USAG has released the roster for the 2017 U.S. “Don’t Call Me Secret” Classic.
It’s. Happening. Soon.
Use. Only. One. Word. Per. Sentence.
The roster doesn’t contain too many surprises, but there are a couple things worth noting.
Let’s break it down, particularly for the characters with whom we might be unfamiliar.
|2017 U.S. Classic – seniors|
Head Over Heels
|Emily Gaskins, Cincinnati|
None of the major players are skipping Classic this year (they don’t do that much these days, anyway). Typically, however, most of the cools kids only show up to do bars and beam because, like, they don’t need your broke-ass Classic in their lives. But this year is such a wide-open season that we may not see one- and two-event performances from as many people as usual. Very few worlds/national team positions look guaranteed or inevitable.
Ragan Smith probably has the luxury of only doing a couple pieces, and Riley McCusker may be taking it slowly after not being in the full camp swing these last couple months, but most people still have AA competitiveness to prove and need to take this opportunity.
The few gymnasts missing here who have attended national camps at some point in 2017 include Jazzy Foberg, Lexy Ramler, and Emily Schild—all of whom are starting NCAA this year and are more or less done with elite. Christina Desiderio is also not here, lending credence to the idea that she’s ready to move on to LSU. Olivia Trautman went to one camp in January but hasn’t been heard from since.
Also, prepare your definitely-not-surprised tears because Norah Flatley is not on the roster. We haven’t seen Flatley compete in so, so long, but she had been attending all camps this year up until the most recent July camp, where she did not appear.
As is typical for the junior roster at Classic (especially in the first year of a quad), there are a lot of “Who?” names that we may or may not ever hear again. We’ll wait until we have to learn them. We are missing a big name in Gabby Perea, though, who also did not appear at the July camp. Her record for the best AA score of 2017 may be on the line these next couple months. Tori Tatum is the other noteworthy name missing from the juniors. She competed at American Classic and was on the roster for the July camp but did not appear in Rhonda’s picture, leading to a lot of tweeting and tumblring because of gymternet and OMG and such.
|2017 U.S. Classic – juniors|
|Ciena Alipio, West Valley||52.150 at February-2 qualifier (2nd)|
|Sydney Barros, Texas Dreams||50.700 at July qualifier (7th)|
|Annie Beard, Texas Dreams||53.500 at American Classic (3rd)|
|Nikki Beckwith, Buckeye||50.250 at March qualifier (8th)|
|Love Birt, First State||50.500 at American Classic (19th)|
|Cael Bixler, Prestige||51.350 at May qualifier (8th)|
|Jordan Bowers, Solid Rock||51.650 at American Classic (14th)|
|Corinne Bunagan, ENA||50.600 at May qualifier (9th)|
|Brooke Butler, Midwest||50.500 at February-1 qualifier (10th)|
|Audrey Davis, WOGA||52.900 at American Classic (4th)|
|Kayla DiCello, Hill’s||52.850 at American Calssic (5th)|
|Olivia Dunne, ENA||53.500 at Jesolo (6th)|
|Kara Eaker, GAGE||53.200 at May qualifier (3rd)|
|Addison Fatta, Prestige||52.200 at May qualifier (4th)|
|Gabby Gallentine, Everest||50.550 at March qualifier (5th)|
|Anapaula Gutierrez, TIGAR||51.900 at July qualifier (1st)|
|Jimena Gutierrez, TIGAR||50.400 at May qualifier (10th)|
|Hannah Hagle, Texas East||50.350 at July qualifier (3rd)|
|Maeve Hahn, First in Flight||52.100 at March qualifier (2nd)|
|Selena Harris, Gymcats||51.750 at February-1 qualifier (4th)|
|Olivia Hollingsworth, Stars||51.700 at American Classic (13th)|
|Kaytlyn Johnson, Denton||50.700 at February-1 qualifier (9th)|
|Madeleine Johnston, Hill’s||52.450 at American Classic (8th)|
|Shilese Jones, Buckeye||52.350 at American Classic (10th)|
|Carina Jordan, Pratville||50.050 at February-2 qualifier (3rd)|
|Adeline Kenlin, IGN||55.900 at Jesolo (4th)|
|Sydney Kho, Winner’s||50.000 at March qualifier (10th)|
|Ellie Lazzari, Gym Nasti||54.800 at May qualifier (1st)|
|Emily Lee, West Valley|
|Sunisa Lee, Midwest||50.201 at Gymnix (14th)|
|Lilly Lippeatt, Cincinnati||51.850 at American Classic (12th)|
|Lauren Little, Everest||6 national team camps this year|
|Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams||56.700 at Jesolo (3rd)|
|Jay Jay Marshall, TIGAR||3 national team camps this year|
|Grace McCallum, Twin City||52.650 at American Classic (7th)|
|Konnor McClain, Revolution||52.900 at February-1 qualifier (1st)|
|Deiah-Marie Moody, WOGA||50.050 at July qualifier (4th)|
|Jacqueline Moran, San Mateo||54.000 at May qualifier (2nd)|
|Brenna Neault, Precision||50.200 at March qualifier (9th)|
|Tienna Nguyen, Zenith||50.950 at March qualifier (4th)|
|Maile O’Keefe, Salcianu||57.300 at Jesolo (2nd)|
|Anya Pilgrim, Hill’s||54.000 at American Classic (2nd)|
|Sienna Robinson, Brown’s||50.800 at American Classic (17th)|
|Abigail Scanlon, Capital||51.600 at February-1 qualifier (6th)|
|JaFree Scott, GAGE||50.950 at American Classic (16th)|
|Brooke Siter, North Stars||50.000 at March qualifier (10th)|
|Victoria Smirnov, Shooting Stars||50.600 at American Classic (18th)|
|Morgan Trevor, WOGA||50.100 at May qualifier (12th)|
|Madelyn Williams, San Mateo||52.400 at American Classic (9th)|
|Leanne Wong, GAGE||54.500 at American Classic (1st)|
Every single time Jay Jay Marshall’s name appears on a roster, she has a different nickname. Sometimes it’s Jaymes, sometimes it’s Jay, sometimes it’s JJ, sometimes it’s Jay Jay. I’m obsessed. Having a different name every meet is next level.