Mikulak, Whittenburg expected to compete at the 2017 Men’s National Qualifier
posted on 07/12/2017

© John Cheng
INDIANAPOLIS, July 12, 2017 – 2016 Olympic team members Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, and Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./U.S. Olympic Training Center, are among the 54 gymnasts competing in the 2017 Men’s National Qualifier July 15-16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event is the last opportunity for men to qualify for the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 17-20, as well as an opportunity to tune-up for nationals.

In addition to Mikulak and Whittenburg, fellow senior national team members Donothan Bailey of Mission Viejo, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, Kanji Oyama of Huntington Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, and Eddie Penev of Penfield, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center, have registered to compete.

The qualifier begins on July 15 with two sessions of junior and senior optional competition, with the first starting at 12:30 p.m. and the second starting at 6 p.m. It wraps up the following day with the junior technical sequence at 11 a.m. A total of 54 athletes from 21 states will compete at the training center.

Athletes can qualify to the senior division at the 2017 P&G Championships in a variety of ways. Senior National Team members following the 2017 Winter Cup Challenge automatically qualified to the championships. A minimum of 14 athletes will qualify to the P&G Championships based on the national Points Ranking System from the National Qualifier. The top two ranked all-around gymnasts who are U.S. citizens from among the top 8 all-around athletes, excluding any previous qualified athletes, as well as athletes who place in the top two on each individual apparatus at the 2017 NCAA Championships also qualify to the P&G Championships. This will total approximately 36 qualifiers.

Juniors qualify in a similar fashion. The top 22 athletes from the 15-16 junior elite age division from the all-around finals at the 2017 Junior Olympic National Championships and the top 14 athletes from the 17-18 junior elite age division from the all-around finals at the 2075 Junior Olympic National Championships qualify to the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships. The top six age eligible juniors form the junior elite division at the 2017 National Qualifier will qualify using the rank order all-around results (optional + technical sequence score) with 15-16 and 17-18 age divisions combined also qualify. This will total approximately 42 athletes in two age divisions.

Field for the 2017 Men’s National Qualifier
Athletes are organized alphabetically by state

California
Kyle Abe of San Jose, Calif./Cal Sports Center, junior
Donothan Bailey of Mission Viejo, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Cameron Bock of Newport Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Julian Brutchin-Roose of Van Nuys, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica, junior
Adrian De Los Angeles of Long Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Cameron Edwards-Rea of Santa Marla, Calif./SC United, senior
Cecilio Garcia of San Gabriel, Calif./SC United, senior
Douglass Johnson Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif./SC United, senior
Andrew Kirk of Camarillo, Calif./SC United, senior
Samuel Mikulak of Huntington Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Brandon Ngai of Sacramento, Calif./University of Illinois, senior
Kanji Oyama of Huntington Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Samuel Phillips of Woodland Hills, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica, junior
Alex Powarzynski of Menifee, Calif./University of Oklahoma, senior
Matthew Randolph of La Canada, Calif./Payke, junior
Martin Strech of Fountain Valley, Calif./University of Michigan, senior
Nathan Tsuji of Aptos, Calif./Washington, senior
Daniel Yoon of Huntington Beach, Calif./SCATS, junior
Dylan Young of Burbank, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica, junior

Colorado
Jordan Valdez of Louisville, Colo./University of Illinois, senior

Connecticut
Shaun Herzog of Manchester, Conn./University of Minnesota, senior

Florida
Antonio Castro of Pinecrest, Fla./University of Nebraska, senior
Tyler Schaal of Boca Raton, Fla./Universal, senior
Bryce Thomson of Miami, Fla./Universal, junior

Illinois
Connor Adamsick of Mundelein, Ill./University of Nebraska, senior

Indiana
Will Hauke of Indianapolis, Ind./DeVeau's, junior
Zachary Peters of Greenwood, Ind./University of Nebraska, senior
Christopher Stephenson of Fishers, Ind./University of Nebraska, senior
Michael Wilner of Fortville, Ind./Gymnastics Spot, senior

Louisiana
Jalon Stephens of Shreveport, La./University of Minnesota, senior

Massachusetts
Liam Doherty-Herwitz of Bedford, Mass./Brestyan's, junior

Maryland
Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior

Minnesota
Shane Wiskus of Spring Park, Minn./University of Minnesota, senior

Montana

Zack Mollett of Billings, Mont./Sun Devils, senior

North Carolina
William Jeffreys of Raleigh, N.C./Ohio State, senior
Donte McKinney of Cameron, N.C./Triumph, junior
David Willett of High Point, N.C./High Point, junior

New York
Eddie Penev of Penfield, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior

Ohio
Trevor Howard of Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State, senior

Oklahoma
Jordan Kovach of Chickasha, Okla./Bart Conner, senior
Sean Neighbarger of Chickasha, Okla./Ohio State, senior

Oregon
Spencer Goodell of Tigard, Ore./OMEGA, junior

South Carolina
Anthony McCallum II of Columbia, S.C./University of Michigan, senior

Texas
Noah Duran of Katy, Texas/Champions, junior
Jordan King of Houston, Texas/University of Nebraska, senior
Kyle King of Mesquite, Texas/University of Nebraska, senior
Michael Reid of Kileen, Texas/Southlake, senior
Morgan Seyler of Flower Mound, Texas/Southlake, junior
Matthew Wenske of Houston, Texas/University of Oklahoma, senior
Alexander Wilson of Sugarland, Texas/Ohio State, senior

Utah
Colin Wingrove of Alpine, Utah/USA Gym World, junior

Virginia
Kiwan Watts of N. Chesterfield, Va./Above The Bar, senior

Wisconsin
Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Salto, senior