Mikulak leads men's all-around rankings at 2015 P&G Championships
posted on 08/14/2015

© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug.14, 2015 – Two-time defending U.S. all-around champion Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center) posted a 92.000 total for the highest all-around score for the first night of men’s gymnastics at the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Competition continues tomorrow with the final day of women’s gymnastics. Junior women start the day at 1 p.m. ET, with the senior women at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Team Hilton’s Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), and Paul Ruggeri III of Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), were second and third, 89.650 and 88.350, respectively. Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Hilton (Cypress Gymnastics), finished fourth (88.300), followed by Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics), in fifth (88.050).

  • Mikulak event scores: 14.350, floor exercise; 15.100, pommel horse; 15.250, still rings; 15.500, vault; 16.250, parallel bars, evening’s top score; 15.550, horizontal bar.
  • Whittenburg scores: 15.400, floor exercise; 13.900, pommel horse; 15.900, still rings, evening’s top score; 15.350, vault; 14.350, parallel bars; 14.750, horizontal bar.
  • Ruggeri event scores: 15.350, floor exercise; 12.950, pommel horse; 14.400, still rings; 15.250 vault; 14.450, parallel bars; 15.950 horizontal bars.
  • Horton event scores: 14.900, floor exercise; 13.700, pommel horse; 15.050, still rings; 14.000, vault; 15.150, parallel bars; 15.500, horizontal bar.
  • Leyva event scores: 13.100, floor exercise; 14.600, pommel horse; 14.050, still rings; 14.600, vault; 15.700, parallel bars; 16.000, horizontal bar, evening’s highest score.
  • Junior men’s session. Cameron Bock of Tustin, Calif./SCATS and Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma lead the junior men’s 15-16 and 17-18 all-around rankings, respectively, after the first of two days. Bock posted an 84.950 for the top spot, followed by Davis Grooms of Katy, Texas/Champion Gymnastics (81.350) and Bennet Huang of Palo Alto, Calif./WCOGA (80.400). Moldauer’s 86.100 gives him a nice cushion heading into the final day. Peter Daggett of E. Longmeadow, Mass./University of Oklahoma was second at 84.050, with Kiwan Watts of N. Chesterfield, Va./Above the Bar in third at 83.800.

P&G Championships general information

  • Fan activities. Lots of fun fan activities are planned for Georgia Street and the Bankers Life Fieldhouse concourse. For the Countdown to Rio beach party, the east block of Georgia Street will become home to a 1,600-square-foot beach, where a sand sculptor from the Indiana Ice Studio will transform five tons of sand into gymnastics-themed sand art, beginning Thursday, Aug. 13. Well-known gymnastics celebrities, including 1996 Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller, 2004 Olympic all-around champion Carly Patterson, Peszek and Sloan, will be on hand to sign autographs on Georgia Street and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse throughout the four days of competition. Organizers estimate that approximately 300 individuals will have the opportunity for an autograph during the allotted time. Also, the Rio 3-D sculpture will make fun photo memories. f there is inclement weather, the Georgia Street activities will be cancelled. For a schedule of when and where athletes are signing autographs, the list of participating food trucks, weather updates, and other information on the P&G Championships and fan activities, go to PGChamps.com.
  • Remaining competition schedule
    • Saturday, Aug. 15 – women’s gymnastics, juniors at 1 p.m.; seniors at 7:30 p.m.;
    • Sunday, Aug. 16 – men’s gymnastics, seniors at 1:30 p.m.; juniors at 7:30 p.m.
  • Television, webcast and YouTube coverage
    • Live competition coverage.
      • Television. NBC will air the second day of both men’s and women’s senior competition sessions live. In addition, NBC Sports Network will televise the first two days tape delayed. The schedule is listed below.
        • Aug. 15 – Men – 1 a.m. ET – NBC Sports Network
        • Aug. 15 – Women – 8 p.m. ET – NBC, live
        • Aug. 24 – Men – 3 p.m. ET – NBC, live
      • Webcast. With analysts 2008 Olympic medalists Samantha Peszek and Raj Bhavsar, USA Gymnastics will provide live webcast coverage of all four junior competitive sessions, as well as the first night of both the senior women and men’s competition. Former NCAA and Big Ten champion Evan Heiter will join Peszek and Bhavsar as the host. The webcasts will be available worldwide free of charge on PGChamps.com.
        • Aug. 15 – Jr. Women – 1 p.m. ET
        • Aug. 16 – Jr. Men – 7:30 p.m. ET
    • USA Gymnastics on YouTube. USA Gymnastics will post coverage of the P&G Championships, including nearly every competition routine, after the conclusion of the event, interviews from media day and post-competition, and clips from podium training.

    Ways to follow

    • Online. The P&G Gymnastics Championships is easier than ever to follow online. Schedules, general event information, start lists, live scoring and more are available at PGChamps.com, which is easily viewable on smart phones and other digital devices. Click here for live scoring.
    • Social Media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content, including videos and photos, from the P&G Championships on Facebook (facebook.com/USAGymnastics) and Twitter (@USAGym). Gymnastics fans can follow the action easily and join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag of the 2015 P&G Championships, #PGChamps.

P&G Championships information
Scheduled for Aug. 13-16, the four-day P&G Gymnastics Championships serves as USA Gymnastics’ national championships and will determine members of the men’s and women’s national team and part of the World Team selection.

Single-session tickets are still available and range from $10-$105, with prices varying depending on session and seating area, along with several other ticket packages: women’s gymnastics day 1 includes both the junior and senior sessions on Aug. 13, $75-$125 per seat; men’s gymnastics package that includes every men’s junior and senior session, Aug. 14 and 16, $75-$125; women’s gymnastics final day includes both the junior and senior sessions on Aug. 15, $90-$140; senior men’s and women’s gymnastics final day sessions, Aug. 15-16, $85-$135; and all-session ticket package includes every competitive session, with prices running from $150-$495, and a limited number of Platinum VIP all-session tickets, located in the first five rows, are still available and include an autographed poster and a meet-and-greet with an Olympian.

Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster through www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster charge by phone 1-800-745-3000 or at participating Walmart locations in Central Indiana and Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office. Prices vary depending on seat location, and listed ticket prices do not include applicable fees.

The Indiana Sports Corporation, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana are the local organizers of the P&G Gymnastics Championships. St.Vincent Sports Performance is the official medical and performance nutrition provider of USA Gymnastics and the P&G Gymnastics Championships. Premier level sponsors are Deloitte, Vera Bradley, Kroger and OneAmerica Financial Partners. Local event partners are Bohlsen Group; Washington National Insurance Company, a subsidiary of CNO Financial Group; Hendricks Regional Health; Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; Crowe Horwath; and Faegre Baker Daniels. The headquarters for USA Gymnastics has been located in Indianapolis since 1983.

In addition to competition, nearly 3,000 people are expected for the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show, an annual education event for the entire gymnastics community held in conjunction with the championships. The National Congress will be housed at the Indianapolis Convention Center and will feature presentations, demonstrations and educational seminars.