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Written by Dwight Normile    Friday, 13 April 2007 22:22    PDF Print
Horton, McNeill Win Twice in NCAA Finals
Jonathan Horton (Oklahoma) and Tim McNeill (California) each won two titles in the event finals of the Men's NCAA Championships, held Saturday in University Park, Pa.

Horton, who finished second in Friday's all-around competition, placed first on floor exercise and high bar. At the 2006 NCAAs, Horton won floor exercise and rings.

McNeill successfully defended his pommel horse title from 2006, and won parallel bars, as well.

Stanford's Alex Schorsch improved on his second-place rings finish from 2006 to win that event.

On vault, Stanford's David Sender repeated his first-place vault finish from 2006, but shared it with Ohio State's Pejman Ebrahimi. Third was Ohio State's Jimmy Wickham, the 2006 silver medalist.

All-around champion Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (Oklahoma) competed on three events. His best finished was fifth place on vault.

Horton, McNeill and Sender are members of the 2006 U.S. national team. Kevin Tan, an assistant coach at Penn State (which won the team title), is also a member of the U.S. national team.

Horton, Sender and Tan competed for the U.S. at the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

Tommy Ramos, a double event medalist for Penn State, competed for Puerto Rico at the 2006 Worlds.

Parallel bars and high bar finalist Sergei Dmitriev (Minnesota) is the son of Yelena Polevaya, who was a member of the first-place Soviet women's team at the 1981 World Championships.

2007 Men's NCAA Championships
April 14, University Park, Pa.

Floor Exercise
1. Jonathan Horton (Oklahoma) 9.65
2. Adam Reichow (Minnesota) 9.55
3t. Chad Wiest (Illinois) 9.525
3t. Russell Czeschin (Oklahoma) 9.525
5. Wesley Haagensen (Illinois) 9.475
6. Cole Storer (Minnesota) 9.45
7t. Tyler Yamauchi (Illinois) 9.425
7t. Nick Virbitsky (Penn State) 9.425
9. Chris Silcox (Illinois) 8.575
10.Chris Brooks (Oklahoma) 8.300

Pommel Horse
1. Tim McNeill (California) 9.650
2. Casey Sandy (Penn State) 9.575
3t. Jacob Becker (Iowa) 9.200
3t. Chris Harper (Stanford) 9.200
5. T.J. Schmidt (Nebraska) 9.075
6. Stephen Tetrault (Nebraska) 8.975
7. Kit Beikmann (Minnesota) 8.875
8. Justin Laury (Michigan) 8.675
9. David Sender (Stanford) 8.325
10. Derek Helsby (Penn State) 7.750

Still Rings
1. Alex Schorsch (Stanford) 9.750
2. Tommy Ramos (Penn State) 9.725
3. Jonathan Horton (Oklahoma) 9.675
4t. David Sender (Stanford) 9.650
4t. D.J. Bucher (Ohio State) 9.650
5. Peter Derman (Stanford) 9.600
7t. Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (Oklahoma) 9.550
7t. Vladi Klurman (Penn State) 9.550
9t. Andrew Elkind (Michigan) 9.450
9t. Ralph Rosso (Michigan) 9.450

Vault
1t. David Sender (Stanford) 9.300
1t. Pejman Ebrahimi (Ohio State) 9.300
3. Jimmy Wickham (Ohio State) 9.275
4. Geoff Reins (Iowa) 9.175
5. Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (Oklahoma) 9.025
6. Adam Reichow (Minnesota) 8.975
7. David Chan (Michigan) 8.950
8. Jonathan Horton (Oklahoma) 8.900
9. Dylan Carney (Stanford) 8.700
10. Tyler Yamauchi (Illinois) 8.050

Parallel Bars
1. Tim McNeill (California) 9.725
2. D.J. Bucher (Ohio State) 9.625
3. Colin Christ (California) 9.475
4t. Andrew Elkind (Michigan) 9.450
4t. Jacob Lee (Minnesota) 9.450
5. Tommy Ramos (Penn State) 9.400
7. Willie Ito (Ohio State) 9.150
8. Kyson Bunthuwong (California) 9.000
9. Sergei Dmitriev (Minnesota) 8.925
10. T.J. Schmidt (Nebraska) 8.600

