2008 Olympian Ashleigh Brennan leads the 2012 Australian National Championships after Day 1, scoring 58.4 across four events.
Brennan's top routine came on balance beam, where she performed a routine worth 6.1 in difficulty, scoring a 15.35 on the event. Brennan hit across the board, posting no score lower than 14.05. Her score of 14.9 on floor exercise was the second-highest mark of the night.
Emily Little is currently in second, scoring 56.25 after strong showings on vault (14.55) and beam (14.4).
2010 World floor exercise champion Lauren Mitchell competed on three events, and hit balance beam for a huge score of 15.7. Mitchell also posted the highest score floor, scoring 14.95 with a deduction for going out of bounds.
Mary-Anne Monckton was tops on bars with a 14.9, and veteran Chloe Sims breathed new life into her comeback by putting up a 14.8 on the event.
Daria Joura is another gymnast attempting a comeback, after her Olympic moment in 2008 was tainted by an ill-timed injury. Joura competed on vault and floor exercise, earning the high vault score for her double-twisting Yurchenko (14.65).
The Australian Nationals continue with the second round of competition on Friday, followed by the individual apparatus finals on Sunday.
Watch Brennan's beam routine:
Updated on May 13, 2013, 8:09pm