FAYETTEVILLE – Former Razorback All-American and No. 1-ranked beam worker Casey Jo Magee is competing in the CoverGirl Classic in Chicago this weekend.
She qualified for the meet as an all-arounder with her performances at the American Classic in New Waverly, Texas, last month. In that meet, she won beam with a 14.600, finished fifth on floor with a 13.25 and tied for sixth in the all-around with a 53.45.
She has already qualified for the Visa Championships on vault, beam and floor, and can qualify on bars at this week’s CoverGirl Classic.
The CoverGirl Classic has two levels of competition: the International Division, with elite junior and senior competition; and the Challenge Division, for up-and-coming gymnasts. Formerly known as the U.S. Classic, the CoverGirl Classic is known for having a highly competitive field featuring many top gymnasts. Last year’s event featured 2010 World Championships medalists Alicia Sacramone, Rebecca Bross, Bridget Sloan, Mattie Larson, Alexandra Raisman and Mackenzie Caquatto.
The Visa Championships is the premier annual championships for USA Gymnastics. National champions and national teams are determined annually. For 2011, the Visa Championships features men’s and women’s gymnastics, and rhythmic gymnastics. The four-day competition is scheduled for Aug. 17-20. Men’s and women’s gymnastics will be staged at Xcel Energy Center with rhythmic gymnastics at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul, Minn.Magee was an eight-time All-American for the Razorbacks. She was second-team as a sophomore in 2008 on vault and bars. In 2009, she was second-team on vault and floor.
In 2010, she was a first-teamer on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around. She finished second in the nation in the all-around as a senior, fourth on beam, tied for fifth on vault and 12th on floor.
A two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and a four-time SEC Gymnast of the Week, she earned SEC academic honors all four years and was a National Association for Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women scholar-athlete in 2010.
Over her career, she won 71 individual event titles, and led Arkansas to a fifth-place national finish in 2009 and a No. 11 finish in 2010. She holds the school record with a 39.675 in the all-around, and is tied for the top spot with a 9.95 on beam and a 9.95 on floor. Her 9.95 on vault and 9.925 on bars are both tied for second-best.