USA Gymnastics selects gymnasts for three World Cup events
posted on 02/25/2018

BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 25, 2018 – Following a verification event held earlier today, USA Gymnastics announced the athletes who will represent the United States in three International Gymnastics Federation World Cup events that are part of the all-around series. USA Gymnastics held a one-day verification event at Louisiana State University’s training facility in Baton Rouge, La.

World Cup assignments

    Stuttgart, Germany, March 17-18
    Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics

    Birmingham, Great Britain, March 21-22
    Margzetta Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center

    Tokyo, Japan
    April 14: Trinity Thomas, York, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics

Frazier is also the alternate for 2018 American Cup in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on March 3.

Three gymnasts qualified for the U.S. Championships, scheduled for Aug. 16-19 in Boston, based on their all-around scores: Frazier, 54.900; Kayla DiCello of Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, 54.600; and Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, 52.150.

A total of 17 women participated in the verification event, which had an informal format that mimicked how verifications were handled in the past year, with the exception that athlete parents, chaperones and collegiate coaches had access to observe the event on site.

In keeping with the verification approach, athletes performed routines in accordance with their competitive goals, which determined if they competed full routines on hard surfaces or semi-hard and/or performed partial routines. The Athlete Selection Committee met to determine athlete selections for events.

The verification event at LSU was open to members of the women’s national team and other rising gymnasts who were invited to participate in the original February national team training camp.

The complete roster of women who attended the verification event is listed below.
Jordan Bowers, Lincoln, Neb./Solid Rock Gymnastics
Jade Carey, Phoenix/Arizona Sunrays
Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics
Audrey Davis, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Kayla DiCello, Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics
Olivia Dunne, Hillsdale, N.J./Eastern National Academy of Paramus
Kara Eaker, Grain Valley,Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE)
Margzetta Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Future Gymnastics Academy
Adeline Kenlin, Coraville, Iowa/Iowa Gym-Nest
Grace McCallum, Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters
Konnor McClain, Cross Lanes, W. Va./Revolution Gymnastics
Riley McCusker, Brielle, N.J./MG Elite
JaFree Scott, Independence, Mo./GAGE
Alyona Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./5280 Gymnastics
Trinity Thomas, York, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics
Leanne Wong, Overland Park, Kansas/GAGE

USA Gymnastics is committed to creating a culture that empowers and supports our athletes. The organization has and will continue to take specific and concrete steps to promote athlete safety and prevent future abuse by adopting and vigorously enforcing the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy, which requires mandatory reporting, defines six types of misconduct, sets standards to prohibit grooming behavior and prevent inappropriate interaction, and establishes greater accountability. Other efforts taken to strengthen that commitment include establishing a dedicated, toll-free number, 833-844-SAFE, the safe sport email address of safesport@usagym.org, and online reporting to simplify the process for reporting; building a safe sport department that is developing a comprehensive education plan for members; and adopting bylaw amendments to provide the basis for further developing our safe sport programs and governance. USA Gymnastics also has established an Athlete Assistance Fund, in cooperation with the National Gymnastics Foundation, to provide the financial means and guidance for gymnasts who have suffered sexual abuse in the sport of gymnastics to obtain counseling services. The Athlete Assistance Fund, a designated fund of the National Gymnastics Foundation, will be administered by an independent third party.