Mackenzie Caquatto

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Mackenzie Caquatto
Full name Mackenzie Caquatto
Nickname(s) Mack, Macko
Country represented United States
Born (1992-03-26) March 26, 1992 (age 25)
Residence Naperville, Illinois
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Years on national team 2008-11
Gym Legacy Elite Gymnastics
College team Florida
Head coach(es) Jiani Wu & Yuejiu Li
Music Laylet Houb (2009-2010)

Mackenzie Caquatto (born March 26, 1992) is a former artistic gymnast who represented the United States at the 2010 World Championships and competed for the University of Florida. Her younger sister, Bridgette Caquatto, is also a former elite gymnast.

Gymnastics career[edit]

2007–9[edit]

Caquatto first qualified as an elite gymnast in 2007 and competed at the National Championships that year, finishing 17th.

Her first senior competition was the 2008 National Championships, where she placed 10th in the all-around. She was named to the national team and qualified to the Olympic Trials, but competed only on the first day, finishing 12th.

In 2009, she competed at her first international meets as a member of the national team and placed 5th at the National Championships, despite a knee injury. At the Toyota International in Japan, she competed on the uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise and won the silver medal on bars with a score of 14.675, behind world silver medalist Koko Tsurumi of Japan. She was also the first alternate to the U.S. team for the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

2010[edit]

Caquatto started her 2010 season at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy, where she had the highest beam score but missed a medal in the all-around because of mistakes on floor exercise. At the 2010 U.S. Classic, she placed 3rd in the all-around, with the second-highest scores on vault and uneven bars but a fall on balance beam. She qualified to the National Championships, where she placed 5th in the all-around after falling on a simple grip change on the uneven bars, her best event.

Based on her performance at Nationals, Caquatto advanced to the team selection camp for the 2010 World Championships. She went on to win the all-around at a second selection camp and was named to the team.

At the World Championships, she placed 9th in the all-around in qualifications but did not advance to the individual all-around final because only two athletes per country can qualify, and her teammates Aly Raisman and Rebecca Bross scored higher. In the team final, she scored 14.666 on bars and 15.000 on vault to help the U.S. win the silver medal, behind Russia but ahead of China.

2011[edit]

After competing for the University of Florida for the 2010–11 season, Caquatto decided to train for a comeback to elite gymnastics. At the 2011 U.S. Classic, she competed on bars, scoring 14.750, and performed a somewhat watered-down routine on balance beam, scoring 14.100.

At the National Championships, she competed in the all-around and finished the first day of competition in sixth place with a score of 56.000, counting a fall on beam. However, with solid performances on the second day of competition and injuries to Chellsie Memmel and defending national champion Bross, she placed fourth behind Jordyn Wieber, Raisman, and McKayla Maroney. She also took second place on the uneven bars, just 0.050 behind Wieber.

Caquatto earned a spot on her fourth national team and was invited to the first world team selection camp, but she injured her ankles on a beam dismount at the camp. After sitting out the beginning of the NCAA season, she began competing on the uneven bars again in early 2012.

Skills[edit]

Caquatto performed the following skills in 2010:

Apparatus Skills D Score Top Score in World Championship/World Cup/Olympic Competition
Vault Double-twisting Yurchenko 5.8 15.000
Uneven Bars Jump to high bar mount, kip cast to reverse grip handstand, Jaeger (D), kip cast to handstand, toe-on piked Tkatchev (E) to Pak salto (D), kip cast to handstand, Maloney (D) to bail (D) to toe-on full pirouette (D) to toe-on shoot to high bar, kip cast to handstand, Tkatchev (D), kip cast to handstand, giant, full-twisting double tuck dismount (D) 6.2 14.666
Balance Beam Leap mount, side somi (D), front aerial (D) to back handspring (B) to layout step-out (C), full turn with leg at horizontal (C), split jump to sissone, switch split leap 1/2 (D) to back tuck (C)*, front pike with takeoff from one foot (C), switch split leap (C) to back tuck or pike (C), roundoff to double pike dismount (E) 5.7 (5.8*) 14.266
Floor Exercise Roundoff back handspring to full-in double pike (E) (triple twisting back layout (E)*), roundoff back handspring to a triple twisting back layout (E) (roundoff to 112 back layout (C) to full twisting front layout (C)*), double turn with leg at horizontal (D), tour jete 1/2 (C), switch split ring leap (C) to switch split leap 1/2 (C), roundoff to 112 twisting back layout (C) to full twisting front layout (C) (front handspring to double twisting front layout (D)*), roundoff back handspring double pike dismount (D) 5.6 (5.5*) 13.533 (with slightly watered-down exercise)
  • *Variation competed for 2011.

Competitive history[edit]

Senior career history[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2011 CoverGirl Classic Chicago, IL Uneven Bars 4 14.750
Balance Beam 12 14.100
U.S. Championships Saint Paul, MN All-Around 4 112.500 6 56.000
Uneven bars 2 29.750 2 15.000
Balance Beam 12T 26.700 18 12.650
Floor Exercise 10 27.200 6T 13.650
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2010 CoverGirl Classic Chicago, IL All Around 3 56.450
Vault 2 14.850
Uneven Bars 2 15.050
Balance Beam 20 12.950
Floor Exercise 8 13.600
U.S. Championships Hartford, CT All-Around 5T 113.350 5T 56.800
Uneven bars 2 28.900 4 15.000
Balance Beam 7T 27.550 9 13.500
Floor Exercise 8 27.700 10T 13.700
World Gymnastics Championships Rotterdam, The Netherlands Team All-Around 2 175.196 3 233.643
All-Around 9 57.198
Vault 15.000 (team finals) 6 14.933 (no average)
Uneven Bars 14.666 (team finals) 12 14.466
Balance Beam 21 14.266
Floor Exercise 39 13.533
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2009 CoverGirl Classic Des Moines, IA Uneven Bars 9 13.350
U.S. Championships Dallas, TX All-Around 5 111.950 5 56.000
Uneven bars 3 29.000 4 14.450
Balance Beam 17 26.000 15 13.000
Floor Exercise 10 27.350 9 13.850
Toyota International Toyota City, Japan Uneven bars 2 14.675
Balance Beam 12 12.275
Floor Exercise 11 12.100
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Philadelphia, PA All Around 12 57.100
Vault 6 14.950
Uneven Bars 12 14.450
Balance Beam 16 13.800
Floor Exercise 18 13.900
U.S. Championships Boston, MA All Around 10 114.850 8 58.100
Uneven Bars 10 28.950 8 14.400
Balance Beam 15 28.200 10 14.800
Floor Exercise 19 28.500 18 14.100

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