, Ross amassed a 116.450 two-day total, more than two points higher than her 2009 winning score.
It also was well above the 114.300 posted by Katelyn Ohashi (WOGA), who was in first after the subdivision one. With routines packed with difficulty, Ohashi, 13, lost 3.0 points in falls throughout, two of them on her layout-full on beam both days. Like Ross, however, her style and presentation were exceptional. Ross, 13, said she was most proud of her beam performance today, since it secured her victory. Ohashi admitted to being nervous, which caused her falls, but said that she likes having a high degree of difficulty in her routines.
"It feels really great to win for my second time in a row," Ross told IG. "It's a great opportunity and I was very excited. I knew there was a lot of hard competition."
Third went to McKayla Maroney (All Olympia), whose meet highlight was a beautiful Amanar vault, which she stuck. Her 113.25 was .50 ahead of fourth-place Gabrielle Douglas (Excalibur), who lost points when her feet hit the mat after a Pak salto on uneven bars. WOGA's Madison Kocian, sixth in 2009, finished fifth with 112.10.
Sarah Finnegan (GAGE) logged 111.35 for seventh, and Sabrina Vega (Dynamic), who was fourth last year, finished seventh (110.60).
Rounding out the top 10 were McKenzie Wofford (WOGA), 110.30; Ericha Fassbender (Stars), 110.20; and Ariana Guerra (Stars), 110.15.
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• Though Jordyn Wieber said after prelims that she hoped to compete today, she withdrew because of the injury to her ankles.
• Mykayla Skinner (Desert Lights) mounted floor with tucked double-double and dismounted with a tucked full-in.
• Lexie Priessman (Cincinnati) dismounted beam with a roundoff, tucked full-in, and she vaulted an Amanar. Problems on bars on day two dropped her to 12th place.