Region 1 wins JO Regional Team title at 2018 U.S. Men's J.O. Championships
posted on 05/13/2018

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., May 13, 2018 – Region 1 won the Regional Junior Olympic Team title at the 2018 U.S. Men's Junior Olympic National Championships that wraps up tomorrow at the Cox Business Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. Sunday’s competition includes in the all-around and individual events for Levels 8 and 9.

After two days of competition, here are the Level 10 all-around medalists and event champions.

Junior Elite

  • 15 year old. 1. Isaiah Drake, Los Angeles, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica USA, 134.750; 2. Brandon Nguyen, Elk Grove, Calif./Elevate Gymnastics Academy, 134.350; 3. Taylor Burkhart, Morrison, Colo./5280 Gymnastics,, 134.300. Events – Taylor Burkhart, floor exercise, 19.950; Rithik Puri, Chicago, Ill./Lakeshore Academy of Art Gymnastics,, pommel horse, 21.650; Fuzzy Benas, Richmond, Texas/EnRich Gymnastics and Dance Academy, 23.350; Taylor Burkhart, vault, 24.750; Isaiah Drake, parallel bars, 23.050; Brandon Nguyen, horizontal bar, 23.700.
  • 16 years old: 1. John Chou, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, 136.200; 2. Jeremy Bischoff, Canyon Country, Calif./Wallers Gym Jam Academy, 135.800; 3. Michael Jaroh, Northville, Mich./Michigan Elite Gymnastics Academy, 134.650. Events – Robbie Shamp, Marrero, La./All Star Gymnastics, floor exercise, 23.550; John Chou, pommel horse, 23.600; Michael Jaroh, still rings, 23.600; Zachary Martin, Elk Grove, Calif./Elevate Gymnastics Academy, vault, 24.350; Jeremy Bischoff, parallel bars, 23.450; Tyler Rockwood, Lancaster, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center, horizontal bar, 22.700.
  • 17 years old: 1. Brandon Briones, Gilbert, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center, 140.150; 2. Riley Loos, El Dorado Hills, Calif./Technique Gymnastics, 138.100; 3. Crew Bold, Delray Beach, Fla./TAG USA Gymnastics, 135.600. Events – Riley Loos, floor exercise, 138.100, and pommel horse, 22.400; Brandon Briones, still rings, 23.750; Riley Loos, vault, 23.850; Brandon Briones, parallel bars, 23.500, and horizontal bar, 23.550.
  • 18 years old: 1. Evan Davis, Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, 139.200; 2. Michael Fletcher, Nashua, N.H./New England Academy of Gymnastics, 137.150; 3. Ian Gunther, Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, 137.000. Events – Vitaliy Guimaraes, Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, floor exercise, 23.300; Ian Gunther, pommel horse, 23.150; Angel Leon, Tucson, Ariz./Gymnastics World Central, still rings, 24.200; Liam Doherty-Herwitz, Bedford, Mass./Brestyan's American Gymnastics, vault, 24.600; Ian Gunther, parallel bars, 24.100; Blake Wilson, Temecula, Calif./SCEGA Gymnastics, horizontal bar, 23.450.

