2019 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships are underway
RENO, Nev., May 4, 2019 – Competition is underway at the 2019 U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships, which is being held in Reno, Nev., for the first time. With competition wrapping up today 5 at the Reno (Nev.) Sparks Convention Center’s Hall 4, the championships features competition in Junior Olympic Levels 8 and 10.
The champions for Junior Olympics Levels 8 and 9 and Junior Elite Levels 8-10 and the top-ranking athletes for Junior Olympics Level 10 are listed below. For sessions not yet completed, competition times are listed, which are in the Pacific time zone.
- Junior Olympic Level 9 champions: 13 year-olds – Max Finn, Yellow Jacket Gymnastics Club; 14 years-olds – Luke Esparo, New Era Gymnastics
- Junior Olympic Level 9 Region Team: 1. Region 1; 2. Region 5; 3. Region 3
- Junior Elite Level 8 Region Team: 1. Region 3; 2. Region 1; 3. Region 5
- Junior Elite Level 9 Region Team: 1. Region 1; 2. Region 3; 3. Region 5
- Junior Elite Level 10 Region Team: 1. Region 3; 2. Region 1; 3. Region 8
- Level 9 Club Team: 1. Gymnastics Olympica USA; 2. Cypress Academy; 3. West Coast
- Junior Olympic Level 10, 15 year-olds (leader after day 1): Levon Chalikyan, Gymnastics Olympica USA.
- Junior Olympic Level 10, 16 year-olds (leader after day 1): Mark Berlaga, Stanford Boys Gymnastics.
- Junior Olympic Level 10, 17 year-olds (leaders after day 1): Erik Engelke, Above the Bar Gymnastics Academy, and Zackrey Lerwill, Madison Gymnastics Center.
- Junior Olympic Level 10, 18 year-olds (leader after day 1): Aidan Cuy, Aim High Academy, Inc.
- Junior Olympic Level 10 Regional Team, 15-16 year-olds: 1. Region 6; 2. Region 7; 3. Region 1
- Junior Olympic Level 10 Regional Team, 17-18 year-olds: 1. Region 4; 2. Region 6; 3. Region 1
- Junior Olympic Level 10 Club Team: 1. Cypress Academy; 2. Massachusetts Elite; 3. 5280 Gymnastics.
- Junior Elite Level 8, 11 year-old champion: Danila Leykin, WOGA
- Junior Elite Level 8, 12 year-old champion: Jaden Bottarini, Gymnastics Olympica USA (2018 11-year-old champion)
- Junior Elite Level 9, 13 year-old champion: Vahe Petrosyan, Gymnastics Olympica USA (2018 12-year-old champion)
- Junior Elite Level 9, 14 year-old champion: Caden Clinton, Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
- Junior Elite Level 10, 15 year-old champion: Asher Hong, Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
- Junior Elite Level 10, 16 year-old champion: Brandon Nguyen, Elevate Gymnastics Academy
- Junior Elite Level 10, 17 year-old champion: Colt Walker, AcroTex Gymnastics
- Junior Elite Level 10, 18 year-old champion: Laz Barnhill, Cypress Academy of Gymnastics
8 a.m. – Junior Olympic Level 8
12:45 p.m. – Junior Olympic Level 10 finals
The levels are determined by age and skill level. Level 8 consists of athletes who are 11 and 12 years old; Level 9 athletes are 13 and 14 years old. At Level 10, there are two age divisions, 15-16 year olds and 17-18 year olds. Each level has two divisions – Junior Elite and Junior Olympic.
For Level 10 athletes competing in the Junior Elite Division, the Junior Olympic National Championships is a qualifier for the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships (Aug. 8-11 in Kansas City, Mo.), where the Level 10 Junior National Team will be determined. Fourteen Level 8 and Level 9 gymnasts from the Junior Elite Division will be named to the Level 8/9 Junior National Team at the conclusion of the Junior Olympic Championships.
In the Junior Olympic Level 10 division, the top 36 all around qualifiers in each single age year advance to the finals. A single event qualifier may advance if he places in the top six on an individual event and is not in the top 36 in the all-around. The combined score from the preliminary session and the finals session will be used to determine the all-around and the individual event final rankings. Also, a regional team competition has been added to the Junior Olympic Level 10 competition during the 5 p.m. session on May 3. In the Junior Olympic division Level 8 and 9 competition, individual event and all-around awards will be determined from the single session optional competition on their respective days.
Level 10 Junior Elite athletes from each age division compete to determine the Level 10 Junior Elite Division all-around and event champions. Level 8 and Level 9 Junior Elite athletes compete to determine the respective all-around and event champions.
Tickets are available at the arena. Day passes for Thursday through Sunday are $35/adults (18 and up), $25/children (6-17), seniors (55+) and active military, and children (5 and under), free.
The meet coordinators are Tim Klempnauer, Roger Baldwin and Debbie Baldwin, and High Sierra Gymnastics is the host club.
To advance to the Junior Olympic National Championships, gymnasts competed in state and regional championships and qualified based on their all-around ranking or individual event placement.
The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is one of the national championships of USA Gymnastics. Many Junior Olympic champions have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics. All of the members of the men’s medal-winning 2004 (silver) and 2008 (bronze) U.S. Olympic Teams, as well as the 2012 Olympic Team, are former Junior Olympic National Championships participants. Past participants include 2004 Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm; Olympic and World medalists Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva and Alex Naddour; and World medalists Jake Dalton, Yul Moldauer and John Orozco.
For men’s gymnastics, USA Gymnastics has nine regions, and the states that comprise each region are: Region 1 — Arizona, Hawaii, California, Nevada; Region 2 – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington; Region 3 – Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas; Region 4 – Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin; Region 5 – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio; Region 6 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont; Region 7 – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia; Region 8 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee; Region 9 – Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its safe sport policies and procedures. Former gymnast and business executive Li Li Leung is the new president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, visit usagym.org.