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KNOXVILLE, Tenn., May 8, 2010 – Jake Martin of Oviedo, Fla., won the Level 10 14-15 year-old Junior Olympic all-around crown at the 2010 U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships at the Knoxville (Tenn.) Convention Center. Competition continues this afternoon with Level 10 (16-18) and Level 9 all-around finals and concludes on Sunday, May 9, at 12 p.m. with individual event finals for all levels.
Orlando Metro Gymnastics claimed the top two spots in the Level 10 (14-15) all-around. Martin earned the all-around crown with a two-day total of 177.600, and Sean Melton of Orlando took second place with 176.700. Stacey Ervin of Taylor, Mich./Mills Gymnastics USA, finished third with a 173.850. Adrian De Los Angeles of Long Beach, Calif./SCATS, and Jonathan Deaton, Longmeadow, Mass. /Daggett’s Gold Medal Gymnastics, rounded out the top five at 173.350 and 170.800, respectively.
Martin posted the top score on horizontal bar (29.80). Melton recorded the top score on floor exercise (30.40). Ervin claimed the top spot on vault (32.55). Maximilian Mayr of Miami/Universal Gymnastics, earned the top marks on still rings (29.85) and parallel bars (29.45). De Los Angeles had the top score on pommel horse (28.95). Earlier in the competition, Martin, Melton and Mayr, members of the 2009-10 U.S. Junior National Team, led Region 8 to the 14-15 division team title.
The top 36 all-arounders from Level 9, Level 10 (14-15) and Level 10 (16-18) from preliminaries advanced to the all-around finals.
The Junior Olympic levels are determined by age and skill level. Level 10 is split into two age groups, 14-15 years old and 16-18 years old. The top 18 U.S. all-around finishers at the Junior Olympic National Championships qualified to the 2010 Visa Championships, Aug. 10-14, in Hartford, Conn., where the U.S. Junior National Teams for both age groups are determined.
Tickets may be purchased at the Knoxville Convention Center at the admissions desk. Individual tickets are still available – children 12 & under, seniors (55+) and active military for $17 with adults for $20. All children four and under are admitted free. ID is required for age-specific and military rates. Tickets are cash only.
Premier Athletics is the host club for the Junior Olympic Championships.
To advance to the Junior Olympic National Championships, gymnasts compete in state and regional championships and qualify based on their all-around or multiple-event scores, or through regional allotment. For more information on the event and live scoring, go to www.2010jomen.com.
The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is one of the national championships of USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body in the United States. Many Junior Olympic champions have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics. All of the members of the medal winning 2004 (silver) and 2008 (bronze) U.S. Olympic Teams are past Junior Olympic National Championships participants, including Paul Hamm, 2004 Olympic all-around champion, and Jonathan Horton, 2008 Olympic horizontal bar silver medalist.
2010 Men’s Junior Olympic Championships
Knoxville Convention Center
May 8, 2010
Level 10 All-around results
Level 10 (14-15)
1. Jake Martin, Oviedo, Fla./Orlando Metro Gymnastics, 177.600
2. Sean Melton, Orlando/Orlando Metro Gymnastics, 176.700
3. Stacey Ervin, Taylor, Mich./Mills Gymnastics USA, 173.850
4. Adrian De Los Angeles, Long Beach, Calif./SCATS, 173.350
5. Jonathan Deaton, Longmeadow, Mass. /Daggett’s Gold Medal Gymnastics, 170.800
6. Maximilian Mayr, Miami/Universal Gymnastics, 170.150
7. Dmitri Belanovski, West Allis, Wis./Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy, 169.800**
8. Donnell Whittenburg, Baltimore, Md./Ultimate Gymnastics Inc., 169.600
9. Rodolfo Bonilla, Lakeland, Fla./Star Gymnastics Training Center, 169.400**
10. Jacob Dastrup, Lindon, Utah/Arete Gymnastics, 169.300
Visa Championships Qualifiers
Level 10 (14-15)
1. Jake Martin, Oviedo, Fla./ Orlando Metro Gymnastics
2. Sean Melton, Orlando/ Orlando Metro Gymnastics
3. Stacey Ervin, Taylor, Mich./Mills Gymnastics USA
4. Adrian De Los Angeles, Long Beach, Calif./SCATS
5. Jonathan Deaton, Longmeadow, Mass. /Daggetts’ Gold Medal Gymnastics
6. Maximilian Mayr, Miami/Universal Gymnastics
7. Donnell Whittenburg, Baltimore, Md./Ultimate Gymnastics Inc.
8. Jacob Dastrup, Lindon, Utah/Arete Gymnastics
9. Timothy Wang, Riverside, Calif./South Coast Gymnastics
10. Nick Spiro, Laguna Niquel, Calif./New Hope Academy of Gymnastics
11. Alex Johnson, Marysville, Ohio/Integrity Gymnastics & Cheerleading
12. Daniel Lucas, Battle Creek, Mich./Branch Gymnastics
13. Kanji Oyama, Huntington Beach, Calif./SCATS
14. Jack Boyle, Naperville, Ill. /Premier Academy West Gymnastics
15. Kevin Wolting, Laguna Hills, Calif./Azarian U.S. Gymnastics Training Center
16. Danny DiBenedetto, Vernon, Conn./Daggetts’ Gold Medal Gymnastics
17. Alec Robin, Calabasas, Calif./Victory Gymnastics Academy
18. Alex Powarzynski, Murrieta, Calif./SCATS