High Bar
1. Jonathan Horton (Oklahoma) 9.675
2t. Tommy Ramos (Penn State) 9.375
2t. Colin Christ (California) 9.375
4. Chris Brooks (Oklahoma) 9.300
5. Chris Silcox (Illinois) 9.200
5. Wesley Haagensen (Illinois) 9.150
7. Dylan Carney (Stanford) 9.050
8. Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (Oklahoma) 8.925
9. Sergei Dmitriev (Minnesota) 8.575
10. Jake Bateman (Ohio State) 8.050

Read coverage of the 2007 Men's NCAA Championships in the May issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features

2007 NCAA Preview, "Kevin Tan: Captain's Duties" - short profile (January/February 2007)
"IG Profile: Jimmy Wickham" (July/August 2006)
2006 Men's NCAA Championships coverage, Jonathan Horton on cover (May 2006)
2005 Men's NCAA Championships coverage (May 2005)
2004 Men's NCAA Championships coverage (May 2004)

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 13 April 2007 22:21    PDF Print
China Takes Two in Maribor

Chinese gymnasts won five medals — including two golds — in the first day of finals at the 40th Annual Salamunov Memorial, a World Cup even taking place this weekend in Maribor, Slovenia.

In the women's competitions, world vault champion Cheng Fei placed first on vault by 0.912 over co-silver medalists Erika Morel (France) and Veronica Wagner (Sweden). Cheng's teammate, Li Ya, easily won uneven bars over Jana Sikulova of the Czech Republic. Li's routine, which featured her trademark Jaeger to mixed-grip to immediate Jaeger, had a 7.5 A-panel score.

The Chinese men won two medals, but the event champions came from four different countries: Yevgeny Bogonosyuk of Ukraine (floor exercise), Krisztian Berki of Hungary (pommel horse) and Georgallas Irodotos of Cyprus and Regulo Carmona of Venezuela (still rings).

The competition concludes Sunday, with event finals for balance beam and floor exercise (women); and vault, parallel bars and high bar (men).

40th Annual Salamunov Memorial
April 14, Maribor, Slovenia

Women's Vault
1. Cheng Fei CHN 14.812
2t. Erika Morel FRA 13.900
2t. Veronica Wagner SWE 13.900
4. Tunde Csillag HUN 13.750
5. Eniko Korcsmaros HUN 13.562
6. Annika Urvikko FIN 13.512
7. Tanja Delladio CRO 13.375
8. Tina Erceg CRO 13.287

Uneven Bars
1. Li Ya CHN 16.025
2. Jana Sikulova CZE 14.725
3. Han Bing CHN 14.150
4. Kristyna Palesova CZE 14.000
5. Eniko Korcsmaros HUN 12.200
6. Melanie Roberts GBR 11.950
7. Tina Erceg CRO 11.850
8. Vasiliki Millousi GRE 11.700

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Yevgeny Bogonosyuk UKR 15.025
2. Isaac Botella ESP 14.425
3. Laszlo Czingi HUN 14.275
4. Samuel Piasecky SVK 14.100
5. Sami Aalto FIN 14.075
6. Martin Vlk CZE 14.000
7. Filip Ude CRO 13.625
6. Vitaly Nanonechy UKR 13.450

Pommel Horse
1. Krisztian Berki HUN 16.150
2. Daniel Keatings GBR 15.275
3. Zhang Hongtao CHN 15.100
4. Filip Ude CRO 14.550
5. Robert Juckel GER 14.450
6. Donna-Donny Truyens BEL 14.275
7. Saso Bertoncelj SLO 14.075
8. Xenofon Kosmidis GRE 13.250

Still Rings
1t. Georgallas Irodotos CYP 15.950
1t. Regulo Carmona VEN 15.950
3. Yan Mingyong CHN 15.850
4. Olli Torkkel FIN 14.975
5. Thomas Andergassen GER 14.900
6. Krzisztof Muchorski POL 14.750
7. Robert Juckel GER 14.575
8. Laszlo Czingli HUN 14.300

