World, Olympic champions headline field for Secret U.S. Classic

INDIANAPOLIS, May 26, 2016 – Led by three-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, eight women who have won World or Olympic gold medals are expected to participate in next weekend’s Secret U.S. Classic, scheduled for June 4 at Hartford, Conn.’s XL Center. In addition to Biles, Olympic champions Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, and Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, have registered to compete.

The Secret U.S. Classic, which has athletes competing on the junior and senior levels, serves as the last opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify for the P&G Women’s Championships in St. Louis (June 24 and 26), as well as a tune-up for many of the country’s top women leading into their national championships.

In addition to Biles, Raisman and Douglas, five women in the field have claimed World Championships gold medals: Alyssa Baumann of Plano, Texas/WOGA; Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express; Madison Kocian of Dallas/WOGA; Ashton Locklear of Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics; and MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights.

Single-session tickets range from $13 to $65, plus applicable fees; prices vary according to competition session and location. Multi-session ticket packages, which range from $55-$105, and all-session ticket packages, which include tickets for all five sessions and range from $105-$150, are still available. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 877-522-8499 or at the XL Center Box Office. For Group Sales information, please contact [email protected] or call 860-548-2000. For more information, go to

The competition schedule is: Secret U.S. Classic – June 4 at 1 p.m. for juniors and 7 p.m. for seniors. The Hopes Championships, which features young, aspiring female gymnasts, is held concurrently with the Secret U.S. Classic and is scheduled for June 3 at 2:30 p.m.

The complete field is listed below.

Background information

  • XL Center. The XL Center (, is a 16,000 seat multipurpose arena located in downtown Hartford, CT, and operated by Spectra Venue Management. The arena, home to the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), University of Connecticut Men’s Ice Hockey, and Men’s & Women’s Basketball, was built in 1975 and underwent major renovations in 2014. The XL Center entertains millions of visitors annually with a variety of concerts, family shows, sports, consumer events and trade shows throughout the season.

  • Spectra. Spectra manages the XL Center, Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, and the Business Operations of the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), as well as more than 130 other public assembly facilities around the world. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, in addition to Spectra, Comcast Spectacor owns and operates the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center venue. Visit us at,, and for more information.

2016 Secret U.S. Classic Field
Alpha by state, last name

MyKayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics, senior

Gabrielle Douglas, Tarzana, Calif./Buckeye Gymnastics, senior
Frida Esparza, Pittsburg, Calif./Head Over Heels, junior
Emily Lee, Los Gatos, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School, junior
Lauren Navarro, La Verne, Calif./Gliders Charter Oak Gymnastics, senior
Caitlin Smith, Valley Village, Calif./Paramount Elite Gymnastics, junior

Lauren Letzsch, Golden, Colo./TIGAR, junior
Jaymes Marshall, Greeley, Colo./TIGAR, junior
Alyona Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, junior
Kalyany Steele, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Aerials Gymnastics Center, junior

Riley McCusker, New Milford, Conn./MG Elite, junior

Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, junior

Emily Gaskins, Coral Springs, Fla./Palm Beach Gymnastics, senior
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, Groveland, Fla./Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics, senior
Lilly Hudson, Orange Park, Fla./VEGA Gymnastics, junior

Elena Arenas, Bogart, Ga./Georgia Elite Gymnastics, junior

Ellie Lazzari, Wheaton, Ill./Gym Nasti, junior
Gabby Perea, Geneva, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, junior

Rachel Gowey, Urbandale, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute, senior
Adeline Kenlin, Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa Gym-Nest, junior
Victoria Nguyen, West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute, junior

Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, senior

Madeleine Johnston, Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, junior
Maggie Musselman, Crownsville, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, senior

Alyssa Al-Ashari, Lansing, Mich./Twistars USA Inc., junior
Leah Clapper, Ann Arbor, Mich./Gym America, senior

Sunisa Lee, Saint Paul, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center, junior
Abby Paulson, Coon Rapids, Minn./Twin City Twisters, senior
Lexy Ramler, St. Michael, Minn./KidSport LLC, senior
Tori Tatum, Chanhassen, Minn./Twin City Twisters, junior
Olivia Trautman, Champlin, Minn./Twin City Twisters, senior

Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymn. Express, senior

North Carolina
Kinsey Davis, Cornelius, N.C./KPAC, junior
Lauren Little, Mooresville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, junior
Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, senior
Emily Schild, Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, senior

New Jersey
Christina Desiderio, Hackettstown, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, senior
Olivia Dunne, Hillsdale, N.J./Eastern National Academy of Paramus, junior
Jazmyn Foberg, Bayville, N.J./MG Elite, senior
Marz Frazier, Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, senior
Lauren Hernandez, Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite, senior

Maile O’Keefe, Las Vegas, Nev./Academy of Gymnastics – Salcianu Gymnastics, junior

Shania Adams, Plain City, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, junior
Aria Brusch, Forest Park, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, junior
Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, senior
Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Buckeye Gymnastics, junior

Cael Bixler, Palmyra, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, junior
Megan Freed, Bethlehem, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, junior
Cameron Machado, West Chester, Pa./First State Gymnastics, junior
Trinity Thomas, York, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics, junior

South Carolina
Maeve Hahn, Lake Wylie, S.C./First in Flight, junior

Irina Alexeeva, Plano, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, junior
Alyssa Baumann, Plano, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, senior
Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, senior
Sloane Blakely, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, junior
Chae Campbell, Carrollton, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, junior
Audrey Davis, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, junior
Kaitlin DeGuzman, Rowlett, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, senior
Colbi Flory, Rockwall, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Jaylene Gilstrap, McKinney, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, junior
Olivia Hollingsworth, Seabrook, Texas/Stars Gymnastics Training Center-Houston, junior
Kiya Johnson, Desoto, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Hannah Joyner, Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, junior
Madison Kocian, Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, senior
Isabel Mabanta, Frisco, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics, junior
Emma Malabuyo, Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior
Deiah-Marie Moody, Plano, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, junior
Ragan Smith, Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, senior
Abi Walker, Carrollton, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, junior

Deanne Soza, Orem, Utah/Arete Gymnastics, junior

Abigail Scanlon, Sterling, Va./Capital Gymnastics National Training Center, junior

Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics Inc., junior