Region III wins team competition as Men's Junior Olympic Nationals get underway
posted on 05/07/2015

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., May 7, 2015 – The team from Region III captured the junior elite Level 10 team title tonight at 2014 U.S. Men's Junior Olympic National Championships at the Ocean Center Arena in Daytona Beach, Fla. They earned a total of 265.950, followed by Region V (264.850) and Region VII (264.100). Cypress Gymnastics claimed the Level 10 team title with a 263.900, followed by Daggett’s Gymnastics (256.800) and DeVeau’s Gymnastics (254.400).

Competition continues tomorrow with Level 8 and Level 9.

In the junior elite division, athletes compete one day of optional routines followed by technical sequences, which are scheduled for Saturday. The following athletes posted the top Level 10 scores in the all-around for each age group.

  • 18 year olds: Yul Moldauer of 5280 Gymnastics, 89.250
  • 17 year olds: Alex Diab of Premier Gymnastics, 87.250
  • 16 year olds: Matthew Wenske of Cypress, 86.300
  • 15 year olds: Cameron Bock of SCATS, 87.200

After the first of two days of optional Level 10 Junior Olympic division competition, the leaders are as follows.

  • 18 year olds: Taylor Fletcher of Cypress Gymnastics, 79.800
  • 17 year olds: Vitali Kan of Swiss Turners, 85.350
  • 16 year olds: Kyte Crigger of Apollo Gymnastics, 81.650
  • 15 year olds: Joe Dixon of Victory Gymnastics Academy, 80.500
     

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.