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Pacific Rim - Artistic

The USA earned 24 medals in artistic gymnastics at the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in San Jose, Calif., including the men's and women's team titles and the junior and senior men's and women's all-around titles. 16

Pacific Rim - Rhythmic

The USA won 14 medals at the Pacific Rim Championships, including the team gold medal.

2004 Olympic Champion Carly Patterson sang her new single at the 2008 Pacific Rim Championships in San Jose.

GYMNASTICS USA GYMNASTICS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAI~ Ron Fm./did!; PR!SIDENT: Steve Penny; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: 10m KDlI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi lomita; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andlfa Schmid, VICE CHAIR lAAMPOlINE: Shaun Kempton; VICE CHAIR ACRO-GYMNISJICS: lonya GJse; SECRETARY: Gary And""",; IRLlSURE~ Bob Wood; FIG REPS: Bob ColalOS" (Exorutive Committee), Ron fmehlich (Audit"), lanya GJse (AG led1nical Comminee) and John Roethlisbefger (Athlet. Rep.). AI LARGE MEMBERS: Steve Butcher, o.vid HoI[O!nb; ATHlETE DIRECTORS: ~m Zmeskal-Burden., John Roethlilberger, _ Howanf. Kart Heger; u\ocATHlEII DIRECTOR: Llrissaforlail<

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18 Pacific Rim - Trampoline The USA won three medals in trampoline at the Pacific Rim Championships, The USA men's trampoline team finished second and the women's trampoline team finished third.

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20 Dealing with Fear in Gymnastics

This article goes over a few basics in order to help gymnasts get over their fears in gymnastics. Read more details on how to deal with fear in the sport.

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22 Tyson Fitness Challenge

What is the Tyson Fitness Challenge and how can you get involved? Read this feature to learn all the details of the program and hear why Olympic Champion Mary Lou Retton supports the Children's Miracle Network. 24 USOC Media Summit Fifteen of the USA's top gymnasts traveled to Chicago, along with approximately 100 other U.s, Olympic hopefuls, for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit. The athletes did interviews, photo shoots, press conferences and round table discusions throughout the day!

Samantha Peszek, Shayla Worley and Alicia Sacramone are just having a little fun during the media summit. PHOTO: MAX MORSE

26 Website Mania Here's a list of some of our national team members' websites. Check them out!


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at the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships presented by Gillette Venus in San Jose, Calif., March 28-30. The U.S. men's and women's team won the gold medals as well as the junior and senior all-around titles. The final medal count was 14 gold medals, seven sUver and three bronze.


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USA WOMEN DOMINATE The USA won the team title with a score of 245.275, followed by Canada in second (233.475) and China in third (233.075). The USA gold medal team included three seniors: Jana Bieger, Darlene HiU and Nastia Liukin and three juniors: Rebecca Bross, Rebecca Clark and Samantha Shapiro. Liukin won the senior all-around with a score of 62.850, while Bieger was second with a score of 59.925. Australia's Daria Joura was third at 59.200. Liukin's bars score of 16.650 is believed to be the highest score earned on bars since the new scoring code was adopted by the FIG in 2006. Liukin earned a 16.400 for her beam routine that included a two-and-a-half twist dismount. She scored a 15.000 on her Yurchenko one-and-a-half vault and a 14.800 on floor. "It felt really great," Liukin said of winning the all-around. "It felt great to compete with both juniors and seniors and we're all pulling for each other." Bieger stuck her Yurchenko one-and-a-half vault for a score of 15.050, the score she also earned on beam. She stuck her tucked full twisting, double back

