2017 GOTY Nominees - The Initial 100

The following athletes have been selected as part of our initial 100 on our way to selecting our official Top 45 athletes and we need your participation to get there! Here is how you can participate.

Baylie Belman - WOGALevel 9

  • Coaches: Megan Haught, Egor Grebenkova, Nataliya Marakova
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Baylie began competing in gymnastics at the age of 5. She has won state and regional titles and was selected to the TOPs Diamond Team at the age of 7 and the TOPs National A Team at the age of 8. Baylie has since been a regular at the NTTC, training on invitation to the Developmental Camps. At only 9 years of age, she finished last season as the ninth ranked Level 8 in the country scoring above 38.000 in every meet. Currently, as a ten year old, Baylie is training for the 2018 Level 9 and Hopes season under coaches Megan Haught, Egor Grebenkova, and Nataliya Marakova.

Margie Navarro - Sokol Elite Gymnastics Chino, CALevel 8

  • Coaches: Vladimir Ivanov and Tatiana Lonskaya: Choreographer Elena Todorova
  • Graduating Year: 2021
  • Hi my name is Margie and I started gymnastics when I was 8 years old, this has been my hardest season physically and mentally. I love to challenge myself and brave my fears. After ripping two tendons in my wrist just before regionals I am proud to say I finished the season coming in 2nd All Around at Regionals. This journey is only possible because of great coaches and gym that believes in me. I look forward to Level 9 and am working nonstop to achieve my skills.

Cristal Isa

  • Coaches: Cassie Rice and Jill Preston
  • Graduating Year: 2018
  • Cristal started at Gymcats when she was 6, and has worked with Cassie Rice and Jill Preston through her whole career. She has had a great gymnastics career in every event, and in 2017, won the AA at all her regular meets. She also was the highest Level 10 score at the Lady Luck meet in Las Vegas and qualified to the Nastia Cup. At the 2017 Nevada State meet, she won all events and the AA with a 38.375, and continued to do a great job at the Region 1 Championships with 2nd place AA, and is the regional bar champion. At the 2017 JO Nationals, she won the bars title, 2nd on beam and placed 3rd AA, and made the JO National Team! She's looking forward to her last Level 10 season this year and her goal is to graduate with an Advanced Honors Diploma from Green Valley High in Henderson, NV. She is committed to the University of Utah on a full ride scholarship, and will be starting there during the 2018-19 year. Thank you to MSO for considering her for Gymnast of the Year and placing her in the Top 100!!

Emily Walraven (Emmy Lou) - Texas Dreams GymnasticsLevel 9

  • Coaches: Michelle Ernst, Ned Lang, Marcus Harlin
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • My name is Emily but they call me Emmy Lou. I am training Level 9/10 at Texas Dreams with Michelle Ernst, Marcus Harlin, and Ned Lang. I love gymnastics because it is fun and I love seeing my team everyday. My favorite event is floor, but don't tell my bars or vault coach. I hope someday I can inspire other girls like the girls that inspire me.

Zia Willett - Carolina GymnasticLevel 9

  • Coaches: Anna Sexton
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • Zia is a 10-year-old level 9 gymnast training for HOPES Elite. At age 6 she competed as a level 3 gymnast in Louisiana winning the state competition. The following season, Zia competed as a level 7 gymnast winning the Louisiana state competition and 13 at her first regional meet. During the 2016-2017 season, she won the level 8 Fruge award as the all-around winner at the Louisiana state competition and 4th place at Regionals. Zia attended 3 developmental invite camps during her career. Zia transition to Columbia, SC May 2016 due to her mother's military duty and now trains at Carolina Gymnastics under Coach Anna Sexton. Although she loves and misses her Louisiana gymnastics family, she is excited to compete with her new gymnastic's family, to grow, and achieve new skills. Her ultimate goal is to compete at the 2024 Olympics.

