2024 Core Hydration Classic: Field, schedule, and how to watch

By Patricia Duffy | May 16, 2024
Sunisa Lee, Simone Biles, and Gabby Douglas headline the 2024 Core Hydration Classic.
© Amy Sanderson/Gymnastics Now

USA Gymnastics’ Core Hydration Classic, formerly known as the U.S. Classic, will take place May 17-18 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, with one of the most star-studded fields in event history. The field is highlighted by the past three Olympic all-around champions: Sunisa Lee (2020), Simone Biles (2016), and Gabby Douglas (2012) – a historic first.

The Classic is the kickoff of the summer elite season, and in this case, a crucial competition for those in contention for the U.S. women’s Olympic team. In addition to being the last chance to qualify to the Xfinity U.S. Gymnastics Championships, set for May 30-June 2 in Fort Worth, Texas, this is when the shortlist for the five-woman team for Paris will start to emerge.

Simone Biles will make her season debut, having last dominated the 2023 world championships in Belgium, winning five medals, four gold, including a sixth world all-around title. Others of note making their season debuts are six-time world medalist Shilese Jones, another favorite for the Olympic team, as well as Olympian Jordan Chiles, who withdrew from Winter Cup in February after “tweaking” her shoulder. The athletes who compete both elite and college will also have their first elite meet of the season, having concluded NCAA season last month. Reigning Olympic floor champion Jade Carey, Olympic alternate and world medalist Leanne Wong, and 2022 U.S. champion Konnor McClain will all be competing, with McClain competing in her first elite meet since winning the U.S. title two years ago.

Lee and Douglas are in the midst of budding comebacks that could take crucial turns in Hartford. Both athletes are certainly in the conversation for Paris, but they need to show the right mix of difficulty and consistency between now and Olympic Trials at the end of June (pending qualification) to have a shot.

Lee – who is in remission from two types of kidney diseases that were discovered last year – is making her way back to the all-around. The only event she hasn’t competed this season is floor, but that event may be a couple competitions away. She competed vault and beam at the American Classic last month, earning the two-event qualifying score for championships on those events. The former Auburn gymnast may compete her new skill – a full-twisting Jaeger – as she works toward potentially getting it named in Paris.

Douglas also competed at the American Classic, marking her first competition since the 2016 Rio Olympics eight years ago. There, she earned the three-event qualifying score for nationals on vault, bars, and beam. She’ll look to improve her 50.650 from that event to a 51.000 at the XL Center and qualify in the all-around for championships. Otherwise, she can petition.

And that’s touching on just a fraction of the senior field, which is chock full of talent and athletes who could emerge as Olympic contenders.

The junior field is headlined 2024 Winter Cup champion Claire Pease, who also won bars and beam in Louisville earlier this year.

The Hopes Championships will kickoff the weekend on Friday, with 11-14 year olds representing the future of women’s gymnastics in the U.S. Lee herself won Hopes in 2015.

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Keep reading for the full field, draws, schedule, and how to watch.

Field for the 2024 Core Hydration Classic

Senior Women

Note: Results from Session 1 and Session 2 will be combined. The field is split into two sessions because of the amount of athletes, with those having competed at the Olympics, Worlds, and Pan Americans in Session 2.

Session 1

  • Ly Bui, GAGE
  • Chloe Cho, Gymnastics Olympica USA
  • Norah Christian, Cascade Elite West
  • Nicole Desmond, World Champions Centre
  • Reese Esponda, World Champions Centre
  • Kieryn Finnell, RGA
  • Jayla Hang, Pacific Reign
  • Cambry Haynes, Adrenaline Gymnastics Academy
  • Madray Johnson, WOGA
  • Evey Lowe, GAGE
  • Nola Matthews, Airborne Gymnastics Training Center
  • Taylor McMahon, Metroplex Gymnastics
  • Annalisa Milton, GAGE
  • Malea Milton, GAGE
  • Zoey Molomo, Metroplex Gymnastics
  • Marissa Neal, GAGE
  • Jazlene Pickens, Buckeye Gymnastics
  • Brooke Pierson, World Champions Centre
  • Hezly Rivera, WOGA
  • Simone Rose, Pacific Reign
  • Lacie Saltzmann, Texas Dreams
  • Audrey Snyder, First State Gymnastics
  • Izzy Stassi, Performance Gymnastics Academy
  • Brynn Torry, World Class Gymnastics
  • Sabrina Visconti, Nohas Gymnastics Academy
  • CaMarah Williams, EDGE Gymnastics – Riverside