dismount on bars for a score of 15.025 and received a 14.800 on floor. Hill competed on two events, posting a 14.900 on her Ywchenko one-and-a-half vault and a 15.125 on floor. In the junior division, Bross earned a score of 61 .050, followed by Shapiro in second with a 60.100 and Russia's Viktoriya Komova in third at 57.600. Bross' highest score of the night was a 15.900 on beam, complete with her double Arabian dismount. She earned a 15.350 on floor with amazing tumbling that ended with a two-and-a-half punch brani. Rounding out her scores were a 15.000 on bars and a 14.800 on a Yurchenko double full vault. "I wish that 1 could compete on the senior level and go to the Olympics," said Bross, who turns 15 later this year, which makes her ineligible for the 2008 Olympics where gymnasts must be 16 years of age. "But I'm not old enough so I'll just stick around and go for it the next time around." Shapiro earned a 15.800 on beam with a high 9.5 execution score. Her other scores were a 15.225 on bars, a 14.775 on floor and a 14.300 on vault. Clark ended her beam routine with a roundoff two-and-a-half twist, and scored a 15.450. On floor, she earned a 14.625 and posted scores of 12.700 and 13.950 on vault and bars,


respectively. During event finals, Uukin had a few mistakes on her bar routine and Bieger claimed the gold scoring 15.550 for her solid routine. Uukin and Canada's Kristina Vaculik tied for the silver medal scoring 15.225. On beam Uukin's near flawless routine earned her the highest score of 16.175. China's Qiushuang Huang took second with a 15.675 and Bieger won bronze with a score of 15.525. On floor, Hill's powerful routine including a pike double Arabian scored a 15.425 to earn the gold. Joura took second and Russia's Anna Myzdrikova was third with scores of 15.30 and 15.050, respectively. 12


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USA MEN SWEEP TEAM AND ALL-AROUND TITLES The USA swept the gold medals in the men's competition claiming the team title with a score of 367.750. China was second at 356.900, followed by Japan with 356.100. The U.S. men's team included seniors Alexander Artemev, Raj Bhavsar and Paul Hamm, and juniors: Glen Ishino, Danell Leyva and John Orozco. Hamm w~n the all-around title in the senior division with a score of 94.450. Artemev earned the silver medal with a score of 92.300. China's Lu 80 was third with a 91.350. Russia's Maxsim Deviatovsky



placed fourth with a score of 90.800. Bhavsar, who finished fifth with a 90.650 in the point totals, was not ranked in the all-around because there was a limit of two athletes per country. "Today was a really good day, the best overall meet I've had," Hamm said. "The five events I hit were great. I'm a lime frustrated with my mistake on pommel horse, but I'll go back and work harder." Leyva won the junior men's title with a score of 89.400. Russia's Igor Pachomenko finished second with an 87.950 and Japan's Genki Takeshita was third with an 87.850. USA's Ishino and Orozco finished fourth and fifth all-around with scores of 87.50 and 86.90. Orozco was not ranked in the all-around because there was a limit of two athletes per country. "It wenr really well today," Leyva said. "This is the biggest meet I've ever won." The USA opened the competition on vault, taking the top three places in the senior and junior divisions afrer the first rotation. Hamm scored a 16.250 on his Kasamatsu one-and-a-half twist vault. Bhavsar and Artemev both earned scores of 16.100 on their vaults. Hamm and Artemev both stuck their pike double dismounrs on parallel bars and earned scores of 15.900 and 15.600, respectively, while 14



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1. Paul Hamm 2. Alexander Artemev 3. Bo Lu 4. Maxsim Deviatovsky *. Raj Bhavsar 5. Takuya Inatera 6. Heng Wang 7. Joshua Jefferis 8. Nathan Gafuik *. Mingsheng Liang 9. Adam Wong 10. Sergey Khorokhordin

USA 89.400 USA 92.300 CHN 91.350 RUS 90.800 USA 90.650 JPN 90.200 CHN 89.450 AUS 88.600 CAN 88.100 CHN 87.900 CAN 87.600 RUS 87.100

RUS 87.950 JPN 87.850

4. Glen Ishino * John Orozco

5. Zhanteng Liu 6. Mathew Curtis 7. Xuezhang Chen 8. Riku Munakata *. Lixiang Fang 9. David Beliavsky 10. Jackson Payne

USA 87.500 USA 86.900 CHN 86.550 AUS 86.300 CHN JPN CHN RUS CAN

1. Riku Munakata, Japan, 15.575 2. GenkiTakeshita, Japan, 15.050 3. Igor Pachomenko, Russia, 14.875 1. Genki Takeshita. Japan, 14.600 2. Igor Pachomenko. Russia, 14.375 3. Mathew CurtiS, Australia, 14.325

