Caquatto wins all-around title at 2011 Pan American Games
posted on 10/26/2011

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Oct. 26, 2011 - Bridgette Caquatto of Naperville, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, won the women's all-around title at the 2011 Pan American Games, making her the seventh consecutive American to win gold in the event. C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois, and Brandon Wynn of Columbus, Ohio/Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University), will represent the U.S. in the men's all-around today at 5:30 p.m.

"This is just amazing," Caquatto said. "It feels just as amazing as it did the other day when the whole team won first too. I'm just so happy."

Posting a final score of 55.875, Caquatto joins Shawn Johnson (2007), Chellsie Memmel (2003), Morgan White (1999), Shannon Miller (1995), Stephanie Woods (1991) and Sabrina Mar (1987), as the seventh U.S. woman to earn this Pan Am title.

Claiming silver was Guatemala's Ana Gomez, 55.425, followed by Canada's Kristina Vaculik, 54.775. Brandie Jay, Ft. Collins, Colo./GK Gymnastics, finished sixth in the all-around with a 54.350, and will continue on to the vault finals tomorrow.

"I feel really good with this being my first international meet," Jay said. "It was such a good experience, and I just hope there's a chance for me to medal tomorrow."

In the first rotation, Caquatto was first up on floor posting a score of 13.400 with a front double full to front layout. Jay, starting her competition on the uneven bars, earned a 13.975 for a Maloney to overshoot handstand, a one-and-a-half pirouette to Khorkina and a stuck full twisting double back.

The second rotation moved Caquatto to the vault, where she performed a Yurchenko full twist and posted a 14.075. Meanwhile Jay performed on the balance beam, earning a 12.850 for her routine that included a side aerial, a front aerial and dismounted with a round off double tuck.

On the uneven bars in rotation three, Caquatto earned the highest score of the competition, a 14.725, with stunning high release moves and stuck a double layout dismount. Jay executed her pike full-in and earned a 12.700 on the floor exercise.

Finishing the competition on the balance beam, Caquatto earned a 13.675 with a solid double pike dismount. Jay posted a 14.825, completing a Yurchenko double full with a step back.

Caquatto said, "I just want to go out there and do the same bar routine that I've done the past two days and do my best and finish knowing I'd done the best job that I could do."

The finals schedule is: Oct. 26, men's all-around (5:30 p.m.); and Oct. 27-28, individual events, both at 1 p.m. All times are local.

The U.S. gymnasts competing in the individual event finals are: women's vault, Brandie Jay of Ft. Collins, Colo./GK Gymnastics; uneven bars, Bridgette Caquatto of Naperville, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, and Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute; balance beam, third reserve athlete: Jessie DeZiel of Rogers, Minn./Twin City Twisters; and floor exercise, DeZiel; men's floor exercise, Donothan Bailey of Lake Forest, Calif./University of California-Berkley, and first reserve athlete: Tyler Mizoguchi of Houston/University of Illinois; pommel horse, second reserve athlete: Bailey; still rings, Brandon Wynn of Columbus, Ohio/Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University), and C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois; vault, Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./University of Illinois; parallel bars, Sho Nakamori of Albany, Calif./Champions Academy, and Ruggeri; and horizontal bar, Ruggeri and Maestas.

 

Competition schedule
All times Eastern
Oct. 26 6:30-9:00 P.M. Men's all-around finals
Oct. 27 2:00- 5:00 P.M. Individual event finals
    Men: floor exercise, pommel horse still rings
    Women: vault, uneven bars
Oct. 28 2:00-5:00 P.M. Individual event finals
    Men: vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar
    Women: balance beam, floor exercise

 

Ways to follow the excitement of the Pan American Games in the U.S.
  • TV broadcast

    • ESPN Deportes, U.S. rights holder of the 2011 Pan American Games, is showing between 90-120 hours of live and exclusive footage on both Deportes and ESPN3. The network has been broadcasting a minimum of three hours of live coverage featuring the top events each day and will continue to do so throughout the Closing Ceremony. Coverage will feature a wide range of competitions including baseball, basketball, boxing, soccer, swimming, track & field, volleyball and several others.
    • Live events may not be seen in some areas and the schedule is subject to change. All listed times are Eastern. View the ESPN Deportes broadcast schedule here.
    • ESPN2 is also airing the Pan American Games with 20 hours of English-language coverage throughout the event. View the schedule here.

     

  • Live internet streaming - Fans can watch select events live at deportes.terra.com.

  • Results

    • To view daily schedules and get results from all Pan American Games competitions, visit info.guadalajara2011.org.mx.
    • ESPNDeportes.com/Panamericanos has the latest news and information surrounding the competitions, athletes and each country with exclusive content, video highlights, live chats with the experts on-site, and live scores.

     

  • Team information

    • USA Gymnastics' Pan American events page, http://usagym.org/panam, and twitter feed @USAGym, will have results, photos and other information on the U.S. Team's efforts in Guadalajara.
    • Follow @USOlympic on Twitter for breaking news updates on Team USA. Also, follow NGB Twitter feeds for additional coverage: Twitter.com/USOlympic/NGB.
    • Visit TeamUSA.org/events/6958 for the updated U.S. roster (by sport, state and Olympians), the USA Daily newsletter and photos from the Pan American Games.