U.S. WOMEN'S JUNIOR WORLD TEAM WINS SENIOR EVENT IN AUSTRIA LED BY CHAMPIONS KELLY, HUTCHINSON, TOMEO AND MONTGOMERY
The United States Women's Junior World Team brought home a team championship from the Austrian Ladies Open in Gotzis, Austria, June 23-24. This is a major Senior level event.
The U.S. claimed four individual champions, one runner-up, two third place finishers and one fourth place finisher at the event.
Mary Kelly (Mahomet, Ill./unattached) claimed a gold medal at 101.25 pounds as did Melina Hutchinson (Soldotna, Alaska/Alaska WC) at 112.25 pounds, Erin Tomeo (Volant, Penn./TAPS) at 123.25 pounds and Toccara Montgomery (Cleveland, Ohio/ Sunkist Kids) at 149.75 pounds.
Dominique Smalley (Iowa City, Iowa/Dave Schultz WC) lost to four-time world champion Christine Nordhagen of Canada in the finals at 165.25 pounds to claim a silver medal.
Nine countries participated in the tournament. The U.S. won the event by 16 points over second place finisher, Canada. Third and fourth places went to Austria and Germany, respectively.
The U.S. entered the tournament as a tune-up event for the 2000 Junior World Team Championships in Nantes, France, July 3-9.
AUSTRIAN LADIES OPEN at Gotzis, Austria, June 23-24
46 kg/ 101.25 lbs. - 1st - Mary Kelly (USA); 2nd - Patrizia Girone (Italy); 3rd - Clarissa Chun (USA); 4th - Almut Leitgeb (Austria); 5th - Audrey Carrasco
51 kg/ 112.25 lbs. - 1st - Melina Hutchinson (USA); 2nd - Teresa Piorowski (Canada); 3rd - Carol Huynh (Canada); 4th - Sabrina Lotz (Germany); 5th - Filomena Curatella (Italy); 6th - Birgit Stern (Austria)
56 kg/ 123.25 lbs. - 1st - Erin Tomeo (USA); 2nd - Nadja Meier (Switzerland); 3rd - Carrie Birge (USA); 4th - Yvonne Hess (Germany); 5th - Olina Orlovska (Czech Republic); 6th - Kate Eckfeldt (Canada)
62 kg/ 136.5 lbs. - 1st - Nikola Hartmann (Austria); 2nd - Gudran Hoie (Norway); 3rd - Sara Eriksson (Sweden); 4th - Sara McMann (USA); 5th - Breanne Graham (Canada); 6th - Christina Oertli (Germany)
68 kg/ 149.75 lbs. - 1st - Toccara Montgomery (USA); 2nd - Annika Oertli (Germany); 3rd - Michael Krizkova (Czech Republic); 4th - Marina Gastl (Austria); 5th - Elise Comeau (Canada); 6th - Michaela Scwaiger (Austria)
75 kg/ 165.25 lbs. - 1st - Christine Nordhagen (Canada); 2nd - Dominique Smalley (USA); 3rd - Nina Englich (Germany); 4th - Franziska Lacher (Switzerland); 5th - Katerina Halova (Czech Republic); 6th - Mary Kleinendorst (Canada)
Final Team Results (points)
1. United States (72); 2nd - Canada (56); 3rd - Austria (41); 4th - Germany (36); 5th - Czech Republic (26); 6th - Italy (21); 7th - Switzerland (16); 8th - Norway (9); 9th - Sweden (8)