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Magee qualifies for meets

Magee qualifies for meets

FAYETTEVILLE – Former Arkansas All-American gymnast Casey Jo Magee has qualified for the CoverGirl Classic and the Visa Championships.

An eight-time All-America selection over three seasons, Magee is coming off a beam championship at the 2011 American Classic in New Waverly, Texas. Ranked No. 1 in the nation on beam during her collegiate career, she won the event with a 14.600.

She was also fifth on floor with a 13.25 and tied for sixth in the all-around with a 53.45.

The Eugene, Ore., native qualified for the CoverGirl Classic as an all-arounder. The meet is July 23 in Chicago.

She has also qualified for the Visa Championships on vault, beam and floor, and has the chance to qualify on bars with her performance at the CoverGirl Classic.

The CoverGirl Classic is the final qualifying event for the 2011 Visa Championships. 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 a second-team All-American 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.

Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)