McCallum, Thomas Go One-Two AA At 2018 Pan Am Championships

Press release via USA Gymnastics.

LIMA, Peru, Sept. 15, 2018 – The U.S. women qualified for the 2019 Pan American Games based on their first-place ranking in the team qualification round at the Senior Pan American Championships in Lima Peru, at the Polideportivo N° 1. Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, and Trinity Thomas of York, Pennsylvania/Prestige Competition, went one-two in the women’s all-around. Competition concludes tomorrow with the men’s team final at 10:50 a.m. CT and the women’s team final at 4 p.m. CT. The Peru Gymnastics Federation has a live feed on its Facebook page

In addition, the U.S. women swept the medals for the uneven bars – McCallum, gold; Thomas, silver; and Shilese Jones of Westerville, Ohio/Future Gymnastics Academy, bronze. Jade Carey of Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays, was the champion for both vault and floor exercise. Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Missouri/ Great American Gymnastics Express, won the balance beam gold, where McCallum picked up the bronze. 

In the team qualification, the United States was first in the team rankings with a 170.166, which included the top team scores for each apparatus: 43.567, vault; 43.099, uneven bars; 41.733, balance beam; and 41.767, floor exercise. Brazil was second at 161.134, followed by Mexico (157.933). 

For the Pan American Games qualification, a total of 57 men and 57 women will qualify to compete in the Games: countries that finish in the top eight teams in the qualification round; two gymnasts from the countries who finish ninth to 13th in the team qualification rankings; and seven gymnasts, maximum one per country, with the best all-around results from countries who have not already qualified. All placements are awarded to the country not to an individual athlete. Peru, as the host country, will also receive a berth. 

In the all-around, McCallum tallied a 56.366 total to win the gold medal. Thomas was second at 54.433. Brazil’s Flavia Saraiva rounded out the top three at 53.334. 

On vault, Carey took the gold with her 14.550. Cuba’s Marcia Vidiaux claimed a 14.234 for second, and McCallum earned the bronze at 13.883. 

For the uneven bars, McCallum scored a 14.533, with Thomas at 14.333 and Jones at 14.133. Eaker posted a 12.433. 

Eakers’ 14.300 put her atop the beam rankings. Saraiva’s 14.033 just edged out McCallum’s 14.000 for the silver. Thomas was fifth at 13.433, and Jones posted a 12.433. 

Carey easily won the gold for the floor exercise at 14.400. Saraiva slipped by Eaker, 13.867 to 13.767. McCallum was fourth at 13.600. Thomas posted a 12.367. 

The competition format for the team finals is three athletes compete on each event and all three scores count.

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