HOUSTON, April 5, 2018 – The two-day verification event to select the U.S. Women’s Team that will compete at the 2018 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, April 27-29, in Medellin, Colombia, begins April 7. The verification event, which is not open to the general public, will be held at the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas.
USA Gymnastics will provide a live stream of the verifications on the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel on April 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, and April 8 at 11 a.m. ET. Following the competition, results will be released, and the U.S. Women’s Pac Rim Team will be announced at approximately 2 p.m. ET.
The six-person team for the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships may have a combination of junior and senior gymnasts, with a maximum of three seniors or up to six juniors. The competition format includes a team (six athletes, five scores designated for team on each event and top four scores count), as well as all-around and individual events for both the senior and junior levels. The verification opportunity is open to members of the women’s national team and other rising gymnasts who have been invited to participate. The participant roster is included below.
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 [email protected], 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.
Gymnasts expected to participate in the 2018 Pac Rim verification event
Shania Adams, Plain City, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, senior
Sydney Barros, Woodstock, Ga./Texas Dreams, junior
Jordan Bowers, Lincoln, Neb./Solid Rock Gymnastics, junior
Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, senior
Kayla DiCello, Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, junior
Olivia Dunne, Hillsdale, N.J./ENA Paramus, senior
Kara Eaker, Grain Valley, Mo./GAGE, senior
Margzetta Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes, senior
Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, senior
Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Future Gymnastics Academy, senior
Adeline Kenlin, Coraville, Iowa/Iowa Gym-Nest, senior
Sunisa Lee, St. Paul, Minn./Midwest Gym Center, junior
Lilly Lippeatt, Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, junior
Grace McCallum, Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, senior
Konnor McClain, Cross Lanes, W.Va./Revolution Gymnastics, junior
Maile O’Keefe, Las Vegas, Nev./Salcianu Elite Academy, senior
Gabby Perea, Geneva, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, senior
Anya Pilgrim, Germantown, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, junior
JaFree Scott, Independence, Mo./GAGE, junior
Alyona Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, senior
Tori Tatum, Chanhassen, Minn./Twin City Twisters, junior
Leanne Wong, Overland Park, Kansas/GAGE, junior