Desch wins silver medal in the all-around at Pan Am Games
posted on 07/13/2015

TORONTO, Ont., Canada – July 13, 2015 – Madison Desch of Lenexa, Kan./GAGE, finished second in the women’s all-around final today at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Competition continues tomorrow with the first of two days of event finals, beginning at 1:35 p.m. ET. Canada’s Ellie Black won the title, and Brazil’s Flavia Lopes Saraiva was third. Amelia Hundley of Fairfield, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, finished fourth.

Black posted a 58.150 to grab the gold medal. Desch’s 57.450 gave her the silver, and Lopes Saraiva’s 57.050 rounded out the top three. Hundley’s total was 56.100 in fourth.

Desch was clean on the vault in the first rotation, executing a Yurchenko double twist with a small hop forward for a 14.850. On the uneven bars, she executed three single bar releases cleanly: a Jaeger, a stalder piked Tkatchev and a stalder Tkatchev connected to a Pak salto. She closed with a full out for a 14.500. Desch had to touch the beam on her back handspring, back handspring, layout full series but finished the routine strong for a 13.950. She tumbled a whip to Arabian double opening pass in the final rotation on the floor exercise and scored 14.150.

In the first rotation, Hundley started off strong with a clean Yurchenko double full for a 15.000. She scored a 12.900 on the uneven bars. Hundley rebounded on the balance beam, posting a 14.100 after working cleanly through a front aerial to sissone, a back handspring, layout stepout, layout stepout series and a double pike dismount. Hundley’s floor routine included a double layout mount and a piked full-in. She scored a 14.100.

Earlier in the day, Sam Mikulak of Newport Beach, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), became the first U.S. man since Scott Johnson in 1987 to win the men’s all-around gold medal at the Pan Am Games.

The remaining artistic gymnastics schedule is: July 14-15 – men’s and women’s individual event finals.

Trampoline follows on the heels of artistic gymnastics, with men’s and women’s qualifications and finals on July 18-19. The U.S. squad features: men – Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy; and women – Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Clare Johnson of Huntsville, Ala./The Matrix.

For rhythmic gymnastics, Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are competing, along with the senior rhythmic group. The members of the rhythmic gymnastics group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill.; Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill.; Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill.; Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago. Rhythmic qualifications are July 17-18, with finals on July 19-20.

For more information, go to Toronto2015.org.

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