Pre-qualiftying sessions for the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships begin Thursday with the championships proper beginning Friday at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals session.
Here’s a look at some of the competitors you should keep an eye on as competition gets under way.
Jake Dalton enters the NCAA Championships as the No. 1 ranked all-around gymnast and captain of the top-ranked Sooners. Dalton, a junior, won NCAA titles on the vault and floor last season.
Fresh off individual titles in the floor exercise and on the vault at the MPSF Championships, Eddie Penev will look for another national championship. Penev won the individual vault national title as a freshman.
Ruggeri represented Team USA at the 2011 Pan-Am Games in October, winning gold on high bar (15.650), silver on parallel bars (14.825) and bronze in the team competition.
Raymond White scored a 14.950 and 14.000 on floor and pommel horse, respectively in the NCAA team finals in 2011.
Senior, Ohio State
Ty Echard was named a 2012 Nissen-Emery Award finalist and has been an All-American in both the 2009 and 2011 campaigns. The senior placed third on pommel horse in both the 2009 and 2011 NCAA Championships.
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Junior, Penn State
Scott Rosenthal earned his first career All-America honor, placing eighth (15.000) in the still rings at the individual finals of the national championships in 2011.
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After capturing the all-around and three individual titles at the ECAC Championships last weekend, Navy senior Andrew Faulk was named USAG Collegiate Division National Gymnast of the Week. Faulk is the first Navy gymnast since 1973 to be a Nissen-Emery Award finalist.
Led by Ryan Ponce, a total of six gymnasts from Springfield will compete at the Championships. The six include sophomore Ponce in the still rings and senior Ty Evans in the all-around. Springfield College is the only Division III school to compete.