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Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 18 April 2009 18:17    PDF Print
Legendre, Ruggeri Take Two Titles Each in NCAA Finals
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Sophomores Steven Legendre (Oklahoma) and Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) took two titles each Saturday night as the Men's NCAA Championships concluded in Minneapolis.

Legendre, who won the all-around title Saturday night, defended his titles on floor exercise and vault.

"Tonight was definitely fun because everybody did well," Legendre said. "It's great to end the season on a high note, it really gives us a boost into next year."

Ruggeri defended his high bar title from 2008, and added the title on parallel bars.

"It definitely feels great to repeat as high bar champion," Ruggeri said. "I wasn't expecting to win parallel bars tonight, but it's exciting and it's good to know that my training has paid off on the event. I learned some unique skills over the summer that people don't normally do and that's where I think I have the edge."

Ruggeri's teammate Daniel Ribeiro won pommel horse to give Illinois half the event titles.

"I trained hard throughout the year and all of the hard work I've put in makes winning the title incredible," Ribeiro said. "I've been pretty consistent with my routine this year and my goal coming in was to just stay on the horse and hit as clean as I could."

California-Berkeley senior Evan Roth won still rings in his final competition.

"This is inexplicable at the moment," Roth said. "I've been working all year for this. This is a dream come true."

2009 Men's NCAA Championships
April 18, Minneapolis, Minn.

Floor Exercise Final
1. Steven Legendre (Oklahoma) 15.625
2. Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) 15.600
3. Chris Brooks (Oklahoma) 15.575
4. Chris Cameron (Michigan) 15.550
5. Russell Czeschin (Oklahoma) 15.500
6. Roger Pasek (Illinois) 15.425
7. Bobby Shortle (Oklahoma) 15.375
8. Sho Nakamori (Stanford) 15.325
9. Greg Ter-Zakhariants (Sta) 15.100
10. Eddie Hay (Ohio State) 13.775

Pommel Horse Final
1. Daniel Ribeiro (Illinois) 15.575
2. Steven Spencer (Ohio State) 15.475
3. Ty Echard (Ohio State) 15.450
4. Glen Ishino (California) 15.350
5. Kit Beikmann (Minnesota) 15.325
6. Chris Cameron (Michigan) 15.175
7. Adam Hamers (Michigan) 14.525
8. Jacob Messina (Oklahoma) 14.300
9. Kyson Bunthuwong (Calif) 13.925
10. Kyle Bunthuwong (Calif) 11.925

Stills Rings Final
1. Evan Roth (California) 15.600
2. Phillip Goldberg (Michigan) 15.400
3. Nicholas Noone (Stanford) 15.275
4. Jake Bateman (Ohio State) 15.250
4. Tim Gentry (Stanford) 15.250
6. Kyle Brady (California) 15.125
7. Kyle Oi (Stanford) 15.025
8. Bryant Hadden (Stanford) 14.725
9. Shachar Tal (Ohio State) 14.675
10. Chris Cameron (Michigan) 14.550

Vault Final
1. Steven Legendre (Oklahoma) 16.325
2. Geoff Reins (Iowa) 16.300
3. Tim Gentry (Stanford) 16.175
4. Chris Brooks (Oklahoma) 16.025
5. Evan Roth (California) 15.875
6. DJ Repp (Minnesota) 15.850
7. Casey Sandy (Penn State) 15.825
8. Russell Czeschin (Oklahoma) 15.775
9. Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) 15.750
10. Alex Buscaglia (Stanford) 15.625

Parallel Bars Final
1. Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) 15.175
2. Kyle Brady (California) 15.075
3. Thomas Kelley (Michigan) 14.675
4. Sho Nakamori (Stanford) 14.650
5. Ryan Lieberman (Stanford) 14.575
5. Glen Ishino (California) 14.575
7. Nicholas Noone (Stanford) 14.475
8. Jim Kerry (California) 14.400
9. Chris Cameron (Michigan) 14.350
10. Kyle McNamara (Oklahoma) 14.150

High Bar Final
1. Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) 15.750
2. Thomas Kelley (Michigan) 15.275
3. Alex Buscaglia (Stanford) 14.875
4. Sho Nakamori (Stanford) 14.750
5. Joe Catrambone (Michigan) 14.050
6. Bryan del Castillo (Calif) 13.775
7. Kyle McNamara (Oklahoma) 13.475
8. Glen Ishino (California) 13.450
9. Steven Legendre (Oklahoma) 13.250
10. Chris Lung (Illinois) 12.525

Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 18 April 2009 15:48    PDF Print
Russians Take Three Titles in Maribor
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Konstantin Pluzhnikov was one of three Russian gymnasts to strike gold Saturday at the World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia.

Russia took three of five event titles Saturday at the World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia.

The Russian women placed first and second on both of Saturday's events. On vault, Anna Myzdrikova topped Yekaterina Kurbatova, who won uneven bars over Kristina Goryunova.

