UCLA’s Steve McCain wins club all-around title at gymnastics meet
SEATTLE (AP) _ William & Mary and UCLA repeated as men’s champions of the varsity and club divisions in the USA Gymnastics collegiate national championships Friday.
The Tribe won an unprecedented fourth straight title by coming from behind to edge Air Force on the final rotation. The Bruins, competing for the final time before disbanding, outdistanced Miami Dade Community College 221.575-215.925 for their third title in a row.
Coming from behind on the final event, Seattle Pacific defeated Texas Woman’s in the women’s team finals by 0.725 points, ending the Pioneers’ four-year reign as champions.
In the only men’s individual finals, UCLA and U.S. national team star Steve McCain won the club all-around title with a six-event total of 57.000 points.
McCain also finished with the meet’s top score on the horizontal bar and vault. San Jose State sophomore Jerry Leyba won the varsity all-around with a total of 53.550.
Art Shurlock, UCLA coach for the past 33 years, said that with the graduation of six seniors, including McCain, the Bruins will no longer compete in collegiate meets in the future.
William & Mary, getting a strong finish on still rings, finished less than a full point in front of Air Force, 217.525-216.725.
Scott McCall, who suffered a fractured fibula five weeks ago, helped clinch the crown with a score of 9.575.
UCLA led all teams with 11 entries in Saturday’s individual men’s event finals, followed by William & Mary’s nine.
The Seattle Pacific women trailed Texas Woman’s by 0.025 going into the final rotation, with the Falcons on floor exercise and the Pioneers on vault.
Key dance performances by Kathy Siwek, who scored a career-high 9.800, and Gina Bolenbaugh, with a 9.775, put the host school ahead to stay. It was the third national crown for Seattle Pacific and the first since 1992.
The Falcons, who scored a season-high 48.700 on floor, finished with a school-record total of 192.250, while Texas Woman’s scored 191.525.
Sacramento State, which was the women’s leader after two rotations, finished third with 189.800. UC Santa Barbara was fourth (189.150).
Besides the floor exercise, Seattle Pacific also finished with the night’s top women’s score on uneven bars (48.375). Deni Boswell of Seattle Pacific was the high individual scorer (9.825) in that event while Siwek’s score led all floor performers.
The meet concludes Saturday with the men’s and women’s individual event finals.