2018 US Classic Roster Notes

Attention peasants! The US Classic is a mere 12 days away, and because everything is going super great, USAG used this definitely-not-down-to-the-wire opportunity to announce, “What up, turkey butts. Check it, we still have a number of sponsors. That number is one.”

Yes, everything is solved now because the CoverSecret US Classic will henceforth be known as the GK US Classic. GK released an official statement on the sponsorship agreement, saying, “Ugh, I mean I guess. We’re a leo company, so…”

In addition to revealing the new title sponsorship of the GK US RSTLNE Classic, USAG announced the list of competitors, a fairly hearty group, one that is overall Simone. With some Simone. I’m impressed by how Simone.

What’s more, Simone has suddenly decided to do the all-around instead of just bars and beam like she was originally planning because why not. Everyone else is like, “Can’t we just have ONE DAY?”

There are, however, four notable absences in the senior division this year: Maile O’Keefe, Marz Frazier, Trinity Thomas, and Gabby Perea, all of whom are already qualified to nationals and will still be able to compete the all-around there if they so choose. Thomas says she’s still planning to compete elite in 2018 but has also already started Florida-ing, so we’ll see. Ashton Locklear is injured and out for the year.

Seniors who have not already qualified to nationals will have to reach 52.000 all-around at this meet (or 39.750 on 3 events, or 27.000 on 2 events) to advance. Otherwise, they are cut loose at this point. Those who still need their qualifying scores are noted below.

2018 GK U.S. Classic – Seniors
Shania Adams,
Buckeye
  • 2016-2017 Senior National Team
  • 53.250 at American Classic
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
Stephanie Berger,
Brestyan’s
  • 51.850 at Brestyan’s elite qualifier
  • 2nd AA, Junior E, 2018 JO Nationals
  • VT, UB. BB, FX (JO routines)
  • **Needs qualifying score to make nationals
Simone Biles,
WCC
  • Some nobody
  • Snooze
  • Pass
Sloane Blakely,
WOGA
  • 48.800 at American Classic
  • 53.750 at Auburn elite qualifier
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
  • **Needs qualifying score to make nationals
Luisa Blanco,
WOGA
  • 51.868 at Gymnix, 51.100 at WOGA Classic
  • 52.950 at 2017 nationals
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
  • **Needs qualifying score to make nationals
Jade Carey,
Arizona Sunrays
  • 2017 world silver medalist—VT, FX
  • 2017-2018 Senior National Team
  • 12.650 on debut UB at American Classic
Jordan Chiles,
Naydenov
  • 2017-2018 Senior National Team
  • 54.100 at April verification
  • 52.932 at Stuttgart World Cup
  • US-leading 14.700 on VT at Pac Rims
  • 2017 worlds team alternate
Audrey Davis,
WOGA
  • 2017 Junior National team
  • 51.200 at American Classic
  • 54.300 at 2017 nationals
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
  • Has 2-event (VT, UB) qualifying score
  • **Needs AA qualifying score for nationals
Olivia Dunne,
ENA
  • 51.133 at Jesolo
  • 53.750 at 2017 nationals
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
  • **Needs qualifying score to make nationals
Kara Eaker,
GAGE
  • 2017 Junior National Team
  • 54.100 at Auburn elite qualifier
  • 52.900 at American Classic
  • World-leading 15.100 on BB
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
Jaylene Gilstrap,
Metroplex
  • 39.350 three-event at American Classic
  • VT, BB, FX
  • **Needs qualifying score to make nationals
Olivia Hollingsworth,
WCC
  • 48.000 at American Classic
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
  • **Needs qualifying score to make nationals
Morgan Hurd,
First State
  • 2017 world AA champion
  • So there’s that
Madeleine Johnston,
Hill’s
  • 53.150 at American Classic
  • 53.168 at Gymnix
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
Shilese Jones,
Future
  • 1st AA at American Classic, 53.900
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
Adeline Kenlin,
IGN
  • 2017 Junior National Team
  • 53.468 at Jesolo
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
  • Plans to compete only UB at Classic
  • Has 2-event (UB, BB) qualifying score
Emily Lee,
West Valley
  • 53.350 at Desert Lights elite qualifier
  • 14.650 on BB
  • VT, FX
  • **Needs qualifying score to make nationals
Isabel Mabanta,
Denton
  • 51.100 at KPAC elite qualifier
  • 38.250 three-event at American Classic
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
  • **Needs qualifying score to make nationals
Emma Malabuyo,
Texas Dreams
  • 2017 Junior National Team
  • 55.868 at Jesolo
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
  • Qualified to nationals with her scores from Junior Japan last year, which I forgot about because I’m actually stupid.
Grace McCallum,
TCT
  • 2017-2018 Senior National Team
  • 54.850 at Pac Rims
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
Riley McCusker,
MG Elite
  • 2017-2018 Senior National Team
  • 27.500 two-event at American Classic
  • Has 2-event (UB, BB) qualifying score
  • **Needs AA qualifying score for nationals
Alyona Shchennikova,
5280
  • 2016-2017 Senior National Team
  • 52.350 at April verification
  • VT, UB, BB, FX
Ragan Smith,
Texas Dreams
  • 2017-2018 Senior National Team
  • 55.166 at Jesolo
  • You know Ragan Smith. You don’t need video.
Deanne Soza,
Texas Dreams
  • 39.150 three-event at American Classic
  • VT, UB, BB
  • **Needs qualifying score to make nationals
Madelyn Williams,
San Mateo
  • 40.400 three-event at American Classic
  • VT, UB, BB
  • Has three-event (VT, UB, BB) qualifying score
  • **Needs AA qualifying score for nationals

