Head Coach Corrinne Tarver

By Associated Press

The Fisk University women’s gymnastics program, the first at a Historically Black College and University at the NCAA level, will make its team debut on Jan. 6 at the inaugural “Super 16” in Las Vegas. 

The two-day invitational will be held Jan. 6-7 at Orleans Arena. The field includes each of the last three programs to win an NCAA championship: Oklahoma, Michigan and UCLA. 

Sunisa Lee, the all-around champion at the 2020 Olympics, will compete along with her teammates at Auburn. Lee, a sophomore, earlier announced it will be her final season with the Tigers. She plans to return to elite competition in the summer of 2023. 

Jade Carey, a gold medalist at the 2020 Olympics and 2022 world championships and a sophomore at Oregon State, also will compete. 

The Nashville-based Fisk, which launched its program last November, is coached by Corrinne Tarver. She was the first Black gymnast to win an NCAA women’s all-around title while at Georgia in 1989. 

The event will be divided into four-team sessions, with team, all-around and event champions being awarded in each session.