Mikulak wins five event medals, Walker takes junior all-around title at 2019 Winter Cup Challenge
posted on 02/17/2019

© John Cheng

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Feb. 17, 2019 – Sam Mikulak of Newport Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, won five individual event finals, including two gold, at the 2019 Winter Cup Challenge at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Colt Walker of Cedar Park, Texas/AcroTex Gymnastics, won the junior all-around title.

The men who were named to the U.S. Senior Men’s Team through the 2019 U.S. Championships in Kansas City, Mo., in August are listed below in alphabetical order. The gymnasts either qualified to the team based on the Feb. 15 all-around rankings or named to the team by the Men’s Program Committee.

  • Donothan Bailey, Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Allan Bower, Chandler, Arizona/University of Oklahoma
  • Trevor Howard, Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University
  • Sean Melton, Orlando, Fla./Ohio State University
  • Sam Mikulak, Newport Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Akash Modi, Morganville, N.J./Stanford University
  • Yul Moldauer, Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma
  • Stephen Nedoroscik, Worcester, Mass./Pennsylvania State University
  • Robert Neff, Brookfield, Wis./Stanford University
  • Genki Suzuki, North Wales, Pa./University of Oklahoma
  • Colin Van Wicklen, Magnolia, Texas/University of Oklahoma
  • Alec Yoder, Indianapolis/Ohio State University

All six event champions are: Mikulak, floor exercise and horizontal bar; Stephen Nedoroscik of Worcester, Mass./Pennsylvania State University, pommel horse; Trevor Howard of Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University, still rings; Colin Van Wicklen of Magnolia, Texas/University of Oklahoma, vault; Adrian De Los Angeles of Long Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center Gymnastics, parallel bars; and Mikulak, horizontal bar.

 

  • Floor exercise: 1. Mikulak, 29.350 (15.000/14.350); 2. Jacob Moore, West Bloomfield, Mich./University of Michigan, 28.850 (14.400/14.450); 3. Riley Loos, El Dorado Hills, Calif./Technique Gymnastics, 28.750 (14.450/14.300)
  • Pommel horse: 1. Nedoroscik, 30.150 (15.150/15.000); 2. Mikulak, 28.500 (13.700/14.800); 3. Cameron Bock, Tustin, Calif./University of Michigan, 27.600 (13.950/13.650)
  • Still rings: 1. Howard, 29.750 (14.800/14.950); 2. Alex Diab, Glen Ellyn, Ill./University of Illinois, 29.150 (14.550/14.600); 3. Mikulak, 28.050 (14.050/14.000)
  • Vault: Van Wicklen, 29.650 (15.000/14.650); 2. Howard, 29.350 (14.750/14.600); 3. Levi Anderson, Spring, Texas/University of Oklahoma, 29.200 (14.600/14.600)
  • Parallel bars: 1. De Los Angeles, 27.950 (14.150/13.800); 2. Mikulak, 27.850 (12.850/15.000); 3. Grant Breckenridge, Libertyville, Ill./Stanford University, 27.700 (13.600/14.100)
  • Horizontal bar: 1. Mikulak, 29.600 (15.100/14.500); Van Wicklen, 27.800 (13.850/13.950); 3. Anderson, 27.700 (13.650/14.050)

Earlier, Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, won the senior all-around, with Mikulak and Allan Bower of Chandler, Arizona/University of Oklahoma, coming in second and third, respectively. The top six in the all-around qualified for the senior men’s national team through the 2019 U.S. Championships in Kansas City, Mo., in August: Bower, Sean Melton of Orlando, Fla./Ohio State University, Mikulak, Moldauer, Robert Neff of Brookfield, Wis./Stanford University and Genki Suzuki of North Wales, Pa./University of Oklahoma.

In the junior division, Walker won the all-around title with a two-day total of 155.300. Isaiah Drake of Los Angeles, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica, finished in second at 154.850, and J.R. Chou, Houston, Texas/Cypress Academy, was third at 154.700. Walker’s two-day event totals were: floor exercise, 25.850; pommel horse, 24.700; still rings, 26.100; vault, 28.700; parallel bars, 25.550; and horizontal bar, 24.400.

The junior individual event medalists are below.

  • Floor exercise: 1. Khoi Young, Bowie, Md./Sportsplex Gymnastics, 27.550 (13.950/13.600); 2. Nicolas Kuebler, Seattle, Wash./Metropolitan Gymnastics, 26.950 (13.550/13.400); 3. Chou, 26.400 (13.550/12.850)
  • Pommel horse: 1. Chou, 26.950 (13.200/13.750); 2. Raydel Gamboa, Phoenix, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics, 24.800 (12.400/12.400); 3. Walker, 24.700 (12.150/12.550)
  • Still rings: Fuzzy Benas, Houston, Texas/EnRich Gymnastics, 27.050 (13.400/13.650); 2. Drake, 26.750 (13.500/13.250); 3. Walker, 26.100 (13.100/13.000)
  • Vault: 1. Walker, 28.700 (14.400/14.300); 2. Young, 28.050 (14.450/13.800) and Jordan Williams, Concord, Calif./Arizona State, 28.050 (14.150/14.100)
  • Parallel bars: 1. Logan Myers, Morrison, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, 26.000 (13.200, 12.800); 2. Drake, 25.900 (12.850/13.050); 3. Chou, 25.750 (12.750/13.000)
  • Horizontal bar: 1. Taylor Burkhart, Morrison, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, and Kuebler, 25.650 (12.700/12.950); 3. Donovan Hewitt, Burtonsville, Md./Paragon Gymnastics, 25.450 (12.650/12.800)

For the senior division, all-around rankings were determined on the first day of competition and individual event champions will be determined via a combined two-day score. For the junior division, all-around ranking and individual event champions will be determined via a combined two-day score. For information on the points ranking system used for advancement to the final round, as well as the one for determining the national team, click here (Attachment B).

Performances at the 2018 Winter Cup Challenge will help determine the 12 men who will comprise the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team through the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Mo. Following the first-day of competition, the top six ranked all-around athletes will automatically qualify for the 2019 senior national team. Using scores from both days of competition, the Men’s Program Committee will select six more gymnasts from the participants at the Winter Cup Challenge using the 10 Points Program or from petitions to the team.

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