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
Chinese team (including Cheng and Li) on cover (December 2006)
"Lucky Charm" - Cheng cover story (January 2005)
"Quick Chat: Cheng Fei" (May 2006)
"Raising The Bar" - Li Ya profile (February 2005)
Li Ya mini-poster (November 2005)
"Veronica's Date: 2008" - Wagner feature (February 2005)
"On the upswing" - Sikulova profile (July/August 2006)
"IG Close-Up: Han Bing" - profile (December 2005)
Cheng Fei cover story (January 2005)

 
Written by Dwight Normile    Thursday, 12 April 2007 22:18    PDF Print
Penn State Wins Men's NCAA Team Title
Penn State earned a come-from-behind victory in the last rotation at the Men's NCAA Championships, held Friday night in University Park, Pa. The home team earned its 12th team title, an NCAA record in men's gymnastics.
Penn State University

Coached by Randy Jepson, Penn State finished the meet with a 38.45 team score on rings, and ended up 0.800 ahead of five-rotation leader Oklahoma.

Oklahoma, coached by Mark Williams, finished its night on vault with a 36.10 team score. Although this was the highest team total of the night on vault, it dropped the Sooners to second place. Oklahoma won the team title in 2005 and 2006.

Penn State, the 2004 team champion, placed fourth in 2005 and 2006.

Members of the winning team were Shaun Antonio, Nissen-Emery Award winner Matt Cohen, Allen Harris, Derek Helsby, Vladi Klurman, Santiago Lopez, Tommy Ramos, Casey Sandy, Noam Shaham and Nick Virbitsky.

Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons and Jonathan Horton led OU, sharing the team's high score of the night (9.70) on rings.

In the all-around, Abdullah-Simmons placed first over Illinois' Wesley Haagensen and Horton, who tied for second. Last year, Horton won the title, Haagensen was fourth and Abdullah-Simmons was sixth.

The competition concludes Saturday with the individual event finals. Live scoring will be available on the Penn State Web site.

2007 Men's NCAA Gymnastics Championships
April 13, 2007, University Park, Pa.

Team Final
1. Penn State University 221.00
2. University of Oklahoma 220.20
3. Stanford University 218.45
4. University of Michigan 218.40
5. University of Illinois 217.30
6. University of Minnesota 217.15

All-Around
1. Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (Oklahoma) 55.75
2t. Jonathan Horton (Oklahoma) 55.00
2t. Wesley Haagensen (Illinois) 55.00
4t. David Sender (Stanford) 54.00
4t. Justin Laury (Michigan) 54.00
6. Jacob Lee (Minnesoa) 53.20
7. Stephen Tetrault (Nebraska) 52.05
8. Andre Berry (Minnesota) 51.85
9. Jason Wassung (Nebraska) 51.75
10. Kyson Bunthuwong (California) 51.65
11. Tim Morrison (Illinois-Chicago) 51.30
12. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 48.80

Read coverage of the 2007 Men's NCAA Championships in the May issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features

2007 NCAA Preview (January/February 2007)
2006 Men's NCAA Championships coverage, Jonathan Horton on cover (May 2006)
2005 Men's NCAA Championships coverage (May 2005)
2004 Men's NCAA Championships coverage (May 2004)

To subscribe to IG Magazine or order back issues, click here.

 
Written by Dwight Normile    Wednesday, 11 April 2007 22:17    PDF Print
No. 1 Buckeyes Bumped
For the second year in a row, Ohio State missed qualifying to the Men's NCAA Championships team final. The top-ranked team placed fourth in the first of two qualifying sessions Thursday as the championships began at Penn State University in University Park, Pa.

The Buckeyes tallied 215.250 and missed the three-team cut by 0.10, trailing Stanford (216.350), Illinois (216.300) and Michigan (215.350). Iowa (209.500) and Army (194.800) were fifth and sixth.

While Stanford and Michigan, ranked 4th and 5th, respectively, were expected to advance, 8th-ranked Illinois was not. But top Illini gymnast Wesley Haagensen led the all-around standings after the first session.

In the second session, Penn State earned the highest team total of the day with 218.900. Two-time defending champion Oklahoma (218.600) and Minnesota (216.900) earned finals berths. California (216.650) outscored all the teams in Session I, but did not advance to the final. Nebraska (209.100) and Temple (205.400) rounded out Session II.

The team and all-around final will be held at 7 p.m. EST. Live scoring will be available on the Penn State Web site.

