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Rebeca Andrade, Brazilians dominate WOGA Classic

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Brazilians Rebeca Andrade and Leticia Costa swept the all-around titles at the annual WOGA Classic, held Saturday evening in Frisco, Texas.

Fourteen-year-old Andrade, who has been hailed as a future leader of the Brazilian team, tallied an impressive 57.6 overall, a mark that would have won her the senior title by more than three points.

Andrade posted the highest scores of the meet on vault (15.4 for a clean double-twisting Yurchenko) and bars (Toe stalder to toe Shaposh, clean Jaeger and Tkatchev, easy-looking full twisting double tuck) and finished second on beam (13.95 for a polished, mature routine) and floor (14.15 for a routine including a slick double layout, 2.5 to front layout and double pike dismount), topping Amy Tinkler of Great Britain (55.75) and WOGA's Nadia Cho (54.35).

The tiny, compact Flavia Saraiva of Brazil showed excellent lines in a well-executed beam routine that won her the junior title on that event (14.1), while Tinkler tumbled an impressive double layout, full in tuck, 1.5 to 2.5 and double pike to win the floor title (14.5).

Costa, who competed at the 2013 Worlds, scored 53.5 -- including a top mark of 13.0 on floor -- to win over relative unknowns Xie Yufen of China (53.3) and Akiho Sato of Japan (51.85). WOGA seniors Madison Kocian and Alyssa Baumann won one title each: Kocian was first on bars (15.1), while Baumann won beam (14.85). Japan's Mizhuo Nagai was the top scorer on vault (14.75).

The WOGA Classic has a reputation for drawing some of the biggest stars in the sport, especially at the junior level, where the likes of Russia and Ukraine have a habit of sending youngsters who figure prominently into senior teams a few years down the road.

This year, however, with Russia and Ukraine both absent, the story is all about Brazil, which has a Russian connection in new head coach Alexander Alexandrov, who guided the Russian women to a silver medal team finish at the 2012 Olympics, and Great Britain, whose women's team is shaping up to be the strongest in the country's history come 2016.

Related: Full results from the 2014 WOGA Classic

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