Dowell, Whittenburg will compete at Mexican Open this weekend
posted on 10/12/2012

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INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 11, 2012 Acaa Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, and Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Ultimate Gymnastics, Inc., will represent the U.S. at the 2012 Mexican Open in Acapulco, Mexico, this weekend. Beginning Friday, athletes from 11 countries will compete in the two-day competition that features all-around and individual event competition.

Dowell last competed in Mexico at the 2010 Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, where she helped Team USA to team gold. In 2012, Dowell placed ninth in the all-around at the Visa Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials, as well as earned silver on the uneven bars at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy.

Though he has yet to compete internationally, Whittenburg enjoyed a successful 2012 campaign that includes the Junior 16-18 all-around and still rings titles at the Visa Championships and Junior Olympic National Championships.

Action from the event is expected to be available via a webstream at www.abiertodegimnasia.com.

Others in the men's field are: Sergio Sasaki Junior (BRA), Daniel Purvis (GBR), Anderson Loran (CAN), Jorge Hugo Giraldo Lopez (COL), David Belyavskiy (RUS), Luis Alberto Sosa Abarca (MEX), Axel German Elias Jimenez (MEX), Mattia Tamiazzo (ITA) and Oleg Verniaiev (UKR).

The remaining women's field is comprised of: Georgia Rose Brown (AUS), Jessica Gil Ortiz (COL), Anna Dementyeva (RUS), Ana Estefania Lago Serna (MEX), Yessenia Estrada Martinez (MEX), Alexa Citlali Moreno Medina (MEX), Chiara Gandolfi (ITA) and Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL).