USA Men Lead the Field after the first subdivision at the Pan American Games
posted on 10/25/2011
Photos by Grace Chiu

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Oct. 25, 2011 – After the first of two subdivisions in the men's team finals at the 2011 Pan American Games, the U.S. men hold the No. 1 spot in the rankings. The men's team champion will be determined later today after the conclusion of the second subdivision at the Nissan Gymnastics Stadium in the Lopez Mateos Sports Complex.

Team USA currently leads the men's team rankings with a total score of 342.000. Colombia trails in second with a 340.850, and Canada is third with 335.200. The team finals also determine which gymnasts will advance to the all-around and individual event finals.

The U.S. men's team includes: Donothan Bailey of Lake Forest, Calif./University of California – Berkeley; C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois; Sho Nakamori of Albany, Calif./Champions Academy; Tyler Mizoguchi of Houston, Texas/University of Illinois; Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y; and Brandon Wynn of Columbus, Ohio/Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University).

"We're optimistic and honestly have never felt better as a team coming into a competition," said Wynn, the team captain. "Everything is a learning experience, and we learned a lot today."

The U.S. men started on vault with Bailey posting a score of 14.950. Maestas followed with 15.200, and Mizoguchi, with a handspring double front, scored a 15.800. Ruggeri performed a Yurchenko half on, layout Rudi off for a score of 16.100, which placed the U.S. in the lead with a team total of 62.050 for the first event.

Maestas was the first on the parallel bars, earning a score of 13.700, followed by a 14.450 from Ruggeri. Nakamori posted the USA's highest score for the rotation, a 14.600, for a routine that included a peach half, a peach, a Stutz to one bar and a nearly stuck double pike. Wynn performed an original giant Suarez front, a Belle and a double pike dismount for a 13.000. The team score for parallel bars was 55.750.

In the third rotation, the Americans posted a 57.800 for the horizontal bar. Ruggeri began his routinewith a Zou Li Min before executing a unique laid-out Tkatchev half and dismounted with a layout double double for a 15.200, the USA's highest for the event. Maestas added 14.350 for his routine, which included a Kolman, a Tkatchev half, and a tucked, double-twisting double back dismount. This kept the United States with the highest overall team total of 175.000 at the halfway point of competition.

The anchor for the floor exercise, Ruggeri posted a 14.550 for his routine that included an Arabian double layout mount, a front double twist to front full, and an Arabian double dismount. Bailey, whose routine included a front double twist to Barani and two-and-a-half twist dismount, and Mizoguchi matched Ruggeri's 14.550. The USA's team score for floor was 56.700 and retained first with a 232.300 four-event total.

The team posted a score of 52.400 on the pommel horse. Bailey earned the squad's top score of 13.900. Mizoguchi started off with a 13.250, and Maestas followed with his 12.450. Nakamori earned a 12.750, and Wynn scored a 12.500.

The last event for Team USA was the still rings, where the team tallied a 57.300 to move into the top spot for the first subdivision. Maestas performed a Maltese, a bounce to cross, tucked and piked Yamawakis, and a tuck double-double dismount for a 14.800.Mizoguchi began with a kip to L cross, and dismounted with a double-twisting double back, earning a solid 14.000. Wynn earned the first subdivision's highest score on still rings at 14.900.

"The number one priority of USA Gymnastics is always fight until the very end," Wynn said. "And we did that today, so I am very happy about that."

The finals schedule is: Oct. 26, women's (1 p.m.) and men's 5:30 p.m.) all-around; and Oct. 27-28, individual events, both at 1 p.m. All times are local.

Competition schedule
All times Eastern
Oct. 262:00-4:00 P.M.Women's all-around finals
6:30-9:00 P.M.Men's all-around finals
Oct. 272:00- 5:00 P.M.Individual event finals
Men: floor exercise, pommel horse still rings
Women: vault, uneven bars
Oct. 282:00-5:00 P.M.Individual event finals
Men: vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar
Women: balance beam, floor exercise

Ways to follow the excitement of the Pan American Games in the U.S.
  • TV broadcast

    • ESPN Deportes, U.S. rights holder of the 2011 Pan American Games, is showing between 90-120 hours of live and exclusive footage on both Deportes and ESPN3. The network has been broadcasting a minimum of three hours of live coverage featuring the top events each day and will continue to do so throughout the Closing Ceremony. Coverage will feature a wide range of competitions including baseball, basketball, boxing, soccer, swimming, track & field, volleyball and several others.
    • Live events may not be seen in some areas and the schedule is subject to change. All listed times are Eastern. View the ESPN Deportes broadcast schedule here.
    • ESPN2 is also airing the Pan American Games with 20 hours of English-language coverage throughout the event. View the schedule here.

  • Live internet streaming - Fans can watch select events live at deportes.terra.com.

  • Results

    • To view daily schedules and get results from all Pan American Games competitions, visit info.guadalajara2011.org.mx.
    • ESPNDeportes.com/Panamericanos has the latest news and information surrounding the competitions, athletes and each country with exclusive content, video highlights, live chats with the experts on-site, and live scores.

  • Team information

    • USA Gymnastics' Pan American events page, http://usagym.org/panam, and twitter feed @USAGym, will have results, photos and other information on the U.S. Team's efforts in Guadalajara.
    • Follow @USOlympic on Twitter for breaking news updates on Team USA. Also, follow NGB Twitter feeds for additional coverage: Twitter.com/USOlympic/NGB.
    • Visit TeamUSA.org/events/6958 for the updated U.S. roster (by sport, state and Olympians), the USA Daily newsletter and photos from the Pan American Games.


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