Moldauer, Mikulak, Whittenburg lead men’s field for 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships
posted on 07/23/2018

© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, July 23, 2018 – 2017 U.S. all-around and two-time American Cup champion Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colorado/University of Oklahoma; two-time Olympian and four-time U.S. all-around champion Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center; and 2016 U.S. Olympic team alternate Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./U.S. Olympic Training Center, are among the 81 senior and junior gymnasts who will compete in the men’s competition at the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, the national championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics, at Boston’s TD Garden. Scheduled for August 16-19, 2018, the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, part of the Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, features the country’s best gymnasts vying for national titles and national team berths. Additionally, the male gymnast who will represent the United States at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October will be determined at the conclusion of the championships.

Two gymnasts are hoping to defend their senior 2017 U.S. titles: Akash Modi of Morganville, New Jersey/Stanford University, parallel bars; and Moldauer, all-around and floor exercise.

The U.S. Senior National Team members in the field are: Donothan Bailey of Mission Viejo, California/U.S. Olympic Training Center; Allan Bower of Chandler, Arizona/University of Oklahoma; Sean Melton of Orlando, Florida/Ohio State University; Mikulak; Modi; Moldauer; Whittenburg; Shane Wiskus of Spring Park, Minnesota/University of Minnesota; and Alec Yoder of Indianapolis /Ohio State University.

The junior field includes four 2018 junior elite champions: Brandon Briones of Gilbert, Arizona/Aspire Kids Sports Center, all-around, still rings, parallel bars and horizontal bar (17-18); John Chou of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, all-around and pommel horse (15-16); Vitaliy Guimaraes of Arvada, Colorado/University of Oklahoma, floor exercise (17-18); and Riley Loos of El Dorado Hills, California/Technique Gymnastics, floor exercise, pommel horse and vault (17-18).

Members of the U.S. Junior National Team who are expected to compete in Boston are: Justin Ah Chow of Miami /Universal Gymnastics; Lazarus Barnhill of Houston/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics; Garrett Braunton of Olympia, Washington/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics; Briones; Chou; Guimaraes; Bennet Huang of Palo Alto, California/University of Iowa; Paul Juda of Deerfield, Illinois/Buffalo Grove Gymnastics; Loos; Kevin Penev of Penfield, New York/University of Michigan; Colt Walker of Cedar Park, Texas/AcroTex Gymnastics; and Dylan Young of Burbank, California/Wallers GymJam Academy.

Single-session, multi-session and all-session ticket packages are still available. All prices are per ticket or ticket package and vary in price due to location and session.

  • Single-session tickets, Aug. 16-10: Single-session tickets range in price from $29-$300.
  • Women’s Gymnastics Day One Package, Aug. 17: both junior and senior sessions, $89-$159.
  • Women’s Gymnastics Final Day Package, Aug. 19: both junior and senior sessions, $99-$169.
  • Men’s Gymnastics Package, Aug. 16 and 18: all men’s junior and senior sessions, $89-$139.
  • Senior Finals Package, Aug. 18-19: senior men’s and senior women’s sessions, $109-$149.
  • All-session Package, Aug. 16-19: includes every competitive session with prices ranging from $225 to $725. The platinum all-session package includes VIP seating, an Olympian meet-and-greet, and a commemorative gift.

Tickets maybe be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or at TD Garden’s Box Office. Group tickets are currently available through TD Garden’s Group Sales Department by calling (617) 624-1805. Discounted tickets are available through local gymnastics clubs that are participating in the gym club ticket program.

The four-day competition schedule, which is subject to change, is outlined below. All times are Eastern.

  • Thursday, August 16: Men’s gymnastics – 1:30 p.m., juniors, and 7:30 p.m., seniors
  • Friday, August 17: Women’s gymnastics – 1:30 p.m., juniors, and 7:30 p.m., seniors
  • Saturday, August 18: Men’s gymnastics – 10:30 a.m., juniors, and 3:30 p.m., seniors
  • Sunday, August 19: Women’s gymnastics – 1:30 p.m., juniors, and 7:30 p.m., seniors

The championships determines the men’s and women’s U.S. champions and U.S. National Team for the junior and senior elite levels. The championships also will serve as part of the selection process for the U.S. Team for the 2018 World Championships.

