Alipio, Chiles Medal at U.S. Gymnastics Championships
UCLA's Ciena Alipio and Jordan Chiles each medaled at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, with Alipio taking home silver on balance beam and Chiles placing third in the all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise.
Alipio, an incoming freshman, placed second on balance beam after two big scores of 13.60 on day one and 13.95 on day two. She finished 17th in the all-around with a two-day total of 100.800. Alipio improved her marks on three events on day two, scoring 13.20 on vault and 12.45 on uneven bars to go along with her 13.95 on beam.
Chiles, who is going into her sophomore season at UCLA, was extremely consistent over the two days of competition, scoring 56.150 on day one and 55.750 on day two for a total of 111.900. She recorded her highest marks on the first day, scoring 14.35 on vault, 14.25 on uneven bars, 13.60 on balance beam and 13.95 on floor exercise. On day two, she earned marks of 14.30 on vault, 14.10 on bars, 13.45 on beam and 13.90 on floor. Chiles finished just one-tenth of a point out of second place and 0.85 out of first. The meet was her first elite competition since she helped Team USA win silver at the 2020 Olympic Games.
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With her third-place all-around placement, Chiles was selected to the national team for the ninth time in her career.