2013 World medalists Biles, Ross headline field at 2014 Secret U.S. Classic
posted on 07/16/2014

© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, July 16, 2014 – 2013 World all-around and floor exercise champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, 2012 Olympic team gold-medalist and three-time 2013 World silver-medalist Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics, and 2013 World team member Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./GAGE, headline the field at the 2014 Secret U.S. Classic in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Aug. 2. The Secret U.S. Classic is the final opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify for the 2014 P&G Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships.

Competition will begin Saturday at 1 p.m. with the junior elites, followed by the senior session at 6:30 p.m. A total of 71 athletes from 20 states will compete in the junior and senior elite sessions. Many athletes who have already qualified for the P&G Championships will use the Secret U.S. Classic as a tune-up for the P&G Championships, scheduled for Aug. 21-24 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nine junior elite gymnasts who will be age-eligible for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will compete during the senior elite session but will be vying for junior titles: The 2014 Pacific Rim Championships team gold-medalists Nia Dennis of Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, Norah Flatley of Cumming, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute, and Bailie Key of Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dream’s Gymnastics are among the nine, along with Jazmyn Foberg of Bayville, N.J./MG Elite, Lauren Navarro of La Verne, Calif./Gliders, Abby Paulson of Coon Rapids, Minn./Twin City Twisters, Olivia Trautman of Champlin, Minn./Twin City Twisters, Emily Gaskins of Coral Springs, Fla./Cincinnati Gymnastics, and Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics. The nine are competing in the senior session due to the large number of junior gymnasts who entered the Secret U.S. Classic.

Single-session tickets range in price from $20-$45, depending on the session and location of the ticket. All-day tickets, which include admission to both the junior and senior elite sessions, are also available for $40-$69. To purchase tickets, visit www.SearsCentre.com, call 1-888-SEARS-TIX, or visit the Box Office at the Sears Centre Arena. Group tickets may be purchased by calling (847) 649-2451. Discounted tickets are also available through local gym clubs that are participating in the Club Ticket Sales Program. For more information, go to secretclassic.com.

To qualify to the P&G Championships, senior elites must score at least a 54.000 in the all-around; have a three-event total of 41.250; or earn a total of 28.000 on two events. Juniors must have a 52.000 in the all-around at the Secret U.S. Classic.

2014 Secret U.S. Classic junior and senior athlete roster
(by state; name, hometown, state/club, level)

Arizona
MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics, senior

California
Felicia Hano, San Gabriel, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics, senior
Lauren Navarro, La Verne, Calif./Gliders, junior
Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics, senior
Caitlin Smith, Valley Village, Calif./ Paramount Elite Gymnastics, junior

Colorado
Emily Muhlenhaupt, Castle Rock, Colo./ Colorado Aerials Gymnastics Center, junior
Alyona Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./ TIGAR, junior

Delaware
Morgan Hurd, Newark, Del./First State Gymnastics

Florida
Bailey Ferrer, Orlando, Fla./ Orlando Metro Gymnastics, junior
Emily Gaskins, Coral Springs, Fla./ Cincinnati Gymnastics, junior
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Groveland, Fla./ Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics, junior
Grace Waguespack, Longwood, Fla./ ACE Gymnastics, junior - Scratched

Georgia
Elena Arenas, Bishop, Ga./ Georgia Elite Gymnastics, junior
Megan Skaggs, Marietta, Ga./ Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta, junior

Illinois
Marissa Oakley, Oswego, Ill./ Phenom Gymnastics, junior
Gabby Perea, Geneva, Ill./ Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, junior
Makenzie Sedlacek, West Chicago, Ill./ Illinois Gymnastics Institute Inc., junior
Anastasia Webb, Morton Grove, Ill./ Illinois Gymnastics Institute Inc., junior

