World floor champion Lauren Mitchell sailed to her second Australian national title Sunday in Perth, easily beating challengers Georgia-Rose Brown. and Mary-Anne Monckton.
As she did on the first night of competition, Mitchell was easily dominant, posting the highest scores on vault (14.95 for a DTY) and beam (a very strong 15.55, 6.7 D-score) and compiling a combined score of 115.725, more than seven points ahead of Brown.
Mitchell’s all-around total on the second night (58.35) is competitive with the top gymnasts in the world — not surprising given that Mitchell has been in the top five at the World Championships for the past two years. What is more surprising are her low scores on floor, where she is the reigning World champion. Although she debuted a new routine to the music of “Beseme Mucho” at the Japan Cup two weeks ago, Mitchell’s 14.0 Saturday in Perth ranked her only third among her countrywomen on floor.
Brown, a first-year senior, impressed with clean execution on all events (9.075 E-score on vault), though she did have some problems on beam (12.575; she scored 54.25 overall).
Monckton, fourth after the first day, improved to claim her second top-three position at the Australian Nationals in as many years (she was second in 2010 but missed the rest of the season with injury). Her highlight, as on the first night of competition, came on bars, where she received a 14.1 for a routine that included a piked Shushunova.
Queensland’s Chloe Sims, third after the first day, ended in fourth after mistakes on beam (12.725) and floor (12.3) on night two. The 21-year-old Sims, who recently returned to elite competition after a three year hiatus, did post the top score of the second night on uneven bars (14.125).
Fifth was 2010 World team member Ashleigh Brennan, who was the top performer of the night on floor (14.2; 53.5 all-around).
The results mean that Brown and Monckton, as well as maybe Sims, are sure to be on the short list for gymnasts being considered for the World team. Sims, despite a somewhat uneven performance, showed that if she can gain consistency, she too will be a factor when it comes time to choose who goes to Tokyo.
The competition was without the injured Emily Little and Georgia Simpson, both out with injury, as well as standouts Georgia Wheeler and defending Aussie champion Georgia Bonora. And as she did on night one, Natalia Joura performed only on balance beam.
In the junior women’s division, Georgia Godwin hung on to win her first Australian junior title, in spite of finishing third to overall to Alexandra Eade and Naomi Lee on the second night of competition. Godwin finished about eight tenths behind Eade on the second night after a 9.85 on bars, but was solid on the other three events.
Eade had the top score of the second day on floor (13.65), Lee on beam (13.125), Emma Nedov on bars (12.875) and Jazminne Casis on vault (13.825). Nedov and Casis finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the junior all-around.
Videos from preliminaries (courtesy of Youtube user Gemeanie):
- Lauren Mitchell, VT (DTY)
- Lauren MItchell, UB
- Lauren Mitchell, BB
- Lauren Mitchell, FX
- Chloe Sims, FX
- Chloe Sims, UB (dismount)
- Chloe Sims, BB (partial)
- Georgia-Rose Brown, UB (proving that tall people can often swing better than short ones)
- Larrissa Miller, UB (partial)
- Sophie Budac, VT
- Amaya King Koi, FX
- Crystal Yeo, BB
- Crystal Yeo, FX
- Georgia Godwin, BB
- Naomi Lee, BB
- Emma Nedov, BB
- Emma Nedov, FX
- Alexandra Eade, UB
- Jazminne Casis, UB
- Jazminne Casis, BB
Results!: Full results from the second day of competition at the Australian Championships can be found here. The all-around totals for both nights of senior competition can be found here; junior women’s night two results and all-around results are here and here, respectively.
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