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Ohashi, Dalton Win American Cup

By March 4, 2013

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Katelyn OhashiFirst-year senior Katelyn Ohashi and 2012 Olympian Jake Dalton took home the 2013 American Cup titles on Saturday in Worcester, Mass. Ohashi had a solid competition in her first meet as a senior, with small mistakes on bars on her pirouettes (form breaks) and floor (she watered down her last pass). She looked poised throughout, though, and still throws one of the most difficult beam sets of anyone in the world. (Watch it.)

Ohashi and second-place finisher Simone Biles have huge potential to be stars for the US team. Biles did an enormous Amanar vault, and has upgraded on her other events as well: she mounted with a double-double on floor and came back with a double layout; dismounted with a full-in off beam; and added multiple skills on bars

The highlight of the non-American competitors? Victoria Moors on floor. She mounted with a double-double and had an artistry and dance ability that no one else matched. Not surprisingly, she won the event. (Watch it here.)

On the men's side, Dalton had a great day, hitting floor, vault, and rings, as well as the all-around by more than two points. Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva came into the competition in rough shape with a stomach bug, and ended in sixth after very low scores on floor and high bar.

USA Gymnastics has posted the routines not shown on the broadcast here -- check it out.

Women:

1. Katelyn Ohashi, Newcastle, Wash., 59.199

2. Simone Biles, Spring, Texas, 57.666

3. Victoria Moors, Canada, 57.066

4. Elisabeth Seitz, Germany, 56.698

5. Vanessa Ferrari, Italy, 56.098

6. Gabrielle Jupp, Great Britain, 55.665

7. Asuka Teramoto, Japan, 54.266

8. Maegan Chant, Canada, 51.399

Men:

1. Jake Dalton, Reno, Nev., 89.398

2. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 87.298

3. Marcel Nguyen, Germany, 87.031

4. Hiroki Ishikawa, Japan, 86.531

5. Kristian Thomas, Great Britain, 85.831

6. Danell Leyva, Homestead, Fla., 85.265

7. Sergio Sasaki Junior, Brazil, 83.232

8. Jorge Hugo Giraldo Lopez, Colombia, 82.298

Pictured above: Katelyn Ohashi; Cammie Backus

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