14 Future College Gymnasts to Compete at American Classic

The American Classic is the first of two domestic meets for elite gymnasts who have not already qualified to nationals—either via previous international assignments or national training camps—or for those want an additional opportunity to compete. Junior competitors must earn an all around score of at least 51.000 to advance while seniors must reach the 52.000 mark. Senior competitors can also qualify on only two or three events with scores of 27.000 and 39.750, respectively. The event will take place June 22 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

The gymnasts slated to compete are listed below:


Olivia Ahern River City Gymnastics, Inc. uncommitted 2025
*Ciena Alipio West Valley Gymnastics School uncommitted 2023
Charlotte Booth Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics uncommitted 2026
Kailin Chio Gymcats uncommitted 2025
eMjae Frazier Parkettes uncommitted 2023
Elizabeth Gantner Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center Georgia 2024
Karis German World Champions Centre Alabama 2023
Mia Heather San Mateo uncommitted 2023
Levi Jung-Ruivivar Paramount Elite uncommitted 2025
Lauren Little Everest Alabama 2023
Nola Matthews Airborne Gymnastics Training Center uncommitted 2026
Zoe Miller World Champions Centre uncommitted 2024
Sydney Morris First State uncommitted 2023
Annalise Newman-Achee Chelsea Piers uncommitted 2024
Sophie Parenti San Mateo uncommitted 2025
Anya Pilgrim Hill’s uncommitted 2024
Ariel Posen MG Elite UCLA 2023
Joscelyn Roberson North East Texas Elite uncommitted 2025
Sienna Robinson Browns uncommitted 2024
Katelyn Rosen Mavericks UCLA 2024
Lyden Saltness Midwest Gymnastics Center Auburn 2024
Jamison Sears World Class uncommitted 2024
Chavala Shepard Hopes and Dreams uncommitted 2024
Ava Siegfeldt World Class Oklahoma 2023
Mya Witte Genie’s uncommitted 2024
Jamie Wright World Class uncommitted 2024
Eva Volpe Pearland Elite uncommitted 2024
Ella Zirbes Flips Utah 2024

*Denotes junior national team member

Skye Blakely (uncommitted ‘24) was scheduled to compete at the American Classic but has since been named to the team representing the United States at the inaugural junior world championships. That competition will take place June 27 to 30 in Győr, Hungary.

Even with Blakely not competing, there are plenty of excellent gymnasts in the mix: Ciena Alipio (uncommitted ‘23) earned silver with the U.S. junior team at the City of Jesolo Trophy and placed top eight in the all around. Though not on the junior national team, Mya Witte (uncommitted ‘23) and eMjae Frazier (uncommitted ‘23) have both posted all around scores above 54.000 in 2019.

While the majority of the junior competitors are still uncommitted, several NCAA programs will be represented: Alabama ‘23 gymnasts Keris German and Lauren Little, future UCLA Bruins Ariel Posen (‘23) and Sienna Robinson (‘24), Ella Zirbes (Utah ‘24), Ava Siegfeldt (Oklahoma ‘23), Elizabeth Gantner (Georgia ‘24) and Lyden Saltness (Auburn ‘24) will all be vying for a spot at nationals.


Shania Adams Future Gymnastics Academy Alabama 2021
*Sloane Blakely WOGA Florida 2022
Jaylene Gilstrap Metroplex Utah 2021
Olivia Hollingsworth World Champions Centre Auburn 2021
Emily Lee West Valley Gymnastics School UCLA 2022
*Sunisa Lee Midwest Gymnastics Center Auburn 2022
Victoria Nguyen Everest uncommitted 2020
Abigael Vides World Champions Centre uncommitted 2022

*Denotes senior national team member

The senior field is noticeably sparser than in prior years. Previously, American Classic scores were required as part of the selection process for the Pan American Games. However, USAG recently updated these procedures so that gymnasts are allowed to either compete at the American Classic or verify routines at the June national team camp. Numerous national team members have opted out of the competition as a result. In another change from past years, athletes who earned two- or three-event scores at an elite qualifier can only compete on those events versus in the all around.

The American Classic marks Sunisa Lee’s (Auburn ‘22) senior elite debut in the United States (she won gold in the all around, floor, beam and team gold at the City of Jesolo Trophy earlier this year). Lee’s fellow senior national team member Sloane Blakely (Florida ‘22) and last year’s all around silver medalist Shania Adams (Alabama ‘21) round out the top of the field.

Senior national team member Jordan Chiles (UCLA ‘20), junior national team member Sophia Butler (Florida ‘23) and juniors Love Birt (uncommitted ‘25), Addison Fatta (uncommitted ‘24) and Emily Golden (uncommitted ‘24) were expected to compete but are no longer listed on the competition roster as of Friday, June 21.  

The American Classic will be live streamed on USA Gymnastics’ YouTube channel.

Article by Claire Billman

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