COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 5, 2012 – Fourteen men qualified for the 2012 Visa Championships in St. Louis based on their performances at the 2012 U.S. Men’s Qualifier, May 5, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Men’s Qualifier was the last opportunity for the country’s male gymnasts to qualify for the 2012 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics national championships, in St. Louis, June 7-10.

The 14 men who qualified for the Visa Championships at the Qualifier are listed in rank order, according to the Men’s 20-point system used to determine the qualifiers:
Jake Martin, Oviedo, Fla./U.S. Olympic Training Center
Alexander Buscaglia, Stanford, Calif./Stanford University
Joshua Dixon, San Jose, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center
Mackenzie Dow, Cranford, N.J./Pennsylvania State University Gymnastics
Ryan Lieberman, Lake Forest, Ill./Stanford University
Edward Mesa, Cooper City, Fla./Universal Gymnastics Inc.
Andrew Elkind, Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center
Trevor Howard, Columbus, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center
Miguel Pineda, Galloway, Ohio/Pennsylvania State University Gymnastics
Zachary Chase, Woodinville, Wash./University of Minnesota
Craig Hernandez, Libertyville, Ill./Pennsylvania State University Gymnastics
Wyatt Baier, Denver, Colo./University Of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jesse Glenn, Northridge, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics
Matthew Felleman, Medway, Mass./Pennsylvania State University Gymnastics

Because the event is a qualifier, no awards were presented. However, John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), posted the day’s highest all-around score at 91.750, followed by Dixon and Martin. The top scorers on each event were: Buscaglia and Dixon, floor exercise; Hernandez and Orozco, pommel horse; Scott Rosenthal of Clearfield, Pa./Pennsylvania State University Gymnastics, still rings; Buscaglia, vault; Orozco, parallel bars; and Orozco and Dixon, horizontal bar.

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2012 Men’s National Qualifier
20-Point Program Results for Qualification
May 5, 2012

Athletes in Bold Qualify to the Senior Division at the 2012 Visa Championships

First Name/Last Name/AA/Total Points
1 John Orozco, 91.75, 113
2 Jake Martin, 87.1, 79
3 Alexander Buscaglia, 86.9, 75
4 Joshua Dixon, 87.45, 71

5 Danell Leyva, 59.5, 60
6 Mackenzie Dow, 71.75, 48
7 Ryan Lieberman, 82.65, 47
8 Edward Mesa, 83.9, 42
9 Andrew Elkind, 83.6, 41
10 Trevor Howard, 82.7, 39
11 Miguel Pineda, 70.6 ,37
12 Zachary Chase, 43.65, 35

13 Brandon Wynn, 44.2, 35
14 Craig Hernandez, 43.25, 33
15 Samuel Mikulak, 29.8, 32
16 Wyatt Baier, 56.7, 28
17 Jesse Glenn, 83.55, 27
18 Matthew Felleman, 83.45, 26