The 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships is part of the 2018 Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity. The champions series showcases numerous Olympic sports throughout the season, highlighting the year-round quest of Team USA athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.

Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, and Moldauer won the women’s and men’s 2017 U.S. all-around titles, respectively. The roster of former U.S. all-around champions is a veritable who's who of gymnastics, including: women – Simone Biles, Jordyn Wieber, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton; and men – Sam Mikulak, Jonathan Horton, Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Tim Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner. The U.S. Gymnastics Championships traces its history back to 1897 for the men and 1931 for the women.

While Boston played host to the 2008 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Championships, 2018 marks the event’s debut at the TD Garden and the first time Boston has staged the national championships for both men’s and women’s gymnastics. In addition, Boston was the site for the 1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials and several post-Olympic gymnastics tour events.

Background

  • TD Garden. TD Garden, owned and operated by Delaware North, first opened its doors to the public on September 30, 1995. In the 20-plus years since, the venue has generated more than $365 million in direct economic impact to the Greater Boston region from its major national events alone, not including its high-profile Bruins and Celtics tenants. The arena has played host to countless marquee events, including the Democratic National Convention, NHL All-Star Game, NCAA Frozen Fours, NCAA Women’s Final Four, U.S. Olympic Trials - Gymnastics, U.S. Figure Skating Championships and ISU World Figure Skating Championships among others. Delaware North, owner and operator of TD Garden, is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos.
  • Team USA Champions Series. The Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, is composed of both a summer and winter season, showcasing elite U.S. athletes year-round through broadcasts on NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. America’s elite athletes are always in season. The champions series was created to help showcase their year-round quest to make Team USA and compete at the Olympic Games.
  • USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that empowers and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has already taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its safe sport policies and procedures. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to usagym.org.

Men’s field for the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships
Updated 8/13/18

Arizona
Allan Bower, Chandler, Arizona/University of Oklahoma, senior
Brandon Briones, Gilbert, Arizona/Aspire Kids Sports Center, junior
Raydel Gamboa, Phoenix, Arizona/North Valley Gymnastics, junior
Angel Leon, Tucson, Arizona/Ohio State University, junior

California
Donothan Bailey, Mission Viejo, California/U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Jeremy Bischoff, Canyon Country, California/Wallers GymJam Academy, junior
Cameron Bock, Tustin, California/University of Michigan, senior
Adrian De Los Angeles, Long Beach, California/U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Isaiah Drake, Los Angeles, California/Gymnastics Olympica USA, junior
Bennet Huang, Palo Alto, California/University of Iowa, senior
Riley Loos, El Dorado Hills, California/Technique Gymnastics, junior
Zachary Martin, Elk Grove, California/Elevate Gymnastics Academy, junior
Sam Mikulak, Newport Coast, California/U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Brandon Nguyen, Elk Grove, California/Elevate Gymnastics Academy, junior
Kanji Oyama, Huntington Beach, California/U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Jordan Williams, Concord, California/Arizona State University, junior
Blake Wilson, Temecula, California/SCEGA Gymnastics, junior
Dylan Young, Burbank, California/Wallers GymJam Academy, junior

Colorado
Taylor Burkhart, Morrison, Colorado/5280 Gymnastics North, junior
Noah Giordano, Castle Rock, Colorado/5280 Gymnastics North, junior
Vitaliy Guimaraes, Arvada, Colorado/University of Oklahoma, junior
Yul Moldauer, Arvada, Colorado/University of Oklahoma, senior
Logan Myers, Morrison, Colorado/5280 Gymnastics North, junior

Florida
Justin Ah Chow, Miami, Florida/Universal Gymnastics, junior
Crew Bold, Delray Beach, Florida/TAG USA Gymnastics, Inc., junior
Sean Melton, Orlando, Florida/Ohio State University, senior
Tyler Schaal, Miami, Florida/Universal Gymnastics, senior