2. Yury Riazanov, Russia, 15.725 Maxsim Deviatovsky, Russia, 15.675

Bhavsar scored a 15.100. On high bar, Bhavsar earned a score of 14.550 on his routine that included a stuck uiple back dismount, which the crowd loved. Hamm posted a 16.050 and Artemev earned a 15.350. Hamm's floor exercise routine earned a 15.800, while both Artemev and Bhavsar dismounted their routines with triple full dismounts, scoring a 15.150 and a 14.550, respectively. After four rotations, Hamm and Artemev remained in first and second, respectively, followed by Lu in third. On pommel horse, Artemev wowed the crowd with a routine that scored a 15.850. Hamm posted a 14.500 and Bhavsar a 14.350. The USA ended the competition on rings with scores of 16.000 by Bhavsar, 15.950 by Hamm and 14.250 by Artemev. For the juniors, Orozco took the early lead with his vault score of 15.700, while Leyva was second at 15.650 and Ishino was third at 15.150. Leyva moved into first place after two rotations and maintained his position throughout the meet. All three U.S. juniors earned their best scores on vault. During senior men's event finals, Harnm finished with the gold medal on pommel horse with a 15.375, tied for the gold medal on parallel bars with China's Heng Wang with a 15.825, won the silver medal on floor with a score of 15.450, and the bronze on high bar with a 15.225. During junior men's event finals, Ishino won the silver medal on high bar with a high Kovacs and nice lines, scoring 14.750 and just missing the gold by .175 tenths of a point to Russia's Igor Pachomenko who scored 14.925. Leyva, who dismounted with a pike double back, earned the bronze medal on parallel bars with a score of 15.225. Winning gold and silver on parallel bars was China's Lixiang Fang and Xuezhang Chen who scored 15.450 and 15.400, respectively.

1. Zhanteng Liu, China, 15.125 2. Hiroyuki Imai, Japan, 14.650 3. David Beliavsky, Russia, 14.550

1. Mingsheng Liang, China, 16.012 2. Yusuke Saito, Japan, 15.525 3. Aldo Torres, Mexico, 15.162 3. James Brochero, Colombia, 15.162

1. Wai Hung Shek, Hong Kong, China, 16.125 2. Riku Munakata, Japan, 15.975 3. Xuezhang Chen, China, 15.550

1. Paul Hamm, USA, 15.825 1. Heng Wang, China. 15.825 3. Maxsim Deviatovsky, Russia, 15.475 3. Mingsheng Liang, China, 15.475

1. Lixiang Fang, China, 15.450 2. Xuezhang Chen, China, 15.400 3. Danell Leyva, USA, 15.225

1. Philippe Riuo, Australia, 15.450 2. Yury Riazanov, Russia, 15.400 Hamm, USA, 15.250

1. Igor Pachomenko, Russia. 14.925 2. Glen Ishino, USA, 14.750

1. Nastia Liukin 2. lana Bieger 3. Dasha Joura 4. Ashleigh Brennan 5. Qiushuang Huang 6. Kristina Vaculik 7. MengsiTian *. Lauren Mitchell *. Xin Zhang 8. Alena Zmeu 9. Ericka Garcia

USA 62.850 USA 59.925 AUS 59.200 AUS 59.025 CHN 58.850 CAN 58.425 CHN 58.025 AUS 57.950 CHN 57.025 RUS 56.575 MEX 56.000 JPN 55.325

1. Rebecca Bross 2. Samantha Shapiro 3. Viktoriya Komova 4. Charlotte Mackie 5. Peng-Peng Lee 6. Wenli Guan *. Brittany Rogers 7. Jie Cui *. Rebecca Clark 8. Shizuka Tozawa 9. Erica Lynn Danko 10. Britt Greeley

USA 60.100 57.600 57.575 57.375 56.925 56.875 56.750 USA 56.725 JPN 56.2Z5 JPN 56.050 AUS 55.700


3. Ericka Garcia, Mexico, 14.100

1. Rebecca Bross, USA, 15.025 2. Erica Lynn Danko, Japan, 14.800 3. Brittany Rogers, Canada, 14.625

1. lana Bieger, USA, 15.550 2. Kristina VaCUlik, Canada, 15.225 2. Num Liukin, USA, 15.225

