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U.S. Classic in Gymnastics Ready to Start in Hoffman Estates, IL

28 Jul, 2017


2016 Olympic replacement athletes Ashton Locklear of Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, and Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, who won the 2017 AT&T American Cup, headline the field at the 2017 U.S. Classic, set for July 29 at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The U.S. Classic is the final opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify for the 2017 P&G Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships, scheduled for Aug. 17-20 in Anaheim, Calif.

Competition will begin Saturday at 1 p.m. CT with the junior elites, followed by the senior session at 6:30 p.m. CT. A total of 73 athletes from 25 states will compete in the junior and senior elite sessions.  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.

In addition to Locklear and Smith, the senior field features 2017 Stuttgart World Cup all-around bronze medalist Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics; 2017 Jesolo Trophy all-around and balance beam champion Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite; 2017 London World Cup all-around silver medalist Victoria Nguyen of West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute; 2017 Jesolo Trophy floor champion and all-around bronze medalist Abby Paulson of Coon Rapids, Minn./Twin City Twisters; 2017 Jesolo Trophy team gold medalists Alyona Shchennikova of Evergreen, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, and Trinity Thomas of York, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics; along with fellow U.S. Senior National Team members Shania Adams of Plain City, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, and Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./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 of Hillsdale, N.J./Eastern National Academy of Paramus, Adeline Kenlin of Iowa City, Iowa/IGN, Emma Malabuyo of Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, and Maile O'Keefe of Las Vegas, Nev./Salcianu Elite Academy of Gymnastics, the defending U.S. junior all-around champion, are among the five, along with 2017 Gymnix International Junior Cup uneven bars silver medalist Sunisa Lee of Saint Paul, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center. The five are competing in the senior session due to the large number of junior gymnasts who qualified the U.S. Classic.

The complete field is listed below.

The Hopes Championships, which features young, aspiring female gymnasts, is set for Friday, July 28, and tickets range from $20-$30. 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 athletes’ season.

Single session tickets for competition on July 29 are $35-$45 for the junior session at 1 p.m. and $39-$59 for the senior session at 6:30 p.m. All times are Central and subject to change. All-session ticket packages, which include admission to the junior and senior elite sessions along with the Hopes Championships, are still available and range from $79-$129.

Ticket prices vary according to competition session and seat location. To purchase tickets, visit www.SearsCentre.com, call 1-888-SEARS-TIX, or visit the Wintrust Box Office at the Sears Centre Arena.

Fans who cannot make the trip to Chicago can watch the junior session and the Hopes Championships via a live webcast at usagymclassic.com/live. The Olympic Channel is broadcasting the senior competition live, and the webcast may be viewed on mobile devices via olympicchannel.com/en/tv.  For more information, go to usagymclassic.com.

The P&G Championships is the national championships for USA Gymnastics and determines the U.S. champions and the U.S. National Team. The 2017 P&G Championships are scheduled for Aug. 17-20 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, go to pgchamps.com.

Background information

·       Sears Centre Arena. Sears Centre Arena is an 11,000-seat multipurpose family entertainment, cultural, and sports arena located in Hoffman Estates’ Prairie Stone Business Park. The Sears Centre Arena, which opened in 2006, is designed to accommodate a variety of events including concerts, family shows and sporting events. For more information regarding the Sears Centre Arena and upcoming events, please visit the arena’s website at www.searscentre.com.?

·       USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to www.usagym.org.?

2017 U.S. Classic Field

Alpha by state, last name

Alabama

Carina Jordan, Millbrook, Ala./Prattville YMCA, junior

Arizona

Jade Carey, Phoenix, Ariz./Oasis Gymnastics, senior

California

Ciena Alipio, San Jose, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School, junior

Frida Esparza, Pittsburg, Calif./Head Over Heels, senior

Sydney Kho, Rosemead, Calif./Winner's Academy of Gymnastics, junior

Emily Lee, Los Gatos, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School, junior

Laney Madsen, Temecula, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics, senior

Jacquelyn Moran, Soquel, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, junior

Brenna Neault, Alta Loma, Calif./Precision Gymnastics, junior

Madelyn Williams, Vacaville, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, junior

