Margzetta Frazier competes on the beam at the 2018 Gymnastics World Cup on March 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.
There were smiles all around after Margzetta Frazier’s performance on floor exercise, her last apparatus of the FIG Individual All-Around World Cup in Birmingham, England, on Thursday.
The 18-year-old, who trains in Allentown, Pennsylvania, had all but locked down the all-around silver medal in her first-ever international assignment. She had even put some pressure on leader Angelina Melnikova of Russia after a series of strong tumbling passes.
Ultimately Melnikova, who earned a team silver medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, was able to hold on for the win, but it was an impressive debut for Frazier.
She was at the top of the standings halfway through the competition after tying for third on vault and earning the highest score of the meet on uneven bars.
Frazier then tied for fourth on balance beam and was second on floor exercise.
She finished with a score of 53.932, behind Melnikova’s 54.465 and ahead of Great Britain’s Alice Kinsella, who was third with a 53099.
The UCLA recruit earned the top score at a training competition at Louisiana State University in February in order to earn the spot as the sole U.S. woman competing on Thursday.
Frazier finished fifth in the all-around and the uneven bars, seventh in the floor exercise and eighth on balance beam at the national championships in 2017.