29 men qualify for 2011 Visa Championships
posted on 07/10/2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 9, 2011 – Edward Mesa of Cooper City, Fla./Universal Gymnastics Inc., and Maximilian Mayr of Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics Inc., earned the top all-around scores for the senior and junior divisions, respectively, at the 2011 U.S. Men’s Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mesa is among the male gymnasts who qualified to compete in the 2011 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics national championships, in Saint Paul, Minn., Aug. 17-20. The Men’s Qualifier was the last opportunity for the country’s male gymnasts to qualify for this year’s Visa Championships.

Mesa topped the list of senior qualifiers posting an 88.100 point total in the Qualifier’s all-around. Chris Cameron of Winter Haven, Fla./U.S. Olympic Training Center Gymnastics, who had already qualified for the Visa Championships, had the second highest all-around score. Mel Anton Santander of Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan, who also advanced to the Visa Championships, rounded out the top three all-around scores for the seniors.

After Mayr, the high scores in the junior all-around went to Jesse Himmelsbach of Butler, Ky./Queen City Gymnastics/Kids First, in second, and Danny Berardini of Lake Forest, Ill./Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center, was third. Both Himmelsbach and Berardini qualified to the Visa Championships. Mayr had previously qualified for the Visa Championships.

The field included a combination of men vying for berths to the Visa Championships and gymnasts who previously qualified and used the Qualifier as a tune-up for the Visa Championships. The complete men’s field for the Visa Championships will be released later this week.

The gymnasts who advanced to the Visa Championships from the Men’s National Qualifier, along with results from the competition, are listed below. No awards were presented at the Qualifier. For the senior division, 21 gymnasts using the Men’s Program Committee 20-point system advanced to the Visa Championships. Eight age-eligible juniors qualified for the Visa Championships.

The 2011 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics' national championships, features the country's best gymnasts vying for national titles and spots on the U.S. National Team in men's, women's and rhythmic gymnastics. NBC Sports and Universal Sports will broadcast and webcast the action from the men's and women's gymnastics competitions.

Men's and women's gymnastics will be held at Xcel Energy Center, Aug. 17-20, and rhythmic gymnastics will be at Roy Wilkins Auditorium Aug. 19-20. Tickets for the four-day event are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online at www.ticketmaster.com. In recognition of Visa's sponsorship, USA Gymnastics is proud to accept only Visa at the 2011 Visa Championships, along with cash. For ticket and event information, go to www.usagym.org/visa.

The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show, held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, is the annual gathering of professional members that offers educational and business sessions, a large exhibitor's hall and other business and educational opportunities.

2011 National Qualifier 20 Point Program Results for Senior Division Qualification to the Visa Championships

Top 21 Athletes Qualify to the Senior Division at the 2011 Visa Championships
Rank, name, all-around score, points earned
1. Edward Mesa, 85.4, 97
NA. Chris Cameron, 83.25, 71
2. Mel Anton Santander, 82.2, 56
3. Kyle Bunthuwong, 81, 50
4. M. Parker Raque, 80.85, 50
5. Seung Tai Lee, 81.1, 47
NA. Danny Berardini, 79.95, 41
6. Ronald Ferris, 80.1, 40
7. Alexander Barrera, 79.3, 39
8. Miguel Pineda, 80.9, 37
9. Sean Regan, 78.3, 36
10. Austin Phillips, 66.55, 36
NA. Maximilian Mayr, 80.45, 35
11. Presten Ellsworth, 79.55, 34
12. Christopher Stehl, 66, 34
NA. Ellis Mannon, 79.25, 32
NA. Konner Ackerman, 78.35, 30
NA. Jesse Himmelsbach, 80, 30
13. Cameron Deer, 40.05, 28
14. Joseph Peters, 77.9, 27
15. Adam Al-Rokh, 39.05, 27
16. Trevor Howard, 78.85, 23
17. Anthony Sacramento, 27.25, 20
18. Jeffrey Treleaven, 50.6, 20
NA. Tristan Burke, 76.7, 19
19. Michael Wilner, 71.05, 19
20. Spencer Johnson, 77.2, 19
NA. Ryan Kerr, 77.8, 19
21. Ty Echard, 14.35, 19

Did Not Qualify to the Visa Championships
30. Sean Johnston, 39.85, 18
31. Logan Wyman, 39.45, 17
NA. Zachary Owen, 75.7, 17
33. Nikolai Korepanov, 52.4, 17
34. Kyle Zemeir, 75.95, 16
35. Andrew Rickly, 76.9, 15
36. Glen Ishino, 13.45, 15
37. Thomas Bzoskie, 75.65, 14
38. David Frankl, 78.1, 14
39. Nicholas Hunter, 51.5, 14
40. Steven Lacombe, 13.8, 14
41. Matt Hicks, 78.9, 13
42. Logan Wyman, 78.8, 10
43. Alexander Tighe, 38, 10
44. Cyrus Dobre-Mofid, 77.25, 9
45. Patrick McLaughlin, 35.75, 9
46. Dominic Morris, 77.2, 8
47. Fabian DeLuna, 74.55, 8
48. Sean Golden, 26.7, 7
49. Denis Aurelius, 72.7, 7
50. Travis Cameron, 77.6, 1
51. Adam Dean, 74.3, 1
52. Marcos Gatinho, 73.5, 1

Note: NA equals pre-qualified athlete to Visa Championships or not eligible for the Senior Division; No athletes qualified by Individual Event

Junior Division qualifiers (listed in finishing order)
Jesse Himmelsbach, Butler, Ky./Queen City Gymnastics/ Kids First, Jr. (14-15)
Danny Berardini, Lake Forest, Ill./Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center, Jr. (16-18)
Ellis Mannon, Indianapolis, Ind./Indy School of Gymnastics, Jr. (16-18)
Logan Melander, Tacoma Wash./Black Hills Gymnastics, Jr. (16-18)
Bobby Baker, Lemont, Ill./Aerial Gymnastics Club, Jr. (14-15)
Konner Ackerman, Des Moines, Wash./Metropolitan Gymnastics, Jr. (16-18)
David Frankl, Franklin Lakes, N.J./US Gymnastics Develop Center II, Jr. (16-18)
Ryan Kerr, Knoxville, Tenn./Premier Athletics Knoxville North, Jr. (14-15)


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