I’ve been a little slow with my recaps from the U.S. Classic, because when am I not slow with recaps?! But also I’ve been super busy at work and also a little sick, so just keep your pants on because so many recaps and fun little interviews are coming.
But a few people seem to be a bit confused by the whole ‘qualifying to nationals’ thing, and have asked me to literally spell out how it works and who’s going. So…I will! This isn’t an official list or anything…you’ll have to wait for the announcement from USA Gymnastics for that. But this is most likely close to everyone you can expect to be there, unless we get a surprise or two we didn’t realize qualified through the ranch or made it in thanks to a petition.
With no further ado…
|SENIOR NATIONAL QUALIFIERS|
|Shania Adams, Buckeye||Ashton Locklear, Everest (UB, BB)|
|Elena Arenas, Georgia Elite||Riley McCusker, MG Elite|
|Luisa Blanco, WOGA||Victoria Nguyen, Chow’s|
|Jade Carey, Oasis (VT, BB, FX)||Marissa Oakley, Everest (VT, UB)|
|Jordan Chiles, Naydenov||Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters|
|Leah Clapper, Gym America||Alyona Shchennikova, 5280 Gymnastics|
|Frida Esparza, Head Over Heels (VT, UB)||Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams|
|Margzetta Frazier, Parkettes||Deanne Soza, Texas Dreams|
|Emily Gaskins, Cincinnati||Kalyany Steele, Colorado Aerials|
|Morgan Hurd, First State||Trinity Thomas, Prestige|
|Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Brandy Johnson’s||Abigail Walker, Texas Dreams (VT, UB, BB)|
Seniors needed to reach a 52.00 all-around, a 39.75 three-event score, or a 27.00 two-event score at either the American Classic, the U.S. Classic, a verification camp, or an international meet this year. Seniors who were members of the 2016 Olympic team (including alternates) automatically qualified. Additionally, Sydney Johnson-Scharpf was sick during the qualification process but successfully petitioned to nationals.
|JUNIOR NATIONAL QUALIFIERS|
|Ciena Alipio, West Valley||Lillian Lippeatt, Cincinnati|
|Sydney Barros, Texas Dreams||Lauren Little, Everest|
|Annie Beard, Texas Dreams||Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams|
|Love Birt, First State||Jaymes Marshall, TIGAR|
|Jordan Bowers, Solid Rock||Grace McCallum, Twin City Twisters|
|Audrey Davis, WOGA||Deiah-Marie Moody, WOGA|
|Kayla DiCello, Hill’s||Maile O’Keefe, Salcianu Elite|
|Olivia Dunne, ENA Paramus||Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite|
|Kara Eaker, GAGE||Anya Pilgrim, Hill’s|
|Addison Fatta, Prestige||Sienna Robinson, Browns|
|Hannah Hagle, Texas East||Abigail Scanlon, Capital|
|Selena Harris, Gymcats||JaFree Scott, GAGE|
|Olivia Hollingsworth, Stars Houston||Victoria Smirnov, Shooting Stars|
|Madeleine Johnston, Hill’s||Tori Tatum, Twin City Twisters|
|Shilese Jones, Buckeye||Madelyn Williams, San Mateo|
|Adeline Kenlin, Iowa GymNest||Leanne Wong, GAGE|
|Sunisa Lee, Midwest|
Juniors needed to reach a 50.50 all-around at either the American Classic, the U.S. Classic, a verification camp, or an international meet this year.
Article by Lauren Hopkins
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