2008 Olympian Konstantin Pluzhnikov won still rings, his second World Cup title on the event. He outscored Irodotos Georgallas (Cyprus) by .65, the day's largest margin of victory.

Two-time world floor exercise champion Diego Hypolito (Brazil) won his specialty, defeating Alexander Shatilov (Israel) and 2008 Olympic pommel horse silver medalist Filip Ude (Croatia).

"The judging was very strict," Hypolito told the Brazilian media after his victory. "My final score was just lower than in the qualification, but the routine I did today was very good, more difficult, and the main change was the number of passes, six. My starting score was 16.50, and the largest deduction was on the final landing, when I was tired."

Hypolito did not attempt his new move, the "Hypolito 2," a layout Arabian double front with a full out. He said he had planned to debut the skill in Maribor, but could not because the judging panel did not have enough time to evaluate the element and give it a value. He said he plans to debut it instead at the Glasgow Grand Prix in May.

Belgian Donna-Donny Truyens took the gold on pommel horse, his second World Cup title this year after winning last month in Cottbus.

The competition concludes Sunday in Maribor with the second day of event finals. Slovenian stars Mitja Petkovsek, the top qualifier on parallel bars, and Aljaz Pegan, second in qualifying on high bar, will compete.

Click here to download detailed results.

External Link: 42nd Salamunov Memorial

5th Maribor World Cup/42nd Salamunov Memorial
April 18, Maribor, Slovenia

Women's Vault FinalSVScore
1.Anna Myzdrikova5.0/5.214.062
2.Yekaterina Kurbatova5.3/5.214.037
3.Annika Urvikko5.0/5.013.800
4.Fieke Willems5.0/4.813.725
5.Laura Gombas4.6/4.613.687
6.Tijana Tkalcec5.0/5.013.625
7.Tunde Scsillag5.2/4.613.612
8.Ethiene Franco5.0/4.413.300

Uneven Bars FinalSVScore
1.Yekaterina Kurbatova5.814.325
2.Kristina Goryunova5.513.700
3.Ethiene Franco5.313.650
4.Hanna Grosch5.513.350
5.Ana Claudia Silva5.513.000
6.Mayra Kroonen5.012.900
7.Monika Frandofert4.911.825
8.Laurie-Eve Pepin-Gagne5.311.775

Men's Floor Exercise FinalSVScore
1.Diego Hypolito6.515.300
2.Alexander Shatilov6.114.950
3.Filip Ude6.014.800
4.Tomislav Markovic6.314.725
4.Dmitry Barkalov5.814.575
6.Rok Klavora5.913.725
7.Tomi Tuuha5.512.900
8.Dmitry Gogotov5.112.650

Pommel Horse FinalSVScore
1.Donna-Donny Truyens6.015.075
2.Saso Bertoncelj6.414.850
3.Zoltan Kallai6.214.750
3.Andrei Perevoznikov6.314.750
5.Andrei Ursache6.114.475
6.Vladimir Olenikov6.314.300
7.Cristian Bataga5.914.100
8.Alexander Shatilov5.313.375

Still Rings FinalSVScore
1.Konstantin Pluzhnikov6.615.650
2.Irodotos Georgallas6.815.000
3.Regulo Carmona6.414.800
4.Al Asi Ali6.814.775
5.Sergio Eras6.114.650
6.Olli Torkkel5.914.475
7.Eduard Gholub6.214.400
8.Attila Racz5.914.100
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 17 April 2009 19:51    PDF Print
Georgia Wins Fifth Straight Team Title
(7 votes, average 4.43 out of 5)

Georgia won its fifth consecutive team title at the Women's NCAA Gymnastics Championships Friday night in Lincoln, Neb.
Georgia won its fifth consecutive team title at the Women's NCAA Gymnastics Championships Friday night in Lincoln, Neb.

2004 Olympian Courtney Kupets led Georgia with two perfect 10s (vault and uneven bars) and two scores of 9.95 in the Super Six team final.

"This team had so much fight," Kupets said. "We went through so many ups and downs this year, and we fought our way here. We fought our way to the national championship."

Alabama placed second by .250, with Utah a further .125 back in third place. Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana State rounded out the top six.

It is the 10th team title for Georgia and head coach Suzanne Yoculan, who is retiring after 26 years at Georgia. Georgia is the first team to win five consecutive titles since Utah did from 1982-1986.

After a few shaky routines on balance beam, Georgia was tied with Utah at the halfway point of the competition. Yoculan gave her team a pep talk before the final two rotations on floor exercise and vault.

"I told them what we were doing wasn't going to cut it," Yoculan said. "I told them if we kept competing the way we were competing, we were going to have a lot of regrets on Monday, a lot."

Georgia took the top team totals on vault (49.625), uneven bars (49.425) and floor exercise (49.575). The team's 49.200 on balance beam was behind only Alabama (49.325) and tied with Florida.

