Larson wins senior all-around crown at 2010 CoverGirl Classic
posted on 07/25/2010

© John Cheng

CHICAGO, Ill., July 24, 2010 – Mattie Larson of Los Angeles, Calif., won the senior all-around competition at the 2010 CoverGirl Classic at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill. In the junior session earlier today, 2010 Pacific Rim Championships junior all-around champion Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich., won the junior all-around title.

With an all-around score of 57.150, Larson, who trains at All Olympia Gymnastics, claimed the senior all-around title with a second place finish on floor exercise (14.600) and a fourth place finish on vault (14.700). Cincinnati Gymnastics’ Amanda Jetter of Milford, Ohio, was second in the all-around at 56.800. Illinois native Mackenzie Caquatto of Naperville/Legacy Elite Gymnastics, finished third in the all-around, posting a 56.450, and landed in second on vault (14.850) and bars (15.050).

“It felt good to win here,” said Larson. “It gives me more confidence going into the Visa Championships, but it won’t change my training or anything. From here, I need to go back and work on being consistent between salutes from my opening salute to my finishing.”

2008 Olympic team silver-medalist Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass., made her first competitive appearance since the Olympics in Beijing and won her the two events she competed in – beam (14.900) and vault (15.800). 2009 World and U.S. all-around champion Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind., took second on beam (14.700). 2009 Pacific Rim Championships senior all-around champion and World all-around silver-medalist Rebecca Bross of Plano, Texas, won the bars title (15.450). Hill’s Kytra Hunter of Frederick, Md., won the floor exercise title (14.650) and finished third on vault (14.800) and beam (14.650). Cassandra Whitcomb of Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, was third on the uneven bars (14.800) and floor (14.350).

“Now that it’s over (the event), I feel great,” said Sacramone, who has seven world medals to her credit. “I took care of my nerves early with beam, and then vault just came easily. It felt great to get that first one out of the way so now I can go back and prepare for the Visa Championships and try for my spot on the national team.”

The event was broadcast live by Universal Sports for the second consecutive year. An on-demand broadcast of the event is available online at universalsports.com.

Photos by John Cheng

The CoverGirl Classic was the final women’s gymnastics qualifying event for the 2010 Visa Championships, Aug. 10-14, in Hartford, Conn. The field showcased a combination of gymnasts attempting to qualify for the Visa Championships and those who have already qualified and are using the event as a tune-up.

USA Gymnastics partnered with World Sport Chicago to bring the CoverGirl Classic to Chicago. The two organizations worked together on the 2009 Tyson American Cup and the 2009-10 Chicago Cup. CoverGirl is sponsoring the event for the second straight year. Athletico is the official local medical provider for the 2010 Chicago Cup and CoverGirl Classic.

The CoverGirl Classic also includes a Challenge Division competition, which features up-and-coming gymnasts, that concludes on Sunday, July 25. A daily ticket will be sold on the day of competition.

Background information

  • 2010 Visa Championships: The 2010 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships, are Aug. 10-14 in Hartford, Conn. The U.S. champions for men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling are determined at the Visa Championships. Artistic gymnastics will be held at the XL Center, and rhythmic and trampoline and tumbling are set for the Chase Center at the University of Hartford. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show, held in conjunction with the Visa Championships, will be at the Connecticut Convention Center. For complete information on the Visa Championships, go to www.usagym.org/visa.

  • UIC Pavilion: Located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago--just minutes from Downtown. The UIC Pavilion is one of the Midwest's finest arenas. In its brief history, it has hosted many special or one-of-a-kind programs. The UIC Pavilion hosts concerts, UIC sports, boxing, meetings, festivals, and corporate, civic, and cultural events. The UIC Pavilion is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena, located at 525 S. Racine Street Chicago IL, 60607.

