Sisters Mackenzie and Bridgette Caquatto of Naperville made the 11-member senior women's national team after solid performances in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships that ended Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.
It was the third straight selection for Mackenzie, 19, a sophomore at the University of Florida and the first at the senior level for Bridgette, 17, a senior at Naperville Central High School.
Mackenzie was fourth and Bridgette sixth in the all-around, while Mackenzie took the silver medal on uneven bars.
Both Caquattos are expected to be invited to the late September selection camp for the world championships and Pan American Games teams.
The worlds take place Oct. 7-16 in Tokyo. The Pan American Games are Oct. 14-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The results at nationals marked the definitive determination that 16-year-old Jordyn Wieber is the designated darling of U.S. gymnastics a year befoe the London Olympics.
Wieber, of Dewitt, Mich., was a runaway winner in the all-around in her debut at the senior level. She also took the uneven bars and floor exercise.
Wieber, who had missed the last two nationals (as a junior) with injuries, already had marked herself as an Olympoc medal contender by beating reigning world champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia at the American Cup in March.
Two comebacking 2008 Olympians, Alicia Sacramone and Shawn Johnson, also impressed at the national meet.
Sacramone, 23, who returned last year and became world champion on vault, won the U.S. title on balance beam and was second on vault.
Johnson, 19, in the initial stages of a comeback that has been slowed by a knee injury, made substantial improvement over her showing at the Cover Girl Classic a month ago. She was fourth on balance beam (after a 16th at Cover Girl) and sixth on uneven bars (after an 11th at Cover Girl.)Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun