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Modi Leads U.S. Winter Cup Challenge
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Akash Modi (Stanford) topped the standings on the first day of competition at the U.S. Winter Cup Challenge, held Thursday in Las Vegas.

Akash Modi (Stanford) topped the standings on the first day of competition at the U.S. Winter Cup Challenge, held Thursday in Las Vegas.

Modi, an alternate to last year's U.S. Olympic team, earned 86.30 for a comfortable lead over Oklahoma gymnasts Yul Moldauer and Allan Bower, who tied for second with 84.85. Donnell Whittenburg (USOTC) finished fourth (84.20) with the second-best score on still rings (14.80/6.1). USOTC teammate Donothan Bailey was fifth (83.55).

Modi had the top score on parallel bars (14.85/6.1) for a dynamic routine, which included the popular Bhavsar release invented by his cousin, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Raj Bhavsar, and a rare full-twisting double dismount. Modi earned the second-best score on high bar (14.40/6.0) and the third-best on floor exercise (14.55/5.9).

Moldauer had the top score on still rings (15.10/5.7). He had an excellent routine going on his best event, pommel horse, but fell late in the routine to place just 23rd on the event.

Eddie Penev (USOTC) won floor exercise with a tumbling marathon that featured six passes: whip-half to original piked double front half; layout double-double; 2 1/2 to double-twisting front; 1 1/2 to 1 1/2; double-double; triple twist dismount (14.9/6.3).

Alec Yoder of Ohio State was the top scorer on pommel horse (14.90/6.1), while 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Alex Naddour was third with (14.80/6.4). Anthony McCallum of Michigan led vault (14.90/5.6). 2016 U.S. Olympian Chris Brooks was the top gymnast on high bar (14.950/6.2).

Two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak, the defending Winter Cup champion, injured his Achilles' tendon on his first event, floor exercise.

The top 24 gymnasts in the all-around advanced to Saturday night's finals, while 18 additional gymnasts advanced using a point system for event finals. The finals will be broadcast live on the web on Saturday night at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST).

