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US Classic Boasts Large Junior Gymnast Roster

US Classic Boasts Large Junior Gymnast Roster

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By:  Eileen Patchey


A total of 73 athletes from 25 states will compete in the junior and senior elite sessions of the US Classic on July 29th at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  This competiton is the final opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify for the 2017 P&G Championships to be held August 17-20th in Anaheim, California. The P&G Championships is the national championships for USA Gymnastics and determines the U.S. champions and the U.S. National Team.  Many athletes who have already qualified for the P&G Championships will use the U.S. Classic as a final tune-up for the competition in Anaheim.

The US Classic will feature 2016 Olympic replacement athletes Ashton Locklear (Everest) and Ragan Smith (Texas Dreams).  Smith won the 2017 AT&T American Cup in March.

In addition to Locklear and Smith, the senior field features 2017 Stuttgart World Cup all-around bronze medalist Morgan Hurd (First State Gymnastics); 2017 Jesolo Trophy all-around and balance beam champion Riley McCusker (MG Elite); 2017 London World Cup all-around silver medalist Victoria Nguyen (Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute); 2017 Jesolo Trophy floor champion and all-around bronze medalist Abby Paulson (Twin City Twisters); 2017 Jesolo Trophy team gold medalists Alyona Shchennikova (5280 Gymnastics), Trinity Thomas (Prestige Gymnastics); along with fellow U.S. Senior National Team members Shania Adams(Buckeye Gymnastics), and Jordan Chiles (Naydenov Gymnastics).

Five junior elites, who are all members of the U.S. National Team, will compete during the senior elite session but will be vying for junior titles: 2017 Jesolo Trophy team gold medalists Olivia Dunne(Eastern National Academy of Paramus), Adeline Kenlin (IGN), Emma Malabuyo (Texas Dreams Gymnastics), and Maile O’Keefe (Salcianu Elite Academy of Gymnastics-defending U.S. junior all-around champion).  The five, along with 2017 Gymnix International Junior Cup uneven bars silver medalist Sunisa Lee (Midwest Gymnastics Center), are competing in the senior session due to the large number of junior gymnasts who qualified the U.S. Classic.

The Hopes Championships, which features young, aspiring female gymnasts, is set for Friday, July 28.   The Hopes classification is just below the elite level, and the Hopes Championships, previously known as the U.S. Challenge, is the culmination of the Hopes athlete’s season.

2017 U.S. Classic Field
Alpha by state, last name

Carina Jordan-Prattville YMCA, junior

Jade Carey-Oasis Gymnastics, senior

Ciena Alipio-West Valley Gymnastics School, junior
Frida Esparza-Head Over Heels, senior
Sydney Kho-Winner’s Academy of Gymnastics, junior
Emily Lee-West Valley Gymnastics School, junior
Laney Madsen-Gym-Max Gymnastics, senior
Jacquelyn Moran-San Mateo Gymnastics, junior
Brenna Neault-Precision Gymnastics, junior
Madelyn Williams-San Mateo Gymnastics, junior

Anapaula Gutierrez-TIGAR, junior
Jimena Gutierrez-TIGAR, junior
Jay Jay Marshall-TIGAR, junior
Alyona Shchennikova-5280 Gymnastics, senior
Kalyany Steele-Colorado Aerials Gymnastics Center, senior

Love Birt-First State Gymnastics, junior
Morgan Hurd-First State Gymnastics, senior

Brooke Butler-Midwest Gymnastics Center, junior
Emily Gaskins-Cincinnati Gymnastics, senior
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf-Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics, senior

Elena Arenas-Georgia Elite Gymnastics, senior
Sydney Barros-Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior

Ellie Lazzari-Gym Nasti, junior

Adeline Kenlin-IGN, junior
Victoria Nguyen-Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute, senior

Leanne Wong-Great American Gymnastics Express, junior

Kayla Di Cello-Hill’s Gymnastics, junior
Madeleine Johnston-Hill’s Gymnastics, junior
Anya Pilgrim-Hill’s Gymnastics, junior

Leah Clapper-Gym America, senior

Sunisa Lee-Midwest Gymnastics Center, junior
Grace McCallum-Twin City Twisters, junior
Abby Paulson-Twin City Twisters, senior

Kara Eaker-Great American Gymnastics Express, junior
JaFree Scott-Great American Gymnastics Express, junior

Jordan Bowers-Solid Rock Gymnastics, junior

Selena Harris-Gymcats Gymnastics, junior
Maile O’Keefe-Salcianu Elite Academy of Gymnastics, junior
Sienna Robinson-Brown’s Gymnastics Las Vegas, junior

New Jersey
Corinne Bunagan-Eastern National Academy of Paramus, junior
Olivia Dunne-Eastern National Academy of Paramus, junior
Marz Frazier-Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, senior
Riley McCusker-MG Elite, senior
Brooke Siter-North Stars Gymnastics Academy, junior

North Carolina
Gabbie Gallentine-Everest Gymnastics, junior
Lauren Little-Everest Gymnastics, junior
Ashton Locklear-Everest Gymnastics, senior
Marissa Oakley-Everest Gymnastics, senior
Victoria Smirnov-Shooting Stars Gymnastics, junior

Shania Adams-Buckeye Gymnastics, senior
Nikki Beckwith-Buckeye Gymnastics, junior
Shilese Jones-Buckeye Gymnastics, junior
Lillian Lippeatt-Cincinnati Gymnastics, junior

Cael Bixler-Prestige Gymnastics, junior
Addison Fatta-Prestige Gymnastics, junior
Trinity Thomas-Prestige Gymnastics, senior

South Carolina
Maeve Hahn-First in Flight, junior

Annie Beard-Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Luisa Blanco-WOGA Gymnastics, senior
Audrey Davis-WOGA Gymnastics, junior
Hannah Hagle, Chireno-Texas East Gymnastics, junior
Olivia Hollingsworth-Stars Gymnastics Training Center-Houston, junior
Kaytlyn Johnson-Denton Gymnastics Academy, junior
Emma Malabuyo-Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Deiah-Marie Moody-WOGA Gymnastics, junior
Tienna Nguyen-Zenith Elite Gymnastics Academy, junior
Ragan Smith-Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior
Deanne Soza-Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior
Morgan Trevor-WOGA Gymnastics, junior
Abi Walker-Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior

Abigail Scanlon-Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, junior

Jordan Chiles-Naydenov Gymnastics Inc., senior

West Virginia
Konnor McClain-Revolution Gymnastics, junior




Source: USA gymnastics

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