Tonya Paulsson repeated as the Swedish nationwide all-around champion over the weekend with stunning and exact routines on each days of competitors, additionally selecting up gold medals on beam and ground as effectively as the silver on bars.
The 17-year-old who trains at Motus-Salto was completely flawless this weekend, starting her all-around competitors with an enormous Yurchenko full on vault for a 13.6, and she or he continued with a beautiful bars set the place her Maloney to Pak, van Leeuwen, and Jaeger had been highlights, although I additionally appreciated the eye to element on the little issues, like her good handstands and beautiful swing generally, and she or he was capable of choose up a 13.1 right here.
On beam, Paulsson had solely a small wobble on her acro sequence, however was in any other case wonderful, particularly on her double wolf flip, aerials, and swap leap to change half, getting a 12.Four right here, and she or he ended her competitors with a 12.Three on ground the place confirmed a giant, clear double pike, a entrance full, and a double full, performing elegantly all through on each her choreography and dance components.
She was capable of enhance each her beam and ground scores in finals, getting a 12.Eight on beam with a completely stable set, after which a 12.6 on ground, the place her touchdown on her double full within the closing move was a lot improved after arising a bit low on day one.
Her solely actual challenger on this competitors got here on bars, the place Jonna Adlerteg – who certified for the Tokyo Olympic Games at worlds final 12 months – defeated her with a 13.550 to Paulsson’s 12.9. Paulsson’s routine was a lot tidier each days, however Adlerteg competed at almost full issue, which at a 5.9 is greater than some extent larger than Paulsson’s.
Bars was the one occasion Adlerteg competed right here, as she’s little question attempting to remain wholesome for Tokyo subsequent summer season. On the primary day of competitors, she struggled a bit popping out of her shaposh to clear hip full and didn’t hook up with the Tkachev after, however regardless of wanting a bit rushed on this sequence once more within the closing, she managed to tug it out, with the dismount the one downgraded component (she completed with only a structure right here as a substitute of the double structure she does at full issue).
Otherwise, her Shang to Pak regarded good, and her Maloney to Bhardwaj was very effectively managed on day one. In the ultimate, she was a bit crooked when she caught the latter, shedding some leg kind within the course of, however she did some good work getting again underneath management with none main breaks in her rhythm.
Also on the all-around podium had been Maya Ståhl in second with a 44.050 and Nora Hanfelt in third with a 43.900. Both had fairly sturdy days, with Ståhl hitting all 4 routines, whereas Hanfelt simply had a fall on her acro sequence in her in any other case stunning beam set.
Ståhl’s greatest occasions had been vault, the place she had a powerful tsuk again pike that earned a 12.6, and beam, the place she earned an 11.Zero and was particularly good on her sissone to wolf leap, standing again tuck, and structure full dismount. She doesn’t have a ton of issue total, which is clearly limiting by way of her closing scores, however she does very effectively with all of her routines, additionally exhibiting a Maloney to bail and straddle Jaeger on bars, and a pleasant, excessive double tuck on ground.
Making all 4 equipment finals, Ståhl additionally went dwelling with silver medals on each vault and beam, and she or he hit each bars and ground, ending fourth and fifth, respectively. On vault, she once more had an excellent tsuk again pike, however her second vault – a tucked Yurchenko – landed just a bit too near the desk and was fairly closely deducted. Otherwise, she simply regarded a bit of shaky in her wolf flip and facet aerial on beam, and was low coming in for her double tuck on ground, however total this was a profitable competitors for her with a giant leap within the rankings in comparison with earlier national-level meets.
Hanfelt is Paulsson’s membership teammate, and the 2 are related of their fashion and class as gymnasts, so just about all the things Hanfelt competed right here was wonderful, although she’s working at a decrease stage of issue total. Beam and ground had been particularly sturdy for her, and regardless of lacking her acro sequence on beam within the all-around competitors, she nonetheless had the third-best rating on the occasion with an 11.Zero because of her stunning work on her different components, and on ground she earned the second-highest rating of 11.45 with a excessive double tuck, entrance structure, and structure full along with clear leaps and well-performed choreography.
Unfortunately, a number of falls in finals saved her from getting any further medals, as she missed each her facet aerial and acro sequence on beam, after which additionally crashed her double tuck on ground. She did hit bars within the closing, exhibiting good toe level on her toe-on to toe shoot and a caught structure dismount, however whereas her execution of 8.Three was the best within the closing, her begin worth of simply 1.9 held her again to sixth place.
Rounding out the highest eight within the senior subject had been Hanna de Waal in fourth with a 42.000, Maja Sandfridsson in fifth with a 41.750, Tess Hartzell in sixth with a 39.300, Ellen Falck in seventh with a 39.000, and Ebba Dahlgren in eighth with a 38.750.
Of these, I completely cherished de Waal’s stunning dance components on each beam and ground. She took a substantial time away from gymnastics to give attention to dance, and it actually reveals, particularly in how she turns en dehors on ground, the place she tried each a triple entrance angle flip and a quad flip in a real passé place. She additionally has attractive extension in her acro on beam, particularly noticeable in her facet aerial.
I hoped she’d medal on each in finals, however she ended up fifth on beam after a big wobble on her swap facet, and she or he was fourth on ground, the place she had a low stage of tumbling issue, and stumbled by way of a few her turns, holding her again simply three tenths from the rostrum.
Sandfridsson had a fall on her double tuck on ground and her bars issue is sort of low, preserving her from making the all-around podium, however she went dwelling with the gold on vault and the bronze on beam for her nice work there in finals. On vault, she had sturdy amplitude in her tsuk again pike, simply taking a small step, although she landed her handspring entrance tuck fairly low, incomes a 12.05 common, and on beam she earned a 10.95 with a entrance aerial, standing again tuck, full L flip, and gainer tuck with a hop.
The vault bronze went to Kristina Åhlin, who had just a few falls in her all-around competitors to complete ninth. In the ultimate, she had a tsuk again pike with a small step, and a tucked Yurchenko with an excellent block, although she took a big step again, averaging an 11.875.
Alva Eriksson, usually one of many nation’s strongest seniors lately, competed solely bars and ground right here, and she or he medaled on each in finals. On bars, she bought the bronze with an 11.55, exhibiting sturdy work on her toe-on to Maloney to Pak, straddle Jaeger, and a excessive, clear structure dismount with a great touchdown, and on ground, she gained silver with an 11.15, stumbling again her massive double tuck out-of-bounds, however coming again with a clear entrance structure, entrance full, and again structure, and she or he additionally had some nice dance components in there, with a swap leap to tour jeté half, double flip in entrance angle, and a Popa.
Surprising for a ground medal was Alice Zakrisson, who was 15th all-around. Zakrisson is likely one of the extra highly effective Swedish seniors, and was additionally wanting more likely to take a vault medal as she tried a tsuk structure and handspring entrance tuck, however she had points with each, piking down a bit on the previous to get it downgraded to the piked tsuk, after which almost sitting the tuck, ending fourth on a tie-breaker.
But ground was far more of a hit, and she or he ended up getting a 10.55 to take the bronze. She hit her double tuck, entrance structure full, and again structure 1½ to indicate off a number of the extra superior tumbling within the senior competitors, and she or he additionally had a excessive stage of dance components, together with each a full L flip and hop full L flip, a butterfly, a swap leap to change half, and a tour jeté half.
The Westlund twins, Nathalie and Emelie, and Malva Wingren got here into this competitors as the juniors to beat, and they didn’t disappoint, as Nathalie Westlund took the gold with a 46.750, Wingren gained silver with a 44.700, and Emelie Westlund ended up with a 42.900 for bronze.
It wasn’t the best competitors for anybody on this trio, with all three having falls, however the truth that all of them nonetheless managed to medal is a testomony to their total ability stage and expertise, and extra importantly, all of them have great potential that time to an extremely shiny future for Sweden.
Nathalie Westlund was essentially the most put-together of the juniors within the all-around competitors, hitting a powerful Yurchenko structure for a 12.7, after which exhibiting beautiful work on bars, the place it’s clear she’s a product of Eskilstuna, the identical health club that produced Adlerteg. She has a beautiful swing, exhibiting off a toe-on to toe full, Maloney to Pak, enormous straddle Jaeger, and clear double tuck for a 12.1, and she or he additionally had a second the place she did a easy half flip in handstand that was so completely flawless, I marked it down as a routine spotlight.
On beam, Westlund had an excellent stable again handspring structure stepout sequence, a stunning set of jumps, and a great double full dismount, however she sadly fell twice right here, on each her facet aerial and on her swap leap to change half, getting a 10.0, and on ground, she opened up a bit low on her double tuck, however completed sturdy with a clear entrance structure and double full to earn an 11.95.
She struggled once more in equipment finals, however nonetheless managed to tug off medals on all three of her occasions. On bars, she got here off midway by way of her toe-on to toe full, and she or he was a bit rushed when she got here again into the routine, arising quick on some handstands and catching a toe shoot actually shut, however her Jaeger and double tuck had been each very good, and she or he gained the silver right here with a 10.8. On beam, she missed her flight sequence, however hit the remaining, together with an particularly beautiful facet aerial to tuck leap half and a clear double full, for an 11.2 to take the bronze. She then put collectively a extremely sturdy ground routine to finish her competitors on a excessive notice, taking just some hops and steps on landings to win gold with an 11.65.
