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2018 Team Missouri Newsletter: Day 5 (FINAL) of Competition


July 6, 2018

Team MO Magic Newsletter

As always, be sure to check out our Facebook and Flickr pages where you can view all of the photos we take throughout the week. Also, follow us on our social media channels (links at the bottom of this newsletter). If you like what you see with MO Magic and would like to continue to support them, please donate now: 

Below you will find a short recap of each team for the day. Friday was the final day of competition for our athletes. Most competition wrapped up on Thursday and those athletes received their awards on Friday.

Jody Davis and Brandon Mize had to wait until the final day of the week to compete, but in the end they still put on a great show. Jody started the morning off by winning a silver medal in the squat and followed that up with a gold in deadlift, a bronze in the bench press and another silver in the overall combination. She set two new personal records (squat and benchpress).

Brandon also set two new personal records today (squat and deadlift) and won three golds (deadlift, squat and combination) and one silver (bench press). He broke 507 total kg, which is his best ever in a competition.

The swimmers were one of the few groups of athletes who didn’t get a break this week, spending every single day at the venue. In addition to a handful of the athletes receiving their awards, the following competed for the final time on Friday:

  • The 4×100 M relay (Libby Waddell, Joel Chrouser, Logan Hulett and Ali Byrd) won silver
  • Devin Bock, in the 50 M backstroke, was awarded 4th place
  • Jessica Grammer, also in the 50 M backstroke, was awarded 4th place
  • Curtis Herbold, in the 25 M breaststroke, won gold

Singles competition ended on Friday for Lucas Blattel and Kris Greene. Lucas won a silver medal and Kris won a bronze medal. Coach Ashley Wurst said this was the best she’s ever seen Lucas play. “He had a lot of consistent shots and made the right adjustments we’ve been working on all week,” she said. For Kris, she said that, “He hit some beautiful ground strokes and had lots of long ralleys. He showed improvement all week.”

The section below shows which delegates have been writing blogs for us. These are new blogs written on Friday night to recap that day and previous day’s activities. To view all blogs written earlier this week, visit our WordPress site.

With the addition of an athlete-leader on our Team Missouri staff, we wanted to utilize Allison’s skillset and try something new. So we’re excited to announce Allison’s FIFTH recap show, which you can view here. On Friday night, she catches up with all of the sports we’ve missed during the week: golf, powerlifting, softball and tennis.

We want to thank everyone who followed Team Missouri this past week. It truly was a phenomenal experience and we couldn’t have done it without the support of those who came to cheer us on as well as those who cheered from afar.

We will send out another FINAL newsletter or two with some last tidbits of information here and there. As your athletes come back home, let us know if you have any other stories that we missed or if you want to write a blog about your experience either in Seattle as a delgate or a fan.


Whether you will watch Team Missouri athletes compete in Seattle or you just want to follow their progress from afar, the Team Missouri mobile app has features to enhance your experience cheering them on:

  • Schedules
  • Newsletters/updates on daily competitions
  • Maps/directions
  • Communicate with other parents/coaches
  • Photo gallery
  • Alerts from SOMO

Check out this video tutorial on downloading and using the app.

There are two ways to download our app:

  1. Open the app store on your mobile device and search ‘Whova.’ Once Whova is downloaded, open that app and search ‘Team Missouri’ or ‘USA Games’ and select ‘2018 USA Games: Team Missouri’ and you’re good to go.
  2. Scan the QR code in the poster below to take you directly there

We will also be sending out nightly newsletters updating you on the progress of Team Missouri. Those newsletters will be emailed AND posted to the mobile app. If you want to receive the newsletters, but don’t want to sign up for the mobile app, please click here (if you received this email, you’re already signed up). The best way to stay up-to-date as competitions are going on, however, is to download the app and receive real-time alerts from Seattle!

We are still working on adding a few things here and there, so make sure you check back in near the end of June to get the full experience.

Whova 2018 Team Mo app




Management Team

Susan Shaffer — Head of Delegation 573-635-1660 or 573-489-4778


Brandon Schatsiek — Public Relations Manager 573-635-1660 OR 573-821-4646


Support Staff

Jana Fornelli — GOC/SONA Family Liaison 417-624-5505


Laurie Shadoan — Fundraising 913-789-0353


Mandi Ballinger – Sendoff & Fundraising Websites 913-789-0338