COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Incoming Maryland gymnastics freshmen Audrey Barber and Karrie Thomas competed at last weekend's 2017 U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships in Indianapolis, each placing in the top-20 of three events against the nation's best.
“We are so proud of Audrey and Karrie and everything they've accomplished in the Junior Olympic careers,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “They're both strong, competitive all-arounders who have a lot of experience competing at national levels. We look forward to having them both in College Park in the fall.”
Barber tied for eighth on vault with a 9.725 and also tied for 10th on floor while competing in the Senior E session. She finished tied for 20th with a 37.725 all-around score.
Competing in the Senior D session, Thomas tied for 19th overall. She placed second on bars with a 9.675 and tied for 12th on floor with a 9.575. Thomas finished with a 37.650 all-around score.
Barber was a member of the 2016 Junior Olympic National team and posted four top-15 finishes last year at the event. This was Barber's fourth time competing at Junior Olympic Nationals. I 2016, she was the regional all-around champion and selected to the Region 7 All-Star team.
This was Thomas' fifth time competing at Junior Olympic Nationals, and she was a member of the 2015 Junior Olympic National team. She tallied three top-5 finishes in 2015, including winning the uneven bar championship. Last year, Thomas finished ninth on bars and beam at the Junior Olympic Nationals. She was the 106 Florida State bars and all-around champion.
The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is one of the national championships of USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body in the United States. The culminating event for the competitive season, the top seven gymnasts from each of USA Gymnastics' eight regions advances to nationals.
Olympians Shawn Johnson, Samantha Peszek, Courtney McCool, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross are a few of the former participants to compete in the prestigious junior Olympic championships.