World silver-medalist Jade Carey expected to compete at 2018 American Classic
2017 World vault and floor exercise silver-medalist Jade Carey of Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays, is one of the six members of the U.S. Women’s National Team expected to compete in the American Classic, scheduled for Saturday, July 7, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. The Hopes Classic is scheduled for July 6.
In addition to Carey, U.S. National Team members who are planning to compete in Salt Lake are listed below.
- Audrey Davis of Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, sixth in the all-around at the 2017 U.S. Championships
- Kayla DiCello of Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, 2018 Pac Rim vault and bars champion
- Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, 2017 U.S. balance beam champion
- Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite, 2017 U.S. uneven bars champion
- Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, 2018 Pacific Rim all-around champion
- Tori Tatum of Chanhassen, Minn./Twin City Twisters, 2017 Junior Pan Am Championships vault champion
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Both competitions are competitive qualifiers for women’s gymnastics: the American Classic, for the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Boston in August, and the U.S. Classic in July in Columbus, Ohio; and the Hopes Classic, for the Hopes Championships, held in conjunction with the U.S. Classic.
Each competition will have two sessions, and the schedule, which is subject to change, is below.
USA Gymnastics is planning to livestream all four sessions through its YouTube channel.
July 6 | Hopes Classic
3 p.m. – Ages 10-11
6:15 p.m. – Ages 12-13
July 7 | American Classic
11 a.m. – Juniors
4 p.m. – Seniors
Multi-day passes, which include every session of both the Hopes Classic and the American Classic, range in price from $15-25. Single-day tickets for either day range from $10-$20 and include both sessions for that day. Ticket prices vary according to seat locations. To purchase tickets, visit utahtickets.com or call 801-581-UTIX.
Women’s gymnastics has several ways athletes can qualify to the U.S. Championships, including by earning a minimum of 52.000 for seniors or a 51.000 for juniors in the all-around at either the American Classic or U.S. Classic. The U.S. Classic, scheduled for July 28 at the Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus, is the final opportunity to advance to the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Senior athletes can also qualify by earning a three-event score of 39.750 or a two-event score of 27.00 at either of these two events.
The Huntsman Center is partnering with the Utah Sports Commission to play host to the two-day event.
The Hopes classification is just below the elite level, and the top 18 athletes in both Hopes age groups (10-11 and 12-13-years old) who achieve the qualification score advance to the Hopes Championships. The Hopes Championships, previously known as the U.S. Challenge, is the culmination of the Hopes season.
Team members and alternates from the USA’s 2017 World Championships Team automatically qualified to the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. In addition to the U.S. and American Classics, national team members can earn a berth to the U.S. Championships by achieving the qualification score at a national team verification or international assignment.
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