Session 2

  • Simone Biles, World Champions Centre
  • Skye Blakely, WOGA
  • Jade Carey, Oregon State University
  • Dulcy Caylor, World Champions Centre
  • Jordan Chiles, World Champions Centre
  • Kayla DiCello, Hill’s Gymnastics
  • Amelia Disidore, GAGE
  • Gabby Douglas, WOGA
  • Tatum Drusch, Flips Gymnastics
  • Addison Fatta, Prestige Gymnastics
  • Jazmyn Jimenez, Gymnastics Olympica USA
  • Shilese Jones, Ascend Gymnastics Center
  • Katelyn Jong, Metroplex Gymnastics
  • Suni Lee, Midwest Gymnastics Center
  • Myli Lew, San Mateo Gymnastics
  • Kaliya Lincoln, WOGA
  • Konnor McClain, LSU
  • Joscelyn Roberson, World Champions Centre
  • Ashlee Sullivan, Metroplex Gymnastics
  • Tiana Sumanasekera, World Champions Centre
  • Trinity Thomas, University of Florida
  • Leanne Wong, University of Florida
  • Lexi Zeiss, Twin City Twisters

Junior Women

  • Harlow Buddendeck, RGA
  • Charleigh Bullock, Capital Gymnastics National Training Center
  • Lavi Crain, GAGE
  • Celia Frith-Carvalho, Bull City Gymnastics
  • Sadie Goldberg, Buckeye Gymnastics
  • Greta Krob, IGN
  • Jaysha McClendon, Rebound Gymnastics West
  • Caroline Moreau, Texas Dreams
  • Claire Pease, WOGA
  • Lila Richardson, Hopes and Dreams Gymnastics
  • Alessia Rosa, Hill’s Gymnastics
  • Kylie Smith, Cincinnati Gymnastics
  • Maliha Tressel, Twin City Twisters
  • Tyler Turner, WOGA
  • Trinity Wood, Capital Gymnastics National Training Center

Hopes Championships

11-12 Age Group

Giana Carroll, First State Gymnastics
Laynie Cotton, Omaha Gymnastics Academy
Alden Dante, Wildfire Gymnastics
Elsie Flores, Omaha Gymnastics Academy
Gillian Haddad, Performance Gymnastics Academy
Avery Haines, First State Gymnastics
Charlotte Henk, 360 Elite Gymnastics
Hadassah Kahlig, 360 Elite Gymnastics
Sapphire Martin, First State Gymnastics
Amariah Moore, First State Gymnastics
Jazzy Saravia, Spartan Gymnastics LLC
Mattie Mae Young, Georgia Elite Gymnastics

13-14 Age Group

Iyla Adkins, Georgia Elite Gymnastics
Ashley Andrews, Bull City Gymnastics
Elisabeth Antone, Pacific Reign Gymnastics
Tiraia Ballard, Capital Gymnastics National Training Center
Brooke Bazan, Capital Gymnastics National Training Center
Addison Blosser, Capital Gymnastics National Training Center
Lyla Brewer, IGN
Emmy Cunningham, Metroplex Gymnastics
Eva Doherty, Excalibur Gymnastics
Alessandra Gaines, Mavericks Gymnastics
Blake Green, Pearland Elite
Leah Higgins, North Stars Gymnastics Academy
Isla Lazzari, CITY Club Gymnastics Academy
Anslee McCauley, Georgia All-Star Gymnastics
Annabel Melnyk, West Coast Elite Gymnastics
Amia Pugh-Banks, World Class Gymnastics
Quinlyn Rollins, Queen City Gymnastics
Simone Seed, Pacific Reign Gymnastics
Ansley Stevens, Cincinnati Gymnastics
Sage Stiggers, WOGA Gymnastics
Finley Young, Metropolitan Gymnastics

Schedule & how to watch the 2024 Core Hydration Classic

*All times Eastern.

Routines from all four sessions and the full NBC broadcast will be posted to the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel as soon as possible.

DateTimeSessionHow to WatchLive Scores
Thursday, May 1610 a.m.HOPES Championships Podium TrainingFlipNow.TVN/A
1 p.m.Junior Women’s Podium TrainingFlipNow.TVN/A
Friday, May 178 a.m.Senior Women’s Podium Training Session 1FlipNow.TVN/A
9:40 a.m.Senior Women’s Podium Training Session 2FlipNow.TVN/A
1:45-4:30 p.m.HOPES ChampionshipsFlipNow.TVLive Results
7-9:30 p.m.Junior WomenUSA Gymnastics YouTube channelLive Results
Saturday, May 182-4 p.m.Senior Women Session 1USA Gymnastics YouTube channelLive Results
7-9 p.m.Senior Women Session 2Peacock (within the U.S.); USA Gymnastics YouTube channel (outside the U.S.)Live Results

Note: Per USA Gymnastics, all men’s and women’s routines, streams, and broadcasts will be uploaded to the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel at the conclusion of competition.