INDIANAPOLIS, April 30, 2019 – Alex Diab of Glen Ellyn, Ill./University of Illinois, and Stephen Nedoroscik of Worcester, Mass./Pennsylvania State University, will represent the United States in the individual event competition at the 2019 World University Games, July 5-14 in Naples, Italy. Both were chosen to represent the USA following their performances at the recent NCAA National Collegiate Men’s Championships. This summer’s Games mark the event’s 30th edition, which has 18 sports.
Diab, who competed in the 2017 World University Games, won the still rings title at the men’s recent NCAA Championships, April 19-20 at the University of Illinois. Nedoroscik, who finished second on the pommel horse at the NCAA Championships, is currently a member of the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team. He recently competed at the International Gymnastics Federation’s individual event World Cup in Doha, Qatar, where he earned a sixth-place finish on pommel horse. Randy Jepson, Penn State’s men’s gymnastics head coach, will serve as the U.S. men’s gymnastics coach at the World University Games.
Participation in men’s gymnastics at the World University Games is a joint effort between the College Gymnastics Association, USA Gymnastics and the NCAA member institutions. The World University Games is a multisport event held every two years. Participants must be born between January 1, 1994, and December 31, 2001; have taken at least one three-credit course towards a degree or diploma within the last year before the games; and the athlete must be “progressing towards a degree.” For more information on the World University Games, visit universiade2019napoli.it
Based in Minneapolis, the College Gymnastics Association, a member of USA Gymnastics’ Advisory Council, represents not only the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Coaches in the country but also the Gymnastics Association of College Teams (GymACT) coaches as well. For more information on these organizations, visit collegegym.org or gymACT.org.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its athlete safety policies and procedures. Former gymnast and business executive Li Li Leung is the new president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, visit usagym.org.