Mary Jane Horth – Gymnastics World
Alexa Davis – Central Penn. Academy
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Jan. 26, 2010 – Four more gymnasts qualified for the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup over the weekend. The Cereal City Classic in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the Rock-n-Roll Classic in Broadview Heights, Ohio, two of 15 invitationals in the Nastia Liukin Cup Series, selected these four gymnasts: Rock-n-Roll Classic – Alexa Davis of Harrisburg, Pa., Central Pennsylvania Academy of Gymnastics and Mary Jane Horth of Akron, Ohio, Gymnastic World; Cereal City Classic – Marie Case of Erie, Pa., Lakettes Gymnastics Academy and Diandra Milliner of Andover, Kan., Folgers Gymnastics.
Eight gymnasts have now qualified for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup. The rest of the 36 member field will be selected from the remaining 11 invitationals that comprise the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. The inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is scheduled for March 5, 2010, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup and the accompanying Series are joint ventures between USA Gymnastics and the 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, that provide a competitive opportunity for the country’s rising female gymnasts.
Each invitational will select a minimum of two athletes to compete in the Cup from their respective Level 10/open fields. The inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will be held the evening prior to the prestigious Tyson American Cup. The upcoming Nastia Liukin Cup Series meets are listed chronologically below.
- Parkettes Invitational, Allentown, Pa., Jan. 29-31
- Wisconsin Dells Gymnastics Vacation Classic, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Jan. 29-31
- The Fiesta Bowl Classic, Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 5-7
- IGI Chicago Style Meet, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 12-14
- WOGA Classic, Frisco, Texas, Feb. 13-14
- Buckeye Classic, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 19-21
- Circle of Stars, Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 19-21
- Excalibur Cup, Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 19-21
- Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 19-21
- Presidential Classic, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Feb 19-21
- The Long Beach Open, Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 26-28.
Gymnasts who compete in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will receive a Nastia Liukin-designed leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the Tyson American Cup and recognition during the event for the Cup’s medalists; and the opportunity to meet Nastia Liukin and participate in a team photo. Proceeds from the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will go into the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation.
The 2008 Olympic all-around champion, Liukin won five medals at the Beijing Olympic Games to tie the U.S gymnastics record for the most medals won at a single Olympic Games set by Mary Lou Retton (1984) and matched by Shannon Miller (1992). Liukin is just the third U.S. woman to win the Olympic all-around crown. In her career, Liukin has earned nine world medals; was named the USOC’s Co-Sportswoman of the Year, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Individual Sportswoman of the Year and the United States Sports Academy Female Athlete of the Year in 2008; and is a two-time U.S. all-around and Tyson American Cup champion. Liukin, who trains at WOGA, was named one of MSN Lifestyle’s 11 most influential women in America for 2009.