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U.S. women roll to Pacific Alliance gymnastics title

HONOLULU -- The U.S. women dominated the final day of the Pacific Alliance Gymnastics Championships.

Chellsie Memmel and Nastia Liukin each added a gold medal Saturday to their all-around titles, giving the U.S. team a total of seven gold and three silver for the three-day championships. The U.S. women won the team title ahead of Australia and Canada on Thursday.

The U.S. men's squad managed only two bronze medals. David Sender finished third on the vault and David Durante tied for the bronze in the parallel bars.

Reigning world champion Memmel won gold in the balance beam and finished second on the floor exercise, two days after tying Liukin for the overall crown. Memmel scored 15.700 on the beam, edging Liukin's 15.625.

Liukin, 16, won the uneven bars, beating teammate Shayla Worley. Jana Bieger won gold in the vault and floor exercise.

"I feel great about them, I really worked hard and I'm glad that I won two golds," Bieger said.

Memmel wasn't surprised by the U.S. sweep.

"Not at all, we really expected to hit all of our routines," she said. "We all push each other. Seeing each other workout everyday, hitting their routines makes you want to hit your routines that much better."

Earlier, Americans Olga Karmansky and Brenann Stacker tied for gold in the clubs during the women's rhythmic contest. Karmansky also won bronze for rope and ribbon.

Sender, Durante, Brett McClure and Guilherme Alvarez all qualified for the men's finals after the U.S. placed fourth in the team competition. But the U.S. team was hampered by slips throughout the meet.

Sender, who advanced to three final events -- floor, vault and parallel bars -- placed in the vault late in the contest.

"There was a little pressure to just start trying to get some medals," Sender said.

McClure, an Olympic silver medalist who placed sixth in the all-around, started well on the pommel horse but lost momentum in the middle of his routine, finishing sixth. Alvarez had trouble in his still rings landing, finishing seventh.

Lu Bo of China won the gold in the rings, while countryman Feng Jing won the pommel horse and parallel bars. Kyle Shewfelt of Canada won the vault and floor and countryman Nathan Gafuik won on the high bar.

The meet used the new scoring system. Instead of a single 10.0-point scale, gymnasts received two scores, one for difficulty and another for execution. A good routine needs to be 15 points or better.