The 2015 American Classic was held this weekend at the Karolyi Ranch. The first of two qualifiers for the P&G National Championships, the American Classic is an important stepping stone for many gymnasts. The 2015 May Elite Qualifier was help in conjunction with the competition, allowing gymnasts to both qualify for elite and for nationals.
Nineteen gymnasts achieved the necessary scores to qualify for nationals, either in the all-around (54 for seniors, 52.5 for juniors) or for seniors as an event specialist (a three-event score of 41.25 or a two-event score of 28.0). Six additional gymnasts who did not make the scores for nationals earned a high enough score (53 for seniors, 51.5 for juniors) to move on to the 2015 Secret US Classics, where they can try again to qualify for nationals.
At the American Classic, Colbi Flory of Texas Dreams took the gold, scoring a 56.7. Deanne Soza of Arete scored a 56.6 for the silver. Emma Malabuyo of Texas Dreams and Morgan Hurd of First State tied for bronze with a 56.5. Pictures and posts on Instagram celebrate the achievements.
Taylor Lawson took the all-around for the seniors at the May Elite Qualifier with a 53.6. Kylie Dickson of All-Olympia came in second with a 52.3 followed by Samantha Durante of Georgia Elite for third with a 51.6.
Gabby Perea of Legacy Elite won all-around for the juniors with a 55.2. Kaitlin DeGuzman of Metroplex took second with a 53.2 and Alyssa Al-Ashari of Twistars came in third with a 52.75.
The gymnasts who qualified to the 2015 P&G National Championships are (American Classic competitors in bold):
Elena Arenas, Bishop, Ga./Georgia Elite
Rachel Baumann, Plano, Texas/WOGA
Aria Brusch, Forest Park, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics
Christina Desiderio, Hackettstown, N.J./Parkettes
Olivia Dunne, Hillsdale, N.J./Eastern National Academy of Paramus
Colbi Flory, Rockwall, Texas/Texas Dreams
Margzetta Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes
Megan Freed, Bethlehem, Pa./Parkettes
Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State
Shilese Jones, Covington, Wash./Buckeye Gymnastics
Emma Malabuyo, San Jose, Calif./Texas Dreams
Maile O’Keefe, Las Vegas, Nev./Academy of Gymnastics-Salcianu
Alyona Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./Tigar
Polina Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./Tigar
Deanne Soza, Orem, Utah/Arete
Abigail Walker, Carrollton, Texas/Texas Dreams
Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite
Kaitlin DeGuzman, Metroplex
Alyssa Al-Ashari, Twistars
The gymnasts who qualified to the 2015 US Secret Classics are:
Shania Adams, Plain City, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics
Taylor Lawson, Parkettes
Kylie Dickson, All Olympia
Chae Campbell, Metroplex
Jaylene Gilstrap, Metroplex
Tori Tatum, Twin City Twisters
The full results are (via USAG):