Pan Am Games: Monday's recap

October, 24, 2011
10/24/11
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A look at how some American athletes fared Monday at the Pan American Games:

Gymnastics

The U.S. women's team won the team gold medal Monday, its 14th title in Pan Am Games history.

Team USA finished with 219.750 points, followed by Canada (217.450) and Brazil (209.825). The gold-winning squad included Bridgette Caquatto, Jessie DeZiel, Brandie Jay, Shawn Johnson, Grace McLaughlin and Bridget Sloan.

"I was going through the lineup and getting all teary-eyed because I was so proud of them," Johnson said. "We have gone through a lot in the last couple of weeks and I think we did a great job."

The U.S. also qualified for the all-around (held Wednesday) individual events (Thursday and Friday):

All-around: Caquatto and Jay.

Vault: Jay.

Uneven bars: Caquatto and Johnson.

Balance beam: DeZiel (third reserve athlete).

Floor exercise: DeZiel.

Boxing

The final four U.S. boxers were eliminated from contention in Monday's quarterfinal bouts: flyweight John Franklin, lightweight Toka Kahn Clary, light heavyweight Jeffery Spencer and super heavyweight Danny Kelly.

Men's volleyball

Team USA rallied from a 12-9 deficit in the fifth set to defeat Puerto Rico, 22-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 15-13 in its opening pool-play match. Captain Evan Patak led all scorers with 27 points on 18 kills, seven blocks and two aces.

"We won because of two things. First, our ability to adapt," U.S. coach John Speraw said. "We made some crucial adjustments throughout the match from a variety of different players. And for a young team like this, I found that impressive. Second, the serving of our captain, Evan Patak, carried the team when we struggled early in the match. He put on some runs that helped us win the second set and give us the confidence to beat Puerto Rico."

Next up for the men's squad: Canada on Tuesday in Pool B play.

Track and field

The U.S. earned three medals on the opening day of the track and field competition at the Pan Ams.

Jarred Rome won silver medal in the men's discus, Amber Campbell won bronze to become the first U.S. athlete to earn a Pan Ams medal in the women's hammer throw since 1999, and Becky Holliday took home the bronze in women's pole vault.

"The most challenging part was having this late of outdoor season because I compete indoors, as well ... so I've been going since January," Campbell said. I'm really hoping to continue the success into next year, try to fight these girls all around the world and make it to the podium in London."

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