Two collegians earn spots on U.S. national team at Winter Cup Challenge
LAS VEGAS -- Former Oklahoma gymnast and 2012 Olympian Jake Dalton posted a two-day, combined all-around total of 173.250 to capture the all-around crown at the 2013 Winter Cup Challenge this weekend inside the Las Vegas Sports Center. Michigan's Adrian de los Angeles 172.400, and Danell Leyva 171.950, finished second and third, respectively.
During Saturday’s all-around competition, Dalton scored 87.850, de los Angeles posted 86.600, and Leyva tallied 86.450.
|Floor||Jacob Dalton (OU)||31.250|
|Pommel||Michael Newburger (OSU)||30.300|
|Rings||Jacob Dalton (OU)||29.650|
|Vault||Eddie Penev (Stanford)||30.300|
|AA||Jacob Dalton (OU)||173.250|
Dalton and de los Angeles came down to the wire, having traded the top spot in the standings throughout the evening. In the final rotation, the two dismounted their respective events moments apart from one another. Dalton’s 14.500 on the horizontal bar edged de los Angeles, who posted a 13.300 on the pommel horse.
“I had a few mistakes in night one, so it was nice to clean up a few things. Coming away with the win is always good. It gives me a little more confidence and helps me get ready for the American Cup,” Dalton said. “Everything kind of goes crazy after the Olympics, so it’s great to be able to get back into the same cycle.”
Dalton began competition on the floor exercise with a 15.600 after mounting with a laidout Arabian double. Next, he recorded scores of 13.000, 15.000 and 14.750 on pommel horse, still rings and vault, respectively. On the parallel bars, he posted a 15.000 before heading to the high bar in the sixth rotation. Dalton also won the floor exercise and still rings individual titles with two-day totals of 31.250 and 29.650, respectively.
Leader after night one, de los Angeles started on the still rings, where he dismounted with a full-twisting double layout to score 14.350. On the vault, his Kasamatsu one-and-a-half earned him a 14.700. He posted scores of 15.100, parallel bars; 13.500, high bar; 15.650, floor; and 13.300, pommel horse.
Leyva, the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, posted his best score of the night on the vault, where his nearly stuck Kasamatsu one-and-a-half earned a 15.050. He also posted a 14.600 on high bar, a 14.400 on floor, a 13.150 on pommel horse, a 14.400 on still rings and a 14.850 on the parallel bars. Leyva, who is the 2011 World parallel bars champion, won the parallel bars (30.050) and high bar (29.750) individual titles.
Michael Newburger of Ohio State won the pommel horse title with a combined score of 30.300, while Eddie Penev of Stanford, picked up the vault crown, also scoring 30.300.
Following the competition, de los Angeles, Paul Ruggeri, Sean Melton, Akash Modi, former Ohio State gymnast Brandon Wynn, former Cal gymnast Glen Ishino and Penev were named to the U.S. national team, along with all eight members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.