NORMAN, Okla., April 21, 2012 – The NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships individual event titles were decided tonight as the championships came to a close at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. U.S. Senior National Team members claimed at least a share of five of the six available titles.
On the floor exercise, Stanford’s Eddie Penev of Rochester, N.Y., performed an original Arabian double layout half and stuck a whip to triple full dismount for a 16.100 and the event title. Oklahoma’s Jake Dalton took second (15.950) with his Arabian double layout mount, while Michigan’s Stacey Ervin of Taylor, Mich., posted a 15.450 to finish third.
2012 Winter Cup Challenge pommel horse champion, Glen Ishino of Santa Ana, Calif., took the top spot on the event once again, displaying incredible one-pommel Russians and spindles before swinging smoothly into his handstand dismount. He scored 15.600, followed by Craig Hernandez of Libertyville, Ill./Penn State, with 15.350, and Ohio State’s Michael Newberger of Austin, Texas (15.100).
The third final of the day crowned C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois, the still rings champion. Maestas performed an Azarian to Maltese to bounce cross and dismounted with a tucked, double double for 15.300. Scott Rosenthal of Clearfield, Pa./Penn State, was close behind in second with 15.250, and Dalton rounded out the top 15.100.
Paul Ruggeri of Manilus, N.Y./University of Illinois, and Penev both performed Yurchenko half-on to front double full vaults and received matching scores of 15.500 to tie for the event title. Preston Ellsworth of Allen, Texas/University of Oklahoma, stuck a big handspring double front to take third place with a 15.200.
On the parallel bars, Dalton claimed his second individual event title of the championships after winning the all-around title last night, posting a 15.200. Dalton executed a giant Suarez and front uprise Suarez in his routine. Ruggeri finished second with a 15.000, followed by Danny Beradini of Lake Forest, Ill./University of Oklahoma, in third (14.950).
The last final of the competition was the horizontal bar, where Sam Mikulak of Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan, posted a 15.450 after performing a half Takamoto to Tkatchev-half and a Kolman release move. Ishino, who performed last up, stuck his double-twisting, double layout for a 15.050 and second place, while Dalton finished third, scoring 14.900.
Dalton, Ishino, Maestas, Ruggeri and Mikulak, all current members of the U.S. Senior National Team, combined for 10 of the possible 18 medals, including a sweep of the high bar podium.