US Scores Update – Post-Classic – The Balance Beam Situation


The time has come for the post-Classic score update where all our questions can finally be answered. Now, due to the lightness of the senior field at Classic, “all of our questions” boil down to exactly one question: Where does Leanne Wong fit in the current team conversation after this encounter?

Using everyone’s best score recorded in 2022, the top-scoring American team remains unchanged, largely because the 13.7 eMjae Frazier scored on beam at the Winter Cup and the 13.85 she scored on the floor in Jesolo remain ahead of the 13.5 and 13.6 Wong achieved. beam and floor at Classic.

Skip Bars Shine Floor
Konnor McClain 14,400 13.933 14,600 13,900
Skye Blakeley 14.266 13.933 14,300 13.550
Shilese Jones 14,400 14,500 13.550 13,700
Zoe Miller 13,650 14.633 12.133 12,650
eMjae Frazier 14.133 13,400 13,700 13,850
43.066 43.066 42,600 41,450 170.182

But it’s possible to take a slightly more nuanced approach to things than just the highest score on each event over a 7-month period, and the methods where we’re starting to use averages do indeed put Wong on the team of five with the highest score solely because of their Classic results.

Basing the team on a straight average score for the whole year, Wong would move to the team above to create the highest score with a few other changes that are… interesting and probably unrealistic in the bar department. But that’s where we are now.

Skip Bars Shine Floor
Konnor McClain 14,200 13.404 14.022 13.242
Kayla DiCello 12.8585 13.758 12.1665 13.556
Shilese Jones 14.244 14.271 12.729 13.150
Ashlee Sullivan 14.061 12,750 13,500 13.078
Leanne Wong 14,400 12,850 13,550 13,600
42.844 41.433 41.072 40.397 165.7465

Alternatively, we could take the current Japanese approach to determining the highest scoring team – the average of your two best scores on each device (at least, for those with two).

Skip Bars Shine Floor
Konnor McClain 14,300 13.833 14.3165 13.733
Skye Blakeley 14.133 13.9165 13,900 13.458
Shilese Jones 14.350 14,400 13.5085 13.675
Zoe Miller 13.525 14.550 12.0415 12,500
Leanne Wong 14,400 12,850 13.550 13,600
43.050 42.8665 41.7665 41.008 168.691

Essentially, you can choose which variant of the method gets you the team you want (shh, don’t tell the others), i.e. if you take this method and only use scores from public competitions and eliminate camps behind closed doors, you see Frazier replacing Blakely in this team. But the headline is that after a competition consisting of two good events, one average event and one miss, Wong is already – or at least very close – to building the best American team in the world, which bodes very well for his chances in as long as we progress.

Based on the performance of the first 7 months of the year, this third team seems like a pretty reasonable estimate of what America’s best team looks like, but there’s so much more action to come. DiCello appeared on the mid-scoring team instead of Blakely, which looks pretty realistic if she hits the beam and gets her DTY back. Plus, of course, there are the Jordan Chiles and Jade Carey factors, which are still TBD.

Quite useless in nature but also interesting: if I give Carey and Chiles what I think are realistic scores for their previous routines under the new code vault values ​​and CV changes – very rough, very rough , but you know – that would have them replacing Wong and Blakely on the team above, leaving Miller behind. It shows how difficult it can be to remove Miller from a top-scoring team in a non-Suni year, despite only contributing to one event. Miller and Jones having mid-14s on bars when most other people are in the 13.9s is a huge asset that’s hard to make up for with an event like beam that’s all…beam.

Basically, whatever method you decide to use right now (highest score, average score, international encounter average, yada yada yada), Konnor McClain and Shilese Jones are all teams. I haven’t found a method that doesn’t include them, which means they’re currently the most insensitive to Olympian returns. Everyone goes in and out depending on what you decide to watch, but the most frequent team member after these two is Zoe Miller. I’ll be keeping an eye on if that remains the case after Nationals, especially if we see Jordan Chiles competing, someone who should be past 14 with hit bars, or if we see Wong’s fully connected hit bars, that could disrupt what currently seems valuable.


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