U.S. men win team, all six event titles at University of Calgary International Cup
posted on 03/20/2016

© John Cheng

CALGARY, Alberta, Canada, March 20, 2016 – After two days of competition, the USA won the titles for the team and all six individual events at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) International Cup competition at the university’s Jack Simpson Gymnasium. The tri-meet featured teams from the United States, Canada and China. The United States took top honors in the team competition and Paul Ruggeri III of Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), claimed the all-around bronze on Friday. Team USA garnered a total of 13 medals (seven gold, two silver and four bronze).

The U.S. individual event champions and medalists are: floor exercise – Eddie Penev of Rochester, N.Y./ U.S. Olympic Training Center, gold, and Ruggeri, silver; pommel horse – Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), gold; still rings – CJ Maestas of Corrales, N.M./U.S. Olympic Training Center, gold, and Kimble, bronze; vault – Penev, gold, and Kiwan Watts of Richmond, Va./Above The Bar, bronze; parallel bars – Kimble, gold, and Ruggeri, bronze; horizontal bar – Kimble, gold, and Ruggeri, silver.

The U.S. Team was comprised of: Cameron Bock of Tustin, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics; Kimble; Maestas; Penev; Ruggeri; and Watts.

In the team all-around competition, the USA tallied a 346.750 total for the top spot, followed by China and Canada. The U.S. team score for each of the six events, which included four athlete scores on each event, were: floor exercise – Penev/15.500, Ruggeri/15.050, Watts/14.600, Bock/14.450; pommel horse – Kimble/14.800, Maestas/14.650, Penev/14.400, Bock/13.850; still rings – Maestas/15.300, Kimble/14.300, Ruggeri/14.300, Watts/Bock (tie)/14.100; vault – Penev/15.100, Watts/14.450, Bock/13.850, Ruggeri/13.600; parallel bars – Ruggeri/15.050, Kimble/14.750, Maestas/14.400, Watts/14.400; and horizontal bar – Kimble/14.550, Bock/13.950, Ruggeri/13.700, Penev/13.650.

Ruggeri posted an 84.250 in the all-around, finishing behind China’s Yixin Du (86.250) and Baisen Gu (85.750).

Kimble won three event gold medals, with Penev bringing home two. On floor, Penev took the title with a 15.475, finishing just ahead of Ruggeri’s 15.375. China’s Jile Mu was third with 15.100. Kimble’s 14.075 earned him top honors for pommel horse, with China’ Huanzhang Jin (13.350) and Canada’s Jackson Payne (13.125) placing second and third, respectively. Maestas’ 15.475 easily topped the still rings rankings. Canada’s Scott Morgan was second with 14.975, with Kimble on his heels for third at 14.900. On vault, Penev tallied a 15.125 for the gold. China’s Peng Wang was the silver medalist with 15.050. Watt tied with Mu with 14.500 for the bronze. For the parallel bars, Kimble scored a 15.175 for first, followed by Canada’s Ken Ikeda at 15.075 and Ruggeri in third with 14.975. Kimble and Ruggeri went one-two on the horizontal bar: Kimble earned a 14.575, with Ruggeri scoring a 14.100. The bronze medalist was Sam Zakutney of Canada with a 13.850.