Iowa
Norah Flatley, Cumming, Iowa/ Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute, junior
Rachel Gowey, Urbandale, Iowa/ Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute, senior
Adeline Kenlin, North Liberty, Iowa/ Iowa Gym-Nest, junior
Victoria Nguyen, West Des Moines, Iowa/ Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute, junior
Alexis Vasquez, West Des Moines, Iowa/ Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute, junior

Kansas
Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan./ Great American Gymn. Express, senior

Maryland
Hannah Joyner, Waldorf, Md./ First in Flight, junior
Maggie Musselman, Crownsville, Md./ Hill's Gymnastics, junior

Michigan
Vanasia Bradley, Lincoln Park, Mich./ Splitz Gymnastics, junior
Delanie Harkness, Leslie, Mich./ Twistars USA Inc., junior

Minnesota
Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn./ Twin City Twisters, senior
Abby Paulson, Coon Rapids, Minn./ Twin City Twisters, junior
Lexy Ramler, St. Michael, Minn./ KidSport LLC, junior
Olivia Trautman, Champlin, Minn./ Twin City Twisters, junior

Missouri
Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymnastics. Express, senior

North Carolina
Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, senior
Emily Schild, Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, senior

New Jersey
Ariana Agrapides, Bayville, N.J./ MG Elite, junior - Scratched
Christina Desiderio, Hackettstown, N.J./ Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, junior
Olivia Dunne, Hillsdale, N.J./ Eastern National Academy of Paramus, junior
Jazmyn Foberg, Bayville, N.J./ MG Elite, junior
Margzetta Frazier, Erial, N.J./ Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, junior
Melissa Reinstadtler, Brick, N.J./ Rebound Gymnastics Inc., senior

Nevada
Maile O'Keefe, Las Vegas, Nev./ Academy of Gymnastics - Salcianu Gymnastics, junior

Ohio
Shania Adams, Dublin, Ohio/ Buckeye Gymnastics, junior
Aria Brusch, Cincinnati, Ohio/ Cincinnati Gymnastics, junior
Nia Dennis, Westerville, Ohio/ Buckeye Gymnastics, junior
Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, senior
Lexie Priessman, Fairfield, Ohio/Perfection Gymnastics, senior - Withdrawn

Pennsylvania
Molly Frack, Nazareth, Pa./ Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, junior
Megan Freed, Bethlehem, Pa./ Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, junior
Taylor Lawson, Macungie, Pa./ Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, junior
Adriana Popp, Easton, Pa./ Girls In Co-Operation Gymnastics Training Center I, junior

Texas
Alyssa Baumann, Plano, Texas/ WOGA Gymnastics, senior
Rachel Baumann, Plano, Texas/ WOGA Gymnastics, junior
Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/ World Champions Centre, senior
Kaitlin DeGuzman, Rowlett, Texas/ Metroplex Gymnastics, junior - Scratched
Peyton Ernst, Coppell, Texas/ Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior - Scratched
Rachael Flam, Houston, Texas/ Stars Gymnastics Training Center-Houston, junior
Kailey Gillings, Beach City, Texas/ Stars Gymnastics Training Center-Houston, junior
Veronica Hults, Coppell, Texas/ Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior
Bailie Key, Montgomery, Texas/ Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior - Scratched
Madison Kocian, Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, senior
Samantha Ogden, Allen, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, senior
Grace Quinn, Arlington, Texas/ Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Madison Rau, Cypress, Texas/ Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, junior
Ragan Smith, Lewisville, Texas/ Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Macy Toronjo, Huntsville, Texas/ Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior

Utah
Deanne Soza, Orem, Utah/ Arete Gymnastics, junior

Virginia
McKenna Appleton, Great Falls, Va./ Hill's Gymnastics, junior
Abigail Matthews, Virginia Beach, Va./ Cincinnati Gymnastics, junior

Washington
Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./ Naydenov Gymnastics Inc., junior
Shilese Jones, Renton, Wash./ Auburn Gymnastics Center Inc., junior