1. Samantha Shapiro, USA, 15.450 2. Peng-Peng Lee, Canada, 14.925 3. Brittany Rogers, Canada, 14.575

1. Nastia Liukin, USA, 16.175 2. Qiushuang Huang, China, 15.675 3. Jana Bieger, USA, 15.525

1. Jie CUi, China, 16.025 1. Rebecca Bross, USA, 16.025 3. Ying Huang, China, 15.925

1. Darlene Hill, USA, 15.425 2. Dasha Joura, Australia, 15.300 3. Anna Myzdrikova. Russia, 15.050

1. Rebecca Bross, USA, 15.500 2. Nailiya Mustafina, Russia, 14.700 2. Shizuka Tozawa, Japan, 14.700





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USA RHYTHMICGYMNASTS WIN14 MEDALS The USA rhythmic gymnasts won 14 medals at the Pacific Rim Championships, including the team gold with a score of 236.325, more than seven points higher than Canada's 228.700. Russia placed third with 218.300 points. The U.S. Team included seniors Ava Gehringer, Rachel Marmer, and Lisa Wang and juniors Tyler Rosemond, Marlee Shape and Anastasia Torba. The USA also claimed four all-around medals in the junior and senior divisions. Shape of Buffalo Grove, IU., won the junior all-around crown with a score of 57.000 and Torba of Orinda, Calif., won the bronze with a 55.400. Rosemond posted a score of 55.525 for sixth overaU bur is not in the final rankings due to the rule of rwo gymnasts per counrry in the final rankings. "I just tried my hardest, went out there and performed and had fun," Shape said. "I wanted to show that I had confidence and I wanted to project how much fun I was having. I couldn't have done it without my team because they really helped me throughour the whole thing." In the senior all-around, Wang of Buffalo Grove, IU., claimed the silver medal with a score of 62.325 and Marmer of Los Angeles earned the bronze medal with a score of 59.575. Canada's Alexandra Orlando won the gold 16


medal with a score of 63.925. Gehringer's 56.875 was the fifth-best all-around score bur did not count in the final rankings due to the rwo athletes per country limit. "I was very excited, bur I feel like I could've done bener," Wang said. "I could've been more consistent, bur I tried to go out there and show my expression and amplitude. I hope that I was able to convey my enjoyment of the sport to the audience." During event finals, Wang won four medals claiming the gold in hoop with score of 15.825, silver in rope and ribbon with the same score of 15.500, and a bronze medal for her clubs' routine with a score of 15.700. Marmer won a bronze medal in ribbon with a score of 15.175. Shape claimed three medals during event finals winning first in hoop with a score of 14.600, first in rope with a 13.975, and third in ribbon with a 13.475. Torba won a bronze medal for her ball rourine with a 14.050.

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USA Men Lto R: Michael Devine (Winnebago, III.) Chris Estrada (Lafayette, La.), K.J. Heger (Rockford, III.) and Jeffrey Gluckstein (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.)

