WINNIPEG, Can.-The 1999 Women’s Gymnastics Pan American Team heads back to the United States having earned four medals from competition July 24-27, in Winnipeg Arena, including a silver team medal.
Morgan White of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the youngest member of the team, performed consistently the entire competition to win the all-around gold medal and a bronze medal from the bars event final. Jennie Thompson of Cincinnati, Ohio won the all-around bronze.
"The girls have learned a lot from the Pan Am Games. Winning a few medals in the all-around and event finals helped to ease the disappointment of losing the gold medal in team competition," said Head Coach Mary Lee Tracy of Cincinnati Gymnastics. "International experience is great for our gymnasts going into the Nationals and World Championships."
PAN AM GAMES SUMMARY
Team Competition- July 24
The United States Pan American Team placed second in team competition with a score of 148.364. They were beaten by Canada who finished with an overall score of 148.944. Brazil placed third of the eight countries that competed, scoring 147.639.
Final Team Results
1. Canada 148.944 2. United States 148.364 3. Brazil 147.639 4. Venezuela 144.019 5. Cuba 143.796 6. Argentina 142.977 7. Chile 131.656 8. Bermuda 114.658
All-Around Competition- July 26
U.S. gymnasts Morgan White (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Jennie Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned a gold and bronze medal, respectively in the women’s gymnastics all-around competition.
White scored 37.649, just ahead of Canada’s Michelle Conway who placed second with a score of 37.618. Thompson finished in third with 37.236 points. She was in close running for the gold medal, but a fall on the beam apparatus in the fourth rotation placed her in third.
Jamie Dantzscher, the third American qualifier for all-around competition, finished in eighth place scoring 36.848.
Event Finals Competition- July 27
Morgan White once again performed solidly for the United States, earning a bronze medal in the bars event final with a score of 9.537
In front of a hometown crowd of 8,109 people, Canadian gymnasts stole the show by winning five event finals medals. Yvonne Tousek won gold medals on both bars and floor. Teammate Lise Leveille won the beam apparatus. Silver medals were earned by Julie Beaulieu on bars and Michelle Conway on floor.
Jennie Thompson aggravated an ankle injury on the vault rotation. Thompson and Head Coach Mary Lee Tracy decided to pull Jennie out of the floor and bars event finals due to the upcoming rigorous competition schedule.
UPCOMING WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS SCHEDULE
August 25-28 – John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Sacramento, California. September 15-18 – World Team Trials, Kansas City, Missouri October 8-16 – World Championships, Tiajnin, China