Roster: 2019 U.S. Championships, Women's Gymnastics

Press release below via USA Gymnastics.

At the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 8-11, 2016 Olympic and 2018 World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, is seeking to become the first woman in nearly 70 years to win six senior U.S. all-around titles.  Biles and 11 of her U.S. Senior National Team teammates are among the 17 women competing in the senior division, and 29 women are competing as juniors.

Biles has the opportunity to tie with Clara Schroth Lomady, who won the women’s all-around from 1945-46 and 1949-52, as the only women to win six U.S. all-around titles. Along with Biles, the members of the senior national team in the field are:  2019 Gymnix International team gold-medalist Sloane Blakely of Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics; two-time World silver-medalist Jade Carey of Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays; 2018 U.S. vault silver-medalist Jordan Chiles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre; 2018 World team gold-medalist Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express; 2019 Gymnix International vault champion Aleah Finnegan of Lee's Summit, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express; 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics; 2019 Jesolo Trophy team gold-medalist Shilese Jones of Westerville, Ohio/Future Gymnastics Academy; 2019 Jesolo Trophy all-around champion Sunisa Lee of St. Paul, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center; 2018 World team gold-medalist Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters; 2018 World team gold-medalist Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite; 2018 Pan Am Championships all-around silver-medalist Trinity Thomas of York, Pa./University of Florida Gymnastics; and 2019 American Cup champion Leanne Wong of Overland Park, Kansas/Great American Gymnastics Express.

The U.S. Junior National Team members in the field are:  Ciena Alipio of San Jose, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School; Sydney Barros of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics; Skye Blakely of Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics; Sophia Butler of Houston, Texas/Discover Gymnastics; Kayla DiCello of Boyds, Md./Hill's Gymnastics; Olivia Greaves of Staten Island, N.Y./MG Elite; Lilly Lippeatt of Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics; Konnor McClain of Cross Lanes, W.Va./Revolution Gymnastics; and Kaylen Morgan of Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics.

A part of the Team USA Champions Series, the U.S. Championships determines the men’s and women’s U.S. champions and U.S. National Teams for the junior and senior elite levels. The U.S. Championships will serve as part of the selection process for the U.S. Team for the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, in October. 

The competition schedule, which is subject to change, for the four days is below.  All times are Central.

·      Thursday, August 8:  Men’s gymnastics – 1 p.m., juniors, and 6:30 p.m., seniors

·      Friday, August 9:  Women’s gymnastics – 1 p.m., juniors, and 6:30 p.m., seniors

·      Saturday, August 10:  Men’s gymnastics – 1 p.m., juniors, and 6:30 p.m., seniors

·      Sunday, August 11:  Women’s gymnastics – 1 p.m., juniors, and 6:30 p.m., seniors 

At the 2018 U.S. Championships, both Biles and two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, won their fifth U.S. women’s and men’s all-around titles, respectively.  Also in 2018, Biles won her fourth World all-around title, as well as the vault and floor gold, uneven bars silver and balance beam bronze medals.  Biles also anchored the U.S. women’s Team that won the team title.  Mikulak brought home his first individual World medal, the horizontal bar bronze.

USA Gymnastics is partnering with the Kansas City Sports Commission for the 2019 event, with support from Visit KC and Sprint Center. This is the first time the event has been in Kansas City since 1987.

The Team USA Champions Series showcases numerous Olympic sports throughout the season, highlighting the year-round quest of Team USA athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.

Sprint Center played host to both the 2012 and 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions.  Kansas City has also staged other gymnastics events, including the final selection event for trampoline for the 2008 Olympic Games.

The roster of former U.S. all-around champions is a veritable who's who of gymnastics, including:  women – Jordyn Wieber, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton; and men –Jonathan Horton, Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner. The U.S. Gymnastics Championships traces its history back to 1897 for the men and 1931 for the women.

Additionally, the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center, Aug. 8-11, in conjunction with the championships. The annual USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show provides a valuable opportunity for gymnastics professional around the country to attend educational presentations, as well as a number of live demonstrations, on a variety of topics, including coaching, judging, business, preschool, school-age/recreational, sports science, fitness and safe sport and more.  Attendees also receive admittance to the trade show hall where they can visit vendor booths that provide specific goods and services to the gymnastics community.

 

2019 U.S. Championships field for women’s gymnastics

Gymnasts are alphabetical by state.

Arizona

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

MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics, senior

California

Ciena Alipio, San Jose, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School, junior

Levi Jung-Ruivivar, Woodland Hills, Calif./Paramount Elite Gymnastics, junior

Emily Lee, Los Gatos, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School, senior

Nola Matthews, Gilroy, Calif./Airborne Gymnastics Training Center, junior

Sophie Parenti, Menlo Park, Calif./San Mateo Gymnastics, junior

Delaware

Love Birt, Camden, Del./First State Gymnastics, junior

Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, senior

Florida

Mya Witte, Greenacres, Fla./Genie's Gymnastics, junior

Illinois

Gabby Perea, Geneva, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, senior

Kansas

Leanne Wong, Overland Park, Kansas/Great American Gymnastics Express, senior

Maryland

Kayla DiCello, Boyds, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, junior

Sydney Morris, Bowie, Md./First State Gymnastics, junior

Anya Pilgrim, Germantown, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, junior

Minnesota

Sunisa Lee, St. Paul, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center, senior

Grace McCallum, Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, senior

Lyden Saltness, Forest Lake, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center, junior

Ella Zirbes, Stillwater, Minn./Flips Gymnastics, junior

Missouri

Kara Eaker, Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, senior

Aleah Finnegan, Lee's Summit, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, senior

Nevada

Kailin Chio, Henderson, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics, junior

Sienna Robinson, Las Vegas, Nev./Browns Gymnastics Las Vegas, junior

New Jersey

eMjae Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, junior

Riley McCusker, Brielle, N.J./MG Elite, senior

Ariel Posen, Manalapan, N.J./MG Elite, junior

New York

Olivia Greaves, Staten Island, N.Y./MG Elite, junior

North Carolina

Lauren Little, Mooresville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, junior

Kaylen Morgan, Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, junior

Ohio

Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Future Gymnastics Academy, senior

Lilly Lippeatt, Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, junior

Pennsylvania

Addison Fatta, Wrightsville, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, junior

Trinity Thomas, York, Pa./University of Florida Gymnastics, senior

Texas

Sydney Barros, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior

Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, senior

Skye Blakely, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, junior

Sloane Blakely, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, senior

Sophia Butler, Houston, Texas/Discover Gymnastics Inc., junior

Jordan Chiles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, senior

Karis German, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, junior

Zoe Miller, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, junior

Katelyn Rosen, Boerne, Texas/Mavericks Gymnastics, junior

Virginia

Jamison Sears, Yorktown, Va./World Class Gymnastics, junior

Ava Siegfeldt, Newport News, Va./World Class Gymnastics, junior

West Virginia

Konnor McClain, Cross Lanes, W.Va./Revolution Gymnastics, junior

Wisconsin

Faith Torrez, Pleasant Prairie, Wis./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, senior

 

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