OK! Eventful Mens Day 2 is over.
Final standings are:
1. Jonathan Horton, Cypress Academy (91.25 Day 1, 90.65 Day 2, 181.9 Combined)
2. Tim McNeill, Cal Berkeley (88.5 Day 1, 90.0 Day 2, 178.5 Combined)
3. Wes Haagensen, USOTC (88.35 Day 1, 89.65 Day 2, 178.00 Combined)
4. Kyle Bunthuwong, Cal Berkeley (88.0 Day 1, 89.75 Day 2, 177.75 Combined)
5. Danell Leyva, Universal (88.35 Day 1, 89.25 Day 2, 177.6 Combined)
6. Glen Ishino, Cal Berkeley (88.0 Day 1, 87.95 Day 2, 175.95 Combined)
7. Steven Legendre, U of Oklahoma (88.3 Day 1, 87.55 Day 2, 175.85 Combined)
8. Joseph Hagerty, USOTC (87.8 Day 1, 87.95 Day 2, 175.75 Combined)
9. Tim Gentry, Stanford (87.35 Day 1, 87.55 Day 2, 174.9 Combined)
10. David Sender, ShoNakamori.com (90.6 Day 1, 83.8 Day 2, 174.4
11. John Orozco, World Cup (Junior)
12. Kyson Bunthuwong, Cal Berkeley
13. Alexy Bilozertchev, Unattached
14. Jake Dalton, Gym Nevada (Junior)
15. Alex Buscaglia, Stanford
16. Brandon Wynn, Ohio State
17T. Paul Ruggeri, Univ. of Illinois
17T. Guillermo Alvarez, Minnesota Gymnastics
19. Chris Cameron, Univ of Michigan
20. Mel Anton Santander, Univ of Michigan
21. CJ Maestas, Gold Cup
22. Sam Mikulak, SCATS HB (Junior)
23. David Henderson, USOTC
24. Derek Helsby, Penn State
25. William J Laury, Houston Gymn Academy
26. Edward Mesa, Universal
27. Christopher Turner, WCOGA (Junior)
28. Donothan Bailey (Azarian)
29. Cameron Rogers, Zenith (Junior)
30. Spencer Johnson, Colorado Training Center
31. Zachary Chase, Cascade Elite (Junior)
32 Ralph G. Rosso, Univ of Michigan (only did 5 events)
33. Thomas Kelley, Univ of Michigan
34. Luke Stannard, Univ. of Illinois (only did 5 events)
35. Chris Brooks, Oklahoma (only did 4 events)
36. Andrew Elkind, USOTC (only did 4 events)
37. Jake Bateman, Ohio State (only did 2 events Day 2)
38. Daniel Ribiero, Univ of Illinois (only did 3 events)
39. Evan Roth, Cal Berkeley (only did 2 events)
40. Nyika White, International (only did 2 events)
41. Cameron Deer, Houston Gymn Academy (only did 2 events)
42. Kit Beikmann, Minnesota Gymnastics (only did 1 event, PH, and WON!)
Final attendance: 4524, not bad!
So as of right now the JUNIOR Nat'l team is:
14-15 Age Group
1. John Orozco, World Cup
2. Sam Mikulak, SCATS HB
3. Jake Martin, Orlando Metro
4. Jesse Glenn, SCATS HB
5. Jonathan Deaton, Tim Daggett's
6. Maximilian Mayr, Universal Gymnastics
7. Jacob Dastrup, Arete (Utah)
16-18 Age Group
1. Jake Dalton, Gym Nevada
2. CJ Maestas, Gold Cup
3. Cameron Rogers, Zenith
4. Jesse Silverstein, US Gym Center II
5. Christopher Turner, West Coast
6. Dylan Akers, Cypress Academy
7. Wyatt Aycock, Orlando Metro
Senior National Team (Additional Members may be added, in no particular order)
1. Jonathan Horton
2. Danell Leyva
3. Tim McNeill
4. Kyle Bunthuwong
5. David Sender
6. Joseph Hagerty
7. Wesley Haagensen
8. Steven Legendre
9. Glen Ishino
10. Tim Gentry
David Sender on his post-2008 Nationals-Present time:
"There were days, bad days that it was really tough to push myself through because I didn't HAVE to be doing it. But that didn't last all that long, and actually by the time Durante got there [Stanford], I think he got in in November, he really helped kind of push me through that and he was a big help on that part, not letting me give up and really making sure I still pushed myself, and I really enjoyed this year. I had a lot of fun kind of doing the gymnastics that I wanted to be doing, you know, and the competitions that I wanted to go to, and it was a good year, looking back."
Sender on making the national team despite announcing his retirement:
"I would have to officially resign for them to not put me on the team. I'm not exactly sure what's going to happen with that. They might want me to hang around, hoping that I will be able to compete sometime in this year, but I haven't figured it all out yet."
He then went on to say he's going to the first semester of vet school for sure and then going to see how much training time he thinks he would have. Personally I'm hoping USAG will pressure him into putting off vet school for a semester or a year, so he can go to Worlds. I know he's hurting (it was very obvious tonight, 5 falls on 6 apparatus, the Stanford coach told me he asked for advil before the meet which is apparently very uncharacteristic) but just his vaults alone are one of the reasons I think he'd be a great asset to the team. We shall see what happens.
On his performance:
"I feel great, but I can always find a million things that I did wrong in my competition. Right now though, I'm extremely happy with how I did. I had a really good time; I think the crowd drove me. Just being in competition again got me through, regardless of the physical shape that I'm in. So I'm excited and ecstatic with what I did. It's a fantastic competition and I couldn't be happier with myself. I know I have a long way to go, though, if I want to keep up with the rest of the world."
On his first national championship:
"I'm always trying to one-up myself, so I'm going to go back and repeat this competition. I'm going to get back into practice and see how I can make each individual event better. I know I'm the national champion, but there's no way I could compete with the rest of the world. So at this moment I'm extremely motivated to get back in the gym and to improve myself. But it's great to finally have this one in the book."
On his second-place finish:
"I went in with the attitude that I was capable of finishing in the top three or even winning, so I had that in mind all through training and in preparation for this. That was always the hope and I'm just thrilled that it happened."
On his performance:
"I think a lot of people look at me as a specialist, especially on parallel bars or pommel horse, but it was amazing to go through the whole round and having it go so well. Hopefully people will come to see me as more well-rounded."
WE ALSO TALKED TO DAVID DURANTE, JUSTIN SPRING, STANFORD AND MICHIGAN GYMNASTS TODAY! LOOK FOR THAT FOOTAGE SOON!
Junior International Assignments!
Junior Japan International Competition, Sept 20-25, Yokohama Japan
-Jake Dalton, Gymnastics Nevada, Sparks Nev.
-John Orozco, World Cup Gymnastics, Bronx NY
Junior Pan American Championships, November 4-9 Aracaju, Brazil
-4 athletes will comprise the team and one will travel as the alternate, who will be Youth Olympic Games age-eligible. CJ Maestas (Corrales, NM/Gold Cup Gymn) and Sam Mikulak (Newport Coast, CA/SCATS HB) are both on the team. Three gymnasts who are age eligible for the Youth Olympic Games will show routines at the Junior Team Camp, October 20-27, where the determination will be made regarding which two gymnasts will compete and who will serve as the traveling athlete: Jesse Glenn (Northridge, CA/SCATS HB), Jake Martin (Oviedo, FL/Orlando Metro), and Sean Melton (Orlando, FL/Orlando Metro). Melton was the top ranked Youth Olympics Games age-eligible Level 9 gymnast.
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