COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 14, 2013 – Ryan Sheppard of Murphy, Texas/WOGA, earned the highest two-day all-around score for the juniors at the 2013 Men's National Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Six junior men qualified to the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn., based on their performances, and the complete men's field for the P&G Championships will be released in the near future.
Sheppard earned a two-day, 132.250 total for the highest score. In addition to his 79.550 posted for Saturday's round, he earned a 52.700 for the technical sequences held on Sunday. Cameron Bock, Tustin, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics, was second at 131.700. He earned a 81.300 for day one and 50.400 for Sunday's competition. Andrew Rickly of /Lewis Center, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center, rounded out the top three at 130.350, with a 79.400 and 50.950 for each day.
In addition to the top three, the other qualifiers for the junior competition at the P&G Championships are: Davis Grooms of Katy, Texas/Champions Gymnastics; Dylan Ellsworth of Farmington, Utah/USA Gymnastics World; and Emyre Cole of Las Vegas, Nev./Go For It USA.
The 14 seniors who qualified for the P&G Championships, in rank order, are: Donnell Whittenburg, USOC/Baltimore, Md.; Joshua Dixon, USOC/San Jose, Calif.; Chris Turner, Stanford University/Fremont, Calif.; Steven Lacombe, University of California – Berkeley/Mission Viejo, Calif.; Sean Senters, Stanford/Center Valley, Pa.; Luke Stannard, University of Illinois/Waukegan, Ill.; Kanji Oyama, University of Oklahoma/Huntington Beach, Calif.; Matthew McGrath, University of Iowa/Wheaton, Ill.; Donothan Bailey, University of California – Berkeley/Lake Forest, Calif.; Mark Ringle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln/San Ramon, Calif.; Kevin Baker, Stanford Boys Gymnastics/Union, Ky.; Robert Courter, William and Mary/Baton Rouge, La.; Matthew Loochtan, University of Iowa/Hawthorn Woods, Ill.; and Daniel Steiner, Ohio State University/Mesa, Ariz.
The 14 athletes who qualified to the P&G Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn., in the senior division were based on the National Points Ranking System. For the junior division, the top six age-eligible athletes from the Men's National Qualifier using the combined all-around results from the 15-16 and 17-18 divisions advanced.