2018 Senior Pan Am Championships shift to men’s, women’s gymnastics
posted on 09/12/2018

© John Cheng

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INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 12, 2018 – Two-time World silver-medalist Jade Carey of Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays, and 2018 U.S. floor exercise bronze medalist Kanji Oyama of Huntington Beach, California/U.S. Olympic Training Center, are among the U.S. women and men who are representing the USA at the Senior Pan American Championships, Sept. 14-16, in Lima Peru, at the Polideportivo N° 1. The championships serves as the qualification process for the 2019 Pan American Games, which will also be held in Lima.

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.

Competition begins on Sept. 14 with the men’s all-around and event finals, which serve as the qualification for the team finals. The women take the floor on Sept. 15 for the women’s all-around and event finals, which serve as the qualification for the team finals. Competition wraps up on Sept. 16 with the team finals. The competition format for the team qualification is four athletes compete on each event, with the three best scores counting, and for the finals, three athletes compete on each event and all three scores count.

The members of the U.S. Team for the Senior Pan American Championships are listed below.

    Women
    Jade Carey, Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays
    Kara Eaker, Grain Valley, Missouri/ Great American Gymnastics Express
    Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Future Gymnastics Academy
    Grace McCallum, Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters
    Trinity Thomas, York, Pennsylvania/Prestige
    Non-traveling alternate: Alyona Shchennikova, Evergreen, Colo./5280 Gymnastics

    Men
    Cameron Bock, Tustin, California/University of Michigan
    Spencer Goodell, Tigard, Oregon/University of Oklahoma
    Riley Loos, El Dorado Hills, California/Technique Gymnastics
    Kanji Oyama, Huntington Beach, California/U.S. Olympic Training Center
    Genki Suzuki, North Wales, Pennsylvania/University of Oklahoma
    Non-traveling alternate: Curran Phillips, Naperville, Illinois/Prairie Gymnastics

The competition schedule is below. The times listed, which are subject to change, are local to Lima, which is the same as Central time. The United States is competing in Subdivision 3 for both men and women.

    Sept. 14 - Men’s qualification round for team; all-around and event finals
      9:40 a.m. - Subdivision 1: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Uruguay; Mixed Group 1
      2 p.m. - Subdivision 2: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Peru, Venezuela
      6:30 p.m. - Subdivision 3: Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA
    Sept. 15 - Women’s qualification round for team; all-around and event finals
      10:10 a.m. - Subdivision 1: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, Venezuela
      12:30 p.m. - Subdivision 2: Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay
      2:30 p.m. - Subdivision 3: Aruba, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Island, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, USA
    Sept. 16 - Team finals
      10:50 a.m. - Men
      4 p.m. - Women

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