2007 Men's NCAA Gymnastics Championships
April 12, 2007, University Park, Pa.

Session I - Top Three Advance
1. Stanford 216.350
2. Illinois 216.300
3. Michigan 215.350
4. Ohio State 215.250
5. Iowa 209.500
6. Army 194.800

Session II - Top Three Advance
1. Penn State 218.900
2. Oklahoma 218.600
3. Minnesota 216.900
4. California 216.550
5. Nebraska 209.100
6. Temple 205.400

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 01 April 2007 22:13    PDF Print
Foreigners Dominate Zakharova Cup
Foreign gymnasts won 13 of the 16 titles at the Stella Zakharova Cup, held March 31-April 1 in Kiev. The competition is held in honor of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Stella Zakharova.
The Chinese women in Kiev

Asia dominated the women's competition with a complete sweep of the gold medals. Japan's Keiko Mukumoto won the senior women's all-around title, and the winnning Chinese team took the remainder of the golds. Xiao Sha won the junior all-around and the golds on uneven bars and balance beam. Deng Ying won vault and Li Shanshan won floor exercise.

The host Ukrainians won three golds on the men's side: team, junior all-around (Viktor Stepanenko) and pommel horse (Alexander Koltakov).

Daniel Keatings won the senior all-around title and led Great Britain to the team silver over Russia. Teammate Luke Folwell won vault.

Most of Ukraine's top athletes were absent. Zakharova, the former president of the Ukrainian Gymnastics Federation, was removed from her post in 2006 after a lawsuit was filed contesting the results of the election.

2007 Zakharova Cup
March 31-April 1, Kiev

Women's Team
1. China 171.850
2. Russia 170.700
3. Japan 166.350
4. Ukraine 165.150
5. Spain 163.900
6. Australia 163.300
7. Canada 157.600
8. Belarus 147.100
9. Kazakhstan 142.650

Men's Team
1. Ukraine 257.200
2. Great Britain 256.150
3. Russia 255.750
4. Japan 254.750
5. China 254.000
6. Spain 251.250
7. Israel 240.200
8. Poland 239.300
9. Canada 235.450
10. Belarus 233.100

Women's Senior All-Around
1. Keiko Mukumoto JPN 57.250
2. Nadezhda Chikhiryova RUS 57.000
3. Lauren Mitchell AUS 56.950
4. Alyona Zmeu RUS 56.550
5. Mercedes Alcaide ESP 55.300
6. Valeria Maksyuta UKR 54.950
7. Xiao Tingting CHN 54.850
8. Ishizaka Mannami JPN 54.100
9. Marina Sergienko UKR 52.550
10. Cynthia Lemieux CAN 52.500
11. Thais Escolar ESP 52.250
12. Stephanie Desjardins-Labelle CAN 51.950
13. Angelina Kislaya UKR 51.050
14. Karina Tapalova KAZ 49.600
15. Olga Shakot BLR 49.600

Senior Men's All-Around
1. Daniel Keatings GBR 86.900
2. Yevgeny Vasilyev RUS 85.950
3. Makoto Okiguri JPN 85.700
4. Artyom Lyubonevich UKR 84.900
5. Tu Ting CHN 84.550
6. Kenichi Watanabe JPN 84.200
7. Alexander Shatilov ISR 83.600
8. Roman Kulesza POL 83.600
9. Luke Folwell GBR 83.300
10. Cristian Gulen ESP 83.200
11. Kamil Hulboj POL 83.150
12. Dmitry Paramanov RUS 82.950
13. Eduard Gholub ISR 82.750
14. Vitaly Kochkin KAZ 81.250
15. Waldemar Eichhorn GER 80.800

Junior Women's All-Around
1. Xiao Sha CHN 58.200
2. Aliya Mustafina RUS 55.150
3. Anastasia Koval UKR 54.800

Junior Men's All-Around
1. Viktor Stepanenko UKR 86.000
2. Pyotr Pakhnyuk UKR 85.500
3. Cristian Bazan ESP 85.150
4. Chen Xuezhang CHN 84.750
5. Wang Peng CHN 84.250
6. Mikhail Bodner RUS 84.250
7. Vladimir Yaroslavtsev UKR 83.100
8. Reece Pearson GBR 82.750
9. Takuya Inatera JPN 82.500
10. Sam Oldham GBR 82.450
11. Dmitry Stolyarov RUS 81.000
12. Retaka Deguchi JPN 80.650
13. Paolo Principi ITA 79.325
14. Jackson Payne CAN 77.250

