Trio of Utah gymnastics commits among nation’s finest at USA gymnastics’ American Challenge
SALT LAKE CITY — Saturday afternoon, for the first time since gymnastics legends Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kerri Strug and Amanda Borden duked it out at the 1993 Coca-Cola National Championships, USA gymnastics national team members and hopefuls competed in Salt Lake City.
This time around, the competition was held at the Huntsman Center on the campus of the University of Utah, rather than the Delta Center, but the level of gymnastics was equitable.
These gymnasts were, quite literally, among the country’s elite.
Junior and senior Elite gymnasts took part in two competitions Saturday, collectively known as the American Classic.
The goal was to qualify for the U.S. Championships, which are set to commence Aug. 16 in Boston.
Twenty-two gymnasts left the Huntsman having done just that, including Utah commit Grace McCallum.
Shilese Jones of Future Gymnastics Academy walked away the senior Elite all-around winner with a score of 53.900, while Shania Adams (Buckeye Gymnastics) and Maddie Johnston (Hill’s Gymnastics) finished in second and third place, respectively.
Individual event winners, at the senior level, included Jones, who scored a 14.350 on vault and a 13.800 on floor, Madelyn Williams (San Mateo Gymnastics) on uneven bars with a 14.250 and Kara Eaker (Great American Gymnastics Express) on balance beam with a 14.850.
Three of the senior Elites to compete are current commits to the University of Utah and each had moments where they look the part.
McCallum, who was prequalified for the U.S. Championships thanks to her victory in the all-around competition at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships, competed on just two events, bars and beam.
The Minnesota native thrived on bars, where she finished second with a score of 14.050.
Grace McCallum posted a 14.050 for her bars tonight at the #AmClassic2018! pic.twitter.com/SrDyvHsOyV
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 8, 2018
Deanne Soza, meanwhile, competed on three events — …read more
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