As for the juniors, all the national teamers are planning to compete at Classic, as well as all the juniors who have been invited to verifications at any point in 2018—except for Anya Pilgrim of Hill’s, who did not compete at American Classic either. Jay Jay Marshall also continues to be missing entirely.

The juniors are looking for 51.000 AA qualifying score. Those who have already qualified to nationals are noted below.

2018 GK U.S. Classic – Juniors
Ciena Alipio, West Valley 51.300 at American Classic
**Qualified to nationals
Sydney Barros, Texas Dreams 53.550 at April verification
**Qualified to nationals
Annie Beard, Texas Dreams 53.100 at 2017 Championships
Love Birt, First State 50.600 at 2017 Championships
Skye Blakely, WOGA 53.400 at American Classic
Qualified to nationals
Jordan Bowers, Solid Rock 54.750 at Junior Pan Ams
**Qualified to nationals
Sophia Butler, Discover 53.400 at WOGA Classic
Kailin Chio, Gymcats 52.850 at Desert Lights qualifier
Claire Dean, HOH 51.350 at Auburn qualifier
Kayla DiCello, Hill’s 55.400 at American Classic
**Qualified to nationals
Amari Drayton, Olympia Hills 51.100 at Auburn qualifier
Addison Fatta, Prestige 50.500 at 2017 Championships
Aleah Finnegan, GAGE 53.300 at Brestyan’s qualifier
**Qualified to nationals
Delaney Fisher, Georgia Elite 50.750 at KPAC qualifier
eMjae Frazier, Parkettes 50.800 at Auburn qualifier
Gabbie Gallentine, Everest 51.900 at Buckeye qualifier
Elizabeth Gantner, JPAC 51.500 at Auburn qualifier
Karis German, WCC 52.500 at Orlando qualifier
**Qualified to nationals
Trista Goodman, Salcianu 51.550 at KPAC qualifier
Zoe Gravier, MG Elite 51.000 at American Classic
**Qualified to nationals
Olivia Greaves, MG Elite 53.800 at Brestyan’s qualifier
**Qualified to nationals
Hannah Hagle, Texas East 50.600 at 2017 Championships
Maeve Hahn, FIF 50.750 at KPAC qualifier
Selena Harris, Gymcats 50.600 at American Classic
Alexis Jeffrey, GAGE 51.250 at Auburn qualifier
Kaytlyn Johnson, Denton 51.250 at Orlando qualifier
Levi Jung-Ruivivar, Paramount 52.300 at WOGA Classic
**Qualified to nationals
Alonna Kratzer, Top Notch 51.700 at Desert Lights qualifier
Sunisa Lee, Midwest 56.000 at KPAC qualifier
**Qualified to nationals
Lillian Lewis, San Mateo 51.050 at Auburn qualifier
Kaliya Lincoln, Airborne 52.550 at WOGA Classic
Lilly Lippeatt, CGA 52.050 at April verification
**Qualified to nationals
Lauren Little, Everest 52.650 at Buckeye qualifier
Mallory Marcheli, Stars 50.550 at Brestyan’s qualifier
Konnor McClain, Revolution 53.950 at American Classic
**Qualified to nationals
Sydney Morris, First State 51.900 at American Classic
**Qualified to nationals
Brenna Neault, Precision 54.200 at Brestyan’s qualifier
Lauren Pearl, Brestyan’s 51.950 at Brestyan’s qualifier
Katelyn Rosen, Mavericks 50.750 at WOGA Classic
Lyden Saltness, Midwest 51.250 at Auburn qualifier
Abigain Scanlon, Capital 50.050 at Brestyan’s qualifier
JaFree Scott, GAGE 53.000 at April verification
**Qualified to nationals
Ava Siegfeldt, World Class 50.500 at Orlando qualifier
Victoria Smirnov, Shooting Stars 51.600 at 2017 Championships
Ui Soma, San Mateo 53.700 at Auburn qualifier
**Qualified to nationals
Calvary Swaney, FIF 50.650 at Buckeye qualifier
Tori Tatum, TCT 52.600 at Junior Pan Ams
**Qualified to nationals
Leanne Wong, GAGE 55.700 at Auburn qualifier
**Qualified to nationals

 

 

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16 thoughts on “2018 US Classic Roster Notes”

  1. Jay Jay’s stats may be unknown but I’m excited that her fan fb account still has her visiting with the Denver coaches!!

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  2. I’m confused….if a junior needs a 51.00 AA to qualify to Nationals and for example, Lyden Saltess got a 51.250 at the ” Auburn qualifier”, why isn’t she ( and similarly scoring kids like lauren Pearl, Lauren little with 51+ at qualifiers) qualified?

    Does the score need to be achieved at verification camps or American Classic? What is the purpose of the other qualifiers?

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    1. The Auburn qualifier, as well as the others, was to qualify for elite, not to nationals. Yes, only meets that USAG sends athletes to or verification camps can count, I believe (which is why Emma Malabuyo isn’t qualified yet– USAG didn’t send the gymnasts there, they just went with their clubs, so it doesn’t count, which is some bureaucratic nonsense.)

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  3. Isn’t Emma Malabuyo qualified from the Japan meet? The qual chart states “fall 2017 or Spring 2018 national team assignments”.

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      1. I wonder if she’s going to try to petition to do AA at nationals or just stick with UB/BB to be safe?

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    1. Scores were a bit higher than usual at the Auburn qualifier.
      Wong had 14.500 on VT- which is a legit score for her. 14.000 on UB and BB, both a bit high, and 13.200 on FX -legit.
      Scores were higher on BB than we have seen so I wouldn’t take them with a grain of salt.

      Either way, Leanne Wong is def. one of the front runners for the JR AA title. She will have a tough fight against Sunisa Lee and Jordan Bowers.
      Aleah Finnegan, Olivia Greaves, and Kayla DiCello are also possibilities for podium.

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  4. The issue with the 2- and 3-event qualifying scores is that the scores on each event differ so much. A 13.5 on vault and a 13.5 on beam are two different things – NCAA vault vs. World Championship medal winner…

    There should be a qualifying score placed on each event with the 2- and 3-event qualifying scores being the sum of those 3 scores. I’d propose scores of around 14.0 on vault, 13.6 on bars, 12.8 on beam, and 13.2 on floor. Gymnasts can still score below the individual qualifying scores as long as the 2 or 3-event totals exceed the sum of the chosen events.

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  5. What would happen if someone had a two-event qualifying score at American Classic (e.g. VT and UB), and then another two-event qualifying score at U.S. Classic for the other two events (e.g. BB, FX)? Would they still be able to compete All-Around, or are they stuck doing one of the two sets of qualifying events?

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