Junior Olympic

  • 15 years old: 1. Dante Hays, Monroe, Wash./Metropolitan Gymnastics, 152.100; 2. Matthew Romalia, Highlands Ranch, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, 151.050; 3. Mark Berlaga, Palo Alto, Calif./Stanford Boys Gymnastics, 149.150. Events – Taso Callanan, Columbus, Ohio/International Gymnastics Academy, floor exercise, 27.350; Matthew Krall, San Jose, Calif./California Sports Center, pommel horse, 25.600; Kyler Hartley, Lakewood, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, and Christopher Hiser, Longmeadow, Mass./Daggett Gymnastics, 25.800; Caden Spencer, Huntington, W. Va./Bozhis Gym Nest, vault, 27.850; Dante Hays, parallel bars, 26.650; Jack Bono, Grove City, Ohio/International Gymnastics Academy,, horizontal bar, 25.400.
  • 16 years old: 1. James Friedman, Salem, Ore./OMEGA Gymnastics, 154.700; 2. Max Enis, Sterling, Mass./Sterling Academy of Gymnastics, 154.600; 3. Matthew Schuchman, Hauppauge, N.Y./Hotshots Gymnastics Inc. 152.850. Events – Matthew Schuchman, floor exercise, 27.000; Cooper Giles, Lake Zurich, Ill./Premier Gymnastics Academy, pommel horse, 26.800; James Friedman, still rings, 27.300; Maxim Ryzhuk, Las Vegas, Nev./Vitaly Scherbo School of Gymnastics, vault, 28.600; Max Enis, parallel bars, 26.300; Matthew Schuchman, horizontal bar, 25.750.
  • 17 years old: 1. Jakob Murray, Manchester, N.H./Granite State Gymnastic & Fitness, 155.700; 2. Kyle Shuttle, El Granada, Calif./Accel Gymnastics, 153.650; 3. William Gomez, 152.050. Events – William Gomez, Miramar, Fla./Park Avenue Gymnastics, floor exercise, 28.900; Will Lavanakul, Dublin, Calif./West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy, pommel horse, 27.300; Reuven Roberson, Valencia, Calif./Wallers GymJam Academy, still rings, 27.250; Kyle Shuttle, vault, 29.550; Yuchen Lee, Orange, Calif./South Coast Gymnastics, parallel bars, 26.750; Jakob Murray, horizontal bar, 25.500.
  • 18 years old: 1. Eric Lung, 155.950; 2. Luke Smigliani, Hanover, Mass./Ellis School of Gymnastics, 155.900; 3. Miles Miller, Hartsdale, N.Y./World Cup Gymnastics, 154.600. Events – Daniel Lasenbby, Las Vegas, Nev./Vitaly Scherbo School of Gymnastics, Level 10 Daniel Lasenbby, still rings, 27.850; Zach Ziolkowski, South Bend, Ind./Gymnastics Michiana, vault, 29.900; Nick Smiley, South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles Gymnastics Academy, parallel bars, 25.900; Ben Eyles, Ames, Iowa/Triad Gymnastics, horizontal bar, 26.150.

Region 1 (Arizona, Hawaii, California, Nevada) won the Regional Junior Olympic Team title at 395.850. Region 7 (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia) was second at 393.900, and Region 6 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) was third with 390.800.

The remaining schedule is: May 13 – two Level 8-9 all-around and individual event finals, 8:50 a.m. (Junior Elite) and 2:05 p.m. (Junior Olympic).

The levels are determined by age and skill level. Level 8 consists of athletes who are 11 and 12 years old; Level 9 athletes are 13 and 14 years old. At Level 10, there are two age divisions, 15-16 year olds and 17-18 year olds. Each level has two divisions – Junior Elite and Junior Olympic.

For Level 10 athletes competing in the Junior Elite Division, the Junior Olympic National Championships is a qualifier for the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Aug. 16-18 in Boston, Mass.), where the Level 10 Junior National Team will be determined. Fourteen Level 8 and Level 9 gymnasts from the Junior Elite Division will be named to the Level 8/9 Junior National Team at the conclusion of the Junior Olympic championships.

Athletes can qualify to finals in the Junior Olympic Division one of two ways. For each Junior Olympic age division, they must be in the top six from prelims on an individual event or in the top 36 in the all-around. The combined score from the preliminary session and the final session will determine the all-around and individual event final rankings.

On Saturday, Level 10 Junior Elite athletes from each age division compete to determine the Level 10 Junior Elite Division all-around and event champions. Level 8 and the Level 9 Junior Elite athletes compete on Sunday to determine the respective all-around and event champions.

The meet coordinator is Ben Fox and Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy is the host club.

To advance to the Junior Olympic National Championships, gymnasts competed in state and regional championships and qualified based on their all-around ranking or individual event placement.

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 2004 Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm; Olympic and World medalists Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva and Alex Naddour; and World medalists Jake Dalton, Yul Moldauer and John Orozco.

For men’s gymnastics, USA Gymnastics has nine regions, and the states that comprise each region are: Region 1 -- Arizona, Hawaii, California, Nevada; Region 2 – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington; Region 3 – Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas; Region 4 – Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin; Region 5 – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio; Region 6 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont; Region 7 – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia; Region 8 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee; Region 9 – Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming.