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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., May 11, 2015 – The Level 8 and Level 9 national champions were crowned on the final day of the 2015 U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships at the Ocean Center Arena in Daytona Beach, Fla.

In the junior elite division, athletes competed one day of optional routines followed by technical sequences. The all-around winners in each division are listed below.

  • Level 9, 14 year olds: Vitaly Guimaraes of 5280 Gymnastics, 140.650
  • Level 9, 13 year olds: Dylan Hughes of Queen City Gymnastics, 135.700
  • Level 8, 12 year olds: Samuel Phillips of Gymnastics Olympica, 136.100
  • Level 8, 11 year olds: Asher Hong of WOGA-Frisco, 137.750

After the two days of optional Level 10 Junior Olympic division competition, the all-around champions are as follows.

  • Level 9, 14 year olds: Angel Leon of Gym World Central, 166.050
  • Level 9, 13 year olds: Chase Clingman of APEX, 153.625
  • Level 8, 12 year olds: Wesley Knudson of Danik Gymnastics, 151.200
  • Level 8, 11 year olds: Matthew Romalia of 5280 Gymnastics, 157.350

The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is one of the national championships of USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body in the United States. Many Junior Olympic champions have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics. All of the members of the men’s medal-winning 2004 (silver) and 2008 (bronze) U.S. Olympic Teams, as well as the 2012 Olympic Team, are former Junior Olympic National Championships participants. Past participants include Paul Hamm, 2004 Olympic all-around champion; Jonathan Horton, 2008 Olympic horizontal bar silver medalist and 2010 World all-around bronze medalist; and Danell Leyva, 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist.