Junior Worlds: USA holds first selection trial

The US selection trials for the Junior World Championships in Ermelo, Netherlands, just begun. For the young vaulters under 18 it is a two day competition near Washington. Three more will follow.
Kristian Roberts is there & sent Vaulting News his impressions plus the results from the first day. Thank you! We are really curios who will make it to the first Junior World Championships ever.
Good morning from Lynden, Washington where we are at the first of 4 selection trials for juniors hosted out here on the west coast. In order to qualify they need two scores from selection trials, and one score of 6.5 in the first round from a CVI 2*.
Right from the start, it was a fierce competition in the women’s division with Siddartha Kreaden of Woodside Vaulters pulling ahead after the first round with a 7.428. Right on her heels is her teammate Tessa Divita with a 7.239. The fight for the third place spot was on. Even after being on two new horses, Michelle Guo rose to the challenge and secured the the third place spot with a 7.170, only six hundredths of a point behind second place.
In the men’s division Kaleb Patterson of Warm Beach Vaulters took a strong lead of almost three tenths of a point, finishing the first round with a 6.994. Colton Palmer of Half Moon Bay Vaulters ended his first round with a 6.731. After coming from third in Compulsories, he threw down a great freestyle moving him into the second place spot after round one. Rounding out the top three is Warm Beach Vaulter Luke Overton, also a strong contender to qualify for Jr. Worlds. He finished third by less that two tenths of a point with a 6.727.
Anything can happen with scores this close; it’ll be a battle all the way to the end of the selection period! Let’s wish these young, talented athletes good luck on the second day of competition here in Lynden Washington at the first of 4 intense selection trials this summer.


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