External Link: Official Website

2017 U.S. Winter Cup Challenge
February 16, Las Vegas

All-Around, Day 1FXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Akash Modi Stanford 5.9 14.55 5.6 13.90 5.8 14.10 5.2 14.50 6.1 14.85 6.0 14.40 86.30
2. Yul Moldauer Oklahoma 5.8 14.85 5.3 12.75 5.7 15.10 5.2 14.85 6.0 14.30 5.3 13.00 84.85
2. Allan Bower Oklahoma 5.4 14.25 6.1 14.45 5.6 14.45 5.2 14.55 5.6 13.80 5.2 13.35 84.85
4. Donnell Whittenburg U.S.O.T.C. 5.9 14.40 5.5 13.85 6.1 14.80 5.2 13.40 6.5 14.00 5.9 13.75 84.20
5. Donothan Bailey U.S.O.T.C. 5.7 13.00 6.0 14.55 5.6 14.00 5.2 14.20 5.6 13.90 5.4 13.90 83.55
6. Robert Neff Stanford 5.4 14.00 5.4 13.80 4.9 13.45 4.8 13.90 5.0 13.55 5.6 13.75 82.45
7. Timothy Wang Air Force 5.4 12.95 5.4 14.20 5.7 13.80 5.2 14.40 5.5 13.75 4.7 11.95 81.05
8. Brandon Briones USA Youth Fitness 5.1 13.90 4.6 12.55 4.8 13.60 4.8 14.25 4.9 13.30 4.5 13.15 80.75
9. Hunter Justus Oklahoma 5.5 13.85 5.4 13.40 5.6 13.75 5.2 13.35 5.7 13.85 4.8 12.50 80.70
9. Kanji Oyama Oklahoma 5.7 13.65 4.7 12.85 5.4 13.25 5.2 14.65 5.5 13.30 4.9 13.00 80.70
11. Grant Breckenridge Stanford 5.1 13.75 4.5 13.00 4.6 13.00 4.8 14.10 5.2 12.80 5.6 13.55 80.20
12. Shane Wiskus MHG 5.6 13.95 5.0 12.95 4.7 13.80 5.2 14.50 5.4 13.50 4.6 11.45 80.15
13. Trevor Howard Penn State 5.8 13.75 4.3 12.10 5.9 13.95 5.2 14.00 5.4 12.55 5.1 13.55 79.90
14. Colin VanWicklen Oklahoma 5.4 13.95 4.3 12.25 4.8 13.60 5.6 13.60 5.3 12.85 5.0 13.25 79.50
15. Emyre Cole Michigan 5.6 12.05 4.6 12.75 4.4 13.25 5.2 14.70 4.9 13.00 4.9 12.85 78.60
16. Johnny Jacobson Illinois 5.5 13.00 4.3 12.30 4.7 12.75 4.8 14.35 5.5 13.30 4.7 12.70 78.40
17. Christopher Stephenson Nebraska 5.5 13.75 4.6 11.95 4.4 13.70 4.8 13.80 5.2 12.30 4.9 12.80 78.30
18. Levi Anderson Oklahoma 5.4 12.60 4.5 12.15 5.0 13.55 5.6 13.15 5.1 13.20 5.7 13.60 78.25
19. Andrew Botto Iowa 4.8 13.70 4.1 11.00 5.2 14.05 5.2 14.20 4.9 13.15 5.0 12.10 78.20
20. Jonathan Tang Navy 5.1 13.25 4.3 11.30 4.7 13.00 4.4 13.80 4.9 13.35 4.5 12.85 77.55
21. Favian Valdez Penn State 5.1 13.15 4.9 12.75 4.2 13.05 4.8 13.50 4.8 12.95 4.4 11.95 77.35
22. Peter Daggett Oklahoma 5.3 13.50 4.8 11.90 5.1 13.50 4.4 13.40 5.1 12.55 5.0 12.05 76.90
23. Jalon Stephens Minnesota 5.3 12.70 3.7 10.55 5.0 13.25 4.8 13.50 5.1 13.55 5.1 13.20 76.75
24. Dominic DiFulvio Penn State 5.6 13.20 4.1 11.80 5.7 13.60 5.2 14.00 5.1 12.30 4.5 11.75 76.65
24. Michael Burns Penn State 4.8 12.35 4.9 12.30 4.4 12.45 4.8 13.30 4.9 13.55 5.2 12.70 76.65
26. Ian Gunther Cypress Academy 4.3 12.00 5.2 13.00 4.5 13.60 4.0 13.15 4.5 11.70 4.7 12.70 76.15
27. Riley Loos Technique 5.1 13.25 4.8 12.70 4.2 13.15 5.2 13.00 4.3 11.50 3.7 12.25 75.85
28. Cameron Bock U.S.O.T.C. 5.7 11.80 5.3 13.00 5.1 12.95 4.8 13.30 5.8 13.60 5.0 11.05 75.70
29. Brody Malone Cartersville Twister 4.5 13.15 3.6 12.50 4.1 12.95 4.8 13.15 4.9 11.55 4.4 12.35 75.65
30. Vitaliy Guimaraes 5280 Gymnastics 5.0 13.40 4.6 11.45 4.4 13.00 4.8 13.80 3.9 11.30 4.9 12.65 75.60
30. Shane Sadighi Azarian 4.4 13.00 3.9 12.25 4.7 12.85 4.8 13.65 4.6 11.85 4.3 12.00 75.60
32. Nathan Tsuji Washington 5.1 13.70 3.4 11.30 4.1 12.00 4.0 12.95 4.4 13.20 3.7 12.10 75.25
32. Griffin Kehler WOGA Gym 4.3 12.65 4.0 11.50 3.9 12.35 4.4 13.85 4.1 12.35 4.6 12.55 75.25
34. Max Andryushchenko Lakeshore Academy 5.0 12.85 4.3 11.30 4.8 13.25 4.8 13.65 4.7 12.55 4.4 11.30 74.90
34. Julian Brutchin-Roose Gymnastics Olympica 4.7 12.70 3.6 11.55 4.3 12.60 4.8 13.65 4.3 12.55 4.3 11.85 74.90
36. David Pochinka WOGA Gym 4.7 12.90 3.7 10.50 4.6 12.80 4.0 13.15 5.3 14.00 4.0 11.50 74.85