At the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, Russia won both the men and women's team trampoline competition with sco res of 200.50 and 194.80, respectively. The USA men were second with a score of 195.60 and Canada was third with 194.20. For the women, Canada was seco nd witl1 a 193.40 and the USA was tl1ird with 186.30. The USA qualified seven individuals to the individual evem finals. Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu won the junior women's title with a sco re of 35.80, followed by Canada's Samantha Sen del in second and Russia's Nadezhda Glebova in third. Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas, posted a score of 33.00 to finish sixth. ''I'm really happy with how I did today," Vercruyssen said. "This helps me prepare me for my next competitions, and I hope I do well at those, too." USA National Team Coordinator Dmitri Poliaroush said, "Nani is a very hard worker. She is always listening and making corrections which helped her to earn the gold medal." In the senior competition, Brinany Dircks who trains in Belford, N.J., scored a 35.60 to place fourth for the women. Five-time trampoline world champion Irina Karavaeva of Russia scored a 38.50 to win the gold medal, with Canadian teammates Karen Cockburn and Rosannagh Maclennan in second and third, respectively. Alaina Williams who trains in Colorado Springs, Colo., finished sixth. "I think I have a lot more to do in training before the Olympics," Dircks said. "But I think that I did very well today and I'm very happy with my performance." The senior men's tirle went to Japan's Tetsuya Sotomura with a score of 41.40. Rounding out the top three were Russia's Drnirry Ushakov and Japan's Yasuhiro Ueyama. Chris Estrada who trains in Colorado Springs, Colo., anempted a very difficult routine in preparation for the Olympic Games but had a mistake and finished in eighth place. in the junior men's competition, Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlamic Highlands, N.J., just missed the medal podium in fourth and K.J. Heger of Rockford, Ill, placed fifth with scores of 33.80 and 32.50, respectively. Russia's Alexander USA Women l to R: Alaina Williams (Amarillo, Texas), Dakota Earnest (Plains, Texas), Brittany Dircks Naumov claimed the gold medal with 38.00 points, followed (Orland Park, ilL) and Nani Vercruyssen (Honolulu) by Canadians Keegan Soehn in second and Sebastien St. Germain in third. 18





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n order to help gymnasts deal with fear issues in their sport, it is important to understand a few "basics" abour fear. From a psychological perspective, if we recognize that fear is a normal componenr to development in sport, then coaches and parenrs can be better prepared ro help their athletes deal with fear when it occurs. There is no data that indicates "when" it is most likely to happen in gymnastics. It may occur early in tumbling, at level 5 when she begins to master new skills, or it may happen at level 8 when she begins to deal with back series on beam. Bur at some point, most gymnasts will face fear and they will either overcome it or it may inhibit their further development in the sport. Let's move on to some menral training tips to help with fear-related issues in gymnastics. Fear is a multi-faceted anxiety issue . When I first begin to work with a gymnast that presents fear issues, I explore fear in the following domains: Affective (emotional); that is, what is the intensity/ length/precipitating of the feelings of fear that the gymnast experiences; Cognitive (thinking) ... what are the thoughtslimages/self-talk that the gymnast experiences when feeling fear; and, Behavioral (actions) ... what are the "symptoms" related to the gymnasts' fear... tense muscles, upset stomach, increased sweating, headaches, or other behaviors. When these various domains of fear are explored, it allows us to create a menral skills plan to help overcome the fear. If the anxiety is disrupting their functioning (e.g. vomiting before practice), then a more specific anxiety management plan is developed. Physical responses to fear can be managed with relaxation training. It would be helpful for any gym to have available for their gymnasts a relaxation training handour/audio CD and incorporate it early into the gymnast's career. Teaching gymnasts to learn to relax and "take a deep breath" before executing new (or challenging) skills is always useful in optimizing an athlete's performance. I would recommend that gymnasts begin to practice regular relaxation exercises when they begin optionals, as the increased skills required may add other external stressors to challenging new skills. If learning a relaxation skill helps the gymnast to remove some of the "symptoms" of anxiety, they may have less cognitive/behavioral symptoms of fear in the future. Talking about "fear" can help. If coaches, parenrs, and gymnasts talk about "fear" as a normal part of gymnastics skill developmenr, then gymnasts may be more prepared to manage learning new skills when there is more anxiety/fear potential. When a young gymnast knows that

