Whittenburg leads men's all-around rankings at mid-point of 2016 P&G Men’s Championships
posted on 06/03/2016

© John Cheng

HARTFORD, Conn., June 3, 2016 – Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), posted an 89.900 total for the highest all-around score on the first night of the 2016 P&G Men’s Gymnastics Championships at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The final day of men’s competition is Sunday, June 5, at 1 p.m. ET. Competition continues tomorrow with the women’s Secret U.S. Classic. Junior women start the day at 1 p.m. ET, with the senior women at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), was second with an 89.850, followed by Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center) in third at 89.500. Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev./Team Hilton (University of Oklahoma), finished fourth (89.400), with Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, in fifth (89.250). Scores from both days of competition count equally.

Event scores for the top five in the all-around rankings.

  • Donnell Whittenburg: 15.050, floor exercise; 13.800, pommel horse; 15.950, still rings (top score); 15.200, vault; 14.850, parallel bars; 15.050, horizontal bar.
  • Sam Mikulak: 13.500, floor exercise; 15.050, pommel horse; 15.200, still rings; 14.950, vault; 15.450, parallel bars; 15.700, horizontal bar (top score).
  • Chris Brooks: 14.650, floor exercise; 14.000, pommel horse; 15.050, still rings; 15.050, vault; 15.350, parallel bars; 15.400, horizontal bar.
  • Jake Dalton: 15.400, floor exercise (top score); 13.600, pommel horse; 15.500, still rings; 15.350, vault; 14.900, parallel bars; 14.650, horizontal bar.
  • Yul Moldauer: 15.100, floor exercise; 14.650, pommel horse; 15.150, still rings; 15.100, vault; 15.050, parallel bars; 14.200, horizontal bar.

Performances in Hartford will determine the men’s senior national champions and national team, as well as the 18 men who will advance to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Gymnastics in St. Louis, June 23 and 25. The Secret U.S. Classic, which has athletes competing on the junior and senior levels, serves as the last opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify for the P&G Women’s Championships in St. Louis (June 24 and 26), as well as a tune-up for many of the country’s top women leading into their national championships.

The remaining competition schedule is: P&G Championships – June 5 at 1 p.m.; and Secret U.S. Classic – June 4 at 1 p.m. for juniors and 7 p.m. for seniors.

This is the first time the men’s and women’s national championships have been held separately since 2008. The XL Center staged the national men’s and women’s gymnastics championships in both 2010 and 2013, but the Secret U.S. Classic is making its first visit to Hartford.

HARTFORD, Conn., June 3, 2016 – Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), posted an 89.900 total for the highest all-around score on the first night of the 2016 P&G Men’s Gymnastics Championships at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The final day of men’s competition is Sunday, June 5, at 1 p.m. ET. Competition continues tomorrow with the women’s Secret U.S. Classic. Junior women start the day at 1 p.m. ET, with the senior women at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), was second with an 89.850, followed by Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center) in third at 89.500. Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev./Team Hilton (University of Oklahoma), finished fourth (89.400), with Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, in fifth (89.250). Scores from both days of competition count equally.

Event scores for the top five in the all-around rankings.

  • Donnell Whittenburg: 15.050, floor exercise; 13.800, pommel horse; 15.950, still rings (top score); 15.200, vault; 14.850, parallel bars; 15.050, horizontal bar.
  • Sam Mikulak: 13.500, floor exercise; 15.050, pommel horse; 15.200, still rings; 14.950, vault; 15.450, parallel bars; 15.700, horizontal bar (top score).
  • Chris Brooks: 14.650, floor exercise; 14.000, pommel horse; 15.050, still rings; 15.050, vault; 15.350, parallel bars; 15.400, horizontal bar.
  • Jake Dalton: 15.400, floor exercise (top score); 13.600, pommel horse; 15.500, still rings; 15.350, vault; 14.900, parallel bars; 14.650, horizontal bar.
  • Yul Moldauer: 15.100, floor exercise; 14.650, pommel horse; 15.150, still rings; 15.100, vault; 15.050, parallel bars; 14.200, horizontal bar.
Performances in Hartford will determine the men’s senior national champions and national team, as well as the 18 men who will advance to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Gymnastics in St. Louis, June 23 and 25. The Secret U.S. Classic, which has athletes competing on the junior and senior levels, serves as the last opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify for the P&G Women’s Championships in St. Louis (June 24 and 26), as well as a tune-up for many of the country’s top women leading into their national championships.

The remaining competition schedule is: P&G Championships – June 5 at 1 p.m.; and Secret U.S. Classic – June 4 at 1 p.m. for juniors and 7 p.m. for seniors.

This is the first time the men’s and women’s national championships have been held separately since 2008. The XL Center staged the national men’s and women’s gymnastics championships in both 2010 and 2013, but the Secret U.S. Classic is making its first visit to Hartford.

Ways to follow the P&G Men’s Championships and Secret U.S. Classic

Television coverage

  • NBC Sports Network. NBC Sports Network will broadcast tape-delayed coverage of the 2016 Secret U.S. Classic from 9:30-11:30 p.m. ET on June 5. The competition will be live webcast through NBC’s LiveExtra app and online at http://liveextra.nbcsports.com.
  • NBC. NBC and NBC LiveExtra will air live coverage of the men’s finals of the P&G Gymnastics Championships from 2-4 p.m. ET.

Web video coverage

  • NBC Sports Live Extra. NBC Sports will live stream the Secret Classic and the P&G Championships this weekend via NBC Sports Live Extra online at NBCSports.com/LiveExtra, or through the Live Extra app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
  • Live competition coverage. The live streams for the junior session of the Secret U.S. Classic will be available on the Hartford2016.com live coverage page beginning at 1 p.m. ET on June 4.
  • USA Gymnastics on YouTube. USA Gymnastics will post coverage of the Secret Classic and P&G Championships, including every competition routine, after the conclusion of the event, as well as interviews from media day and post-competition, and clips from podium training.

Online

  • Website. The Secret U.S. Classic and P&G Championships are easier than ever to follow online. Schedules, general event information, start lists and more are available at Hartford2016.com, which is easily viewable on smart phones and other digital devices.
  • Social Media. USA Gymnastics is providing live updates and exclusive content, including videos and photos, from the Secret U.S. Classic and 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, #Hartford2016.
  • myusagym iOS app. Fans can follow the scores from the events in Hartford live using the myusagym app for iOS devices available in the iTunes store. Those without iOS devices, can follow the scores at myusagym.com with any mobile device or desktop computer.
Background information
  • XL Center. The XL Center (XLCenter.com), is a 16,000 seat multipurpose arena located in downtown Hartford, CT, and operated by Spectra Venue Management. The arena, home to the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), University of Connecticut Men’s Ice Hockey, and Men’s & Women’s Basketball, was built in 1975 and underwent major renovations in 2014. The XL Center entertains millions of visitors annually with a variety of concerts, family shows, sports, consumer events and trade shows throughout the season.

  • Spectra. Spectra manages the XL Center, Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, and the Business Operations of the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL), as well as more than 130 other public assembly facilities around the world. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com. Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, in addition to Spectra, Comcast Spectacor owns and operates the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center venue. Visit us at ComcastSpectacor.com, PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, and WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com for more information.