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Biles Wins Record Tying Sixth National Title
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Simone Biles (World Champions Centre) posted a 59.85 on day two at the 2019 U.S. Championships held in Kansas City, MO to easily win her sixth national all-around title (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018). Her total score from both days of competition was 118.5.

Biles began the competition on beam with nearly perfect routine, but did not compete her double twisting double tuck dismount, which she had successfully debuted on day one (she dismounted with a ff-ff full twisting double tuck) 14.7/6.2. On floor she mounted with a triple twisting double tuck and landed it successfully, after she had put her hands down on it during day one’s competition. She posted a 15.1/6.7 for the routine. In addition to the all-around title, Biles claimed the gold medals on vault (Cheng and Amanar), beam and floor. With the win Biles tied Clara M. Schroth, who won her last title in 1952, as the only other U.S. woman to have won the all-around six times.

Finishing second was Sunisa Lee (Midwest) who scored 113.55 (56.65 on day two). Lee won the gold medal on uneven bars with a spectacular bar set including a Nabieva (toe on layout Tkatchev) to immediate Pak salto to Maloney to Bhardwaj (full twisting Pak salto); giant 1 ½ to piked Jaeger and full twisting double tuck. She scored 15.05/6.4 on day two.

Grace McCallum (Twin City Twisters) had an excellent second day of competition posting 56.95 (falls on bars and beam on day one) to earn the bronze with a 111.85. McCallum’s strongest event on day two was beam where she performed two clean wolf turns, side aerial to layout-layout and a double tuck dismount to score a 14.45/5.9.

Morgan Hurd (First State) was solid on day two of the competition to finish fourth with a 111.7 (56.65 second day). Fifth was Leanne Wong (GAGE) 111.25 (55.85 day two). Wong struggled with her landings on floor (piked double Arabian and 3 ½ twists), but showed impressive work on beam for 14.45 on day two. Thanks to hitting 8-for-8 Jordan Chiles (World Champions Centre) finished sixth.

Jade Carey (Arizona Sunrays), in third after day one, fell on her stalder Tkatchev on bars, which dropped her to seventh place at the end. Carey again impressed on vault (Cheng and Amanar) and floor (double twisting double layout, full twisting double layout, double twisting double tuck) where she finished in second place, only behind Biles.

MyKayla Skinner (Desert Lights) and Trinity Thomas (University of Florida) finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Skinner competed well her Cheng and Amanar on vault to take the bronze medal on the event but had a fall on back handspring tuck full on beam, while Thomas had an excellent day minus a fall on her Biles (double layout half out) on floor. Tenth was Kara Eaker (GAGE). Riley McCusker (MG Elite), who was in fourth place after the first day, scratched the competition after the second rotation due to a reported illness. For full results click here.

The senior U.S. national team was announced at the end of the competition and included eleven gymnasts: Biles, Lee, McCallum, Hurd, Wong, Chiles, Carey, Skinner, Thomas, Eaker and McCusker.

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