Smith leads women’s all-around standings at 2017 P&G Championships
posted on 08/18/2017

© John Cheng

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 18, 2017 – Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, leads the senior women’s all-around rankings at the half-way point of the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Competition continues tomorrow with the final day of men’s gymnastics. Junior men start the day at 12 p.m. PT, followed by the seniors at 5 p.m. PT. The women’s competition wraps up on Sunday.

Smith earned a 57.400 total for the highest all-around score for the first night of women’s gymnastics. Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite, and Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, were second and third, 56.100 and 55.850, respectively. Margzetta Frazier of Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, landed in fourth place (55.400), and Trinity Thomas of York, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, rounds out the top-five at 55.300.

Event scores for the top five in the all-around rankings.

  • Ragan Smith: 57.400, all-around; 14.400, vault; 14.300, uneven bars; 14.500, balance beam; 14.200, floor exercise.
  • Riley McCusker: 56.100, all-around; 13.250, vault; 14.550, uneven bars; 14.400, balance beam; 13.900, floor exercise.
  • Jordan Chiles: 55.850, all-around; 15.150, vault; 13.950, uneven bars; 13.550, balance beam; 13.200, floor exercise.
  • Margzetta Frazier: 55.400, all-around; 14.300, vault; 14.100, uneven bars; 13.650, balance beam; 13.350, floor exercise.
  • Trinity Thomas: 55.300, all-around; 13.300, vault; 13.700, uneven bars; 14.200, balance beam; 14.100, floor exercise.
  • Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics: 54.100, all-around; 13.900, vault; 13.900, uneven bars; 14.000, balance beam; 12.300, floor exercise.

Scores for other gymnasts

  • Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics: 14.350, uneven bars; 12.800, balance beam.
  • Jade Carey, Phoenix, Ariz./Oasis Gymnastics: 14.300, vault (1st vault, 14.700; 2nd vault, 13.900); 12.750, balance beam; 14.100, floor exercise. (Note: Carey is the only gymnast performing two vaults.)

Junior women’s session

  • Maile O'Keefe of Las Vegas, Nev./Salcianu Elite Academy of Gymnastics, topped the junior all-around standings with her 57.200 total. Emma Malabuyo of Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, placed second at 57.050, followed by Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, in third with 55.500.

P&G Championships information
The four-day P&G Gymnastics Championships serves as USA Gymnastics’ national championships and determines the men’s and women’s U.S. champions and the U.S. National Team for the junior and senior elite levels.

For senior men and women, the championships serve as part of the selection process for the 2017 World Championships, Oct. 2-8, at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

The remaining competition schedule is: Aug. 19 –men’s gymnastics, juniors at 12 p.m. and seniors at 5 p.m.; and Aug. 20 – women’s gymnastics, juniors at 11 a.m. and seniors at 3:30 p.m. Times listed are Pacific.

Single-session tickets range in price from $20 to $122 per ticket. A senior finals package is also available – senior men on Aug. 19 and senior women on Aug. 20, $95-$140. Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. For group sales, contact Honda Center at 714-940-2859 or via email at groupsales@hondacenter.com.

Fan Activities
The following is a quick overview of the fan activities available on the concourse on competition days. For the most up-to-date and complete information, go to pgchamps.com

 

  • Hersheys. Visit the Hershey’s booth outside Section 224 to have your photo taken with the Hershey’s Kisses character and stop by on your way out for a sample of Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch bar.
  • AT&T. Fans can come by the AT&T booth to record a 360 degree video, show their spirit with an augmented reality face paint opportunity, and see all the ways that AT&T is empowering gymnasts to accomplish their goals.
  • Autograph sessions. The daily autograph schedule, which is subject to change, will be listed on PGChamps.com. Approximately 300 individuals will have the opportunity for an autograph during the allotted time for each opportunity.
    • Join KT Tape and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug who will sign autographs on the concourse Saturday, Aug. 19, at 4 p.m.
    • 2016 Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez will sign autographs at the AT&T booth prior to the start of Sunday’s senior women’s session beginning at 2:30 p.m.
  • Merchandise. Fans can purchase everything gymnastics, including event-specific tees, Under Armour and GK leotards, and more, at merchandise booths on the concourse at Honda Center.