Hailey Clark - Orlando Metro GymnasticsLevel 9

  • Coaches: Jason Rawling and Carrie Loeser
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • Hailey is currently training level 9 at Orlando Metro Gymnastics in Central Florida. She is a straight A student in all honors classes and is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society. As a level 8 gymnast in 2017, Hailey was listed in Americas Top 100 for vault(5x), uneven bars(2x), floor exercise(1x), and all-around(3x). She qualified to the Region 8 Championships where she won the all-around title with a 38.600. Hailey also earned gold medals on vault, uneven bars and balance beam and a bronze medal on floor exercise. Hailey trains 22.5 hours per week under coaches Jason Rawling and Carrie Loeser.

Myli Lew - San Mateo GymnasticsLevel 9

  • Coaches: Armen Astoian and Oksana Bystrova
  • Graduating Year: 2025
  • At the age of 4.5 year's old, Myli Lew was put into the Hot Shot's group and was doing 3 hours of gymnastics a week. She was slowly learning TOPs skills. At the age of 6, Myli began competing level 3 where she made the NorCal South State Team 2nd place all around. Myli made TOP's Diamond Team in 2014 and was also on the NorCal South State Champion for Level 4 placing 1st all around. After competing level 4, Myli competed one level 5 meet off season. She was the only level 5 off season gymnast to compete from her gym and won 1st place all around. Myli also made TOPs National A Team in 2015 and attended her first Developmental Invite camp in Feb '16. Myli was the NorCal South State Champion for level 7 in 2016 and represented level 7 NorCal South State Team at Regionals where she was 1st place all around. Myli has attended Developmental Camp twice so far in the later part of 2016. Myli can't wait to learn more skills. She has met a lot of great gymnasts from other gyms on my journey and loves being able to connect with them on social media since they live far away.

Erin-Grace Caña - Kurt Thomas GymnasticsLevel 9/10

  • Coaches: Kurt Thomas, Beckie Thomas
  • Graduating Year: 2019
  • I started as a competitive gymnast just three years ago as a Level 3, age almost 13 (2014). I love the sport and it has become my passion. I have worked very hard to catch up to my peers. This coming season I hope to compete Level 10 and qualify Elite. I am very thankful for Kurt Thomas Gymnastics and my coaches who saw my potential and gave me the opportunity I craved. Now I am living my dream. Please follow me on: https://www.instagram.com/ecana.gymnast/

Genesis Gibson Level 10Level 10

  • Coaches: Tatyana Shadenko & Ryan Roberts
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • Welcome to My Meet Scores Profile! I am thrilled to be nominated for the Top 100 athletes! I am currently training level 10 at WOGA Frisco under the best coaches Tatyana and Ryan. I hope to one day compete in the 2020 Olympics and in College. I maintain straight A's, take high school credit courses year round, and a member of the Junior National Honor Society. My teammates and their families are like my second family. I hope to compete in the Pan American Games in April of 2018!

Josie Angeny

  • Coaches: Sarah O'Brien ,Kevin Pope, Jen Fatta,
  • Graduating Year: 2018
  • Started competing Gymnastics in 2006 and will now be starting my 6th year as a level 10 at Prestige Gymnastics in Lancaster, PA

Hailey John - Orlando Metro GymnasticsLevel 10/HOPES Elite

  • Coaches: Jeff Wood/Christi Mitchell
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • Hailey is currently training Level 10/ELITE at Orlando Metro Gymnastics in Orlando, Florida. She trains under Head Coach Jeff Wood and Christi Mitchell. In 2017, during her first season as a Level 10 Gymnast, she ended the year 1st AA at the Florida State Meet, earning 1st on beam and floor. While completing her first season as a Level 10, Hailey continued working towards her goal of becoming an elite gymnast. Most recently in 2017, Hailey qualified for the HOPES Classic and the HOPES Championship in Chicago where she earned bronze on beam! Hailey has been an honor roll student throughout middle school. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the BETA Club.

