NORMAN, Okla., April 18, 2012 – 2011 World team bronze-medalist Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma, will be joined by six current or former members of the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team at the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships, which begin tomorrow in Norman, Okla., at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.
Joining Dalton on the competition roster are current national team members, Adrian de Los Angeles of Long Beach, Calif./University of Michigan; Glen Ishino of Santa Ana, Calif./University of California – Berkeley; C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois; Sam Mikulak of Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan; and Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./University of Illinois. Former national team member Donothan Bailey of Lake Forest, Calif./University of California – Berkeley, is also expected to compete.
Competition begins Thursday, April 19, with two sessions in the NCAA Qualifier. The first session will see action from No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Stanford, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Iowa, beginning at 1 p.m. CT. At 7 p.m. CT, the second session kicks off with No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 8 California, No. 9 Temple and No. 12 Air Force.
The top three teams from each session advance to Friday night’s NCAA Championships, which begin at 7 p.m. CT. For more information, including links to live webcasts and live scoring, click here. The top 10 individuals on each apparatus from Friday’s competition advance to the individual event finals Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. CT.
The complete schedule is (all times are Central Daylight):
Thursday, April 19, National Qualifier
1:00 p.m. – Qualifying Session 1
7:00 p.m. – Qualifying Session 2
Friday, April 20, NCAA Championships
7:00 p.m. – Team and all-around finals
Saturday, April 21, NCAA Championships
7:00 p.m. – Individual event finals
Ten current and former U.S. Senior National Team members will serve as coaches in the NCAA Championships, including 1984 Olympic gold-medalist Jim Hartung, Nebraska; 2004 Olympic silver-medalists Guard Young, Oklahoma, and Brett McClure, Stanford; and 2008 Olympic bronze-medalists Justin Spring, Illinois, and Kevin Tan, Penn State. Additionally, 1996 Olympian Kim Simons, Air Force; and current and former National Team members Alex Buscaglia, Stanford; Tim McNiel, California – Berkeley; J.D. Reive, Iowa; and David Sender, Illinois, are also members of NCAA team coaching staffs.