"We all wanted to send Suzanne back with something to remember," senior Grace Taylor said. "It was an amazing championship. It couldn't get better than this. It was beautiful, and we're so honored that we got to be part of this last year for her."

Competition concludes Saturday in Lincoln with the individual event finals. Kupets, who won her third NCAA all-around title Thursday, qualified for all four events, giving her the chance to sweep her final competition.

Click here for detailed results.

2009 Women's NCAA Championships
April 17, Lincoln, Neb.

Super Six Team Final
1. Georgia 197.825
2. Alabama 197.575
3. Utah 197.425
4. Florida 196.725
5. Arkansas 196.475
6. LSU 196.375

Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 17 April 2009 19:43    PDF Print
Stanford Men Win Fourth NCAA Team Title
(6 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Stanford captured the team title Friday night at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Stanford gymnasts celebrate their team title in Minneapolis.

With a final score of 362.800, Stanford defeated No. 4 Michigan (361.500) and No. 2 Oklahoma, the defending champion (361.200).

Stanford, second to Oklahoma by .45 in 2008, clinched the title on still rings with a season-high team total.

"The strength of this team is depth," Stanford head coach Thom Glielmi said. "Some of the guys had some breaks or falls, but generally our top six guys can put together four solid routines, and the difficulty is high. They knew that coming in, so there was never an issue of feeling they were out of it."

Oklahoma, second to Stanford in Thursday's qualifying, took third despite posting its second-best score of the season.

"I can't complain, our guys had a great meet," OU head coach Mark Williams said. "It may have been one of our highest scores of the season but other teams were rocking out there as well."

California-Berkeley finished fourth, ahead of Illinois and Ohio State.

Oklahoma sophomore Steven Legendre won the all-around title (90.500), scoring 16.000 on floor exercise and 16.300 on vault.

"It was definitely exciting to win the all-around tonight," Legendre said. "It felt like all my hard work came together in the end. Unfortunately it is overshadowed by not winning the team championship, which was our main goal for the weekend."

Cal-Berkeley freshman Glenn Ishino finished second (90.000) ahead of Illinois sophomore Paul Ruggeri (89.500).

Competition concludes Saturday in Minneapolis with the individual event finals. ESPN2 will air the competition on April 23.

Click here for detailed results.

2009 NCAA Men's Championships
April 17, Minneapolis

Team Final
1. Stanford University 362.800
2. University of Michigan 361.500
3. University of Oklahoma 361.200
4. University of California-Berkeley 361.150
5. University of Illinois 359.300
6. Ohio State University 355.950

All-Around Final
1. Steven Legendre (Oklahoma) 90.500
2. Glen Ishino (California) 90.000
3. Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) 89.500
4. Kyson Bunthuwong (California) 89.000
5. Kyle Bunthuwong (California) 88.700
6. Chris Brooks (Oklahoma) 88.450
7. Casey Sandy (Penn State) 88.400
8. Brandon Wynn (Ohio State) 87.450
9. Jake Bateman (Ohio State) 86.750
10. Noam Shaham (Penn Statea) 85.150
11. Kyle Shanahan (Nebraska) 85.100
12. Aaron Fortunato (Minnesota) 85.050
13. Andrew Stover (Illinois-Champaign) 82.450
14. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 82.300

Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 17 April 2009 16:04    PDF Print
Maribor World Cup Begins in Slovenia
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Brazil's Diego Hypolito led the qualifying on two events as competition began Friday at the World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia.

Diego Hypolito (Brazil)

The top eight gymnasts on each event Friday advance to this weekend's finals at the competition in Maribor, also known as the Salamunov Memorial.

Hypolito, the reigning world champion on floor exercise, took the high mark on both men's floor and vault. The Brazilian star said he had planned to debut a new move on floor exercise in Maribor — which would give him a potential 6.8 difficulty score — but left it out. The "Hypolito 2" is a tucked Arabian double front with a full twist out.

"I had to postpone the 'Hypolito 2,' because the judging committee did not allow me to do it in the qualification," Hypolito said. "The reason was that it needed to be recorded and sent on DVD a few days before the competition, so that the judges could assess its value in the new Code of Points."

Belgium's Donna-Donny Truyens was the top qualifier on pommel horse, and Russian Olympian Konstantin Pluzhnikov led still rings.

Slovenia's own Mitja Petkovsek led qualifying on parallel bars, and teammate Aljaz Pegan was second on high bar to the Netherlands' Epke Zonderland.

Russian gymnasts were the top qualifiers on all the women's events. Newcomer Yekaterina Kurbatova led scoring on both vault and uneven bars, Kristina Goryunova took the high mark on balance beam and Anna Myzdrikova topped the field on floor exercise.

Click here to download detailed results.

External Link: 42nd Salamunov Memorial


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