FeatureAly Raisman Wins Secret Classic; Mikulak Wins Fourth Straight All-Around Title at P&G Men’s Championships by Gregg Snyder June 7, 2016 (Photo by Karen King – Double G Media) The XL Center in Hartford, CT hosted many big names in US Gymnastics this past weekend. The events that took place this weekend are the beginning of what will be the Olympic selection season as Team USA prepares for the Games in Rio this summer.Saturday’s main event saw three-time London medalist, Alexandra (Aly) Raisman, take home the all-around title at the 2016 Secret U.S. Classic with a score of 59.250. The Needham, Mass. native topped the field on vault and floor exercise while taking nineteenth on uneven bars and third on balance beam. Rachel Gowey of Iowa finished second with an overall score of 58.300.The top local all-around finisher was Erial, NJ native Marz Frazier who’s score of 55.900 was good for fourth place. Olympic Champion Gabby Douglas and World Champion Simone Bilas did not compete in the all-around field at this event.Other notable local participants were Christina Desiderio (Hackettstown, NJ) who finished sixteenth with a 43.200, Jazmyn Foberg (Bayville, NJ) who finished seventeenth with a 39.850, and Lauren Hernandez (Old Bridge, NJ) who finished twenty-third with a 15.400 all-around score.Raisman and Douglas are trying to become the first women to make back-to-back Olympic teams since 2000. The next stop for the women will be the 2016 P&G Championships in St. Louis, Mo. on June 24 and 26.[hr style=”dashed”] (Photo by Karen King – Double G Media) The action continued on Sunday as Sam Mikulak won his fourth straight U.S. all-around title at the 2016 P&G Men’s Gymnastics Championships. The P&G Championships determine the 18 men who advance to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on June 23 and 25 in St. Louis.Mikulak became the first man since Blaine Wilson to win four consecutive U.S. all-around titles. His 181.500 all-around score beat out Chris Brooks who finished second at 179.850. Morganville, NJ native, Akash Modi, finished fourth with a 178.750 all-around score.Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, NY was the horizontal bar champion with a score of 31.600.At the conclusion of the P&G Championships, the 2016 U.S. Senior National Team was announced and those individuals will now more on to Team Trials to determine who will represent the United States in Rio. Mikulak, Brooks, Modi, and Ruggeri are four of the 18 gymnasts that will compete in St. Louis. Joining them are fellow locals, Steven Legendre (Port Jefferson, NY), John Orozco (Bronx, NY), Eddie Penev (Penfield, NY), and Brandon Wynn (Voorhees, NJ). Post Views: 1,127The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsGregg SnyderLatest posts by Gregg Snyder (see all) ITZ Staff Makes Super Bowl LV Predictions. Which team wins? Who is MVP? - February 5, 2021 Jets And Nike Create New Jersey High School Girls Flag Football League - February 3, 2021 NJ Sports Photographer, Lauren Guillen, Raising Funds For Local Youth Holiday Gifts - December 11, 2020 President Trump Awards Lou Holtz With Medal of Freedom - December 3, 2020 Related TopicsAly RaismanBrandon WynnChristina DesiderioGabby DouglasGymnasticsJohn OrozcoMarz FrazierOlympicsPaul RuggeriRioSam MikulakTeam USA Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 MetLife Stadium to host Army-Navy Game in 2021 by Kelly Lynn | posted on August 23, 2017 From Inspired to Being an Inspiration: Sports Broadcaster & “The Morning Roast” Host Kate Scott (VIDEO) by Candace Cordelia | posted on December 21, 2020 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021 How Former NFL Scout and Coach Chris Landry Became an Entrepreneur and Sportscaster by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 23, 2021More in Feature You Know I’m Right, Episode 113: New York Post Columnist Phil Mushnick (Audio/Video)On the 113th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video)On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 111: New York Giants’ Insider John Schmeelk (Audio/Video)On the 111th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video)On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Kimbo Slice has died at the age of 42 One Year Later, What Does the Future Hold for JPP?