Women's Vault
1. Deng Ying CHN 14.480
2. Valeria Maksyuta UKR 14.350
3. Alyona Zmeu RUS 14.187
4. Dorina Boszogo HUN 14.150
5. Marina Sergienko UKR 13.850
6. Ivana Kovachova SVK 13.837
7. Keiko Mukumoto JPN 13.537
8. Nadezhda Chikhiryova RUS 12.987

Uneven Bars
1. Xiao Sha CHN 15.500
2. Anastasia Koval UKR 15.125
3. Keiko Mukumoto JPN 14.750
4. Aliya Mustafina RUS 14.600
5. Lauren Mitchell AUS 14.400
6. Li Shanshan CHN 14.350
7. Alyona Zmeu RUS 13.975
8. Manami Ishizaka JPN 13.875

Balance Beam
1. Xiao Sha CHN 15.475
2. Lauren Mitchell AUS 14.975
3. Li Shanshan CHN 14.825
4. Mercedes Alcaide ESP 14.572
5. Valeria Maksyuta UKR 14.525
5. Keiko Mukumoto JPN 14.525
7. Alyona Zmeu RUS 13.675
8. Manami Ishizaka JPN 13.450

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Li Shanshan CHN 14.900
2. Thais Escolar ESP 14.425
3. Valeria Maksyuta UKR 14.325
4. Erika Rin Danko JPN 14.225
5. Deng Ying CHN 14.025
6. Aliya Mustafina RUS 13.700
7. Lauren Mitchell AUS 13.650
8. Nadezhda Chikhiryova RUS 13.300

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Daniel Keatings GBR 15.575
2. Alexander Shatilov ISR 15.475
3. Retaka Deguchi JPN 14.850
4. Nikita Yermak UKR 14.350
5. Luke Folwell GBR 14.200
6. Pavel Gofman ISR 14.075
7. Cristian Bazan ESP 13.875
8. Waldemar Eichhorn GER 13.475

Pommel Horse
1. Alexander Koltakov UKR 14.700
2. Alexei Ignatovich BLR 14.125
3. Daniel Keatings GBR 13.775
4. Mikhail Bodnar RUS 13.700
5. Reece Pearson GBR 13.400
6. Pyotr Pakhnyuk UKR 13.150
7. Igor Kozlov BLR 13.000
8. Roman Kulesza POL 12.600

Still Rings
1. Tu Ting CHN 15.025
2. Eduard Gholub ISR 14.825
3. Yevgeny Vasilyev RUS 14.725
3. Cristian Bazan ESP 14.725
5. Dmitry Paramonov RUS 14.375
6. Takuya Inatera JPN 14.300
7. Igor Kozlov BLR 14.150
8. Sus Asaf ISR 14.075

Men's Vault
1. Luke Folwell GBR 15.750
2. Makoto Okiguri JPN 15.675
3. Igor Kozlov BLR 15.462
4. Oleg Shakirov UKR 15.215
5. Cristian Bazan ESP 15.162
6. Mikhail Bodnar RUS 14.987
7. Vladimir Yaroslavtsev UKR 14.50
8. Ivan Bykov GER 6.90

Parallel Bars
1. Roman Kulesza POL 14.825
2. Keichi Vatanabe JPN 14.600
3. Tu Ting CHN 14.375
4. Oleg Osipov KAZ 13.700
5. Mikhil Bodnar RUS 13.662
6. Dmitry Paramonov RUS 13.250
7. Wang Pen CHN 13.225
8. Viktor Stepanenko UKR 11.900

High Bar
1. Yevgeny Vasilyev RUS 14.900
2. Daniel Keatings GBR 14.500
3. Artyom Lyubonevich UKR 14.400
4. Waldemar Eichhorn GER 14.350
5. Dmitry Paramonov RUS 14.200
6. Ignacio Losantos ESP 14.050
7. Chen Xuezhang CHN 13.525

 


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