World silver-medalist Carey expected to compete at 2018 American Classic
posted on 06/28/2018

© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, June 28, 2018 – 2017 World vault and floor exercise silver-medalist Jade Carey of Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays, is one of the seven members of the U.S. Women’s National Team expected to compete in the American Classic, scheduled for Saturday, July 7, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. The Hopes Classic is scheduled for July 6.

In addition to Carey, U.S. National Team members who are planning to compete in Salt Lake are listed below.

  • Audrey Davis of Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, sixth in the junior all-around at the 2017 U.S. Championships
  • Kayla DiCello of Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, 2018 Pac Rim junior vault and bars champion
  • Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, 2017 U.S. junior balance beam champion
  • Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite, 2017 U.S. uneven bars champion
  • Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, 2018 Pacific Rim all-around champion
  • Tori Tatum of Chanhassen, Minn./Twin City Twisters, 2017 Junior Pan Am Championships vault champion

The complete field for both the Hopes Classic and American Classic is listed below.

Both competitions are competitive qualifiers for women’s gymnastics: the American Classic, for the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Boston in August, and the U.S. Classic in July in Columbus, Ohio; and the Hopes Classic, for the Hopes Championships, held in conjunction with the U.S. Classic.

Each competition will have two sessions, and the schedule, which is subject to change, is below. USA Gymnastics is planning to livestream all four sessions through its YouTube channel.

July 6 | Hopes Classic
3 p.m. – Ages 10-11
6:15 p.m. – Ages 12-13

July 7 | American Classic
11 a.m. – Juniors
4 p.m. – Seniors

Multi-day passes, which include every session of both the Hopes Classic and the American Classic, range in price from $15-25. Single-day tickets for either day range from $10-$20 and include both sessions for that day. Ticket prices vary according to seat locations. To purchase tickets, visit utahtickets.com or call 801-581-UTIX.

Women’s gymnastics has several ways athletes can qualify to the U.S. Championships, including by earning a minimum score of 52.000 for seniors or a 51.000 for juniors in the all-around at either the American Classic or U.S. Classic. The U.S. Classic, scheduled for July 28 at the Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus, is the final opportunity to advance to the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Senior athletes can also qualify by earning a three-event score of 39.750 or a two-event score of 27.000 at either of these two events.

The Huntsman Center is partnering with the Utah Sports Commission to play host to the two-day event.

The Hopes classification is just below the elite level, and the top 18 athletes in both Hopes age groups (10-11 and 12-13-years old) who achieve the qualification score advance to the Hopes Championships. The Hopes Championships, previously known as the U.S. Challenge, is the culmination of the Hopes season.

Team members and alternates from the USA’s 2017 World Championships Team automatically qualified to the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. In addition to the U.S. and American Classics, national team members can earn a berth to the U.S. Championships by achieving the qualification score at a national team verification or international assignment.

Background information

  • Jon M. Hunstman Center. The Jon M. Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus is one of Salt Lake City’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Home of the university’s Runnin’ Utes basketball team, as well as the Red Rocks women’s gymnastics team, the venue has hosted a number of different sporting events, concerts, commencement exercises and other special events. The venue hosted the 1979 NCAA Final Four Tournament and the 1989 Western Athletic Conference. It is the largest arena in the Pac-12 conference system.
  • USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that empowers and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has already taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its safe sport policies and procedures. The organization’s 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 information about USA Gymnastics, log on to usagym.org.

Field for the American Classic and Hopes Classic
Alpha by state, last name; indicates level of competition.

Arizona
Jade Carey, Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays, Senior

Arkansas
Chavala Shepard, Bentonville, Ark./Hopes and Dreams Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13

