David Durante
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 22, 2008 – Approximately 60 of the USA’s top male gymnasts will compete at the U.S. Men’s Qualifier, April 23, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The U.S. Men’s Qualifier is a qualifying event for the 2008 Visa Championships, scheduled for May 22-24 in Houston, Texas.

A roster of participants, organized by state, is listed below. 2007 U.S. all-around champion David Durante of Garwood, N.J., is among the six members of the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team who are expected to compete: Guillermo Alvarez of Denver/Team Chevron; Joseph Hagerty of Rio Rancho, N.M./Team Chevron; Justin Spring of Burke, Va./Team Chevron; Sean Townsend of Houston/Team Chevron; and Blaine Wilson of Columbus of Ohio/Team Chevron.

A minimum of 14 athletes from the U.S. Men’s Qualifier will advance to the 2008 Visa Championships using the Men’s Program Committee approved points system. Athletes also qualified to the Visa Championships as: a current member of the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team; one of a maximum of 12 athletes selected from the 2008 NCAA Championships; or an approved petition.

The U.S. Men’s Qualifier consists of two sessions, with the first at 1 p.m. and the second session at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event will be available at the door on the day of competition.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.

Field for the U.S. Men’s Qualifier

By state, information shows name, hometown/club

Anthony Naddour, Gilbert, Ariz./Arizona State University

Tyler Block, Kensington, Calif./UC – Berkeley
Kyle Brady, Monterey, Calif./UC Berkeley
Kyle Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif./UC Berkeley
Kyson Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif./UC Berkeley
Josh Dixon, San Jose, Calif./Stanford University
Justin Ebueng, Chino Hills, Calif./Diamond Elite Gymnastics

Guillermo Alvarez, Denver, Colo./Team Chevron
Geoffrey Corrigan, Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center
Nick Grant, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Training Center

Kerry Adderly, Orlando, Fla./GTC-LVSA
Alex Barrera, Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics
Ari Barrera, Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics
Kinkuro Broden, Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics
Derek Helsby, Orlando, Fla./Penn State University
Riley Kerr, Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics
Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics
Edward Mesa, Cooper City, Fla./Universal Gymnastics

Justin Laury, Marietta, Georgia/Houston Gymnastics Academy

Jeff Crockett, Boise, Idaho/University of Washington

Alex Buscaglia, Oak Brook, Ill./Stanford University
Ryan Lieberman, Lake Forest, Ill./Stanford University

Cameron Deer, Carmel, Ind./Houston Gymnastics Academy
Blaize Monks, Noblesville, Ind./DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics

Spencer Johnson, West Des Moines, Iowa/Colorado Training Center

Josh Dilworth, Overland Park, Kansas/Great American Gymnastics Express
Bryant Hadden, Wichita, Kansas/Stanford University

Matthew Hicks, Baton Rouge, La./Colorado Training Center

R.J. Heflin, Storeham, Mass./Houston Gymnastics Academy
Luke Vexler, Amherst, Mass./Temple University

Mario West, Laurel, Md./Preston Gymnastics Academy

North Carolina
Colin Christ, Charlotte, N.C./UC–Berkeley
Nyika White, Williamston, N.C./International Gymnastics Camp

New Jersey
Joe Catrambone, Deptford, N.J./University of Michigan
David Durante, Garwood, N.J./Team Chevron
Andrew Elkind, Cherry Hill, N.J./U.S. Olympic Training Center
Sterling Kramer, Garwood, N.J./Temple University

New Mexico
Joseph Hagerty, Rio Rancho, N.M./Team Chevron
Edward Umphrey, Albuquerque, N.M./University of Michigan

New York
Evan Roth, N. Woodmere, N.Y./UC Berkeley

Alexy Bilozertchev, Hilliard, Ohio/OSU Boys Team
Miguel Pineda, Galloway, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics
Blaine Wilson, Worthington, Ohio/Team Chevron

James Crane, Allentown, Pa./GTC-LVSA

Charles Baysinger, Nashville, Tenn./Arizona State University

Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas/Stanford University
David Henderson, Crosby, Texas/U.S. Olympic Training Center
Jamie Henderson, Crosby, Texas/University of Oklahoma-Gattaca
Tyler Mizoguchi, Houston, Texas/Houston Gymnastics Academy
Philip Onorato, Plano, Texas/WOGA
Tim Pittman, Houston, Texas/GTC-LVSA
Greg Stine, Houston, Texas/Air Force Academy
Clay Strother, Jasper, Texas/Team Chevron
Todd Thornton, Houston, Texas/Team Chevron
Sean Townsend, Dickinson, Texas/Team Chevron

Jake Lee, Saratogo Springs, Utah/Minnesota Gymnastics

Tim McNeill, Falls Church, Va./UC – Berkeley
Viorel Popescu, Glen Allen, Va./GTC-LVSA
Justin Spring, Burke, Va./Team Chevron

Morgan Hamm, Waukesha, Wis./Team Chevron