Gymnastics News Network
By: Eileen Patchey
The women’s roster has been released for the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships; the USA Gymnastics national championships which will be held Aug. 17-20, at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. 54 of the top American gymnasts will compete for national titles as well as spots on the U.S. National Team. The women’s field features both veterans and rising stars in the junior and senior divisions, including 2017 AT&T American Cup champion and 2016 Olympic replacement athlete Ragan Smith (Texas Dreams Gymnastics); Smith’s fellow 2016 Olympic replacement athlete Ashton Locklear (Everest Gymnastics), a 2014 World team gold medalist; 2017 Stuttgart World Cup all-around bronze-medalist Morgan Hurd (First State Gymnastics); Riley McCusker (MG Elite), the 2017 Jesolo Trophy all-around and balance beam champion; and 2017 London World Cup all-around silver-medalist Victoria Nguyen (Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute).
In addition, other U.S. Senior National Team members who are expected to compete are: Abby Paulson (Twin City Twisters), who claimed the 2017 Jesolo Trophy floor title and all-around bronze medal; Alyona Shchennikova (5280 Gymnastics), who recently won the all-around title at the 2017 U.S. Classic; and 2017 Jesolo Trophy team champion Trinity Thomas (Prestige Gymnastics). U.S. Senior National Team members Shania Adams (Buckeye Gymnastics), and Jordan Chiles (Naydenov Gymnastics), will also compete. Performances in Anaheim will determine the U.S. National Team and which senior women will be invited to the World Team Selection Camp, Sept. 18-22, at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas.
The junior women’s field includes six U.S. Junior National Team members: 2017 Jesolo Trophy junior team gold-medalist Olivia Dunne (Eastern National Academy of Paramus); 2017 U.S. Classic junior balance beam gold-medalist Adeline Kenlin (Iowa Gym-Nest); 2017 Gymnix International Junior Cup uneven bars silver-medalist Sunisa Lee (Midwest Gymnastics Center); 2017 U.S. Classic junior all-around champion Emma Malabuyo (Texas Dreams Gymnastics); Maile O’Keefe (Salcianu Elite Academy of Gymnastics), the defending U.S. junior all-around champion; and 2017 Jesolo Trophy junior all-around champion Gabby Perea (Legacy Elite).
The four-day competition schedule is: Aug. 17 men’s gymnastics, juniors at 1 p.m. and seniors at 7 p.m.; Aug. 18 women’s gymnastics, juniors at 1 p.m. and seniors at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 19 men’s gymnastics, juniors at 12 p.m. and seniors at 5 p.m.; and Aug. 20 women’s gymnastics, juniors at 11 a.m. and seniors at 3:30 p.m. Times listed are Pacific.
Source: YouTube, USA Gymnastics
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