USA sweeps team, all-around titles at 2016 Jesolo Trophy
posted on 03/19/2016

© Filippo Thomasi

JESOLO, Italy, March 19, 2016 – Team USA won the senior team gold medal and swept both the junior and senior all-around award podiums today at the City of Jesolo (Italy) Trophy. 2012 Olympic and 2016 AT&T American Cup all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, and Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, won the senior and junior all-around titles, respectively. Competition concludes tomorrow with individual event finals.

In the senior team competition, the Americans totaled 237.350, finishing ahead of Brazil (223.700) and Italy (222.400).

Douglas scored a 59.650 for the all-around title, with Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams, in second (59.050) and Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite, in third (58.550). MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics, 57.900; Olympic champion Aly Raisman of Needham Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics (57.850); and Emily Schild of Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics (57.450) finished fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively. Emily Gaskins of Coral Springs, Fla./Palm Beach Gymnastics and Sydney Johnson-Scharpf of Groveland, Fla./Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics, posted all-around scores of 54.250 and 53.650, respectively, in their first senior international competition.

The senior event final qualifiers were not posted as of posting. The U.S. gymnasts with the top three scores per event (excluding vault) are:  uneven bars – Locklear, Douglas, and Schild; beam– Hernandez, Smith and Raisman; and floor – Raisman, Douglas and Smith. Senior qualifiers will be confirmed and posted when the information becomes available.   

Earlier in the day, Chiles posted a 58.250 to win the junior all-around crown. Her individual scores were: 15.700, vault; 14.100, uneven bars; 14.300, balance beam; and 14.150, floor exercise. Emma Malabuyo of Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams, took second, earning a 56.150. Her highest score of the day came on the vault (14.250). Gabby Perea of Geneva, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, rounded out the top three with a 55.750. Trinity Thomas of York, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, finished fifth with a 54.450.

The U.S. qualified athletes into each of the junior individual apparatus final. The qualifiers were: Chiles, vault; Perea, Malabuyo and Chiles, uneven bars; Chiles, Malabuyo and Perea, balance beam; and Chiles, Thomas and Malabuyo, floor.