Isaacs Earns Silver, Bronze as Vahala Dominates
posted on 09/27/1997

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Heilie Isaacs (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) garnered a pair of medals for the United States in individual event finals as rhythmic gymnastics competition concluded Junior Pacific Alliance Championships, held at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Cadet Field House here Saturday.


Australian Tanya Vahala dominated the competition, winning three of four available gold medals. She took first in the rope, ball and hoop, while Canada's Gaylee Saliba won the ribbon.

Isaacs earned her silver in rope, posting an 8.650 to Vahala's 8.950. American Danielle Lord (Tualatin, Ore.) claimed the bronze with an 8.588. Isaacs' bronze medal came in the ball, where she scored an 8.750, well off the 9.000 by Vahala.

For full results of the 1997 Junior Pacific Alliance Championships or for information on USA Gymnastics, its programs and its events, go to USA Gymnastics Online at www.usa-gymnastics.org.

Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual Finals
Junior Pacific Alliance Championships

Cadet Field House, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 27, 1997

Rope

1, Tanya Vahala, Australia, 8.950. 2, Heilie Isaacs, Mt. Prospect, Ill., 8.650. 3, Danielle Lord, Tualatin, Ore., 8.588. 4, Gaylee Saliba, Canada, 8.575. 5, Makiko Kitazawa, Japan, 8.550. 6, Mariel Cruz, Canada, 8.525. 7, Sae Takahashi, Japan, 8.525. 8, Alicia Polmanteer, Australia, 8.225

Hoop

1, Tanya Vahala, Australia, 8.825. 2, Mariel Cruz, Canada, 8.725. 3, Rena Arino, Japan, 8.575. 4, Gaylee Saliba, Canada, 8.563. 5, Jessica Howard, Jacksonville, Fla., 8.450. 6, Danielle Lord, Tualatin, Ore., 8.400. 7, Katie Peterson, Australia, 8.388. 8, Sae Takahashi, Japan, 8.350

Ball

1, Tanya Vahala, Australia, 9.000. 2, Mariel Cruz, Canada, 8.775. 3, Heilie Isaacs, Mt. Prospect, Ill., 8.750. 4, Rena Arino, Japan, 8.725. 5, Gaylee Saliba, Canada, 8.688. 6, Jessica Howard, Jacksonville, Fla., 8.600. 7, Makiko Kitazawa, Japan, 8.550. 8, Katie Peterson, Australia, 8.500

Ribbon

1, Gaylee Saliba, Canada, 8.713. 2, Mariel Cruz, Canada, 8.700. 3, Rena Arino, Japan, 8.688. 4, Tanya Vahala, Australia, 8.663. 5, Makiko Kitazawa, Japan, 8.538. 6, Jessica Howard, Jacksonville, Fla., 8.388. 7, Danielle Lord, Tualatin, Ore., 8.350. 8, Katie Peterson, Australia, 7.938