Aug. 24, 2011
BERKELEY - With strong showings on gymnastics' biggest domestic stage at the Visa Championships, current California junior Donothan Bailey and senior Glen Ishino skyrocketed to the top, earning themselves placement on the U.S. senior national team. The pair will represent the California men's gymnastics team in red, white and blue at the Pan-American Games in October in Mexico.
"I am very pleased with how the team handled themselves at the 2011 Visa Championships," Cal head coach Tim McNeill said. "All of them came into the competition nursing injuries but they fought hard the whole way through and never made excuses. There were certainly several mistakes made, but overall I am thrilled with how the guys did, especially Glen Ishino and Donothan Bailey."
Visas occurred Aug. 17 and 19 in Saint Paul, Minn.
"I am pleased with how Bryan and Kyle performed," McNeill said. "They all certainly gained invaluable experience competing here as I believe it was the most competitive Visa Championships I have ever witnessed."
In the all-around, Ishino was 10th. His highest finish came on vault, on which he tallied a 15.400 in prelims and a 15.350 in the finals. His next best event was parallel bars, with a 14.300 in the finals. He scored 14.100 on both floor and rings with a 14.200 on high bar in the finals.
"I was overall very happy with my performance and am fortunate to have been selected to the national team," Ishino said. "I thought for the position that my body was in, that I did as well as I could have. I absolutely hate going into meets with any hesitations so I was little nervous about competition."
Bailey earned the most points on vault in both sessions - tallying a 15.300 during prelims and a 15.250 in the finals. He scored a 15.000 in the finals on floor. The rings finals saw him score a 14.100 while he received a 14.050 on high bar on the final day of competition. Overall, he took 13th with an 85.450 and a combined total of 171.350, which was exactly one full point behind Ishino.
"It feels amazing, I still can't really believe it," Bailey said. "Considering my injuries, I thought it went pretty well. It was definitely a tough competition. I struggled a bit but overall, I was happy with my outcome."
Overall, del Castillo finished right behind Bailey, in 14th place. On floor, he was 12th. He tied for 13th on vault and 18th on pommel horse.
Bunthuwong finished in 16th place in the all-around. His highest event finish was ninth on parallel bars. His next best results were ties for 11th on both rings and vault.
Come 2012, USA Gymnastics will select pick the six-member Olympic team from these 14 gymnasts.
"It is absolutely incredible that two current Cal team members made the U.S. senior national team," McNeill said. "Then to top it off, having them both make the Pan American Games team is that much more impressive. I was certainly proud to be coaching them on the floor while they represented Cal to the best of their abilities."
The Pan-American Games will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico from Oct. 14-29.
U.S. Senior National Team