Field Set for 2012 Men's Visa Championships
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By Elizabeth Grimsley
Reigning National Champion Danell Leyva, as well as the rest of the 2011 World Championship team, highlights the field for the 2012 Visa Championships June 7-11 in St. Louis, MO. The members of the bronze medal winning 2011 World team include: Jake Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Steven Legandre, Alex Naddour, John Orozco, and alternate Chris Brooks.
Other notable competitors expected to compete include five of the six members of the bronze medal winning 2011 Pan American Games team: Donothan Bailey, CJ Maestas, Sho Nakamori, Paul Ruggeri, and Brandon Wynn—as well as 2008 National Champion David Sender.
Individual event winners from last year include Dalton on floor exercise and vault, Naddour on pommel horse, Wynn on still rings, and Leyva on parallel bars and high bar.
The 43 senior men competing at this year’s Visa championships are listed below via USA Gymnastics. They will compete June 7th and 9th for a chance to qualify to the Olympic Trials in San Jose, CA later in June. The junior men’s field should be announced soon as the complete field couldn’t be determined until after the conclusion of the 2012 P&G U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships May 10-13.
Senior Men's field for the 2012 Visa Championships
Courtesy of USAG
As of May 8; subject to change
Donothan Bailey, Lake Forest, Calif., University of California - Berkeley
Alexander Buscaglia, Stanford, Calif., Stanford University
Adrian De Los Angeles, Long Beach, Calif., University of Michigan
Joshua Dixon, San Jose, Calif., U.S. Olympic Training Center Gymnastics
Jesse Glenn, Northridge, Calif., SCATS Gymnastics
Glen Ishino, Santa Ana, Calif., University of California - Berkeley
Steven Lacombe, Mission Viejo, Calif., University of California - Berkeley
Masayoshi Mori, Irvine, Calif., University Of Illinois
Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif., Champions Academy
Wyatt Baier, Denver, Colo., University Of Nebraska - Lincoln
Andrew Elkind, Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S.O.T.C. Gymnastics
Alex Naddour, Gilbert, Ariz., USA Youth Fitness Center
Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., Universal Gymnastics Inc.
Jake Martin, Ovieda, Fla., U.S.O.T.C. Gymnastics
Edward Mesa, Cooper City, Fla., Universal Gymnastics Inc.
Craig Hernandez, Libertyville, Ill., Penn State University Gymnastics
Ryan Lieberman, Lake Forest, Ill., Stanford University
Matthew Loochtan, Hawthorne Woods, Ill., Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center
David Sender, Arlington Heights, Ill., University of Illinois
Matthew Felleman, Medway, Mass., Penn State University Gymnastics
Samuel Mikulak, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Michigan
Daniel Zerbel, Portage, Mich., University of Illinois - Chicago
Mackenzie Dow, Cranford, N.J., Penn State University Gymnastics
Brandon Wynn, Voorhees, N.J., The Ohio State University
C.J. Maestas, Corrales, N.M., University of Illinois
Steven Legendre, Port Jefferson, N.Y., Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y., U.S.O.T.C. Gymnastics
Eddie Penev, Penfield, N.Y., Stanford University
Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y., University of Illinois
Jesse Silverstein, Spring Valley, N.Y., U.S. Gymnastics Development Center II
Jake Dalton, Reno, Nevada, University of Oklahoma
Kristofer Done, Columbus, Ohio, The Ohio State University
Trevor Howard, Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center
Miguel Pineda, Galloway, Ohio, Penn State University Gymnastics
Scott Rosenthal, State College, Pa., Penn State University Gymnastics
Sean Senters, Center Valley, Pa., Stanford University
Alexander Tighe, Mountain City, Tenn., Philadelphia Boys Gym & Temple University
Dylan Akers, Kingwood, Texas, University of Oklahoma
Christopher Brooks, Houston, Texas, Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Randall Heflin, Houston, Texas, Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Jonathan Horton, Houston, Texas, Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
Eric Schryver, Richardson, Texas, University Of Nebraska-Lincoln
Zachary Chase, Woodinville, Wash., University Of Minnesota
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