INDIANAPOLIS, July 18, 2015 – Fifteen senior and six junior men earned berths to the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for Aug. 13-16 in Indianapolis, based on performances at the 2015 Men’s National Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The competition featured gymnasts trying to qualify for the P&G Championships and others who were using the event as a tune-up for next month.
2012 Olympic all-around bronze-medalist Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton, posted the highest senior score of the day at 89.950. Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (Cypress Gymnastics), who qualified for the P&G Championships, was next at 89.250, and CJ Maestas of Corrales, N.M./U.S. Olympic Training Center, had the third top mark with 86.25.
The 15 men who advanced to senior competition at the P&G Championships were determined based performances at the Qualifier using the national Points Ranking System. Listed below, the number reflects the points from the ranking system.
Chris Brooks, Houston/Team Hilton (Cypress Gymnastics), 82
Colin Van Wicklen, Magnolia, Texas/University of Oklahoma, 65
Jonathan Horton, Houston/Team Hilton (Cypress Academy), 64
Sean Melton, Orlando, Fla./Ohio State University, 61
Eddie Penev, Rochester, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), 58
Hunter Justus, Cypress, Texas/University of Oklahoma, 46
Robert Neff, Brookfield, Wis./Stanford University, 40
Joshua Dixon, San Jose, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, 37
Steven Lacombe, Mission Viejo, Calif./University of California – Berkeley, 35
Jack Boyle, Naperville, Ill./University of Iowa, 31
Joshua Martin, Buffalo Grove, Ill./Aerial Gymnastics, 31
Michael Reid, Kileen, Texas/University of Oklahoma, 29
Nick Hunter, Canfield, Ohio/University of Michigan, 29
Danny Berardini, Lake Forest, Ill./University of Oklahoma, 29
Andrew Botto, Redwood City, Calif./University of Iowa, 29
The top six gymnasts in the two-day, all-around rankings who had not already qualified to the P&G Championships advanced. Emyre Cole of North Las Vegas, Nev./Go For It USA, claimed the top junior score at 137.050, followed by Davis Grooms, Katy, Texas/Champion Gymnastics at 135.800. Brennan Pantazis of Gym Nevada was third (134.600) but had previously qualified. The six junior gymnasts are listed below.
Emyre Cole, North Las Vegas, Nev./Go For It USA
Davis Grooms, Katy, Texas/Champion Gymnastics
Ethan Esval, Roswell, Ga./Atlanta School of Gymnastics
Evan Hymanson, Morganville, N.J./Monmouth Gymnastics
Andrew Brower, Old Bridge, N.J./US Gymnastics DC
Jacob Moore, West Bloomfield, Mich./Twistars US
Athletes qualified to the senior division at the 2015 P&G Championships in a variety of ways: senior National Team members following the 2015 Winter Cup Challenge automatically qualified to the championships; a minimum of 14 athletes qualified to the P&G Championships based on the national Points Ranking System from the National Qualifier; and the top six ranked all-around gymnasts who are U.S. citizens from among the top 12 all-around athletes at the 2015 NCAA Championships also qualified to the P&G Championships.
Juniors qualify in a similar fashion. The top 24 athletes from the 15-16 junior elite age division from the all-around finals at the 2015 Junior Olympic National Championships and the top 12 athletes from the 17-18 junior elite age division from the all-around finals at the 2015 Junior Olympic National Championships qualified to the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships. The top six age eligible juniors form the junior elite division at the 2015 National Qualifier will qualify using the rank order all-around results (optional + technical sequence score) with 15-16 and 17-18 age divisions combined also qualify. This will total approximately 42 athletes in two age divisions.