Following the final session of women’s gymnastics on Sunday, Aug. 20, USA Gymnastics will recognize the 2016 U.S. Men’s and Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team. The members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team are: women – Simone Biles of Spring, Texas, Gabby Douglas of Tarzana, Calif., Hernandez of Old Bridge, N.J., Madison Kocian of Dallas, and Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass., and replacement athletes Locklear, MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Light Gymnastics, and Smith; and men – Chris Brooks of Houston, Jake Dalton of Norman, Okla., Mikulak, Danell Leyva of Miami and Naddour, and replacement athletes Modi and Whittenburg. 2012 Olympian John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y., who withdrew from the men’s 2016 Olympic team due to injury, will also participate.

Follow the action from Anaheim
Fans, whether they are in Anaheim or not, can enjoy coverage online, on television and on their favorite social media networks, as well as find event information at PGChamps.com. 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Samantha Peszek will host daily webcasts of the junior competitions, along side 2012 Olympic champion Jordyn Wieber and 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Jonathan Horton.

Follow the action from Anaheim
Fans, whether they are in Anaheim or not, can enjoy coverage online, on television and on their favorite social media networks, as well as find event information at PGChamps.com. 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Samantha Peszek will host daily webcasts of the junior competitions, along side 2012 Olympic champion Jordyn Wieber and 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Jonathan Horton.

Television, webcast and YouTube coverage

 

  • Competition coverage.
    • Television. NBC will air the second day of both men’s (delayed) and women’s (live) senior competition sessions. In addition, the Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Network will televise the first three days live. The schedule is listed below.
      • Aug. 19 – Men – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT – NBC Sports Network, live
      • Aug. 20 – Men – 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT – NBC, delayed
      • Aug. 20 – Women- 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT – NBC, live
    • Webcast.
      Juniors. With Peszek as host, USA Gymnastics will provide live webcast coverage of all four junior competitive sessions. Wieber (women) and Horton (men) will join Peszek to provide analysis. The webcasts will be available free worldwide on PGChamps.com.
      • Aug. 19 – junior men, 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
      • Aug. 20 – junior women, 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT
      Seniors. All four senior sessions will be available through a live simulcast on NBC Live Extra on iOS and Android devices or online at nbcsports.com/live-extra.
      • Aug. 19 – senior men, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
      • Aug. 20 – senior women, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
  • USA Gymnastics on YouTube. USA Gymnastics will post coverage of the P&G Championships, including nearly every competition routine, after the conclusion of the event, interviews from media day and post-competition, and clips from podium training.

Ways to follow

 

  • Online. The P&G Gymnastics Championships is easier than ever to follow online. Schedules, general event information, start lists, live scoring and more are available at PGChamps.com, which is easily viewable on smart phones and other digital devices.
  • Social Media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content, including videos and photos, from the P&G Championships on Facebook (facebook.com/USAGymnastics) and Twitter (@USAGym). Gymnastics fans can follow the action easily and join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag of the 2015 P&G Championships, #PGChamps.
  • myusagym iOS app. Fans can follow the scores from the 2017 P&G Championships live using the myusagym app for iOS devices available in the iTunes store. Those without iOS devices, can follow the scores at myusagym.com with any mobile device or desktop computer.

In addition to several post-Olympic gymnastics tour events, Honda Center also has played host to the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics. Honda Center and Visit Anaheim are working with USA Gymnastics to stage the championships.

In addition to Biles and Mikulak, the roster of former U.S. all-around champions is a veritable who’s who of gymnastics, including: women –Wieber, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton; and men – Horton, Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner. The U.S. Gymnastics Championships traces its history back to 1897 for the men and 1931 for the women. This is the first time the event will be held in Anaheim, Calif.

Background information

 

  • Honda Center. Honda Center is the premier entertainment and sports venue in Southern California. Owned by the City of Anaheim and operated by Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, the arena opened in June of 1993. The National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks have called the arena home since their inaugural season in the fall of 1993. In addition to Ducks games, Honda Center hosts a variety of world class acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Professional Bull Riders and more. For more information, visit www.hondacenter.com.
  • Visit Anaheim. Founded in 1961, Visit Anaheim is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit destination marketing organization. Visit Anaheim’s mission is to develop, market and sell Anaheim benefiting the economic vitality of our communities. Follow Visit Anaheim on Facebook (Facebook.com/VisitAnaheim) Twitter (@Visit_Anaheim), Instagram (Instagram.com/VisitAnaheim) and LinkedIn (VisitAnaheim)
  • USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, visit usagym.org.