PORTLAND, Ore., May 4, 2013 – Senior national team member Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Monmouth, and Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners, won the Level 10 Junior Elite all-around titles today at the 2013 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. Modi earned a two-day total of 142.400 to take the senior title, while Kimble scored a combined total 147.150 to win the junior crown.
In the technical sequences, Modi earned an 8.550 for the floor exercise; 8.650, pommel horse; 9.100, still rings; 8.950, vault; 9.100, parallel bars; and 8.800, horizontal bar. His technical sequence all-around total was 53.150, which clinched the senior all-around title. Dmitri Belanovski of Swiss Turners and Jacob Dastrup of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, finished second and third, respectively. Modi earned a 89.250 in Thursday’s optional competition. He posted his highest score of the competition, a 15.650, on the parallel bars, where he dismounted with a full-twisting double back.
Senior individual event titlists were: Chandler Eggleston of High Point, floor and vault; Dastrup, pommel horse; Belanovski, still rings; Modi, parallel bars; and Yordan Aleksandrov (unaffiliated), high bar.
In today’s junior technical sequences, Kimble posted a 53.100 all-around total, with event scores of 8.800, floor; 8.450, pommel horse; 9.250, still rings; 9.050, vault; 9.150, parallel bars; and 8.400, high bar. On Thursday, Kimble posted that day’s highest score in the all-around, a 94.050. He was impressive through his optional routines, executing a Liukin (full-twisting laid out Tkatchev) on the high bar and a stuck double layout dismount on floor. Yul Moldauer of 5280 Gymnastics finished second, and Hunter Justus of Cypress Academy was third.
In addition, Kimble won the individual event tiles on floor, pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and high bar. Eric Klein of Daggett’s won the vault title.
Today, the top 42 Level 10 Junior Elite athletes from Thursday’s competition in each age division competed to determine the Level 10 Junior Elite Division all-around and event champions. Final placements reflect a combined score of Thursday’s optional round and today’s technical sequences.
Competition concludes tomorrow with the all-around and individual event finals for Levels 8 and 9 in both the Junior Olympic and Junior Elite divisions.
Earlier today, Level 10 Junior Olympic division all-around and individual event titles were decided. The all-around titlists are: Vitali Kan of Swiss Turners, 159.650, 15 years-old; Fletcher Braunton of Black Hills, 162.200, 16 years old; Travis Gollott of West Coast, 168.300, 17 years old; and Logan Melander of Black Hills, 163.700, 18 years old.
In the 15-year-old age group, individual event champions were Kan, floor exercise; Christopher Tricard of Tri Town, pommel horse; Josiah Eng of Swiss Turners, still rings; Nicholas Garcia of San Mateo, vault; Shaun Herzog of Daggett’s, parallel bars; and Michael Burns of Hocking Valley, horizontal bar.
Sixteen-year-old champions were Alex Magsam of North Valley, floor and rings; Braunton, pommels; Alex Wilson of Champions-Texas, vault; Nikita Latmam of West Coast, parallel bars; and Jonathan Tang of Montgomery City, high bar.
Gollott won two event titles, floor and parallel bars. The other 17-year-old age group event champs are Andrew Klump of North Shore, pommel horse; Mitchell Soukup of Alamo Gymnastics, still rings; Anthony Mills of Michigan Academy, vault; and Aria Sabbagh of Emerald City, high bar.
Finally, in the 18-year-old age group, individual event titlists were Melander, floor and high bar; Christopher Coombs of Champions, pommel horse and rings; Jeremy Munn of NHA, vault; and Banks Hall of MAC, parallel bars.
Metro Gymnastics Center of Tigard, Ore., is the host club for the Junior Olympic Championships. The meet director is David Klein.
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To advance to the Junior Olympic National Championships, gymnasts competed in state and regional championships and qualified based on their all-around or multiple-event scores, or through regional allotment. For more information on the event, click here.
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.