Two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman won all-round gold at the Secret Classic Saturday evening at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
The reigning Olympic team and floor exercise champion continued to prove she is a strong contender for her second Olympic team.
Raisman’s overall score of 59.250 was nearly a full point ahead of Rachel Gowey, who was second with 58.300. After a fall on the uneven bars, Raisman regained her focus to record the top scores of the evening in both vault (15.700) and floor (15.500), as well as the third-highest score on balance beam (15.000).
Gowey, who was part of the gold-medal team and won the uneven bars at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, was fourth in the all-around at last year’s Secret Classic.
Alyssa Baumann’s bronze-medal score of 57.900 was an improvement over her sixth-place finish at the same event last year and seventh each of the two years before that. Part of the gold medal team from the 2014 world championships, she won silver on the balance beam at last year’s P&G Championships.
The star-studded field included three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles and reigning Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas. Both competed only two events, the bars and beam, as a tune up for the P&G Gymnastics Championships later this month.
Biles had the top score on beam with a 15.650, and her 15.100 on bars was fifth. Douglas recorded a 15.650 on bars, good for third, while her beam score of 14.550 tied for sixth. Ashton Locklear posted the best bars score of the evening, a 15.850, the highest score given all night. Madison Kocian, co-world champion on bars last year, was second to Locklear with a 15.700.
Douglas and Raisman are pursuing their second consecutive Olympic team, a feat that has not been accomplished since 2000.
Maggie Nichols, the only U.S. woman to compete on all four apparatuses in the team final at the 2015 worlds, did not compete in Hartford. She is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery performed several weeks ago to repair a small meniscus tear, but is expected to be in St. Louis for the national championships.