Event Champions Named at the Coca-Cola National Gymnastics Championships
posted on 06/08/1996

The men's and women's event finals of the Coca-Cola National Gymnastics Championships were held Sat., June 8, at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.


For the women, Dominique Dawes won all four events making her third national vault, bars, beam and fourth floor exercise title in her career. This is also the second time that Dawes has won all four events at a national championships.

Dawes said, "I'm glad I hit and did the best I could. Floor was one of my best events tonight."

Amanda Borden, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu and Jaycie Phelps qualified to event finals but scratched prior to the competition due to minor injuries. The athletes and coaches did not want to aggravate the injuries with the Olympic Trials only three weeks away.

For the men, Jay Thornton won floor exercise with a score of 9.737. Josh Stein won pommel horse with a 9.712 and Kip Simons earned first on rings with a 9.637.

Jair Lynch, who just missed earning a medal on parallel bars at the 1992 Olympic Games, won the parallel bars event at the National Championships and said, "I pulled out all the stops today. This routine has the full complement of skills and I hope to showcase this routine at the Olympic Games."

1996 Coca-Cola National Champion Blaine Wilson won vault with a score of 9.537 and Bill Roth earned the gold on high bar with a score of 9.687.

John Macready who won a silver and two bronze medals, said, "Today was icing on the cake. I wanted to go out and have fun, put on a good show and win some medals."

John Roethlisberger, who won the bronze medal on pommel horse, said, "It was a real tough day for me. I'm glad I'm in one piece. Mentally and physically it just wasn't there today."

MEN'S EVENTS

Floor Exercise

# / Name / Hometown / Club or School / Score
1. / Jay Thornton / Augusta, Ga. / Univ. of Iowa / 9.737
2. / Josh Stein / Houston, Texas / Stanford / 9.612
3. / Stephen McCain / Houston, Texas / UCLA / 9.600
4. / John Macready / Los Angeles, Calif. USOTC / 9.562
5. / Casey Bryan / Woods Cross, Utah / Oklahoma / 9.525
6. / John Roethlisberger Minneapolis, Minn. / Minnesota / 9.375

Pommel Horse

1. / Josh Stein / Houston, Texas / Stanford / 9.712
2. / Blaine Wilson / Columbus, Ohio / Ohio State / 9.600
3. / John Roethlisberger Minneapolis, Minn. / Minnesota / 9.050
4. / Mike Racanelli / West Babylon, N.Y. / Bart Conner Gym. / 8.725
5. / Jair Lynch / Washington, D.C. / Stanford / 8.625
6. / Keith Wiley / Vero Beach, Fla. / Stanford / 8.475

Still Rings

1. / Kip Simons / Bloomsburg, Pa. / Ohio State / 9.637
2. / John Macready / Los Angeles, Calif. USOTC / 9.500
3. / Garry Denk / Northbrook, Ill. / USOTC / 9.475
4. / Chris Waller / Mt Prospect, Ill. / UCLA / 9.425
5. / Mike Moran / Windsor, Conn. / Daggett Gold Medal / 9.350
6. / Chainey Umphrey / Albuquerque, N.M. / UCLA / 9.250

Vault

1. / Blaine Wilson / Columbus, Ohio / Ohio State / 9.537
2. / Jay Thornton / Augusta, Ga. / Iowa / 9.525
3. / John Macready / Los Angeles, Calif. USOTC / 9.462
4. / David St. Pierre / Culver City, Calif. Broadway / 9.368
5. / Steve McCain / Houston, Texas / UCLA / 9.225
6. / Mike Racanelli / West Babylon, N.Y. / Bart Conner Gym. / 8.912

Parallel Bars

1. / Jair Lynch / Washington, D.C. / Stanford / 9.762
2. / Kip Simons / Bloomsburg, Pa. / Ohio State / 9.675
3. / Blaine Wilson / Columbus, Ohio / Ohio State / 9.612
4. / Jason Christie / Lincoln, Neb. / Univ. of Neb. / 9.375
5. / Casey Bryan / Woods Cross, Utah / Oklahoma / 9.350
6. / John Roethlisberger Minneapolis, Minn. / Minnesota / 8.875

Horizontal Bar

1. / Bill Roth / Mohegan Lake, N.Y. / Temple / 9.687
2. / Aaron Cotter / Licoln, Neb. / Iowa / 9.662
3. / John Macready / Los Angeles, Calif. USOTC / 9.637
4. / John Roethlisberger Minneapolis, Minn. / Minnesota / 9.500
5. / Trent Dimas / Albuquerque, N.M. / USA Gymnastics World / 9.075
6. / Chris Waller / Mt. Prospect, Ill. / UCLA / 8.275

WOMEN'S EVENTS

Vault

1. / Dominique Dawes / Silver Spring, Md. / Hill's Angels / 9.800
2. / Kerri Strug / Tucson, Ariz. / Karolyi's / 9.793
3. / Kristy Powell / River Forest, Ill. / Colorado Aerials / 9.756
4. / Mohini Bhardwaj / Cincinnati, Ohio / Brown's Gymnastics / 9.681
5. / Monica Flammer Lecanto, Texas / Cypress / 9.493

Uneven Bars

1. / Dominique Dawes / Silver Spring, Md. / Hill's Angels / 9.912
2. / Katie Teft / Grand Rapids, Mich. Twistars / 9.825
3. / Monica Flammer Lecanto, Texas / Cypress / 9.787
4. / Mohini Bhardwaj / Cincinnati, Ohio / Brown's Gymnastics / 9.725
5. / Mary Beth Arnold / Sparks, Nev. / Flips Gymnastics. / 9.137
6. / Jennie Thompson / Wichita Falls, Texas / Dynamo / 9.100

Balance Beam

1. / Dominique Dawes / Silver Spring, Md. / Hill's Angels / 9.862
2. / Mohini Bhardwaj / Cincinnati, Ohio / Brown's / 9.650
3. / Katie Teft / Grand Rapids, Mich. Twistars USA / 9.637
4. / Monica Flammer Lecanto, Texas / Cypress / 9.625
5. / Shannon Bowles / Lee, N.H. / Atlantic Gym. / 9.462
6. / Jennie Thompson / Wichita Falls, Texas / Dynamo / 9.150

Floor Exercise

1. / Dominique Dawes / Silver Spring, Md. / Hill's Angels / 9.900
2. / Kerri Strug / Tucson, Ariz. / Karolyi's / 9.862
3. / Jennie Thompson / Wichita Falls, Texas / Dynamos / 9.687
4. / Kristin Maloney / Pen Argyl, Pa. / Parkettes / 9.775
5. / Mohini Bhardwaj / Cincinnati, Ohio / Brown's / 9.662
5. / Katie Teft / Grand Rapids, Mich. Twistars USA / 9.662


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