ST. LOUIS, June 26, 2016 – Maile O’Keefe of Las Vegas, Nev./Academy of Gymnastics – Salcianu Gymnastics, won the junior women’s all-around at the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Saint Louis (Mo.) University’s Chaifetz Arena. Competition wraps up tonight with the final day of the senior women’s competition at 7:30 p.m.
O’Keefe posted a 115.050 to earn the junior all-around title. Riley McCusker of New Milford, Conn./MG Elite, took second with a 112.450. Gabby Perea of Geneva, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, was the bronze medalist via a 111.600 total score.
Event scores for top three in the all-around (two-day total/June 26 score)
- Maile O’Keefe: 115.050/58.000 (1), all-around; 29.500/14.850, vault; 27.550/13.950, uneven bars; 29.750 (top score)/14.900, balance beam; 28.250 (top score)/14.300, floor exercise.
- Riley McCusker: 112.450/56.000 (2), all-around; 27.700/14.000, vault; 28.100/13.500, uneven bars; 28.550/14.400, balance beam; 28.100/14.100, floor exercise.
- Gabby Perea: 111.600/56.100 (3), all-around; 27.550/13.800, vault; 28.950 (top score)/14.400, uneven bars; 27.750/14.200, balance beam; 27.350/13.700, floor exercise.
Top event scores: vault, Chae Campbell, Carrollton, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, 30.000; uneven bars, Gabby Perea, 28.950; balance beam, Maile O’Keefe, 29.750; floor exercise, Maile O’Keefe, 28.250.
U.S. Junior National Team. The members of the 2016-17 U.S. Junior Women’s National Team are: Shania Adams of Plain City, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics; Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics Inc.; Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics; Emma Malabuyo of Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics; McCusker; O’Keefe; Perea; Trinity Thomas of York, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics.
Awards. Junior Olympic Program of the Year – Texas Dreams; Women’s Program National Service Award – Linda Thorberg.
The St. Louis Sports Commission is the local host for both events.
The trials and nationals for men’s and women’s gymnastics are being held separately to accommodate the differences in scheduling needed to properly identify and prepare athletes for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The P&G Gymnastics Championships for the senior men were staged June 3-5 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., and determined the men competing at the men’s Olympic Trials. The last time the men’s and women’s national championships were held at different times and locations was in 2008. The U.S. Olympic Trials – Women’s Gymnastics is set for July 8 & 10 at SAP Center at San Jose (Calif.). The last time the men’s and women’s trials were held separately was in 1976.
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for all sports are a collaborative undertaking between the U.S. Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies and the local organizing committees.
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