Field Set for U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 8-11, in Philadelphia
posted on 07/24/2001
Olympians Sean Townsend, Stephen McCain, Tasha Schwikert and two-time Junior National Champion Kristal Uzelac Expected to Compete
Indianapolis - The roster is set for the 2001 U.S. Gymnastics Championships where nearly 200 of America's finest gymnasts will compete for the coveted national title and a berth on the World Championship Team, August 8-11 at Temple University's Liacouras Center and McGonigle Hall in Philadelphia.

Expected to compete in the 2001 U.S. Gymnastics Championships are 2000 Olympians Sean Townsend (Houston, Texas), Stephen McCain (Houston, Texas) and Tasha Schwikert (Las Vegas, Nev.). A number of up-and-coming stars including two-time defending junior national champion Kristal Uzelac (Johnstown, Pa.) will be competing along with Jessica Howard (Jacksonville, Fla.), the two-time defending rhythmic national champion. 2000 Olympians Morgan and Paul Hamm (Waukesha, Wis.) and Morgan White (Cincinnati, Ohio) are expected to participate in a limited number of events at the U.S. Championships in order to remain eligible for World Championships team selection.

The U.S. Gymnastics Championships will crown national champions in both all-around and individual event finals for artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. The competition will name the 2001 World Championship Teams along with the 2001-2002 Senior and Junior National Teams who will represent the U.S. in international competition throughout the year. Spots on the Goodwill Games Team are also at stake.

The 2001 World Championships for artistic gymnastics are October 28-November 4, in Ghent, Belgium and October 17-21, in Vienna, Austria for rhythmic gymnastics. The Goodwill Games are August 29-September 9, in Brisbane.