Lauren Pearl

  • Coaches: Mihai&Silvie
  • Graduating Year: 2021
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Tyler Hambright (2023- Training Level 9) - Bull City Gymnastics: Durham, NC.Level 8

  • Coaches: Stephen & Amanda Maness
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • First, I want to say how proud I am to be a part of the gymnastics community. There are so many amazing people in this sport and I feel so lucky to be surrounded and inspired by them every day. If it weren't for all the great people I've met along the way, my story would not be what it is! So, about me: I am 12 years old and training Level 9. When I was 8 years old I decided I really wanted to learn how to do a back handspring so my parents signed me up for gymnastics. I quickly fell in love with all aspects of gym even though I started out just wanting to tumble. As a late starter to the sport, I have had to work very hard to catch up to the athletes my age, but it has been an awesome journey. Even though it took me 18 months to finally get that back handspring I wanted, I remained determined. I am so glad I didn't give up because things really took off from there. Earlier this year, on my 4th anniversary of beginning gymnastics, I finished the season as a Region 8, Level 8, First Place AA, Vault and Beam Champion. That was very exciting! I am grateful for my coaches, my gym friends and all the fun experiences which are part of being a competitive gymnast. Thanks for letting me tell my story! Good luck to everyone this upcoming meet season!

Reese Borrell

  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • I began my gymnastics career at the age of 4. I went on to qualify for TOPS 3 times, and made it to Developmental in 2015. Unfortunately, I broke my arm in 2015, had 3 surgeries and did not compete for the 2015-2016 season. I came back strong in the 2016-2017 season. Winning New York State Championships All Around with an overall score of 38.675, first place on vault, beam, and floor also winning Region 6 level 8 Regional Championships All with a score of 38.555, first place vault and floor.

Rebekah Lashley - MA Elite Gymnastics Academy

  • Coaches: Tara Pasiakos & Colin Hill
  • Graduating Year: 2019
  • I finished last season at Region 6 regionals, winning all around, beam, and vault, and at Eastern Championships, winning all around and beam and placing on all the other events as well. This year, I am a level 10 and I look forward to great season.

Mikayla Maire

  • Coaches: Valentino Mutafov, Sunny Hulse,
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • Hi, I am Mikayla and I am currently training level 9 for the 17-18 season. I train at Central Coast Gymnastics in San Luis Obispo with my coaches Valentino Mutafov and Sunny Hulse. In level 8, I only scored below a 37 AA once, my highest AA score for the season was a 37.600. In level 7, I was the floor state champion for NorCal. My favorite events are, bars & beam! My twin sister, Malia, is also a gymnast with me! You can follow me on Instagram at: gymnast.mikayla.2022

Chloe Lashbrooke

  • Coaches: Amanda Borden and Kristin Fanning
  • Graduating Year: 2019
  • Chloe Lashbrooke is a 3rd year level 10 at Gold Medal Gymnastics in Chandler, Arizona. She is coached by Amanda Borden and Kristin Fanning.

Molly Neinstein

  • Coaches: Sarah Korngold & Liang Zhao
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • My name is Molly, but my nickname is Smalls. I started gymnastics when I was 8 years old, and now I am 12 and will be competing level 9 and HOPEs Elite this season. I train at Paramount Elite in Van Nuys, CA with two amazing coaches, Sarah Korngold and Liang Zhao, who encourage me and help me to do my best every day. Floor is my favorite event, but I do my highest skills on beam. My highlight of last season was earning the title of Region 1 Level 8 Beam Champion! I love my gym and my gym friends who are like family. I am so excited to be nominated for Gymnast of the Year!!

Jewel Clark - Gymnastix Training Center Level 9

  • Coaches: Guto dos Anjos & Marcos Barros
  • Graduating Year: 2021
  • I am currently training for level 9 and am the level 8 state champion and regional bar champion.

Alexis MatherLevel 9/10

  • Graduating Year: 2018
  • My name is Alexis but most people call me Lexi. I competed level 9 last season, and am currently training level 10 at Olympus Gymnastics in Utah. I placed first at all of my meets this past season including 1st all around at Regionals, and 1st all around at Westerns with a personal best of a 38.575!

Kaliya Lincoln - Airborne Gymnastics, CaLevel 10

  • Coaches: Cale Robinson
  • Graduating Year: 2024

Kylee Burton - Metroplex GymnasticsLevel 10

  • Coaches: Kambri Hoffman, Justin Lea
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • Hi, I'm Kylee Burton from Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen, TX. I am currently training level 10 and I am in 8th grade attending PCAplus online. I train 31 hours a week with THE best coaches and teammates ever! Last season was one of my most successful and most fun seasons competing gymnastics. Traveling to new cities with my teammates, and winning AA at the Texas State Championships and at the JO Western National Championships was by far the hightlight of my competitive season. I am so excited and honored to be nominated for the MSO Gymnast of the Year!

