Annia Hatch was named yesterday as a replacement for two-time national champion Tasha Schwikert for Saturday's Visa American Cup competition at Patriot Center.
Hatch, 25, will be competing in her first major international meet as a U.S. citizen. A former world champion in the vault for Cuba, Hatch moved to the United States in 1997 and became an American citizen in December 2001.
"I feel really proud," said Hatch, who was fourth at the 2002 U.S. Gymnastics Championships.
USA Gymnastics had to wait until the women completed a training camp session outside of Houston before it could announce its final roster. At the camp, Hatch impressed. Schwikert, meanwhile, continues to recover from ankle surgery and was not deemed ready to compete by women's national team coach Martha Karolyi.
Also representing the United States are Courtney Kupets of Gaithersburg, Ashley Postell of Mitchellville, and Carly Patterson, the U.S. national junior all-around champion. Kupets, who trains at Hill's Gymnastics with coach Kelli Hill, won the gold medal at the world championships in the uneven bars. Postell, who trains with Tatiana Perskaia at Capital Gymnastics, claimed the world title on the balance beam. Four international competitors also are entered in the American Cup.
The U.S. men's team includes Blaine Wilson, Sean Townsend, Brett McClure and Guard Young.