Illinois
Grant Breckenridge, Libertyville, Illinois/Stanford University, senior
Alexander Diab, Glen Ellyn, Illinois/University of Illinois, senior
Paul Juda, Deerfield, Illinois/Buffalo Grove Gymnastics, junior
Curran Phillips, Naperville, Illinois/Prairie Gymnastics, junior

Indiana
Seth Delbridge, Floyds Knobs, Indiana/Ohio State University, senior
Will Hauke, Indianapolis, Indiana/DeVeau's School of Gymnastics, junior
Ellis Mannon, Indianapolis, Indiana/University of Minnesota, senior
Anthony Stephenson, Fishers, Indiana/University Of Nebraska, senior
Alec Yoder, Indianapolis, Indiana/Ohio State University, senior

Louisiana
Jalon Stephens, Shreveport, Louisiana/University of Minnesota, senior

Maryland
Donovan Hewitt, Burtonsville, Maryland/Paragon National Training Center, junior
Donnell Whittenburg, Baltimore, Maryland/U.S. Olympic Training Center, senior
Khoi Young, Bowie, Maryland/Sportsplex Gymnastics, junior

Massachusetts
Matt Cormier, Milton, Massachusetts/Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy, junior
Liam Doherty-Herwitz, Bedford, Massachusetts/Brestyan's American Gymnastics, junior
Stephen Nedoroscik, Worcester, Massachusetts/Pennsylvania State University, senior

Michigan
Michael Jaroh, Northville, Michigan/Michigan Elite Gymnastics Academy, junior
Jacob Moore, West Bloomfield, Michigan/University of Michigan, senior

Minnesota
Shane Wiskus, Spring Park, Minnesota/University of Minnesota, senior

New Hampshire
Michael Fletcher, Nashua, New Hampshire/University of Illinois, junior

New Jersey
Jake Brodarzon, Paramus, New Jersey/University of Iowa, senior
Cannon Johnson, Teaneck, New Jersey/US Gymnastics Develop Center II, junior
Akash Modi, Morganville, New Jersey/Stanford University, senior
Sebastian Quiana, Oradell, New Jersey/University of Illinois, senior

New York
Kevin Penev, Penfield, New York/University of Michigan, junior

North Carolina
William Jeffreys, Raleigh, N.C./eNeRGyKidz, senior

Ohio
Trevor Howard, Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University, senior
Tyler Rockwood, Lancaster, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center, junior

Oklahoma
Gage Dyer, Yukon, Oklahoma/University of Oklahoma, senior

Oregon
Spencer Goodell, Tigard, Oregon/University of Oklahoma, junior
Zachary Tiderman, Wilsonville, Oregon/OMEGA Gymnastics, junior

Pennsylvania
Genki Suzuki, North Wales, Pennsylvania/University of Oklahoma, senior

Tennessee
Adam Wooten, Kingston Springs, Tennessee/Harpeth School of Gymnastics, junior

Texas
Fuzzy Benas, Richmond, Texas/EnRich Gymnastics and Dance Academy, junior
John Chou, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, junior
Evan Davis, Houston, Texas/University of Iowa, junior
Jack Freeman, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, junior
Tanner Justus, Cypress, Texas/University of Oklahoma, senior
Kyle King, Mesquite, Texas/University Of Nebraska, senior
Daniel Simmons, Katy, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, junior
Colin VanWicklen, Magnolia, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, senior
Alexei Vernyi, Cypress, Texas/University of Oklahoma, senior
Colt Walker, Cedar Park, Texas/AcroTex Gymnastics, junior
Oliver Zavela, Lakeway, Texas/Crenshaw Athletic Club, junior

Utah
Taylor Christopulos, Layton, Utah/USA Gymnastics World, junior

Virginia
Kyte Crigger, Manassas, Virginia/University of California - Berkeley, senior
Kiwan Watts, Richmond, Virginia/Arizona State University, senior

Washington
Nicolas Kuebler, Seattle, Washington/Metropolitan Gymnastics, junior

Wisconsin
Robert Neff, Brookfield, Wisconsin/Stanford University, senior