Future Collegiate Gymnasts to Compete at GK U.S. Classic

The GK U.S. Classic will take place this weekend Columbus, Ohio, and as usual, the field is full of future NCAA competitors. Only three gymnasts in the senior field are uncommitted, one of whom is obviously professional Simone Biles. We’re breaking down the college-committed Classic competitors.

Competition will begin Friday with the HOPES championship, the national final for developing elite gymnasts aged 13 or under. On Saturday, the junior elite field will take the stage first at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by the seniors at 8 p.m.

We’ll preview the prospects of the NCAA commits in the classic field, but keep in mind that since many athletes have already gotten their qualifying scores for nationals, it’s likely several favorites will not compete all four events. In the hours before the meet, watch for scores of 0.00 to appear in the live scores, indicating scratches.


Name Club College Freshman Season
Shania Adams Buckeye Alabama 2021
Sloane Blakely WOGA Florida 2022
Luisa Blanco WOGA Alabama 2021
Jade Carey Arizona Sunrays Oregon State 2019
Jordan Chiles Naydenov UCLA 2020
Audrey Davis WOGA Oklahoma 2021
Olivia Dunne ENA Paramus LSU 2021
Jaylene Gilstrap Metroplex Utah 2021
Olivia Hollingsworth World Champions Auburn 2021
Morgan Hurd First State Florida 2020
Madeleine Johnston Hill’s Penn State 2021
Shilese Jones Future Florida 2021
Adeline Kenlin IGN Iowa 2021
Emily Lee West Valley UCLA 2022
Isabel Mabanta Denton Denver 2021
Emma Malabuyo Texas Dreams UCLA 2022
Grace McCallum Twin City Twisters Utah 2022
Riley McCusker MG Elite Florida 2020
Alyona Shchennikova 5280 Michigan 2020
Ragan Smith Texas Dreams Oklahoma 2020
Deanne Soza Texas Dreams Utah 2021
Madelyn Williams San Mateo California 2022

The great majority of the senior field is committed to an NCAA program. While the senior all around likely won’t be in play, expect Florida to shine, with reigning world and American Cup champion Morgan Hurd and American Classic champion Shilese Jones in top shape. Oregon State signee Jade Carey only competed her two weaker events at American Classic and might be making her elite all around debut this weekend. Emma Malabuyo (UCLA), Ragan Smith (Oklahoma) and Grace McCallum (Utah) could place themselves firmly in the worlds conversation with a strong performance, and there are several event stars to look out for, too: Adeline Kenlin (Iowa) is spectacular on beam, Madelyn Williams (Cal) is a potential field-leader on bars and Jordan Chiles (UCLA) has a strong vault set.

There are some wildcards to watch, too. Riley McCusker (Florida) has been out of the competitive picture for a while but had a strong two-event showing at the American Classic, and Emily Lee (West Valley) led the same meet at the midpoint before taking a difficult bars fall and scratching the remainder of the competition. Shania Adams (Alabama) is the kind of quiet but reliable gymnast who could land in a strong position if the rest of the field has an inconsistent day, and while her future teammate Luisa Blanco competes less difficulty, she’s a can’t-miss competitor due to her stellar technique.


Name Club College Freshman Season
Jordan Bowers Solid Rock Oklahoma 2022
Sophia Butler Discover Florida 2023
Aleah Finnegan GAGE LSU 2022
Gabbie Gallentine Everest Florida 2022
Maeve Hahn First In Flight Georgia 2022
Alonna Kratzer Top Notch Missouri 2022
Sunisa Lee Midwest Auburn 2022
Tori Tatum Twin City Twisters LSU 2022

Only a handful of this year’s junior crew are committed to college, but these eight are a strong group who will make an impact on the field. Jordan Bowers (Oklahoma) had an incredibly strong spring and will be hoping to solidify her status among the top tier of juniors at home. Aleah Finnegan (LSU) is a fan favorite for her form, but as a recent elite qualifier, it’s yet to be seen how she stacks up in the junior elite world. Tori Tatum (LSU) is another winner of the spring season, but after a challenging meet at the American Classic, she also has something to prove. Sunisa Lee (Auburn) currently holds the highest junior elite score in the world in 2018 with a 56.000, and if she’s in form, she could be untouchable—but her consistency can be an issue. These gymnasts will also have to contend with a strong group of uncommitted gymnasts, including American Cup champion Kayla DiCello and Leanne Wong.

UPDATE: Since this article was published, start lists have changed. Emily Lee is no longer listed.

Article by Rebecca Scally

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