BOGOTA, Colombia (November 29, 2022) – U.S. seniors topped the men’s and women’s pairs standings, while junior acrobats added medals across six divisions November 18-20 at the 2022 Pan American Championships in Bogota, Colombia. Team USA also netted silver in the 12-18-year-old division team competition.
World champions Angel Felix (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and Braiden McDougall (Riverside, Calif.), both of Realis Gymnastics Academy, delivered scores of 28.950 in balance, 28.650 in dynamic and 28.100 in combined to claim the top spot in the men’s pair all-around with a cumulative 85.700. Their club teammates Katie Borcherding (Beaumont, Calif.) and Cierra McKown (Riverside, Calif.), who earned silver in the balance exercise at the World Championships earlier this year, outpaced runner-up Brazil (72.050) in the women’s pair all-around by more than ten points. Borcherding and McKown posted high marks of 28.310 in balance, 27.230 in dynamic and 27.040 in combined for an all-around total of 82.580.
In the 13-19-year-old women’s pair division, Willow Noble and Sydney Padios from Moreno Valley, Calif./Realis Gymnastics Academy led the way with an all-around 81.850 behind individual scores of 26.750 in balance, 28. 200 in dynamic and 26.900 in the combined exercise. The women’s pair of Maya Lissenkova and Bernice Moshos, both from Las Vegas, Nev./AGC Las Vegas, added all-around silver in the 12-18-year-old category. The duo (76.810) finished behind only Canada (82.530) in the all-around. They were also second in the dynamic (26.280) and combined (25.850) exercises and third in the balance exercise (24.680). In the 11-16-year-old women’s pair competition, which utilized a two-routine qualification round and single-performance, winner-take-all final, Sara Rodriguez (Damascus, Md.) and Cecelia Rosenberg (Columbia, Md.) of Xtreme Acro qualified second (53.800) behind Canada (54.650) after notching scores of 26.850 in balance and 26.950 in dynamic. In the final, the Americans would not be outdone, delivering a 27.250 to secure gold. Canada was second with a 26.300.
Davis Leavitt (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Vlad Studwell (Henderson, Nev.) of AGC Las Vegas reigned in the 12-18-year-old men’s pair division. The duo collected scores of 23.150 in balance, 26.650 in dynamic and 25.150 in combined for an all-around total of 74.950.
Three U.S. women’s groups were also in action at the Coliseo de la Unidad Deportiva el Salitre. The trio of Rylee Chance, Ruby Flackmiller, and Kenna Morgan, all of Blue Springs, Mo./Acro Explosion, pocketed bronze in the 12-18-year-old all-around competition with a 76.060. They finished behind two Canadian groups, who collected the gold and silver medals with scores of 81.000 and 80.670, respectively. U.S. teammates Alison Lam (Gilroy, Calif.), Kaylee Osorio (San Jose, Calif.) and Phylisha Pham (San Jose, Calif.) of Aerial Tumbling and AcroGymnastics were sixth with a 73.540. In the 12-18 women’s group exercise finals, Lam, Osorio and Pham paced the balance field with a 27.250 and picked up bronze in dynamic with a 27.120. Chance, Flackmiller and Morgan finished just off the podium in fourth in both finals, earning 25.910 in balance and 26.100 in dynamic. Canada clinched top honors in dynamic with a 27.400. In the 11-16 women’s group category, the U.S. trio of Graysen Biggs, Emma Oregel and Addison Scott from San Antonio, Texas/Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio surged to gold, garnering high scores across the board. Their 27.350 in the final edged Canada (26.600) by three quarters of a point. During qualifying, the trio’s combined 53.950 topped the standings, bolstered by division-leading scores of 27.350 in balance and 26.600 in dynamic.
A team title was also up for grabs in the 12-18-year-old division. The U.S. team, comprised of the men’s pair of Davis and Studwell, women’s pair of Lissenkova and Moshos, and women’s group of Chance, Flackmiller and Morgan, took silver, finishing just behind their Canadian counterparts.