Who’s Going to Nationals?

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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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10 thoughts on “Who’s Going to Nationals?

  1. This is unrelated to nationals, but the youth olympics next year in Buenos Aires will be taking place in the fall instead of the summer. Do you think the US will send a junior to that competition considering that nationals won’t be happening simultaneously?

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  2. So technically all five “final five” members and Skinner are qualified as well, right? Are they allowed to just show up and do a cartwheel if they feel like it?

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  3. Had a small panic attack because I thought Jay Jay Marshall didn’t qualify. Then realized she’s on there as “Jaymes.” Panic attack over! Phew

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    • Hahaha yes I usually put no nicknames for like ‘official’ stuff but then interchangeably use real names and nicknames throughout! It can get confusing.

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  4. Pingback: The Juniors at the U.S. Classic | The Gymternet

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