  • World Sport Chicago: World Sport Chicago believes that sport has the power to transform and is dedicated to helping children in Chicago find a sport to meet their interests and abilities. The organization is a legacy of the 2016 Olympic bid and promotes the Olympic ideals of fitness, education and well being by working with partner organizations to launch or expand sport programs for kids. WSC is working to introduce Chicago’s youth to the fun and benefit of sports and the ideals of fair play, teamwork, respect and leadership.

2010 Cover Girl Classic
UIC Pavilion
Chicago, Ill.
July 24, 2010

Senior All-around
1. Mattie Larson, Los Angeles, Ohio, 57.150
2. Amanda Jetter, Milford, Ohio, 56.800
3. Mackenzie Caquatto, Naperville, Ill., 56.450
4. Cassandra Whitcomb, Cincinnati, W. Va., 55.900
5. Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass., 55.700
6. Kytra Hunter, Frederick, Md., 55.300
7. Vanessa Zamarripa, Shiloh, Ill., 55.100
7. Morgan Smith, Clearmont, Fla., 55.100
9. Sophia Lee, Plano, Texas, 54.950
10. Rheagan Courville, Baton Rouge, La., 54.350
10. Kaitlyn Clark, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 54.350
12. Lauren Beers, Warren Center, Pa., 52.800
13. Brandie Jay, Ft Collins, Colo., 52.650
14. Nicolette McNair, Dove Canyon, Calif., 52.400
15. Briley Casanova, Dallas, Texas, 52.100
16. Annette Miele, Easton, Pa., 51.250
17. Brooke Parker, Lorton, Va., 51.150
17. Jaclyn McCartin, West Covina, Calif., 51.150
19. Morgan Steigerwalt, Jim Thorpe, Pa., 50.650
20. Caitlin Atkinson, Houston, Texas, 50.550
21. Georgia Dabritz, Kingston, N.H., 47.550

Vault
1. Alicia Sacramone, Winchester, Mass., 15.800
2. Mackenzie Caquatto, Naperville, Ill., 14.850
3. Kytra Hunter, Frederick, Md., 14.800
4. Mattie Larson, Los Angeles, Ohio, 14.700
5. Amanda Jetter, Milford, Ohio, 14.550
6. Vanessa Zamarripa, Shiloh, Ill., 14.500
6. Morgan Smith, Clearmont, Fla., 14.500
8. Cassandra Whitcomb, Cincinnati, W. Va., 14.200
8. Lauren Beers, Warren Center, Pa., 14.200
10. Rheagan Courville, Baton Rouge, La., 14.100
11. Kaitlyn Clark, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 14.050
12. Caitlin Atkinson, Houston, Texas, 14.000
12. Brandie Jay, Ft Collins, Colo., 14.000
14. Sophia Lee, Plano, Texas, 13.900
15. Annette Miele, Easton, Pa., 13.850
15. Briley Casanova, Dallas, Texas, 13.850
17. Morgan Steigerwalt, Jim Thorpe, Pa., 13.700
18. Nicolette McNair, Dove Canyon, Calif., 13.650
19. Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass., 13.300
20. Brooke Parker, Lorton, Va., 13.200
20. Samantha Shapiro, Los Angeles, Calif., 13.200
22. Georgia Dabritz, Kingston, N.H., 12.650
23. Jaclyn McCartin, West Covina, Calif., 12.450