e and Focus he/she is going to feel some anxiety when they are learning their full on the floor, or their back tuck on the beam, they can better approach the new skill with a "mental plan" to help reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety and build confidence (cognitive skills) to keep persevering with new skills. I recommend that coaches learn about mental training skills (especially composure skills, such as relaxation training and relaxation "cue" words) and incorporate these into training when teaching new skills to their gymnasts. Have a "Plan " to help athletes with fear issues. Because evetyone has his/her own developmental histoty, it is difficult to have just one managemenr strategy. It is important to recognize, first and foremost, that gymnasts will experience fears as a "normal" process in developing gymnastics skills. When a gymnast overcomes a fear issue, then it is important to reinforce the positives and communicate optimistically within the team. When one gymnast observes a teammate overcome a fear issue, it reinforces that they can learn the new skill and work through anxious moments. By teaching athletes mental skills, they will be able to apply goal setting techniques (focus on basics of a new skill, which minimizes the fear), relaxation techniques, focus strategies (visualizing a great back series on beam), and self-talk strategies (focusing on positive cues that reflect "doing" a skill...verses a negative statement such as "Don't balk. ..") . In some situations, the anxietY related to a fear-based issue may create significanr stress over a longer than expected time period (2-4 weeks) with increased symptoms of anxiety (tension/headaches/not wanting to go to practicelirritable mood at practice when approaching the feared skill). When this is the case, a referral to a qualified sport psychologist (a licensed psychologist in case of an ' anxiety disorder diagnosis) would be appropriate. A typical treatmenr plan would include assessment, homework assignments, relaxation training, and on-site (practice) strategies to reduce anxiety related to skill performance. The sport psychologist may often provide education/ consultation to the parents and coaches regarding communication and managing their own emotions (for example, a coach that gets frustrated when a gymnast acts fearful will only INCREASE ANXIETY with the athlete). Thus, sport psychologists that treat fear-based issues often encourage parental education/behavior change, as well as coach consultation. Always remember that one of the most wonderful aspects of gymnastics performance is the sheer athleticism, grace, strength, and skill in executing complicated routines. To achieve optimal gymnastics performance requires managing the emotions, thoughts, and behaviors related to the experience of fear and anxiety. Sport psychology and mental training can playa significant role in helping gymnasts develop menral toughness in pursuit of these great performances with minimal fear and anxiety. ia St. Vincent Hospital and St. Vincent Sports Per[omlance in Indianapolis, Ind.â&#x20AC;˘ fire official service providers to USA Gymnastics. Call 3 17-415-5747 or visit sportsperformance.




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USA's David Sender of Arlington Heights, Ill., placed fourth in vault at the World Cup held in Doha, Qatar, where 109 male gymnasts participated. Sender posted a 15.950, just missing the bronze medal that went to Puerto Rico's Luis Rivera, who had a 16.000. Romania's Daniel Popescu won the vault title at 16.187, wi th Japan's Makoto Okiguchi finishing second at 16.037.


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eam USA won five medals including four gold and one bronze at the second annual Maia International Acro Cup in Maia, Portugal, March 8-9. The competition hosted nine countries including Portugal, Spain, Puerto Rico, Belgium, Wales, England, United States, Italy, and Scotland, 3 1 delegations and more than 270 athletes. The MAlC was very well supported providing strong competition for all age-groups in all categories. USA Gymnastics earned the first of four gold medals by capturing the highest 11-16 team score. i3

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USA SWEEPS TEAM, ALL-AROUND TITLES IN ITALY '""f"1he u.s. won the team titles for both the junior and senior divisions at .1 the Italy-Spain-Poland-USA friendly competition in Jesolo, Italy, March 8. For seniors, the USA won the title over Italy, 179.050 to 177.950. Spain was third at 151.050, with Poland scoring 150.100. The women on the USA's senior squad were: Jana Bieger, Coconut Creek, Fla.!Bieger International Gymnastics; Olivia Courtney, Orlando/ Orlando Metro; Chelsea Davis, Lakeway, Texas/Texas Dreams; Samantha Peszek, Indianapolis, Ind.!DeVeau's Gymnastics; Bridget Sloan, Pittsboro, Ind.!Sharp's Gymnastics Academy; and Shawn Johnson, West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics. Johnson won the title with a score of 61.700 to outscore 2006 world all-around champion Vanessa Ferrari of Italy, who scored 60.100. Peszek was third with a score of 59.050. The USA easily out-pointed second-place Italy in the junior team competition, winning 181.050 to 172.100. Romania was third at 166.000, followed by Spain at 158.400. The U.S. junior team consisted of: Rebecca Bross, Plano, TexasIWOGA; Rebecca Clark, Blue Springs, Mo.!GAGE; Samantha Shapiro, Los Angeles, All-Olympian Gymnastics Center; Morgan Smith, Clermont, Fla.!Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics; Jordyn Wieber, Dewitt, Mich. , Twiststars. In the junior all-around, the USA's Wieber and Bross finished one-two, 60,900 to 60.500. Italy's Paola Galante was third at 58.300. Clark was fourth at 57.350; Shapiro fifth at 57.00; and Smith ninth at 55.800. 13 For flUl results go to Event Results continue on p.36



