Feb. 7, 2005
Las Vegas - The California men's gymnastics team concluded the 2004 Winter Cup in Las Vegas this Saturday, Feb. 6. The top six gymnasts were named to the 2005 U.S. National Team based on performances in Friday's all-around and Saturday's event finals sessions, and will become eligible to represent the United States in international competitions leading up to the Visa Championships, Aug. 11-13 in Indianapolis.
The Golden Bears were represented in the event finals by seniors Graham Ackerman and Jay Yee, who came up against top athletes including Olympic silver medalists Jason Gatson and Brett McClure, former World Champion Sean Townsend, and Pan American silver medalist David Durante, along with members of the Sr. and Jr. National Teams plus NCAA standouts.
Ackerman, the 2004 NCAA National Champion in floor exercise and vault, turned in an impressive performance on floor exercise, finishing in third place with a score of 8.900.
Yee, a 2004 NCAA finalist on still rigs, qualified for the event in the Cup as well, finishing in sixth place with a score of 8.975.
The Golden Bears will host the Nakamori Invitational, this Friday, Feb. 12 at Berkeley's Haas Pavilion, 7 p.m.