37. Andrew Herrador Iowa 5.2 12.75 4.1 11.95 4.7 12.20 4.8 12.85 3.9 12.30 4.8 12.75 74.80
38. Kevin Penev RGA 5.0 12.95 4.5 11.65 4.2 12.15 4.8 14.15 4.6 12.25 4.6 11.60 74.75
39. Angel Leon Gymnastics World 5.0 12.95 3.7 11.60 4.9 12.60 5.2 13.20 4.9 12.85 4.6 11.45 74.65
40. Bailey Perez Stanford 5.0 13.15 3.5 10.35 4.4 12.30 4.8 14.00 4.3 12.40 4.4 12.30 74.50
41. Alexander Frack Parkettes 4.1 12.30 4.9 12.70 4.2 12.75 4.0 12.65 4.4 12.10 4.4 11.95 74.45
42. Joseph Peters Illinois 5.2 13.60 4.7 12.60 4.9 12.40 4.8 13.50 4.9 11.40 4.3 10.70 74.20
43. Alexei Vernyi Cypress Academy 5.5 12.50 4.9 10.20 4.0 12.10 5.2 14.20 4.7 12.35 4.7 12.10 73.45
44. Jordan Kovach Bart Conner 4.9 13.15 4.1 11.65 4.4 12.80 4.4 12.65 4.3 11.45 4.4 11.30 73.00
45. Evan Hymanson Nebraska 5.4 13.10 3.8 10.60 4.4 12.45 4.0 12.85 4.6 11.60 4.8 12.05 72.65
46. Jordan Williams Liberty 5.0 12.25 3.3 10.45 4.4 11.50 4.8 13.85 3.5 12.20 4.1 12.35 72.60
47. Joshua Williams Cypress Academy 4.9 13.45 4.0 10.50 4.8 13.40 4.8 13.85 4.0 10.70 4.1 10.40 72.30
48. David Willett High Point 4.5 12.40 4.1 11.80 4.5 12.40 4.0 13.05 4.0 11.45 3.6 11.15 72.25
49. Jeremy Bischoff Wallers GymJam 4.4 12.40 3.7 12.15 3.9 12.00 4.0 12.95 4.0 10.85 3.8 10.95 71.30
50. Samuel Phillips Gymnastics Olympica 4.4 12.15 4.2 11.00 3.7 10.90 4.4 13.60 4.4 11.10 4.9 11.80 70.55
51. Travis Wong Universal Gym 4.0 9.85 4.1 12.30 4.1 12.75 4.0 12.70 4.4 10.80 3.9 12.10 70.50
51. Russell Johnson DeVeau's School 4.1 11.75 4.3 10.35 4.4 12.10 4.8 13.20 3.9 11.10 3.9 12.00 70.50
53. Nathan Goff Army 4.8 12.45 4.4 10.10 4.6 12.45 2.2 10.00 4.7 12.40 4.8 12.85 70.25
54. Matthew Geuy SCEGA 4.5 10.90 3.9 11.95 3.8 10.55 4.8 13.25 3.8 11.65 3.7 10.10 68.40
55. Eddie Penev U.S.O.T.C. 6.3 14.90 4.7 13.10 5.4 14.65 5.2 13.40 5.4 11.60 67.65
56. Anthony McCallum Michigan 5.3 13.60 5.0 12.70 3.9 12.45 5.6 14.90 5.1 12.95 66.60
57. Brett Miller Gymnastics World 4.8 10.95 3.3 8.70 3.7 10.45 4.0 13.15 3.8 11.85 3.2 11.15 66.25
58. Dmitri Belanovski Michigan 4.9 13.25 5.1 13.20 4.8 13.30 5.3 12.60 5.1 12.80 65.15
59. Connor Lewis Stanford 4.9 13.35 4.3 12.40 4.8 13.65 4.7 13.05 4.0 12.05 64.50
60. Cecilio Garcia SoCal United 3.8 11.20 3.0 9.50 2.9 9.30 3.2 12.15 3.5 10.85 2.8 10.70 63.70
61. Jacob Moore Twistars USA 4.7 11.30 4.9 13.50 4.8 13.80 4.4 12.05 4.0 12.55 63.20
62. Sean Melton Ohio State 5.8 14.15 5.5 14.75 5.3 14.00 5.0 13.50 56.40
63. Marvin Kimble U.S.O.T.C. 5.2 11.05 6.5 12.50 5.6 13.15 3.1 6.10 5.2 12.80 55.60
64. Alex Diab Illinois 5.7 13.90 5.2 12.55 4.8 13.80 4.7 12.70 52.95
65. Leroy Clarke Penn State 5.7 13.95 5.3 13.65 5.2 12.05 5.1 13.25 52.90
66. Nicholas Merryman Iowa 4.8 13.50 4.4 13.40 4.3 12.50 4.5 12.15 51.55
67. Tristan Duran Minnesota 4.7 11.95 4.6 13.50 5.3 13.10 5.4 10.65 49.20
68. Joshua Davis WOGA Gym 4.5 11.75 4.4 12.90 4.4 13.45 0.0 0.00 4.7 9.95 48.05
69. Parker Clayton DeVeau's School 4.2 11.15 4.4 12.30 0.0 0.00 3.8 11.15 3.2 11.75 46.35
70. Alec Yoder Ohio State 6.1 14.90 5.2 13.50 5.0 13.20 0.0 0.00 41.60
71. Drew Moling Ohio State 5.8 14.35 5.1 12.65 5.1 12.75 39.75
72. Mitchell Brown Michigan 4.7 12.55 4.8 14.30 4.7 11.30 38.15
73. John Chou Cypress Academy 4.9 13.40 4.4 12.25 3.8 12.40 38.05
74. Alexander Naddour USA Youth Fitness 6.4 14.80 5.9 14.80 29.60
75. Steven Legendre Oklahoma 6.3 14.25 5.2 14.70 28.95
76. Michael Reid Southlake 6.1 13.15 5.4 13.00 26.15
77. Christopher Brooks U.S.O.T.C. 6.2 14.95 14.95
78. Brandon Ngai Illinois 5.8 14.85 14.85
79. Ellis Mannon Minnesota 5.9 14.50 14.50
80. Samuel Mikulak U.S.O.T.C. 4.7 12.30 12.30
81. Addison Chung Massachusetts Elite 4.2 11.25 11.25

