I do not for a second, pretend to know much about selection processes- particularly US processes- especially as my international approach, means I don't specialize anywhere.
So, here is a question.
If, for example, Vanessa Zamarripa were able to amp her difficulty a little on bars, to say, get her in contention for a Worlds berth (which I would guess she would really have to)- are she and Macko Caquatto in any kind of direct competition for a spot? As potential specialists?
So Vanessa has great vaults, but so does Alicia. BUT- if Macko has wonderful bars, but so did Vanessa- would Vanessa be more useful, because she has two quite strong events? Or does Macko's terrific bars set outweigh everything because US needs bars workers much more and it is unlikely Zam could get anywhere near Macko's kind of difficulty up?
Or does it have nothing to do with the two of them? I just wonder how important Zam's vault is to a team's score, just because the US have so many DTY's and decent (or at least seem to get away with crap form) vaulters?
Also, would Zam have beaten Alicia if she'd done her Cheng as well as night 1?