Elizabeth Gantner - Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center

  • Coaches: Dave Marus and Jaycie Phelps
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • I am Elizabeth Gantner and I am 12 years old from Indianapolis, Indiana. I train at JPAC with my coaches, Dave Marus and Jaycie Phelps and I hope to qualify Junior Elite in 2018. After an amazing level 8 season in 2016, my coaches and I decided I would compete level 10 and try to qualify Hopes in 2017. Early in the year, I competed one meet at level 9 and achieved my elite compulsory score before competing my first level 10 meet at Metroplex in Texas. In February, I made my Hopes Optional score at the Brestyans Qualifier in Las Vegas. In my second ever level 10 all around meet in Orlando, I went 4 for 4 and qualified to the Nastia Liukin Cup with a 38.175. I followed that with another 38+ all around at our own JPAC Midwest Showdown. I had an amazing time at the Nastia Cup even though it wasn't my best meet. I went on to States, Regionals, and JO Nationals where I was State and Regional beam champion and finished third on beam at JO Nationals. I am thankful for all of the support from my family, my coaches and my teammates and look forward to 2018.

Amoree Lockhart

  • Coaches: April Pyle
  • Graduating Year: 2020
  • Amoree Lockhart is a level 10 gymnast from Empire Gymnastics

Jansen MorrisLevel 9

  • Coaches: Igor and Marina Vernyi
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • I am 12 years old and training Level 9/10 at WOGA. Previously coached by Laurent and Cecile Landi, I recently started training under Igor and Marina Vernyi and am very excited to grow and progress under their guidance. As a Level 8 in the 2017 Texas State Competition, I placed 3rd on Vault and Bars, 2nd on Floor, 1st on Beam and 2nd All Around. I started tot gymnastics classes with my mom and dad when I was 18 months old and have been doing gymnastics ever since. When I was 7 years old, I competed in my first meet on September 8, 2012. I was Level 4 and placed 6th on Vault and Bars, 5th on Beam, 1st on Floor and 4th All Around. I loved competing so much and knew that gymnastics was something that I wanted to keep doing and getting better at for a long time. Through the years, I tried lots of different sports and activities including soccer, softball, ice skating, dance and karate. While I had fun trying out different things, I never felt the drive and love for them like I do gymnastics. I am so grateful to be a part of the amazing gymnastics community and feel so blessed to be able to do what I love every day.

Caitlyn FigurskiLevel 9

  • Coaches: Gary Anderson & Christy Ramierez
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • My name is Caitlyn but everyone calls me Figs or Figgy. I am a Level 9 at American Twisters in Coconut Creek, Florida. I am homeschooled and I love it because it gives me more time to spend at gymnastics. My favorite event is floor. I love my team, they are the best team mates I could ask for. They make me laugh everyday and make training fun.

Sophie Scrivner

  • Graduating Year: 2019
  • I am a gymnast training for level 10 at JAG Gymnastics. I will be a junior this fall at Andover Central High School

Milana Sliusar

  • Coaches: Armen Astoian
  • Graduating Year: 2026
  • .Milana started gymnastics at the age of 5 by enrolling in a recreational class. She soon was invited to join pre-team, and began her competitive career at the age of 6 at San Mateo Gymnastics. As she turned 7, Milana was invited to join TOPs group.

Courtney McCann (2023)Level 9

  • Coaches: Yevgeny Marchenko, Sonia Haiou and Adam Duncan
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • Hello, my name is Courtney McCann, nickname Court Short. I recently turned 12 years old, and I am training level 9 at WOGA Gymnastics under the direction of Yevgeny Marchenko, Sonia Haiou and Adam Duncan in Frisco, TX. I spend 7-8 hours/day training not only level 9 skills but also Olympic style skills. My favorite thing about gymnastics is learning new skills, and being with my teammates and coaches every day. Teamwork at WOGA is the key for all of us to reach our goals. I will be in the 7th grade 2017-2018, and taking advanced High School classes in Math/Science through my school in my gym. I am a Junior National Honor Society Member. In my spare time I volunteer around the community to fulfill my JNHS hours.