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NAVY, ASU WIN TEAM TITLES AT 2008USA GYMNASTICS MEN'S COLLEGIATE CI-IAMPIONSI-IIPS he u.s. Naval Academy and Arizona State University claimed the varsity and collegiate team titles, respectively, at the 2008 USA Gymnastics Men's Collegiate Championships at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., March 29-30. The U.S. Air Force Academy's Greg Stine claimed his second straight varsity all-around crown, and the University of Washington's Ivan Koveshnikov won the collegiate all-around. Navy posted a score of 339.300 ro finish first, followed by the College of William and Mary in second with a 338.450 and Air Force in third at 335.100. Stine's score of 86.800 bested Navy's Dylan Parrott and William and Mary's Derek Gygax, who finished second and third, respectively, with scores of 84.300 and 82.950. In the collegiate division, Arizona State won its second straight team title with 3 19.200 points. James Madison University was second with a score of293.200 and the University of Washington was third at 289.550. Koveshnikov posted an all-around score of 81.850, while Arizona State teammates Anthony Naddour and Charles Baysinger were second and third, respectively, with scores of 81.350 and 78.850. The team competition is divided into rwo categories, varsity and collegiate. The varsity competition is for Division I, II, or III, fouryear institutions with gymnastics as a varsity sport. The collegiate team category is for rwoyear or four-year degree-granting schools with gymnastics as a club sporr. During event finals, David Locke of the College of William and Mary won the floor tide with a 15 .050. Top honors on pommel horse went ro Adam Stanton of Navy, who scored a 14.600. The Air Force Academy's Jacob Schonig rook first on rings with a 15.550. The vault crown went to Jeff Crockett of University of Washington, who scored 15.400. On parallel bars, Stine took first place at 14.900. William and Mary's Andrew Hunt won the crown for the horizontal bar at 13.300. fa


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exas Woman's University won the ream tide ar rhe USA Gymnasrics Women's Collegiare Championships for the ninth rime overall. Texas Woman's University posred 194.700 points to best Cornell University, who was second ar 193.675. Towson University was third at 193.100, with competition hosr Centenary College of Louisiana finishing fourth .

Texas Woman's University worked its way up to firsr place after rhree events and irs sco re of 49.125 on floor clinched rhe title. After three events, Centenary, Cornell and Towson were battling for second. They were separared by eighr-tenths of a point. Cornell responded with a 49.025 on vaulr to secure second. Towson was on bars and Centenaty was on beam as borh squads vied for rhird place. Centenary encountered some problems on rhe beam, and Towson emerged wirh the bronze. Stevie Waldman, a senior at the College of William and Mary, claimed the all-around ritle wirh a score of 38.775, followed by Towson University teammares Decelia Willacy and Jackie Schweirzer in second and third, respecrively, with scores of 38.600 and 38.500. Texas Woman's University's Courtney Arno-Templer won rhe uneven bars and balance beam tides. Alise McDonald of Towson University and Courmey Hawkins of Centenary took top honors in the vault and floor exercise, respectively. On vault, McDonald posred a 9.787 on vaulr ro win, with Brittany Parker of Texas Woman's University and Meredith Smirh of Centenary tying for second at 9.737. For Arno-Templer, a 9.875 was her winning score for both the uneven bars and rhe balance beam. On bars, Waldman was second ar 9.825. Texas Woman's Amanda Walker and Towson University's Chrisrina Lindo ried for third ar 9.750. For beam, Cornell University's Megan Gilbert and Waldman both earned a 9.725 to tie for seco nd. On floor, Hawkins edged our Towson's Annuka Almenoksa, who was second ar 9.850. Cornell's Brittany Howse placed third wirh her 9.825. ii Event Results continue on p 40



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