By Brandon Penny | April 01, 2017, 3:14 p.m. (ET)
Member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team celebrate winning the 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy on April 1, 2017 in Jesolo, Italy.

 

A lot can change in one year in the gymnastics world.

The team USA Gymnastics sent to the 2016 City of Jesolo (Italy) Trophy included decorated Olympic champions Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, world champions Ashton Locklear and MyKayla Skinner, Pan American Games champion Emily Schild and soon-to-be-Olympian Laurie Hernandez.

With the Olympians taking the year off and Skinner focusing on her college career at Utah, the only returning member on the 2017 team was Locklear. The 2016 Olympic alternate was joined on Saturday by five women who are making their senior debuts this year and another in only her second year as a senior.

Despite their lack of experience, the women of Team USA showed they are more than ready for the senior ranks, winning gold in both the team and all-around on the first day of competition in Jesolo.

Making her debut in both senior and international competition was Alyona Shchennikova, while Trintiy Thomas and Victoria Nguyen made their senior debuts, Abby Paulson competed in her first international assignment, and Morgan Hurd and Riley McCusker appeared at their second-career senior competition after each competing at a world cup earlier this year.

Locklear, Nguyen, Hurd and McCusker combined to win team gold with a total of 167.95, while silver medalist Brazil trailed at 164.65 and Russian earned bronze with 164.60.

This marked the eighth straight year Team USA won the senior title.

Paulson, Shchennikova and Thomas were on a separate U.S. team that placed fourth with a score of 163.40.

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Americans had the top score on two of the four apparatuses with McCusker scoring 15.05 on uneven bars and Nguyen earning 14.25 on balance beam.

McCusker also won the all-around with a score of 56.60, followed by Rebecca Andrade of Brazil with the silver at 56.00 and Paulson taking bronze with a 55.80.

The win was redemption for McCusker, who finished a disappointing fifth in her international debut at the AT&T American Cup last month after a scary fall on balance beam.

She follows in the footsteps of an impressive group of U.S. women who have won the Jesolo all-around, including Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross.

Earlier in the day, Emma Malabuyo, Maile O’Keefe, Gabby Perea, Adeline Kenlin and Olivia Dunne won the junior team title for the U.S., while Perea, O’Keefe and Malabuyo won gold, silver, bronze in the junior all-around. It marked the seventh consecutive year an American won the junior all-around title.

Event finals will be held Sunday.