2019 Men’s Qualifier begins tomorrow
posted on 07/05/2019

© John Cheng

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 5, 2019 – U.S. Senior National Team members Donothan Bailey of Mission Viejo, Calif./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center; Trevor Howard of Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University; Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center; Sean Melton of Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University; and Alec Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind./Ohio State University, among the 73 men participating in the 2019 Men’s National Qualifier, July 6-7, at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event is the last opportunity for men to qualify for the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 8-11, as well as an opportunity to tune-up for nationals.

The National Qualifier begins July 6 with two sessions of junior and senior optional competition, with the juniors at 12:30 p.m. and the seniors at 6 p.m. MT. It wraps up July 7 with the junior technical sequences at 11 a.m. MT. A total of 73 athletes from 17 states are expected to compete at the training center.

Athletes can qualify to the senior division at the 2019 U.S. Championships in a variety of ways. U.S. Senior National Team members named to the team following the 2019 Winter Cup Challenge automatically qualified to the championships. A minimum of 12 athletes will qualify to the U.S. Championships based on the national Points Ranking System from the National Qualifier. Also, the individual event champions at the Qualifier will advance to Kansas City. The top six ranked all-around gymnasts who are U.S. citizens from among the top 12 all-around athletes, excluding any previous qualified athletes, as well as athletes who win the individual apparatus titles, at the 2019 NCAA Championships also qualify to the U.S. Championships. There may also be some approved petitions to 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 2019 Junior Olympic National Championships and the top 14 athletes from the 17-18 junior elite age division from the all-around finals at the 2019 Junior Olympic National Championships qualify to the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships. The top six age-eligible juniors from the junior elite division at the 2019 National Qualifier will qualify using the 15-16 and 17-18 age divisions combined-rank-order all-around results (optional plus technical sequence score) also qualify. This will total approximately 42 athletes in two age divisions.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its athlete safety policies and procedures. Former gymnast and business executive Li Li Leung is the new president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, visit usagym.org.

Field for the 2019 Men’s National Qualifier
Athletes are organized alphabetically by state

Arizona
Angel Leon, Tucson, Ariz./Ohio State University, senior

California
Cameron Bock, Tustin, Calif./University of Michigan, senior
Evan Bock, Tustin, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics, junior
Hunter Brunett, Camarillo, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica USA, junior
Adrian De Los Angeles, Long Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Grant Guerrero, Long Beach, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics, junior
Riley Loos, El Dorado Hills, Calif./Technique Gymnastics, senior
Troy Mendelson, Chatsworth, Calif./Southern California United, senior
William Pearce, Isla Vista, Calif./Southern California United, senior
Calvin Valrie, Buena Park, Calif./Southern California United, senior
Jordan Williams, Concord, Calif./Sun Devil Gymnastics, senior

Colorado
Donothan Bailey, Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Ryan Curran, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Training Center, senior
Bryce McKenzie, Monument, Colo./Colorado Training Center, junior
Sam Mikulak, Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Logan Myers, Morrison, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, junior
Kanji Oyama, Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Luka Sisauri, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Training Center, senior
Timothy Wang, Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Donnell Whittenburg, Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior

Florida
Major Bain, Lynn Haven, Fla./GymTek Academy, junior
Crew Bold, Delray Beach, Fla./University of Minnesota, junior
Sergio Fernandez, Weston, Fla./TAG USA Gymnastics, senior
Steven Lukasik, Lutz, Fla./La Fleur's, junior
Tyler Schaal, Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics, senior
Travis Wong, Miami, Fla./TAG USA Gymnastics, junior

Illinois
Max Andryushchenko, Arlington Heights, Ill./Ohio State University, senior
David Dortmund, Bartlett, Ill./Prairie Gymnastics, senior
Sebastian Ingersoll, Chicago, Ill./Lakeshore Academy, junior
Paul Juda, Deerfield, Ill./Buffalo Grove Gymnastics, senior
Mikey Kogan, Vernon Hills, Ill./Buffalo Grove Gymnastics, junior
Evan Ng, Chicago, Ill./Lakeshore Academy, junior
Michael Paradise, Bartlett, Ill./University of Illinois, senior
Cobey Pava, Chicago, Ill./Lakeshore Academy, senior
Rithik Puri, Chicago, Ill./Lakeshore Academy, junior
Sam Stinsa, Wayne, Ill./Prairie Gymnastics, junior
Michael Wilner, Chicago, Ill./University of Illinois at Chicago, senior

Massachusetts
Yan Inhaber-Courchesne, Westborough, Mass./MEGA - MA, junior
Mitchell Mandozzi, Harvard, Mass./University of Iowa, senior

Michigan
Jacob Moore, W. Bloomfield, Mich./University of Michigan, senior
Virgil Watkins, Ann Arbor, Mich./Infinity Gymnastics, junior

Nebraska
Jake Hartung, Lincoln, Neb./Nebraska School of Gymnastics, senior

Nevada
Brennan Pantazis, Sparks, Nev./Pennsylvania State University, senior
Maxim Ryzhuk, Las Vegas, Nev./Vitaly Scherbo School of Gymnastics, junior

New Hampshire
Mike Fletcher, Nashua, N.H./University of Illinois, senior
Nicholas Merryman, Brookline, N.H./University of Iowa, senior
Jakob Murray, Manchester, N.H./Impact Gymnastics, junior

New York
Brian Knott, New York, N.Y./Chelsea Piers Gymnastics, senior

North Carolina
Stewart Brown, Taylorsville, N.C./University of Iowa, senior
Caleb Hickey, Carthage, N.C./Sandhills Gymnastics, junior
David Willett, High Point, N.C./High Point Gymnastics, senior

Ohio
Jack Bono, Grove City, Ohio/International Gymnastics, junior
Dimitri Gordillo Castallanos, Zanesville, Ohio/Southern California United, senior
Trevor Howard, Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University, senior
Sean Melton, Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University, senior
Tyler Rockwood, Lancaster, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics, junior
Alec Yoder, Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University, senior
Gage Dyer, Norman, Okla./University of Oklahoma, senior

Tennessee
Kameron Nelson, Jackson, Tenn./Arrow Athletic Center, junior

Texas
Michael Artlip, Bellaire, Texas/Houston Gymnastics Center, junior
Evan Davis, Houston, Texas/University of Iowa, senior
Noah Duran, Katy, Texas/Champions Gymnastics, junior
Mauricio Gago, Katy, Texas/Champions Gymnastics, junior
Joel Montgomery, Austin, Texas/Capital Gymnastics, senior
Matt Wenske, Houston, Texas/University of Oklahoma, senior

Utah
Cole Partridge, Bountiful, Utah/USA Gymnastics World, junior
Colin Wingrove, Alpine, Utah/USA Gymnastics World, junior

Virginia
Kiwan Watts, N. Chesterfield, Va./Sun Devil Gymnastics, senior

Washington
Benjamin Bloom, Mountlake Terrace, Wash./University of Washington, senior
Dante Hays, Monroe, Wash./Metropolitan Gymnastics, junior
Michael Sibley, Mill Creek, Wash./University of Washington, senior
Michael Sloat, Bothell, Wash./University of Washington, senior