Sydney Morris

  • Coaches: Coach Mary
  • Graduating Year: 2022
  • I began gymnastics when I was 3 years old. My first experience with gymnastics was at 1st class but I was only taking classes. I did not know that Coach Mary was working there. When I was 5 I switched to a gym close to home and Coach Mary was there! I started competing level 4 when I was 6 and have been with Coach Mary since. I competed and advanced every level and am now a level 10. Last year I qualified Hopes Elite Compulsory, but was just short of qualifying optionals as a level 9. This season I qualified elite compulsory at the Myrtle Beach Invitational and elite optional at the Brestyan's Las Vegas Invitational. I am excited to continue competing level 10 and look forward to the Hopes Classic this May! I am also getting ready to compete junior elite this month. I almost have all of my skills and will hopefully be ready for the KPAC Cup in North Carolina in March. I love gymnastics so much and hope to continue to improve and be the best elite gymnast I can be!

Mya Witte

  • Coaches: Jana Bieger
  • Graduating Year: 2023
  • Hi, I'm Mya! I'm 11 and this is my first season of level 10. I am also a Hopes Elite qualifier for 2016 and 2017. I am on the National Developmental Team.

Madison Raesly-Patton - Texas Dreams

  • Coaches: Marcus Harlin, Alicia Goodwin
  • Graduating Year: 2022
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Chloe Widner

  • Coaches: Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette
  • Graduating Year: 2019
  • I am a 3rd year level 10 gymnast from Frisco, Texas. I train at Texas Dreams Gymnastics with Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette. I graduate in 2019 and am verbally committed to the University of Arizona.

Nevaeh Bohannon

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Bailey FerrerLevel 10

  • Bailey Ferrer is a level 10 gymnast of Orlando Metro Gymnastics.

Lundyn Vandertoolen

  • Lundyn Vandertoolen is a level 8 gymnast from Olympus Gymnastics in UT.

Natalie Sadighi

  • Graduating Year: 2019
  • I am a Level 10 gymnast at Azarian Gymnastics. My coaches have helped me very much in my gymnastics career and I am very thankful for them. I also have a brother named Shane who is a level 10 gymnast at Azarian. I would love to do gymnastics in college one day, and I'm excited to have more experiences in my gymnastics!

Easton Haemmerle

  • Coaches: Greg McCalester, Carrie Pohlman, Josh Hodgson
  • Graduating Year: 2022
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Kai Rivers

  • Coaches: John and Katrhyn Geddert
  • Graduating Year: 2019
  • Kai was born November 26th 2000. She began gymanstics at age 4 after a dance teacher recommended that she try the sport. She progressed quickly from pre team to team.

Rachel Baumann

  • Rachel is a 13 year old Junior International Elite Gymnast and trains at WOGA.

Rachael Flam

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Cassie Stevens

  • Cassie Stevens is a level 10 gymnast of Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics in Phoenix, Arizona.

Katelyn Eichenbaum

  • Katelyn Eichenbaum is a level 8 gymnast from Azarian Gymnastics.

Karley McClain

  • Karley McClain is a level 10 gymnast of All American Gymnastics in Lindon, Utah.

Morgan Trevor

  • Morgan Trevor is a level 8 gymnast from WOGA in Plano, TX.

Whitney Bjerken

  • Whitney Bjerken is a level 7 gymnast from Atlanta North Stars in Atlanta, GA.

Bronwyn Hoffman - All Olympia Gymnastics CenterLevel 8

  • Coaches: Galina Marinova & Artur Akopyan
  • Graduating Year: 2024
  • I am a native Californian, living my whole life in Los Angeles near the beach. Being the middle child of 3 kids, makes me more independent and competitive at whatever I do! I love swimming and hanging out with my friends and family. My teachers say I am the sweetest, most focused student and love having me in class. I started pre-team in gymnastics when I was 4 years old and haven't looked back, even though I am still one of the smallest girls in my Level 8 Group, don't let my size deceive you! Training 20+ hours a week is fun...everyday I work harder than the last.

Nia Poole

  • Nia Poole is a level 7 gymnast from Southeastern Gymnastics in Weddington, NC.

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