California
Ciena Alipio, San Jose, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School, Junior
Ellorie Cane, Redondo Beach, Calif./Precision Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Chloe Cho, Canyon Country, Calif./Wallers GymJam Academy, Hopes 12-13
Carsyn Coleman, Anaheim Hills, Calif./Precision Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Claire Dean, Oakland, Calif./Head Over Heels, Junior
Bronwyn Hoffman, Los Angeles, Calif./All Olympia AOGC, Hopes 12-13
Levi Jung-Ruivivar, Van Nuys, Calif./Paramount Elite Gymnastics, Junior
Sierra Kaplan, Valencia, Calif./The Klub Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Emily Karay, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Azarian U.S. Gymnastics Training Center, Hopes 12-13
Emily Lee, Los Gatos, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School, Senior
Myli Lew, Belmont, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Lillian Lewis, Dublin, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, Junior
Kaliya Lincoln, Mountain House, Calif./Airborne Gymnastics Training Center, Junior
Sophia Maliwanag, Burbank, Calif./Paramount Elite Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Nola Matthews, Gilroy, Calif./Airborne Gymnastics Training Center, Hopes 12-13
Brenna Neault, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Precision Gymnastics, Junior
Rafaela O'Neill, SAN JOSE, Calif./Airborne Gymnastics Training Center, Hopes 10-12
Lauren Pearce, Long Beach, Calif./American Gymnastics Academy of Long Beach, Hopes 12-13
Madison Perkins, Seal Beach, Calif./American Gymnastics Academy of Long Beach, Hopes 12-13
Autumn Reingold, North Hills, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica USA, Hopes 10-12
Ava San Jose, Chatsworth, Calif./Paramount Elite Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Ui Soma, Belmont, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, Junior
Tiana Sumanasekera, Pleasanton, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Paityn Walker, Hercules, Calif./Head Over Heels, Hopes 12-13
Mahleea Werline, Indio, Calif./Aftershock Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Madelyn Williams, Vacaville, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, Senior
Eleanor Wyly, Fairfield, Calif./North Bay Athletic Association Inc., Hopes 12-13

Colorado
Elle Hadrick, Durango, Colo./TIGAR, Hopes 12-13
Carmela Keuneke, Denver, Colo./TIGAR, Hopes 12-13
Alyona Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, Senior

Delaware
Love Birt, Wyoming, Del./First State Gymnastics, Junior

Florida
Alyssa Arana, Miami, Fla./Leyva Gymnastics Academy, Hopes 12-13
Emma Boyd, Windermere, Fla./Orlando Metro Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Emerson Fisk, Valrico, Fla./Golden City Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Rayna Light, Brandon, Fla./Golden City Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Mya Witte, Greenacres, Fla./Genie's Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Kaela Yee, Miami, Fla./Leyva Gymnastics Academy, Hopes 10-12

Georgia
Delaney Fisher, Flowery Branch, Ga./Georgia Elite Gymnastics, Junior
Ava Harper, Marietta, Ga./Georgia All-Stars Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Alonna Kratzer, Suwanee, Ga./Top Notch Training Center, Junior
Amber Lowe, Kennesaw, Ga./Everest Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13

Illinois
Clancy Conley, Carol Stream, Ill./Gym Nasti, Hopes 10-12
Sydney Jelen, Algonquin, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Samantha Macasu, Bartlett, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13

Indiana
Elizabeth Gantner, Indianapolis, Ind./Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center, Junior

Iowa
Adeline Kenlin, Coraville, Iowa/Iowa Gym Nest, Senior

Louisiana
Ella Parker, West Monroe, La./North East Texas Elite Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12

Maryland
Kayla Di Cello, Boyds, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, Junior
Karleigh DiCello, Boyds, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Madeleine Johnston, Boyds, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, Senior
Brianna Lucas, Rockville, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Sydney Morris, Bowie, Md./First State Gymnastics, Junior
Azaraya Ra-Akbar, Baltimore, Md./United Gymnastix, Hopes 10-12

Minnesota
Grace McCallum, Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, Senior
Elle Mueller, Ham Lake, Minn./Twin City Twisters, Hopes 12-13
Lily Pederson, White Bear Lake, Minn./Flips Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Lyden Saltness, Forest Lake, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center, Junior
Tori Tatum, Chanhassen, Minn./Twin City Twisters, Junior
Ella Zirbes, Stillwater, Minn./Flips Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13

Mississippi
Savannah Goveia, Diamondhead, Miss./Everest Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13

Missouri
Kara Eaker, Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, Senior
Aleah Finnegan, Lees Summit, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, Junior
Clara Wallace, Lee's Summit, Mo./Xtreme Gymnastics and Trampoline, Hopes 12-13

Nevada
Kailin Chio, Henderson, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics, Junior
Trista Goodman, Henderson, Nev./Salcianu Elite Academy of Gymnastics, Junior
Selena Harris, Henderson, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics, Junior
Sienna Robinson, Las Vegas, Nev./Browns Gymnastics Las Vegas, Junior

