The U.S. Classic Juniors: Part 3

We are back in our attempt to inform you about absolutely everything related to the 2014 Secret U.S. Classic, to be held August 2 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Today we introduce you to some junior elites you may already know, but who have yet to make a national team and therefore will need a little encouragement from you guys to help them through! There’s a ton of talent here, and more than a few definitely have the potential to catch Marta’s attention this summer.

1. Christina Desiderio

Age: 13
Hometown: Hackettstown, New Jersey
Gym: Parkettes
Notable: 10th AA at 2013 U.S. Classic, 8th on beam at 2013 U.S. Nationals
What to Watch: She has fantastic presentation on floor, and her beam is pretty packed with skills.

2. Emily Muhlenhaupt

Age: 14
Hometown: Castle Rock, Colorado
Gym: Colorado Aerials
Notable: 2013 J.O. Nationals qualifier, 2013 U.S. Classic
What to Watch: She has great basics on vault, making her FTY very clean and pretty to watch.

3. Alexis Vasquez

Age: 14
Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
Gym: Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
Notable: 3rd AA at 2012 J.O. Nationals, 3rd on beam at 2013 U.S. Nationals
What to Watch: A true Chow’s kid, her beam is outstanding. She has difficult skills and combos, but also stays steady.

4. Lexy Ramler

Age: 15
Hometown: St. Michael, Minnesota
Gym: KidSport LLC
Notable: 1st AA at 2013 J.O. Nationals, competed at 2013 U.S. Classic and U.S. Nationals
What to Watch: She has a Bhardwaj on bars! Enough said.

5. Grace Quinn

Age: 14
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Gym: Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Notable: 2013 U.S. Classic, 9th AA at 2013 U.S. Nationals
What to Watch: Last year’s beam routine caught my eye with her composure and triple full dismount.

6. Molly Frack

Age: 13
Hometown: Nazareth, Pennsylvania
Gym: Parkettes
Notable: Competed at 2013 U.S. Classic and Nationals
What to Watch: I was obsessed with the energy in her floor routine last year!

7. Deanne Soza

Age: 12
Hometown: Orem, Utah
Gym: Arete Gymnastics
Notable: Competed at 2013 U.S. Classic and U.S. Nationals, 3rd AA at 2014 American Classic
What to Watch: She has a DTY now and really stands out on floor. She should definitely prove to be a national team contender.

8. Taylor Lawson

Age: 14
Hometown: Macungie, Pennsylvania
Gym: Parkettes
Notable: 9th AA at 2012 American Classic, competed at 2012 U.S. Classic
What to Watch: Taylor has been injured for awhile but looks stronger on all four events now that she’s back. Her FTY is very powerful!

9. Maile O’Keefe

Age: 12
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Gym: Salcianu Gymnastics
Notable: Competed at 2013 U.S. Classic, 6th AA at 2014 American Classic
What to Watch: Beam is a very strong event for her. She is very controlled and fluid for someone so young!

10. Ariana Agrapides

Age: 13
Hometown: Bayville, New Jersey
Gym: MG Elite
Notable: 1st on vault at 2013 U.S. Nationals, 2nd on bars at 2014 American Classic
What to Watch: Her DTY last year absolutely blew everyone away! She actually won’t attend the Classic this year due to injury, but will be back in time for Nationals.

11. Sydney Johnson-Scharpf

Age: 13, will turn 14 at the U.S. Classic!
Hometown: Clermont, Florida
Gym: Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics
Notable: 8th on beam and floor at 2013 U.S. Classic, competed at 2013 U.S. Nationals, 7th on beam at 2014 American Classic
What to Watch: Floor. This kid is dynamite. Her energy and personality are unmatched.

12. Jordan Chiles

Age: 13
Hometown: Vancouver, Washington
Gym: Naydenov Gymnastics
Notable: Competed at 2013 U.S. Nationals, 6th AA and 2nd on vault at 2014 City of Jesolo Trophy, added to 2013-2014 National Team
What to Watch: She is aggressive on vault! Though she made it to the national team, she was a late addition to fulfill a spot in Italy, so I included her as a *technically* on this list. But if she were Rio eligible, I bet she’d be competing in the senior session with the other top ladies!

13. Megan Skaggs

Age: 15
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Gym: Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta
Notable: 5th on floor at 2013 U.S. Nationals, 4th AA at 2014 American Classic
What to Watch: Floor! She shines there, and has only gotten better between last year and this year.

14. Gabby Perea

Age: 12
Hometown: Geneva, Illinois
Gym: Legacy Elite
Notable: 7th on beam at 2013 U.S. Classic, 1st on beam at 2014 American Classic
What to Watch: Beam, beam, BEAM. Look at that standing full! This is a routine from last year and she’s been working hard! Here’s her new routine.

15. Megan Freed

Age: 13
Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Gym: Parkettes
Notable: Competed at 2013 U.S. Classic, 1st FX/10th AA at 2014 American Classic
What to Watch: I think she’s adorable and fun to watch on floor.

5 thoughts on “The U.S. Classic Juniors: Part 3

  1. Thoughts:

    Holy beam, Alexis. That was beautiful.

    Molly Frack is too cute for words.

    If that was Deanne at 11 in that video, I can’t wait to see her at 12.(Also kinda love her floor music in that video.)

    Is Taylor Lawson pretty tall for her age or is that just camera angles making me see things?

    I remember being impressed at Maile’s 5.6 D-score last year and so disappointed for her that she missed qualifying for Nationals since I had happened upon her TOPS videos on Youtube a while back. But hey, she was 11 and definitely the extra time has helped her.

    Ari Agrapides, barring injury, is going to be (even more) scary amazing on vault some day. Stuck DTY, nearly completely vertical from the moment her feet hit the ground, wow.

    I can’t wait to see Sydney’s new floor from closer up than where it was filmed from at the American Classic. And her difficulty looks higher than last year.

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  2. I’m so excited to see Christina’s double lay on floor! I also think that Jordan has a shot to place very high at classics and championships

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  3. CHRISTINAAAAA!!! She caught my eye last year! She is so good and I definitely think she could sneak into the running in the next two years! All the mini Parkettes are adorable!
    I personally actually prefer Alexis on bars to Norah.
    UGH, so much talent in the “second-tier” juniors!!!

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