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Kimble, Wiskus and Bock Top Field of 18 New P&G Qualifiers

Posted on 16 July 2017 by admin

In somewhat of a comeback, Marvin Kimble led all scorers at the 2017 U.S. Championships Qualifier in Colorado Springs.  Kimble topped the standings in the 20 Point Program (91 points), and he put up the highest AA score (83.55), posting top-3 event scores on SR (3rd-14.50), VT (2nd-14.75), PB (2nd-14.20) and HB (1st-13.80).  After moving back to his home state of Wisconsin earlier this year, Kimble has been training at Salto Gymnastics under the able tutelage of Andrei Kan and Alex Belanovski.  The change in scenery from the Olympic Training Center seems to have been quite a spark.

NCAA Men’s Gymnastics’ top two recruits Shane Wiskus (82.20/82 pts.) and Cameron Bock (81.70/73 pts.) placed just behind Kimble in the standings.  Wiskus, the 2017 JO Junior Elite champ, was already pre-qualified for P&Gs and had no problem qualifying for his first stint in the Senior ranks.  The future Minnesota Gopher was the only gymnast in the field to score in the top 10 for all six events.  Michigan-bound Bock had four top-7 event scores, posting all four with at least 14.15 on FX, VT, SR and VT.  It will likewise be Bock’s first trip to P&Gs as a Senior.  These two incoming freshmen aim to battle it out with the likes of Yul Moldauer, Sean Melton, Alec Yoder and Robert Neff next season for the NCAA AA title.

Oklahoma sophomore Matt Wenske placed 5th in the AA (80.10) and took the fourth position in points (62), tying a pair of his ex-teammates Alex Powarzynski and Kanji Oyama.  Wenske also tallied the meet’s highest score on VT (15.05).  Powarzynski, competing in his first AA in nearly four years, earned the fourth best score in the AA (80.60).  Other leading event scorers were Eddie Penev (FX-15.05), Brandon Ngai (PH-14.60), Trevor Howard (SR-14.60) and Jordan Valdez (PB-14.35).  Ngai, the 2016 NCAA PH champ, earned his first-ever trip to the U.S. Championships.

11 out of the 18 new qualifiers are on current NCAA rosters.  Arizona State’s Kiwan Watts and Ohio State’s Sean Neighbarger will join Wiskus and Bock as incoming freshmen.

In the Junior Division, the top-7 qualifying gymnasts were Dylan Young, David Willett, Spencer Goodell, Morgan Seyler, Danny Yoon, Liam Doherty-Herwitz and Matthew Randolph. 

A new Senior National Team will be selected at next month’s P&G Championships.  The top 8 all-arounders will earn automatic spots, and the remaining 7 positions will be earned based on the point system.  The influx of younger talent will make this year’s team quite interesting.

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