Women's Uneven Bars
1. Rebecca Bross, Plano, Texas, 15.450
2. Mackenzie Caquatto, Naperville, Ill., 15.050
3. Cassandra Whitcomb, Cincinnati, W. Va., 14.800
4. Bridget Sloan, Pittsboro, Ind., 14.600
5. Vanessa Zamarripa, Shiloh, Ill., 14.550
5. Chelsea Davis, Lakeway, Texas, 14.550
7. Sophia Lee, Plano, Texas, 14.500
8. Amanda Jetter, Milford, Ohio, 14.400
8. Mattie Larson, Los Angeles, Ohio, 14.400
10. Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass., 13.800
11. Sophina DeJesus, Temecula, Calif., 13.650
12. Kaitlyn Clark, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 13.350
13. Rheagan Courville, Baton Rouge, La., 13.100
13. Morgan Smith, Clearmont, Fla., 13.100
15. Brandie Jay, Ft Collins, Colo., 13.000
16. Jaclyn McCartin, West Covina, Calif., 12.900
17. Lauren Beers, Warren Center, Pa., 12.750
18. Nicolette McNair, Dove Canyon, Calif., 12.600
19. Georgia Dabritz, Kingston, N.H., 12.550
20. Annette Miele, Easton, Pa., 12.450
21. Briley Casanova, Dallas, Texas, 12.350
22. Caitlin Atkinson, Houston, Texas, 12.050
23. Brooke Parker, Lorton, Va., 11.950
24. Morgan Steigerwalt, Jim Thorpe, Pa., 11.500
25. Kytra Hunter, Frederick, Md., 11.200

Balance Beam
1. Alicia Sacramone, Winchester, Mass., 14.900
2. Bridget Sloan, Pittsboro, Ind., 14.700
3. Kytra Hunter, Frederick, Md., 14.650
4. Samantha Shapiro, Los Angeles, Calif., 14.550
5. Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass., 14.400
6. Rebecca Bross, Plano, Texas, 14.050
7. Morgan Smith, Clearmont, Fla., 14.000
8. Chelsea Davis, Lakeway, Texas, 13.950
9. Amanda Jetter, Milford, Ohio, 13.700
10. Sophia Lee, Plano, Texas, 13.650
11. Kaitlyn Clark, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 13.500
12. Mattie Larson, Los Angeles, Ohio, 13.450
13. Rheagan Courville, Baton Rouge, La., 13.350
14. Brooke Parker, Lorton, Va., 13.300
15. Morgan Steigerwalt, Jim Thorpe, Pa., 13.200
16. Jaclyn McCartin, West Covina, Calif., 13.150
17. Caitlin Atkinson, Houston, Texas, 13.050
18. Nicolette McNair, Dove Canyon, Calif., 13.000
18. Brandie Jay, Ft Collins, Colo., 13.000
20. Mackenzie Caquatto, Naperville, Ill., 12.950
21. Lauren Beers, Warren Center, Pa., 12.900
21. Sophina DeJesus, Temecula, Calif., 12.900
23. Annette Miele, Easton, Pa., 12.800
24. Vanessa Zamarripa, Shiloh, Ill., 12.650
25. Cassandra Whitcomb, Cincinnati, W. Va., 12.550
26. Briley Casanova, Dallas, Texas, 12.400
27. Georgia Dabritz, Kingston, N.H., 12.050

Floor Exercise
1. Kytra Hunter, Frederick, Md., 14.650
2. Mattie Larson, Los Angeles, Ohio, 14.600
3. Cassandra Whitcomb, Cincinnati, W. Va., 14.350
4. Samantha Shapiro, Los Angeles, Calif., 14.250
5. Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass., 14.200
6. Amanda Jetter, Milford, Ohio, 14.150
7. Rheagan Courville, Baton Rouge, La., 13.800
8. Mackenzie Caquatto, Naperville, Ill., 13.600
9. Briley Casanova, Dallas, Texas, 13.500
9. Morgan Smith, Clearmont, Fla., 13.500
11. Kaitlyn Clark, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 13.450
12. Vanessa Zamarripa, Shiloh, Ill., 13.400
13. Nicolette McNair, Dove Canyon, Calif., 13.150
14. Lauren Beers, Warren Center, Pa., 12.950
15. Sophia Lee, Plano, Texas, 12.900
16. Brooke Parker, Lorton, Va., 12.700
17. Brandie Jay, Ft Collins, Colo., 12.650
17. Jaclyn McCartin, West Covina, Calif., 12.650
19. Morgan Steigerwalt, Jim Thorpe, Pa., 12.250
20. Annette Miele, Easton, Pa., 12.150
21. Caitlin Atkinson, Houston, Texas, 11.450
22. Georgia Dabritz, Kingston, N.H., 10.300