Ragan Smith, Maile O'Keefe Top July National Team Camp Verification

Ragan Smith, Maile O'Keefe Top July National Team Camp Verification
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Ragan Smith and Maile O'Keefe placed first in verification for the senior and junior divisions at the 2017 July national team training camp. The camp was held at the Karolyi Ranch, a national team training center in Huntsville, Texas, from July 9-13.

Twenty-three elite gymnasts were in attendance at the final camp before the U.S. Classic at P&G Championships. The next camp will be the World Team Selection Camp, set for Sept. 18-22.


Press release below via USA Gymnastics.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, July 13, 2017 - The July women's national team camp concluded today at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center. National team coordinator Valeri Liukin led the five-day camp, which is the final camp before the Women's World Team Selection Camp, scheduled for Sept. 18-22.

The camp began with physical abilities testing, where Lilly Lippeat of Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics; Konner McClain of Cross Lanes, W.V./Revolution Gymnastics; and Anya Pilgrim of Germantown, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, took the top three spots. Physical abilities testing was followed by verifications on all four apparatus.

The top three in senior verification were:

Ragan Smith, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams
Alyona Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./5280 Gymnastics
Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics

The top three in junior verification were:

Maile O'Keefe, Las Vegas/Salcianu Elite
Emma Malabuyo, Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams
Adeline Kenlin, Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa Gym-Nest

As members of the U.S. national team are prepare for this summer's competitions, including the P&G Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for August 17-20 in Anaheim, Calif., the focus of the camp was to finalize routine construction, improve technical execution of skills and exactness of dance elements.

2016 Olympic team replacement athletes Ragan Smith and Ashton Locklear participated in the camp.

The complete roster is listed below.

Shania Adams, Buckeye
Elena Arenas, Georgia Elite
Jade Carey, Oasis
Jordan Chiles, Naydenov
Olivia Dunne, ENA Paramus
Morgan Hurd, First State
Madeleine Johnston, Hill's
Shilese Jones, Buckeye
Adeline Kenlin, Iowa Gym-Nest
Lilly Lippeatt, Cincinnati
Lauren Little, Everest
Ashton Locklear, Everest
Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams
JJ Marshall, TIGAR
Konnor McClain, Revolution
Riley McCusker, MG Elite
Maile O'Keefe, Salcianu Elite
Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters
Anya Pilgrim, Hill's
Alyona Shchennikova, 5280 Gymnastics
Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams
Tori Tatum, Twin City Twisters
Trinity Thomas, Prestige
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