Here, courtesy of USA Gymnastics, is the roster for the American Classic, which will be held at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas tomorrow:
- Grace McLaughlin of Allen, Texas/WOGA
- Lacy Dagen of Pleasanton, Calif/San Mateo Gymnastics
- Ariana Guerra of League City, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics
- Madison Kocian of Dallas, Texas/WOGA
- Erin Macadaeg of Redwood City, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics
- Ariana Agrapides of Bayville, N.J./MG Elite
- Alyssa Baumann of Plano, Texas/WOGA
- Vanasia Bradley of Lincoln Park, Mich./Splitz Gymnastics
- Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics Inc.
- Nadia Cho of Plano, Texas/WOGA
- Bridget Dean of Fort Myers, Fla./Orlando Metro
- Christina Desiderio of Hackettstown, N.J./Parkettes
- Lauren Farley of Dallas/WOGA
- Bailey Ferrer of Orlando/Orlando Metro
- Jazmyn Foberg of Bayville, N.J./MG Elite
- Ashley Foss of Towaco, N.J./North Stars Gymnastics Academy
- Molly Frack of Nazareth, Pa./Parkettes
- Megan Freed of Bethlehem, Pa./Parkettes
- Emily Gaskins of Coral Springs, Fla./Cincinnati Gymnastics
- Felicia Hano of San Gabriel, Calif./West Coast Elite Gymnastics
- Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite
- Sydney Johnson-Scharpf of Groveland, Fla./Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics
- Alonza Klopfer of Boonton, N.J./North Stars Gymnastics Academy
- Alexandra Marks of Cushing, Okla./Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy
- Samantha Ogden of Little Elm, Texas/WOGA
- Abby Paulson of Coon Rapids, Minn./Twin City Twisters
- Alexandria Ruiz of Lake Mary, Fla./ACE Gymnastics
- Megan Skaggs of Marietta, Ga./Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta
- Deanne Soza of Orem, Utah/Arete Gymnastics
- Grace Waguespack of Longwood, Fla./ACE Gymnastics
What’s at stake? Qualification to the U.S. Championships and U.S. Classic later this month.
Who’s who? Of these names, a few stick out: Seniors Grace McLaughlin, who is headed to the University of Florida, and Madison Kocian, who has been one of the top juniors in the U.S. during the past few years, are part of the powerful WOGA contingent. Lacey Dagen competed in the junior division at last year’s U.S. Classic and is particularly strong on vault, floor and solid on beam. The powerful Ariana Guerra, formerly of Stars Houston and now of Texas Dreams, is always impressive, especially on vault and floor.
At just 11 years old, Alyssa Baumann was one of the smallest and brightest talents at the 2011 U.S. Championships. After not making an appearance on the elite scene in 2012 (why stress the body and mind?) Baumann was back for the 2013 WOGA Invitational in February. Elsewhere, there are former Junior Nationals/U.S. Classic/Nastia Liukin Cup competitors in Ashley Foss, Megan Skaggs, Alexandra Ruiz, Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Laurie Hernandez, Felicia Hano and Bridget Dean.
Cincinnati Gymnastics’s Emily Gaskins has wonderful form and execution, reminiscent of 2004 Olympian Courtney McCool, who helps coach her (check out her floor routine, uploaded by proud coach Mary Lee Tracy, here.) Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, daughter of 1988 Olympian and 1989 World vault silver medalist Brandy Johnson, stole everybody’s heart earlier this year at the Nastia Liukin Cup with her incredibly entertaining floor exercise, which can be seen here.
Meanwhile, Jordan Chiles of Naydenov’s is a very daring young gymnast with exciting skills and combinations. She was a Youtube Gymternet sensation earlier this year for her inventive beam routine, which can be seen here. Chiles, born in 2001 and not eligible for the Rio Olympics, also tumbles a triple twisting front on the TumblTrak and is said to be working a 3.5 twist on floor as well.
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