USA wins 3 individual event gold medals at 2010 Pan American Championships
posted on 09/05/2010

Sabrina Vega, McKayla Maroney and Alex Buscaglia
© Guadalajara 2011

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Sept. 5, 2010 –The United States won six medals on the final day of the 2010 Pan American Championships at the Lopez Mateos Sports Center in Guadalajara, Mexico. The medalists on the final day of individual event finals are: three gold – Sabrina Vega of Carmel, N.Y. (balance beam), McKayla Maroney of Laguna Niguel, Calif. (floor exercise) and Alex Buscaglia of Cary, Ill. (horizontal bar); one silver – Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif. (floor); and two bronze – Sarah Finnegan of Lake Latawanna, Mo. (balance beam), and Wes Haagensen of Colorado Springs, Colo. (horizontal bar). The USA won a total of 15 medals, nine gold, three silver and three bronze.

Vega, who trains at Dynamic Gymnastics, won the balance beam gold medal with her 14.500 score. Venezuela’s Jessica Lopez barely edged out the USA’s Finnegan (who trains at GAGE), 14.200 to 14.150, for the silver medal.

In women’s floor exercise, Maroney and Ross went 1-2, with Canada’s Kristina Vaculik in third. Maroney, who trains at All-Olympia, posted a 14.225, and Ross, who trains at Gym-Max, claimed a 14.075.

The USA won the gold and bronze medals for the horizontal bar. Buscaglia, who trains at Stanford University, won the title with his 15.475 score. Venezuela’s Jose Luis Fuentes was second at 14.900. Haagensen, who trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, posted a 14.800 for third.

In vault, Buscaglia and Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev./University of Oklahoma, finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Chile’s Enrique Gonzalez Sepulveda claimed the gold medal at 16.012, with Brazil’s Sergio Sasaki Jr. (15.950) and Puerto Rico’s Luis Rivera (15.850) in second and third, respectively. Daniel Corral Barron of Mexico won the parallel bars title.

Earlier in the competition, the U.S. men and women won both team titles. Ross and Sabrina Vega of Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic Gymnastics, won the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s all-around. Glen Ishino of Santa Ana, Calif./University of California – Berkeley, captured the men’s all-around silver medal. Individual event medals were won by: uneven bars – Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Excalibur Gymnastics, gold; women’s vault – Maroney, gold; pommel horse – Ishino, gold; and men’s floor exercise – Dalton, bronze.

The Pan American Championships, held every two years, includes teams from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

2010 Pan American Championships
Guadalajara, Mexico
Sept. 5, 2010
Second of two days of individual event finals

Men’s events

Vault
1. Enrique Gonzalez Sepulveda, Chile, 16.012
2. Sergio Sasaki Jr., Brazil, 15.950
3. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico, 15.850
U.S. finishes
5. Alexander Buscaglia, USA, 15.562
6. Jake Dalton, USA, 15.550

Parallel bars
1. Daniel Corral Barron, Mexico, 14.925
2. Kenneth Ikeda, Canada, 14.825
3. Jorge Hugo Giraldo Lopez, Colombia, 14.775

Horizontal bar
1. Alex Buscaglia, USA, 15.475
2. Jose Luis Fuentes, Venezuela, 14.900
3. Wes Haagensen, USA, 14.800

Women’s events

Balance beam
1. Sabrina Vega, USA, 14.500
2. Jessica Lopez, Venezuela, 14.200
3. Sarah Finnegan, USA, 14.150

Floor exercise
1. McKayla Maroney, USA, 14.225
2. Kyla Ross, USA, 14.075
3. Kristina Vaculik, Canada, 13.975