Colorado

Anapaula Gutierrez, Highlands Ranch, Colo./TIGAR, junior

Jimena Gutierrez, Highlands Ranch, Colo./TIGAR, junior

Jay Jay Marshall, Greeley, Colo./TIGAR, junior

Alyona Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, senior

Kalyany Steele, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Aerials Gymnastics Center, senior

Delaware

Love Birt, Wyoming, Del./First State Gymnastics, junior

Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, senior

Florida

Brooke Butler, Wilton Manors, Fla./Midwest Gymnastics Center, junior

Emily Gaskins, Coral Springs, Fla./Cincinnati Gymnastics, senior

Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Groveland, Fla./Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics, senior

Georgia

Elena Arenas, Bogart, Ga./Georgia Elite Gymnastics, senior

Sydney Barros, Woodstock, Ga./Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior

Illinois

Ellie Lazzari, Wheaton, Ill./Gym Nasti, junior

Iowa

Adeline Kenlin, Iowa City, Iowa/IGN, junior

Victoria Nguyen, West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute, senior

Kansas

Leanne Wong, Overland Park, Kan./Great American Gymnastics Express, junior

Maryland

Kayla Di Cello, Boyds, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, junior

Madeleine Johnston, Boyds, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, junior

Anya Pilgrim, Germantown, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, junior

Michigan

Leah Clapper, Ann Arbor, Mich./Gym America, senior

Minnesota

Sunisa Lee, Saint Paul, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center, junior

Grace McCallum, Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, junior

Abby Paulson, Coon Rapids, Minn./Twin City Twisters, senior

Missouri

Kara Eaker, Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, junior

JaFree Scott, Independence, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, junior

Nebraska

Jordan Bowers, Lincoln, Neb./Solid Rock Gymnastics, junior

Nevada

Selena Harris, Henderson, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics, junior

Maile O'Keefe, Las Vegas, Nev./Salcianu Elite Academy of Gymnastics, junior

Sienna Robinson, Las Vegas, Nev./Brown's Gymnastics Las Vegas, junior

New Jersey

Corinne Bunagan, Ramsey, N.J./Eastern National Academy of Paramus, junior

Olivia Dunne, Hillsdale, N.J./Eastern National Academy of Paramus, junior

Marz Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, senior

Riley McCusker, Brielle, N.J./MG Elite, senior

Brooke Siter, Mountainside, N.J./North Stars Gymnastics Academy, junior

North Carolina

Gabbie Gallentine, Iron Station, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, junior

Lauren Little, Mooresville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, junior

Ashton Locklear, Charlotte, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, senior

Marissa Oakley, Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, senior

Victoria Smirnov, Hickory, N.C./Shooting Stars Gymnastics, junior

Ohio

Shania Adams, Plain City, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, senior

Nikki Beckwith, Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, junior

Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, junior

Lillian Lippeatt, Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, junior

Pennsylvania

Cael Bixler, Palmyra, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, junior

Addison Fatta, Wrightsville, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, junior

Trinity Thomas, York, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, senior

South Carolina

Maeve Hahn, Lake Wylie, S.C./First in Flight, junior

Texas

Annie Beard, Dallas, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior

Luisa Blanco, Little Elm, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, senior

Audrey Davis, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, junior

Hannah Hagle, Chireno, Texas/Texas East Gymnastics, junior

Olivia Hollingsworth, Seabrook, Texas/Stars Gymnastics Training Center-Houston, junior

Kaytlyn Johnson, Lantana, Texas/Denton Gymnastics Academy, junior

Emma Malabuyo, Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior

Deiah-Marie Moody, Plano, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, junior

Tienna Nguyen, Allen, Texas/Zenith Elite Gymnastics Academy, junior

Ragan Smith, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior

Deanne Soza, Coppell, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior

Morgan Trevor, Allen, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, junior

Abi Walker, Carrollton, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior

Virginia

Abigail Scanlon, Sterling, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, junior

Washington

Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics Inc., senior

West Virginia

Konnor McClain, Cross Lanes, W. Va./Revolution Gymnastics, junior

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