ACAPOLCO, Mexico, Nov. 30, 2013 (corrected) – Peyton Ernst of Coppell, Texas/Texas Dreams, won the silver medal in the all-around at the 2013 Mexican Open in Acapulco, Mexico. Josh Dixon of Mountain View, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, finished in fifth.
Maggie Nichols of Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters, earned the second highest all-around score but did not medal because she was declared an "exhibition" athlete due to the one athlete per country restriction for the all-around competition.
Ernst began competition on the balance beam where she suffered a fall on her acrobatic series. On the floor exercise, she mounted with a double layout. Her four-event total was 57.150, which earned the bronze. Spain’s Roxana Popa won the all-around title.
Nichols was solid in the first rotation on the floor exercise, executing a double layout and a piked full-in for her first two passes. Nichols competed on the balance beam in the final rotation, performing two back handsprings to a two-foot layout and a double pike dismount. She finished with a 57.300 total.
Dixon began his day on the parallel bars and performed a Peach to Tippelt opening. He moved to the high bar next where he performed a full-twisting layout Jaeger and dismounted with a full-twisting double back. In the final rotation, he performed a front handspring double full vault. He finished the competition in fifth with a 85.250 score. Colombia’s Jossimar Calvo took the men’s all-around title with a 90.500.
Earlier this week, the USA won both the men’s and women’s team titles, as well as swept the top two spots in the women’s and men’s all-around, at the International Junior Mexican Cup in Acapulco, Mexico. Bailie Key of Montgomery, Texas/Texas Dreams, and Lauren Hernandez of Old Bridge, N.J./MG Elite, went one-two in the women’s all-around, and Kiwan Watts of N. Chesterfield, Va./Above the Bar Gymnastics Academy, and Alec Yoder of Indianapolis/InterActive Academy, took the top two spots, respectively, for the men.
The USA is also competing this weekend in Stuttgart, Germany. Earlier today defending champion Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes, won her second straight title at the DTB World Cup, which is part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup series. 2012 Olympian John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), will compete tomorrow.
1. Roxana Popa (ESP) 57.350
— Maggie Nichols (USA) 57.300 (exhibition)
2. Peyton Ernst (USA) 57.150
3. Oksana Chusovitina (UZB) 55.800
4. Evgeniya Shelgunova (RUS) 54.750
5. Angelina Kysla (UKR) 53.700
6. Francesca Deagostini (ITA) 52.700
7. Amaranta Torres (MEX) 51.400
8. Siqi Zeng (CHN) 50.750
9. Mariana Valentin (BRA) 50.700
10. Sabrina Gill (CAN) 50.200
1. Jossimar Calvo (COL 90.500
2. Nikita Ignatyev (RUS) 87.950
3. Koji Uematsu (JPN) 87.050
4. Zhang Yang (CHN) 86.300
5. Josh Dixon (EUA) 85.250
6. Ruben Lopez (ESP) 84.350
7. Vlad Cotuna (ROM) 84.300
8. Francisco Barreto (BRA) 83.250
9. Yevgen Yudenkov (UCR) 83.250
10. Ludovico Edalli (ITA) 81.900
11. Joshua Stuart (CAN) 79.400
12. Kevin Cerda (MEX) 77.850