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1997 American Classic
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Date

February 15

City

New Haven, Connecticut

All-Around Gold Medalist

Senior: Kristen Maloney
Junior: Erinn Dooley

Vault Gold Medalist

Senior: Kristen Maloney
Junior: Marlene Stephens

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Senior: Kelly Parkinson
Junior: Elise Ray

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Senior: Kristen Maloney
Junior: Erinn Dooley

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Senior: Kristen Maloney
Junior: Monique Chang

Preceded by

1996 American Classic

Succeeded by

1998 American Classic

The 1997 American Classic took place on February 15th, 1997 in New Haven, Connecticut.  It served as one of two qualifiers to the National Championships. Three gymnasts from Israel competed in the junior division.

List of Competitors

Seniors

  • Alyssa Beckerman - North Stars
  • Shannon Bowles - Atlantic
  • Annie Campbell - Salto
  • Jennifer Carow - Salto
  • Emily Chell - Gym Carolina
  • Jamie Dantzscher - Charter Oak
  • Sarah Dipasquale - Parkettes
  • Kaitie Dyson - Cypress
  • Cory Fritzinger - Gymstrada
  • Anna Gingrich - Capital
  • Alecia Ingram - Technique
  • Nicole Kilpatrick - North Stars
  • Chari Knight - Oregon State
  • Kristen Maloney - Parkettes
  • Katie McFarland - Gymstrada
  • Becky Meldrum - Parkettes
  • Kelly Parkinson - Cypress
  • Jeana Rice - Gwinnett
  • Breanne Rutherford - New England
  • Kathleen Shrievers - MarVa Teens
  • Ashley Stewart - Cypress
  • Alison Stoner - National
  • Kristen Stuckey - Salto
  • Raegan Tomasek - Hill's
  • Amy Young - Gym Max

Juniors

  • Becky Bank - Israel
  • Stephanie Carter - Ricochets
  • Monique Chang - Capital
  • Erinn Dooley - Hill's
  • Annabeth Eberle - Gym Nevada
  • Melissa Frank - Gym Unlimited
  • Rachel Glasmire - Parkettes
  • Kara Kapernekas - IGI 
  • Christina Knox - Cats
  • Sheehan Lemley - Parkettes
  • Amber Melvin - Cinci Dynamo
  • Olga Menin - Israel
  • Tara Phillips - Cypress
  • Dana Pierce - Wrights
  • Breasha Pruitt - Acros
  • Christy Ray - Hill's
  • Elise Ray - Hill's
  • Marlene Stephens - Cypress
  • Mayan Tannenbaum - Israel
  • Brittany Thome - Cypress
  • Kristin Thome - Cypress
  • Tiffany Van Dusen - Rebounders
  • Morgan White - American Twisters

Format of Competition

The competition took place on one day. Similar to the National Championships, not everyone had to compete the all-around. The gymnasts who specialized and only competed certain events had to scratch (touch the apparatus then salute the judges) on the apparatus they chose not to compete.

Results

Seniors

Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around Kristen Maloney
Parkettes
Jamie Dantzscher
Charter Oak
Kathleen Shrieves
MarVa Teens
Vault Kristen Maloney
Parkettes
Jamie Dantzscher
Charter Oak

Kathleen Shrieves
MarVa Teens

N/A
Uneven Bars Kelly Parkinson
Cypress
Kathleen Shrieves
MarVa Teens
Jamie Dantzscher
Charter Oak
Balance Beam Kristen Maloney
Parkettes
Jamie Dantzscher
Charter Oak
Jeana Rice
Gwinnett
Floor Exercise Kristen Maloney
Parkettes
Katie McFarland
Gymstrada
Cory Fritzinger
Gymstrada

Juniors

Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around Erinn Dooley
Hill's
Monique Chang
Capital
Elise Ray
Hill's
Vault Marlene Stephens
Cypress
Dana Pierce
Wrights
Christy Ray
Hill's
Uneven Bars Elise Ray
Hill's
Christy Ray
Hill's

Morgan White
American Twisters

N/A
Balance Beam Erinn Dooley
Hill's
Marlene Stephens
Cypress
Elise Ray
Hill's
Floor Exercise Monique Chang
Capital
Tara Phillips
Cypress
Erinn Dooley
Hill's

Olga Menin
Israel

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