COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 11, 2009 — Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Ohio State University, won the all-around in the senior division and garnered the top points in the ranking system to qualify for the 2009 Visa Championships, Aug. 12-15, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Jordan Valdez of Louisville, Colo./Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics, took top honors in the junior all-around to earn his trip to Dallas. A total of 26 seniors and 10 juniors will advance to the Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics national championships.
The Men’s Qualifier was the last opportunity for the country’s male gymnasts to qualify for the 2009 Visa Championships. The field included a combination of men vying for berths to the Visa Championships and gymnasts who have already qualified and used the Qualifier as a tune-up for the Visa Championships.
Below is a list of the gymnasts who advanced to the Visa Championships from the Men’s Qualifier. Other gymnasts had previously qualified and a complete list of the men’s field will be released later this week.
The 2009 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships, features the country’s best gymnasts vying for national titles and spots on the U.S. National Team. Men’s and women’s gymnastics will be held at the American Airlines Center, with rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics staged at the Dallas Convention Center. The competition will feature a mixture of 2008 Olympians and rising stars.
2009 Men’s National Qualifier
U.S. Olympic Training Center
July 11, 2009
NOTE: 26 senior gymnasts advanced to the 2009 Visa Championships (Aug. 12-15 in Dallas, Texas) based on the Men’s Program Committee points system not the straight results, which are listed below. For the juniors, the top 10 in the all-around advanced to the Visa Championships.
Senior gymnasts who qualified for the 2009 Visa Championships via points system
1. Brandon Wynn, Voorhees, N.J./Ohio State University
2. Jake Bateman, Kingsport, Tenn./Ohio State University
3. David Henderson, Crosby, Texas/Gymnastics
4. Christopher Maestas, Albuquerque, N.M./Gold Cup Gymnastics
5. Matt Hicks, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Training Center
6. Alexy Bilozertchev, Hilliard, Ohio/Unattached
7. Jacob Dalton, Sparks, Nev./Gymnastics Nevada
8. Alex Buscaglia, Oak Brook, Ill./Stanford University
9. Derek Helsby, State College, Pa./Pennsylvania State University
10. Alexander Naddour, Gilbert, Ariz./USA Flairs
11. Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas/Stanford University
12. Josh Dixon, San Jose, Calif./Stanford University
13. Mel Anton Santander, Southborough, Mass./University of Michigan
14. Edward Umphrey, Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan
15. Edward Mesa, Cooper City, Fla./Universal Gymnastics Inc.
16. Luke Stannard, Waukegan, Ill./University of Illinois
17. Justin Laury, Marietta, Ga./Houston Gymnastics Academy
18. Ralph Rosso, Morganville, N.J./University of Michigan
19. Spencer Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Training Center
20. Donothan Bailey, Lake Forest, Calif./Azarian Gymnastics
21. Cameron Deer, Houston/Houston Gymnastics Academy
22. Kyle Oi, Coto de Caza, Calif./Stanford University
23. Matthew Greenfield, State College, Pa./Pennsylvania State University
24. Nyika White, Stroudsburg, Pa./International Gymnastics
25. Steven Spencer, Pleasanton, Calif./Ohio State University
26. Kit Beikmann, Brighton, Colo./Minnesota Gymnastics
Juniors who advanced to the Visa Championships (top 10 in the all-around)
1. Jordan Valdez, Louisville, Colo./Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics
2. Jacob Dastrup, Lindon, Utah/Arete Gymnastics
2. Jake Martin, Oviedo, Fla./Orlando Metro Gymnastics
4. Steven Lacombe, Mission Viego, Calif./Azarian Gymnastics
4. Alexander Barrera, Miami/Universal Gymnastics Inc.
6. Wyatt Aycock, Orlando, Fla./Orlando Metro
7. Riley Kerr, Miami/Universal Gymnastics Inc.
8. Zachary Chase, Woodinville, Wash./Cascade Elite Gymnastics
9. Wasef Burbar, Chicago/Buffalo Grove Gymnastics
10. Richard DePalma, Brownstown, Mich./Mills Gymnastics USA