INDIANAPOLIS, AUG. 20 -- The pretenders left and the demonstrators were quiet on Day 12 of the Pan American Games, as litigation gave way to competition in the few sports still being contested.
Kristie Phillips, the national all-around champion, and Sabrina Mar led the U.S. women's gymnastics squad to a gold medal and a record point total in team competition.
The Americans finished with 385.95 points, breaking the Pan Am record of 384.21 set by the 1963 U.S. team. Cuba won the silver medal, with Canada third. Today's optional routine results were combined with Wednesday's compulsory exercise scores for the team totals.
Mar, 17, of Huntington Beach, Calif., led all competitors with 77.55 points, with the top optional scores in floor exercise and balance beam.
Phillips, 15, from Baton Rouge, La., had 77.475 points. She led all competitors in compulsory floor and beam, but was not a leader in any optional event.
Mar scored 9.70 on the beam and 9.85 in floor exercise. The U.S. team effort was hurt during the beam when three of six American performers, including Phillips, fell during their routines. Phillips had a 9.85 on the beam in compulsories.
Mar edged Phillips largely because Phillips fell. "It was kind of a stupid mistake," Phillips said. "I wasn't concentrating enough. I shouldn't get too upset about it, though. The beam is probably the most nerve-racking."
Even so, the highest finishing non-American was Cuba's Else Chivas, who finished sixth overall.
U.S. Coach Greg Marsden, however, said the American women will have to be "much more consistent than we were this evening," to win at the world championships.
"It's been a while since we've had so many strong athletes. We have seven or eight kids that on any given night can win. We have some superb athletes and I think that was evident this evening.
"We set a Pan American scoring record and won a gold, so how could I not be pleased? This same group is going to the world championships and this was an excellent opportunity to bring them together and go through this type of competition before we go to Rotterdam."
In softball, the U.S. women's team members accepted their gold medals before a wildly appreciative, standing-room-only crowd of more than 5,000 at the Indiana University softball fields. The U.S. finished the tournament with a 9-0 record after beating Puerto Rico, 4-1.
But the American men did not fare as well, losing to Canada, 2-1. It was Canada's third straight Games' softball title. The United States got the silver medal.
The American women scored two runs in the second, the first on a single by Donna McElrea, the second on a single by Kathy Escarcega after the bases were loaded. The United States added two more runs in the third inning for a 4-0 lead. Puerto Rico scored its only run in the fourth, off starting pitcher Ella Vilche.
It was the only run the American women allowed in this competition. But Vilche earned her third win of the Games and Rhonda Wheatley pitched the fifth and sixth innings. And head coach Carl Spanks allowed Michele Granger, 17, to throw the final 11 pitches, all in the seventh inning.
The U.S. baseball team played past midnight Wednesday and into this morning, but at least went to bed joyful over a 4-0 victory in 11 innings over Puerto Rico.
After 10 scoreless innings, Ted Wood led off the 11th with a solo home run. And, after consecutive singles by the Americans, Scott Servais hit a three-run homer that allowed the United States to earn the top seed, and thus play fourth-place Canada (instead of Cuba) Friday night at 8 (EDT).
In women's volleyball, Cuba, seeking its fifth straight gold medal, and Peru, looking for its first, moved into the championship game with 3-0 victories.
Cuba, which has lost only one game in five matches here, defeated the U.S. women, 15-9, 15-11, 15-6, to extend its domination of the Americans to 25 consecutive matches.
In the opening match at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Peru overcame deficits in the last two games to top Brazil, 15-9, 15-10, 15-11. The U.S. and Brazil will play for the bronze medal Saturday.
In tennis, Al Parker of Claxton, Ga., defeated Miguel Nido of Puerto Rico, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the men's singles semifinals. Parker will play Argentina's Pablo Albano, who gained a 7-6, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over Fred Thome of Costa Rica. Luke Jensen, of Ludington, Mich., and Fernando Roese will meet in the other men's semifinal.
Cuba's mixed doubles team of Juan Pinto and Belkis Rodriguez defeated Patrick McEnroe and Jane Holdren of the United States, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5).
"They came up with some good shots and, unfortunately, on the match point I double-faulted," said McEnroe, younger brother of pro John McEnroe. "I don't feel real good about that, but it was a close match all the way and I felt we were going to win it at the end."
In water polo, the United States and Cuba, warming up for a rematch, scored easy victories tonight to set up a showdown on Saturday for the gold medal.
Coming off a rough, two-goal victory over Cuba in round-robin play on Wednesday, the United States got four goals by Peter Campbell and beat winless Puerto Rico, 17-3.
Cuba rebounded with a 10-4 victory over Mexico.
Said U.S. Coach Bill Barnett: "I don't really look ahead or expect anything, but I did think we'd get to the gold medal game on Saturday against Cuba. We've just got to play really intense. That's all."
The victory gave the United States a 4-0 record going into Friday's final round-robin game against Brazil. Every other team except Cuba (3-1) has at least two losses.
Meanwhile, The U.S. Olympic Committee's medical chief said today there were "several" athletes using a drug to hide steroids, not just two or three as Games officials said earlier.
Dr. Robert Voy said the athletes were from more than one country. "I kept seeing this statement that there were two and I knew differently," he said. "When I asked the lab people they just said several."
Voy said he did not know the specific number involved.
U.S. hammer thrower Bill Green, a silver medalist from Laurel, Md., and five other athletes were disqualified Monday after failing drug tests.
Tuesday, Pan American Sports Organization officials announced that two or three athletes were using probenecid, a drug that can hide steroids in tests.