Wingren began her competitors with a success bars routine, the place she had a Pak, clear hip to toe shoot, and a entrance structure dismount for a 10.45, after which she moved to vault, the place she confirmed to be one of many high gymnasts within the competitors amongst juniors and seniors along with her sensible and big handspring entrance pike, the place she simply took a big step ahead for a 13.15. She went to ground subsequent, the place her opening tucked full-in was essentially the most tough tumbling line within the competitors, and she or he was additionally wonderful on her double tuck, 1½ to entrance tuck, and clear structure full for an 11.3, after which she confirmed an superior punch entrance mount on beam, although her kind on this occasion total was a bit missing, and she or he additionally had a fall on a punch entrance on the beam, scoring only a 9.Eight right here.
In equipment finals, Wingren simply took the vault title with a fair cleaner touchdown on her handspring entrance pike, after which for her second vault, she did the tucked model, taking a step ahead to common a 12.95. She additionally gained bronze on ground with a 10.9, simply taking just a few steps on landings and arising a bit quick in a few of her dance components. On bars, she had one other hit routine to position fourth, however on beam, she once more struggled with kind and a fall on her punch entrance, ending sixth with a 9.4.
Like her twin, Emelie Westlund additionally started her day with a superb Yurchenko structure, taking two steps again out of it, however wanting very clear in any other case to earn a 12.8. Unfortunately, on bars she fell first on her toe-on to Tkachev, after which once more when she put her fingers down on her double structure dismount, and she or he additionally struggled along with her clear hip coming in late to her blind full, inflicting her to bend her legs a bit all through, and so she was solely capable of get to an 8.85 there.
Beam was additionally a bit tough, with falls on her swap half and again pike sequence, getting a 9.25, however Westlund completed up with wonderful work on ground, the place she had a stable double pike, entrance structure, and a again structure 1½ to complete with a 12.0.
Thankfully, equipment finals went a bit higher for her, and she or he was capable of go dwelling with the gold on bars as effectively as silver medals on beam and ground. Her toe-on to Tkachev combo was wonderful right here, and she or he additionally had a pleasant Pak, clear hip to blind full, and open double tuck dismount with a bit of bounce for an 11.2, whereas on beam, she bought an 11.6 with just some little kind breaks, after which one other 11.6 on ground with a principally stable routine regardless of just a few steps out of her tumbling passes.
In the vault closing, following Wingren with the gold, we noticed Isabel Hell win the silver with a 12.475, and Embla Molander get the bronze with a 12.350. Hell had a really good, stretched tsuk structure with a hop again, after which a tsuk with an excellent open tuck for her second vault, whereas Molander had a step ahead on her handspring entrance pike after which a big run out of her follow-up entrance tuck.
Behind the Westlunds on bars, Amanda Helsing grabbed the bronze with a 10.5 (and the highest execution rating of 8.5!), exhibiting very good stalder work right into a toe-on to toe shoot with nice extension on all the things, and she or he dismounted with a structure, simply taking two small steps out of it into her salute.
On beam, the Westlunds’ membership teammate Elina Grawin ended up getting the upset for gold with an 11.8, and her routine was one of many highlights of the competitors for me. This was Grawin’s first nationwide championships, and beam was the one occasion she competed, however she’s a stunning gymnast and one to control sooner or later. She had a gorgeous swap leap to separate leap, a clear structure stepout sequence with only a break on the hips towards the top, a full Y flip, entrance aerial into her leap sequence, tick-tock down into her choreo, facet aerial, break up ring leap, and a double full, making this one of the crucial tough routines, and she or he did all of it so elegantly.
There was additionally a junior who competed named Gabriela Chetu who’s a latest transplant to Sweden after arising by way of the Romanian system, on the Farul Constanta membership. The 13-year-old moved to Sweden final 12 months, and now trains at All Star in Stockholm. While her issue is fairly minimal and whereas she scored solely a 34.150 right here to complete 10th, she’s a stunning gymnast and I hope we will see her add to her ability stage within the coming years.
Notably absent from the competitors on the senior stage was Jessica Castles, who’s now in her freshman 12 months on the University of Arizona, whereas on the junior stage, we didn’t get to see Jennifer Williams, the highest Swedish gymnast at junior world championships final 12 months, as she’s recovering from a latest elbow surgical procedure.
Article by Lauren Hopkins