June 28, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Four-year California men's gymnastics letterwinner Glen Ishinoclosed out the first day of U.S. Olympic Trials in eighth place in the all-around, notching two top-10 event finishes. Ishino owns a 263.050 after tallying an 88.100 on Thursday at HP Pavilion.
"I thought it went great," Ishino said. "I had a little hiccup on pommels and was a little shaky on floor. But the last four events were much better and really reflected my hard work."
The all-around standings reflect scores from the two days of competition at the 2012 Visa Championships and the first day of competition at the Olympic Trials. The U.S. Olympic Trials champion will be determined with a four-day total score.
"Overall, Glen had a very good competition," Cal head coach Tim McNeill said. "He didn't fall once, and five of his six events were great. Unfortunately, he made an error on his best event of pommel horse. But he fought incredibly hard and was determined to stay on the horse, which he did. I don't know any other gymnast who could have recovered like Glen did."
Ishino's best collective event was pommel horse, on which he scored a 14.000 to add to his overall score, which comes to 43.850 for fifth place. Ishino sits in ninth on parallel bars with a 44.100, scoring a 15.100 on Thursday.
The Santa Ana, Calif., native scored a 14.650 on the first day of trials on high bar to bring his total to 43.000. Ishino is 11th on vault, scoring a 15.650 to bring his three-outing total to 46.200. Ishino stands in 12th on floor with a 44.150 and 13th on rings with his 41.750 and is 13th on rings (41.750).
The final day of competition of the Olympic Trials is set for Saturday at HP Pavilion.
"On the final day, he'll need to do the great routine he normally does to remain in contention to be selected for the Olympic team," McNeill said. "Doing so well on the other five events gave him a confidence boost, and I cannot wait for him to compete in the finals and do the pommel-horse routine I know he's capable of doing."