Jade Carey of Phoenix won vaulting and tied for second on floor exercise Saturday at the U.S. Classic in Louisville, Ky.

Carey and two others were the only gymnasts to complete two vaults and qualify for final places. She won with a 14.800 average. Her high score (14.900) was the same as that of MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, who competed only one vault.

Carey, 19, of Arizona Sunrays was 10th all-around. She is leading in world individual apparatus standings on vault and floor in her pursuit of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics via the World Cup series route.  

Skinner, 22, of Desert Lights is making her return to elite gymnastics after three years at Utah. She competed on three events, opting to wait until U.S. Championships, Aug. 8-11 in Kansas City, to compete on uneven bars.

Simon Biles, 2016 Olympic/4-time World all-around champion, was first all-around (60.000) followed by Riley McCusker (57.900) and Grace McCallum (57.700). 

Biles had the single highest vault score (15.650). She also won floor (15.000) despite going out of bounds with Carey and McCallum tied for second (14.250).

Skinner faded on her floor routine due to fatigue as she adapts to a longer, more difficult routine than college, finishing 14th (12.900) on one of her best events when she was an Olympic alternate in 2016.

Skinner was 11th (13.750) and Carey tied for 17th (12.750) on balance beam. Carey was 15th (13.050) on bars. Skinner’s three-event total (41.550) was 16th all-around.

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