U.S. women, McCallum, Bowers take gold at Pac Rim Championships
posted on 04/28/2018

© Ricardo Bufolin

MEDELLIN, Colombia, April 28, 2018 – All-around victories from Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, senior, and Jordan Bowers of Lincoln, Neb./Solid Rock Gymnastics, junior, lifted the U.S. women to the team gold medal tonight at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships in Medellin, Colombia.

Team USA totaled 218.850 to win gold, followed by Canada with 203.400 and Australia at 197.550.

In the senior all-around competition, McCallum posted a 54.850 to win the gold medal. 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, overcame a fall in the third rotation on the balance beam to grab the silver medal, earning a 53.300 total in the all-around. Canada’s Haley de Jong took the bronze with a 50.150.

Bowers’ 53.600 was earned her the junior all-around crown with teammate Kayla DiCello of Boyds, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, close behind at 53.100. Zoe Allaire-Bourgie of Canada earned a 52.200 to win the bronze medal.

The U.S. came out strong on the vault where Jordan Chiles of Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, led the team with a 14.700 for her double-twisting Yurchenko. Hurd’s Yurchenko double full was right behind with a 14.650. Lee and DiCello performed the same vaults as Chiles and Hurd, adding scores of 14.500 and 14.450, respectively, to Team USA’s 58.300 event total.

On the uneven bars, Hurd’s 14.600 set the standard. She opened her routine with an in-bar Shaposhnikova, stalder full pirouette, Tkatchev combination and dismounted with a full-twisting double back with a small hop. Bowers added a 13.850 for her routine which included a toe-on full pirouette, Maloney, Pak, Maloney half sequence. McCallum’s 13.400 and DiCello’s 13.350 rounded out the team’s 55.200 total on the event.

McCallum was the top scorer on the balance beam for the U.S. with a 13.500. She mounted with a back dive and performed a triple wolf turn. Her series was a side aerial to layout stepout. She dismounted with a tucked double back. Sunisa Lee of St. Paul, Minn./Midwest Gym Center, Chiles and DiCello posted scores of 12.950, 12.650 and 12.450, respectively, giving the U.S. a 51.550 total.

In the final rotation, Hurd came back from a fall on the balance beam to post the top floor score of the day, a 13.650, tumbling a tucked double-double and double layout to open. McCallum posted a 13.550 for her floor exercise after executing a tucked double-double and a front layout to double full, punch front. Lee’s routine included a double layout and double Arabian and earned a 13.350. Chiles’ routine earned a 13.250. The U.S. finished the event with a 53.800 total.