Jim Hartung won three events, earning the men's all-around title, and Kathy Johnson and Shari Mann tied for the women's overall honors in the Capital Gymnastics Invitational before 2,000 last night at George Washington's Smith Center.
Hartung, a member of the United States Olympic team, captured the floor exercise and the rings, and earned a 9.9 in the pommel horse, the highest score awarded in the meet. He was a close second in the other three men's events.
Hartung, one of three University of Nebraska gymnasts in the meet, had strong competition from Cornhusker teammate Phil Cahoy. Cahoy, 21, also is an Olympian and finished strong, winning the parallel bars (9.85) and the high bar (9.8). He placed second to Hartung in the floor exercise and the rings.
UCLA's Tim Daggett won the vaulting with a 9.8 judging.
Johnson, 22, another Olympian, won the uneven bars (9.45) and tied with Michelle Goodwin for first in vaulting (9.55) and the floor exercise (9.6).
"I had a few breaks," said Johnson. "The best talent in the country was here tonight and I was satisfied with my performance. These meets are nice because the pressure is off and you can try out new things and just relax."
Mann, a senior at Churchill High School in Potomac, won the vaulting with a 9.5, and scored no lower than 9.4 in the other three events.
"I was kind of nervous," said Mann, who was backed by a large and vocal cheering section. "I wanted to do well in front of my friends and I was generally pleased. Instead of trying to be good in just one event, I try to remain consistent in all of them."
The competition included some surprises. Tracee Talavera, considered one of the top female gymnasts in the country, could muster only a second place in vaulting. But Nina Roffey, a 15-year-old from Silver Spring who was a preliminary forerunner in the floor exercise, turned in one of the evening's top performances. Her energetic, impish routine gained the night's biggest ovation.