NORMAN – The No. 1 Oklahoma men’s gymnastics workforce breaks from NCAA action this weekend as 13 current, previous or potential Sooners change their focus to the 2019 Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev., commencing Friday, Feb. 15.
Latest Sooners Levi Anderson, Gage Dyer, Spencer Goodell, Vitaliy Guimares, Tanner Justus, Yul Moldauer, Genki Suzuki and Alexei Vernyi are established to compete in the senior elite degree levels of competition.
Along with current Oklahoma pupil-athletes, three previous Faster gymnasts will be competing in Las Vegas in 2017 graduates Allan Bower and Colin Van Wicklen and 2016 alum Kanji Oyama. OU signees Lazarus Barnhill and Jack Freeman will compete in the junior division at the United states Gymnastics meet up with.
“It is really going to be a enjoyment time due to the fact we have so many OU fellas competing, from freshmen to alumni, so that is going to be magnificent.”
– Yul Moldauer
Moldauer seems to be ahead to competing all-about for the 1st time in 2019 in Vegas together with his teammates.
“I’m tremendous energized,” explained the 2017 Winter Cup all-about champ. “I’ve been teaching one-on-6 in the gym for a whilst now, so it is finally my time to go out there and do it yet again, so I’m energized. It is really going to be a enjoyment time due to the fact we have so many OU fellas competing, from freshmen to alumni, so that is going to be magnificent. It is really going to be a fantastic pair of times of levels of competition, and we have to go out there and do our task.”
Performances at the 2019 Winter Cup will determine the 12 men who will comprise the U.S. Men’s Senior Countrywide Group as a result of the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 8-11.
Latest U.S. Countrywide Group member and Sooners’ senior co-captain Genki Suzuki seems to be ahead to the chance to retain his national workforce spot at Winter Cup.
“That’s the aim, to be picked (for the national workforce) or make top 6 the 1st day. I’m really energized, I’m in the very same rotation as Alan and Colin, so it’ll type of provide back the sensation of competing with them each time they had been my upperclassmen. We are a really massive team, so I’m energized about that. It is really just going out there and the aim is to strike 6 of 6 the 1st day, and if I have to do it yet again, twelve-for-twelve by the conclude of Sunday.”
The Challenge starts off on Friday with two classes. Signees Barnhill and Freeman will compete in the 1st session starting off at 1 p.m. CT. The current and previous Sooners will choose component in session two starting off at 6:30 p.m. The top 14 athletes from the junior session and the top 28 from the senior session will compete in the finals on Sunday, Feb. 17, starting off at 7:15 p.m.
Subsequent the 1st day of levels of competition, the top 6 rated all-about athletes will instantly qualify for the 2019 U.S. senior national workforce. The Men’s Software Committee will decide on 6 a lot more gymnasts from the participants at the Winter Cup making use of the 10 Points Software or from petitions to the workforce.
At past year’s Winter Cup, Moldauer, by now an vehicle-qualifier to the national workforce just after his 2017 Earth Championships efficiency, competed only three events on prelims day and one function on finals day. He claimed seventh on pommel horse on the second day of levels of competition. Alum and current U.S. national workforce member Bower put fourth in the all-about levels of competition with a two-day complete of 165.600. Fellow USNT member Oyama (162.100) also collected a top-10 end, taking 10th in the all-about.