New Jersey
Kylee Bromley, Runnemede, N.J./First State Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Elizabeth Cairns, Port Reading, N.J./Rebound Gymnastics Inc., Hopes 12-13
eMjae Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, Junior
Zoe Gravier, Holmdel, N.J./MG Elite, Junior
Riley McCusker, Brielle, N.J./MG Elite, Senior
Camryn Nelson, Marlton, N.J./Will-Moor School of Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Hezly Rivera, North Bergen, N.J./Eastern National Academy of Paramus, Hopes 10-12

New York
Allison Cucci, Rochester, N.Y./The Victors Gymnastics Inc., Hopes 10-12
Skylar Draser, Huntington Stat, N.Y./Infiniti Elite Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Olivia Greaves, Staten Island, N.Y./MG Elite, Junior
Jayden McDonnell, East Northport, N.Y./Infiniti Elite Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Annalise Newman-Achee, Brooklyn, N.Y./Chelsea Piers Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13

North Carolina
Gabrielle Gallentine, Iron Station, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, Junior
Lauren Little, Mooresville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, Junior
Calvary Swaney, Gastonia, N.C./First in Flight, Junior

Ohio
Shania Adams, Plain City, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, Senior
Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Future Gymnastics Academy, Senior
Gabriella Van Frayen, Lewis Center, Ohio/Gym X-Treme, Hopes 10-12

Pennsylvania
Brianna Ancharski, Yardley, Pa./Gymland/Arena Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Addison Fatta, Wrightsville, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, Junior
Lucy Tobia, Schnecksville, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, Hopes 10-12

South Carolina
Maeve Hahn, Lake Wylie, S.C./First in Flight, Junior

Tennessee
Olivia Ahern, Memphis, Tenn./River City Gymnastics Inc., Hopes 12-13

Texas
Baylie Belman, Allen, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Sloane Blakely, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, Senior
Skye Blakely, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, Junior
Sophia Butler, Houston, Texas/Discover Gymnastics Inc., Junior
Audrey Davis, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, Senior
Amari Drayton, Lakeway, Texas/Olympia Hills Gymnastics, Junior
Mariangela Flores, Plano, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Karis German, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, Junior
Jaylene Gilstrap, McKinney, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, Senior
Riley Harris, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, Hopes 12-13
Olivia Hollingsworth, Seabrook, Texas/World Champions Centre, Senior
Kaytlyn Johnson, Lantana, Texas/Denton Gymnastics Academy, Junior
Katelyn Jong, Allen, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Kaitlynd Kastl, Forney, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Isabel Mabanta, Frisco, Texas/Denton Gymnastics Academy, Senior
Mallory Marcheli, Richmond, Texas/Stars Gymnastics Training Center-Houston, Junior
Zoey Molomo, Allen, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Michelle Pineda, Dallas, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Jaylyn Pomager, Schertz, Texas/Mavericks at Artemovs, Hopes 12-13
Joscelyn Roberson, Texarkana, Texas/North East Texas Elite Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Katelyn Rosen, Boerne, Texas/Mavericks at Artemovs, Junior
Deanne Soza, Coppell, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, Senior
Ashlee Sullivan, Richardson, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12
Alicia Zhou, San Antonio, Texas/Love Gymnastics, Hopes 10-12

Utah
Lundyn VanderToolen, Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Camie Winger, Orem, Utah/All American Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13

Virginia
Sophia Dennis, Woodbridge, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, Hopes 10-12
Acacia Esser, Fairfax, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, Hopes 10-12
Leah Fontaine, Falls Church, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, Hopes 10-12
Carrie Resta, Fairfax, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, Hopes 10-12
Abigail Scanlon, Sterling, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, Junior
Jamison Sears, Yorktown, Va./World Class Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Ava Siegfeldt, Hampton, Va./World Class Gymnastics, Junior
Jaelah Warner, Suffolk, Va./World Class Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13
Jamie Wright, Toana, Va./World Class Gymnastics, Hopes 12-13

West Virginia
Konnor McClain, Cross Lanes, W.Va./Revolution Gymnastics, Junior

Washington
Hailey Avellar, Seattle, Wash./Auburn Gymnastics Center Inc., Hopes 10-12