Feb. 2, 2012
LAS VEGAS - The quintet of California men's gymnasts - three current and two former - concluded their qualifying round at the Winter Cup Challenge on Thursday. Current Golden Bears Donothan Bailey, Glen Ishino and Steven Lacombe along with former letterwinners Kyle Bunthuwong and Bryan del Castillo all competed Thursday. Del Castillo, Bailey, Ishino and Bunthuwong all advanced to Saturday's finals.
Bryan del Castillo finished fifth in the all-round with an 83.400. The former Bear's highest finish came on high bar, on which he tallied a 14.550. His next best outings were on on vault (15.600) and on floor (14.350).
Donothan Bailey was right behind, just .050 behind, former teammate del Castillo in sixth in the all-round with an 83.350. On vault, Bailey scored 15.600 and a 14.650 on parallel bars. Pommel horse was Bailey's best event, for he tallied a 14.350.
Kyle Bunthuwong was eighth in the all-around, earning an 82.900. His 15.500 on vault was his highest score of the evening though he performed excellently on pommel horse (13.200), parallel bars (14.300) and high bar (13.950).
Glen Ishino competed in three events in the qualifiers with an absolutely exceptional 15.650 on pommel horse. He also tallied a 14.400 on floor and a 13.350 on parallel bars.
Steven Lacombe performed on rings and vault. He tallied a 13.600 on rings and a 14.700 on vault.
About the Winter Cup
Select members of the squad will travel to Las Vegas for the annual Winter Cup Challenge at the Las Vegas Sports Center. The qualification rounds take place Thursday, Feb. 2 and the top gymnasts based on points earned will advance to the finals, which are Saturday, Feb. 4. Scores from both days of competition count toward the final rankings for the all-around and individual events. Seven gymnasts will be named to the U.S. Men's senior national team based on the national team points ranking system from the Winter Cup Challenge, and one each will be selected by the Men's Program Committee and men's national team coordinator. The six members of the 2011 U.S. Olympic Team for men's gymnastics can petition for spots, and the Men's Program Committee will name additional members to the senior national team if any Olympic positions are unused. The 15 gymnasts named to the team will comprise the U.S. Men's Senior National Team until the 2012 Visa Championships in August.