Van Wicklen Leads U.S. Men’s Qualifier

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Colin van Wicklen

At a national qualifier held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs this weekend, former University of Oklahoma gymnast Colin Van Wicklen led the senior field with an 83.650 total to become one of 18 men who qualified for national championships.

Through their rankings at the qualifier, the men earned points through the national Points Ranking System, which assigns points to each event based on the athlete’s finish on that apparatus. In addition to winning the all-around title, van Wicklen, who currently trains at the Cypress Academy in Houston, also earned the most points here, with a total of 96.

Van Wicklen had an excellent day of competition in Colorado Springs, hitting all six events to finish first on vault, second on high bar, and third on rings. Pommel horse was his weakest event at just a 4.4 D and he placed just 12th there, though his routine was excellent, earning the highest execution score of the meet with an 8.950. He was also polished on both floor and parallel bars, taking a step out-of-bounds in one of his tumbling runs, but otherwise landing solid passes to impress here with an all-around score that rivals those of the top national team members in the country.

Cameron Bock, a University of Michigan gymnast who already qualified to nationals from his all-around performance at NCAA Championships, finished second here with an 82.250 while also winning the p-bars title with a 14.550, and Genki Suzuki of the University of Oklahoma won the bronze with an 82.050, showing his strongest work on p-bars and high bar, winning the bronze on the latter as well.

In the points rankings, behind Van Wicklen was Sam Mikulak with a total of 91, Bock with a total of 83, Anthony Stephenson (fifth all-around) with 76, and Suzuki with 75.

Mikulak, already qualified to nationals as a member of the national team, competed all events but vault here, showing incredibly strong work on floor, rings, and high bar, winning the gold on all three, and though he wasn’t quite at his best on pommels or p-bars, his p-bars routine was difficult enough to get him to a 14.5 for the silver medal.

Also competing here as a member of the national team was Donothan Bailey, who won pommels to win the gold, but struggled on p-bars and high bar.

Full results from the qualifier are available here, and you can also find the points ranking system results here. Below is a list of gymnasts who have qualified to nationals either here at the qualifier, as a member of the national team, or through their results at this spring’s NCAA Championships.

NATIONAL TEAM MEMBERS
Donothan Bailey, USOTC
Allan Bower, Oklahoma
Marvin Kimble, Salto
Sean Melton, Ohio State
Sam Mikulak, USOTC
Akash Modi, Stanford
Yul Moldauer, Oklahoma
Eddie Penev, USOTC
Donnell Whittenburg, USOTC
Shane Wiskus, Minnesota
Alec Yoder, Ohio State
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Levi Anderson, Oklahoma
Bobby Baker, Illinois
Cameron Bock, Michigan
Alex Diab, Illinois
Tristan Duran, Minnesota
Bennett Huang, Iowa
Stephen Nedoroscik, Penn State
Robert Neff, Stanford
NATIONAL QUALIFIER
Jake Brodarzon, Iowa
Kyte Crigger, Berkeley
Adrian De Los Angeles, USOTC
Seth Delbridge, Ohio State
Gage Dyer, Oklahoma
Trevor Howard, Ohio State
Tanner Justus, Oklahoma
Kyle King, Nebraska
Jacob Moore, Michigan
Kanji Oyama, USOTC
Sebastian Quiana, Illinois
Tyler Schaal, Universal
Jalon Stephens, Minnesota
Anthony Stephenson, Nebraska
Genki Suzuki, Oklahoma
Colin Van Wicklen, Cypress
Alexei Vernyi, Oklahoma
Kiwan Watts, Arizona State

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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