Sunday, July 09, 2000

Local gymnasts advance toward Olympics




By OWEN CANFIELD
AP Sports Writer

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Morgan White
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        TULSA, Okla. — Cincinnati gymnasts Morgan White and Alyssa Beckerman took an important step toward the 2000 Olympics Saturday night.

        White and Beckerman finished 2-3 in the U.S. Classic and move on to the national championships July 26-29 in St. Louis. The top 12 at that meet will advance to the Olympic Trials.

        White and Beckerman, members of the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, had already qualified for the nationals but enhanced their standing with their performances Saturday.

        Dominique Moceanu, a 1996 Olympian who has been training under Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy coach Mary Lee Tracy since last year, qualified for the nationals by finishing sixth Saturday.

        Jaycie Phelps, a former CGA member and an Olympic gold medalist from 1996, finished 14th in her first meet in three years. Phelps returned to training in Arizona in January after giving up competition following the 1996 Games.

        “To hit three of four events after being out so long, it's a good feeling,” she said. “I don't have any doubt that it's possible” to make the team.

        Phelps fell out of bounds on her last tumbling pass in the floor exercise and received an 8.250. But she scored at least 8.775 on her other three events.

        Moceanu, who hadn't competed since the 1998 nationals, was given an 8.30 after falling early in her balance beam routine but otherwise looked confident, including scoring 9.450 on the uneven bars.

        “It's a good start. I'm positive,” said Moceanu. “I wasn't really that nervous. I've been training from January until now to get in shape. I'm looking forward to the next competition.”

        1, Vanessa Atler (World Olympics) 37.937.

        2, Morgan White (Cincinnati) 37.775.

        3, Alyssa Beckerman (Cincinnati) 37.137.

        4, Kendall Beck (Parkettes) 36.925.

        5, Amy Chow (West Valley) 36.737.

        6, Dominique Moceanu (Cincinnati) 36.462.

        7, Cory Fritzinger (Excalibur) 36.125.

        8, Rachel Tidd (SCEGA) 36.025.

        9, Erinn Dooley (Hill's) 35.725.

        10, Marie Fjordholm (World Olympics) 35.675.

        11, Amanda Stroud (Great American) 35.512.

        12, Annabeth Eberle (Starz) 35.487.

        13, Jamie Dantzscher (Gliders) 35.187.

        14, Jaycie Phelps (Desert Devils) 34.975.

        15, Lindsey Wing (Hills) 34.837.

        16, Ashley Kelly (Krafft Academy) 34.637.

        17, Alecia Ingram (Dynamo) 34.450.

        18, Monique Chang (Capital) 34.400.

        19, Larissa Stewart (Bart Conner) 34.175.

        20, Becky Bank (North Stars) 33.262.

        21, Courtney Bumpers (Northwin) 32.762.

        22, Michelle Ilg (North Stars) 32.362.

        23, Kelly McDonald (Cascade) 32.262.

        24, April Burkholder (Brown's) 32.225.

        25, Tarah Chellevold (Bart Conner) 32.012.

        26, Kallie Steffes (Midwest Gymnastics) 31.912.

        27, Whitney Ferguson (Parkettes) 31.762.

        28, Alison Lim (Midwest Gymnastics) 31,050.

        29, Liz Kotler (Flushing YMCA) 30.812.

        30, Jennifer Orlando (Cardinal Gymnastics) 29.675.         31, Kristen Maloney (Parkettes) 28.500 (3 events).

        32, Kristin Thome (Brown's) 15.300 (2 events).



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