WINNIPEG, Can., July 26, 1999 – 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 this evening in Winnipeg Arena.

White scored 37.649, just ahead of Canada’s Michelle Conway who placed second with a score of 37.618.
“I knew I would be a consistent competitor in the all-around tonight. I thought I could do well if I just believed in myself, but I am still in shock that I won. This builds my confidence enormously,” said White.
The Pan American Games are one of 16 year-old Morgan’s first international competitions as a senior gymnast. She was the 1998 Junior National Champion.
Thompson finished in third with 37.236 points. She was in close running for the gold medal, but a fall on the beam in the fourth rotation placed her in third.
“Overall, I did a good job in the all-around. I have to learn from my mistakes on beam tonight. I think I just got a little ahead of myself,” Thompson said. “Although if there were anyone I’d want to lose the gold medal to, it would be my teammate Morgan.”
Mary Lee Tracy, Head Coach of the women’s Pan Am Team, coaches both White and Thompson year round at Cincinnati Gymnastics in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Both girls did very well. Jennie is disappointed about her beam routine, but she tried a lot of new skills. Morgan proved that she could do it tonight. This is wonderful for her going into the National Championships next month,” said Tracy.
American Jamie Dantzscher (Palmdale, Calif.) placed eighth in the all-around with a score of 36.848.

Women’s All-Around- July 26, 1999

1. Morgan White, United States          37.649
2. Michelle Conway, Canada              37.618
3. Jennie Thompson, United States       37.236
4. Yvonne Tousek, Canada                37.199
5. Lise Leveille, Canada                37.130
6. Barbara Rivarola, Argentina          37.061
7. Daniele Hypolito, Brazil             36.961
8. Jamie Dantzscher, United States      36.848
9. Yureysis Bermudez, Cuba              36.399
9. Denisse Lopez, Mexico                36.399
11. Melina Sirolli, Argentina           36.155
12. Heine Araujo, Brazil                35.818
13. Jova Arazay, Cuba                   35.674
14. Brenda Magana, Mexico               35.380
15. Camila Comin, Brazil                34.837
16. Jessica Neri Riera, Argentina       34.237
17. Barbara Achondo, Chile              34.018
18. Areadne Adrianza, Venezuela         34.011
19. Patricia Ibacache, Chile            33.161
20. Yumaili Perez, Cuba                 33.111
21. Melanie Carroll Samayoa, Guatemala  32.968
22. Maria Del Carmen Laurino, Uruguay   32.074
23. Laura Murphy, Bermuda               31.211


U.S. gymnasts Thompson, White and Dantzscher will compete tomorrow in the event finals from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Qualification was based on individual team competition results on Saturday, July 24.

Thompson and White placed high enough in team competition to gain positions in all event finals except beam. Dantzscher qualified for a spot in the beam event finals.


July 27
12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – Men’s Event Finals
6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – Women’s Event Finals