Guillermo Alvarez, Photo A A(C) Steve Lange
© Steve Lange

NOTE: Included below the release and top-8 results are the names of the junior and senior male gymnasts who qualified for the 2007 Visa Championships, Aug. 15-18 in San Jose, Calif., through this event. The juniors who qualified will comprise the entire junior field at the Visa Championships. However, the senior male gymnasts who qualified at this event are in addition to gymnasts who had qualified for the event prior to the U.S. Men’s Qualifier.


, Colo., June 9, 2007 – Guillermo Alvarez of Denver/Team Chevron finished at the top of the all-around rankings at the 2007 U.S. Men’s Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.  The two-day meet was the means for male gymnasts to qualify to compete in the 2007 Visa Championships, scheduled for Aug. 15-18 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Scores from both days of competition will count toward team selection for the Pan Am Games and World University Games, which will be named by the Men’s Selection Committee.  The teams will be announced in the near future.

To qualify for the Visa Championships, the sport’s national championships scheduled for Aug. 15-18 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., gymnasts finished in the top three in the individual events or in the top 24 in the points system ranking after the second day. These 24 senior gymnasts join other athletes who have already qualified for the Visa Championships prior to this event.  Also, 36 juniors advanced to the Visa Championships from the Men’s Qualifier and will make up the entire junior field for the Visa Championships.  All are listed below.

In the all-around, Alvarez edged out Jonathan Horton of Houston, Texas/University of Oklahoma, 178.100 to 178.050.  David Durante of Garwood, N.J./Team Chevron, was third at 174.900

The gymnasts who finished at the top for each of the six events are: floor exercise, Alvarez and Horton, tied at 30.400; pommel horse, Alvarez, 30.150; still rings, Kevin Tan of Fremont, Calif./Team Chevron, 31.550; vault, Sean Golden of Camden, N.J./Gattaca, 32.350; parallel bars, Justin Spring of Burke, Va./Team Chevron, 31.250; and horizontal bar, Joseph Hagerty of Rio Rancho, N.M./Team Chevron, 30.550

The champions from the junior competition, held on June 8, were: 16-18 year old division — Russell Dabritz, Rowley, Mass. (all-around), Josh Dixon, San Jose, Calif. (floor exercise), Michael Jiang, Littleton, Colo. (pommel horse), Russell Dabritz, Rowley, Mass. (still rings and horizontal bar), Justin Ebueng, Chino Hills, Calif. (vault); and 14-15 year-old division — John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y.(all-around, still rings and parallel bars), Donathan Bailey, Lake Forest, Calif. (floor exercise and pommel horse), Jake Dalton, Sparks, Nev. (vault), Glenn McCuen, Plano, Texas (horizontal bar).




2007 U.S. Men’s National Qualifier
U.S. Olympic Training Center
Colorado Springs, Colo.
June 9, 2007
Final results


1.  Guillermo Alvarez, Denver, Colo., 178.100

2.  Jonathan Horton, Houston, Texas, 178.050

3.  David Durante, Garwood, N.J., 174.900

4.  Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif., 174.300

5.  Todd Thornton, Houston, Texas, 172.600

5.  Sean Townsend, Houston, Texas, 172.600

7.  Bryant Hadden, Wichita, Kan., 171.650

8.  Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas, 170.850


Floor exercise