Qualified to Finals (Point System)

QualifiersAAPoints
1. All-Around Akash Modi 86.30 96
2. All-Around Yul Moldauer 84.85 83
3. All-Around Allan Bower 84.85 85
4. All-Around Donnell Whittenburg 84.20 82
5. All-Around Donothan Bailey 83.55 69
6. All-Around Robert Neff 82.45 50
7. All-Around Timothy Wang 81.05 47
8. All-Around Brandon Briones 80.75 34
9. All-Around Hunter Justus 80.70 37
10. All-Around Kanji Oyama 80.70 28
11. All-Around Grant Breckenridge 80.20 27
12. All-Around Shane Wiskus 80.15 42
13. All-Around Trevor Howard 79.90 34
14. All-Around Colin VanWicklen 79.50 27
15. All-Around Emyre Cole 78.60 22
16. All-Around Johnny Jacobson 78.40 14
17. All-Around Christopher Stephenson 78.30 15
18. All-Around Levi Anderson 78.25 17
19. All-Around Andrew Botto 78.20 24
20. All-Around Jonathan Tang 77.55 9
21. All-Around Favian Valdez 77.35 0
22. All-Around Peter Daggett 76.90 0
23. All-Around Jalon Stephens 76.75 18
24. All-Around Dominic DiFulvio 76.65 7
1. Specialist Sean Melton 56.40 61
2. Specialist Eddie Penev 67.65 46
3. Specialist Alexander Naddour 29.60 37
4. Specialist Steven Legendre 28.95 34
5. Specialist Leroy Clarke 52.90 29
6. Specialist Anthony McCallum 66.60 21
7. Specialist Alec Yoder 41.60 21
8. Specialist Christopher Brooks 14.95 20
9. Specialist Brandon Ngai 14.85 19
10. Specialist David Pochinka 74.85 18
11. Specialist Ellis Mannon 14.50 16
12. Specialist Drew Moling 39.75 15
13. Specialist Cameron Bock 75.70 14
14. Specialist Alex Diab 52.95 10
15. Specialist Jacob Moore 63.20 9
16. Specialist Nicholas Merryman 51.55 9
17. Specialist Mitchell Brown 38.15 9
18. Specialist Ian Gunther 76.15 8

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