Antonio

Castro

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Horse, Vault, Bars
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 150
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pinecrest, Fla.
High School: Homeschooled
Club: Florida Gymnastics
Major: Computer Science

Bio

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Honors & Awards

  • 2017 NCAA Individual Event Finals Competitor (Pommel Horse, High Bar)
  • 2017 NCAA Team Qualifier & Finals Competitor (Pommel Horse, High Bar)
  • 2016 NCAA Individual Event Finals Competitor (Pommel Horse)
  • 2016 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (Pommel Horse, Vault, High Bar)
  • Nebraska Men's Gymnastics Most Improved Gymnast (2016)
  • Second-Team CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2016)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015; Spring 2015, 2016) 
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Individual Title (Vault, 1/14/17)
  • Individual Title (Pommel Horse, 1/21/17)
  • Individual Title (Pommel Horse, 2/4/17)
  • Individual Title (Pommel Horse, 3/25/17)

 Career Bests

  • Floor Exercise - 13.25 (vs. Iowa/Minnesota, Feb. 15, 2014)
  • Pommel Horse - 15.20 (vs. Iowa/Minnesota, March 20, 2016)
  • Vault - 14.60 (at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)
  • High Bar - 14.45 (vs. Air Force, Jan. 23, 2016)

2018 (Season Outlook)
After an impressive junior season, Antonio Castro will play a big role in multiple lineups for the Huskers in 2018. He held the anchor spot on pommel horse as a junior and is expected to fill that role again as a senior. He will also compete on high bar for the Huskers and will fight for a spot in the vault lineup as well. Castro has competed in two NCAA Championships in his Husker career and hopes to help lead Nebraska back to the NCAA Championships in 2018. Castro was active in the classroom and the community for Nebraska in 2017 and is expected to continue the trend in his final season with the Huskers. 

2018 Season Highs

  • Pommel Horse - 14.75 (vs. UIC, Feb. 10, 2018)
  • Vault - 14.40 (vs. UIC, Feb. 10, 2018)
  • High Bar - 14.00 (twice, most recently vs. Ohio State, Jan. 20, 2018)

2017 (Junior)
Castro competed in every meet for the Huskers on pommel horse, serving as the anchor on the event after a breakthrough sophomore season. Castro posted a season-high score of 14.90 on the event against Minnesota on March 25 and earned four individual event titles as a junior. Additionally, Castro saw regular action on high bar and appeared on vault six times, posting season highs of 14.30 and 14.20, respectively. He helped the team to a top-six finish at the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1999. 

Oustide of the gym, Castro earned Academic All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year and a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017. 

2017 Season Highs

  • Pommel Horse - 14.90 (vs. Minnesota, March 25, 2017)
  • Vault - 14.20 (at West Point Open, Jan. 13, 2017)
  • High Bar - 14.30 (vs. Minnesota, March 25, 2017)

*Scoring changes were made prior to the 2017 season. There are now four different element groups instead of five, meaning that a gymnast can only receive 2.0 instead of 2.5 in that category. This typically lowers scores by .5.

2016 (Sophomore)
Castro had a breakthrough season in 2016, competing in every meet for Nebraska. He was a regular competitor for the Huskers on pommel horse and high bar, while occasionally competing on vault.

Pommel horse was one of the team's strongest events in 2016, and Castro played an important role in the lineup that broke the school record against Air Force on Jan. 23, and again at the Arnold Classic on March 5. Castro was also part of the lineup that smashed the school record on high bar.

In the postseason, Castro advanced to the Big Ten Finals on pommel horse and high bar. He posted a career-high score on pommel horse (15.10) at the qualifiers and a 15.15 at the finals to earn fourth place.

He also competed at the 2016 NCAA Championships on pommel horse, vault and high bar. Castro advanced to the NCAA Individual Event Finals on pommel horse for the first time in his career, where he notched a 13.75.

Castro made an impact in the classroom and community as well, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors and a spot on the Nebraska-Scholar Athlete Honor Roll in fall 2015. He was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2016.

2016 Season Highs

  • Pommel Horse - 15.20 (vs. Iowa/Minnesota, March 20, 2016)
  • Vault - 14.60 (at Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)
  • High Bar - 14.45 (vs. Air Force, Jan. 23, 2016)

2015 (Medical Redshirt)
Castro competed in two regular-season meets, before suffering an injury and taking a medical redshirt. Before his injury, Castro made his season debut on pommel horse at the Rocky Mountain Open with a score of 13.50.

2014 (Freshman)
Castro got his first taste of collegiate competition as a regular in the Husker floor, pommel horse, vault and high bar lineups as a freshman in 2014. Castro competed in all eight regular-season meets, as well as making his first appearance at the Big Ten Championships.

Castro showed consistent growth on all four events that he competed in, displaying particular strength on pommel horse and high bar. He notched a season best on horse with a 14.05 against Iowa and Minnesota. He posted a 14.10 on high bar against Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Air Force at the Devaney Center.

2014 Season Highs

  • Floor - 13.25 (at Iowa/Minnesota, Feb. 15, 2014)
  • Pommel Horse - 14.05 (at Iowa/Minnesota, Feb. 15, 2014)
  • Vault - 13.75 (at Arnold Classic, March 1, 2014)
  • High Bar - 14.10 (vs. Minnesota/Iowa/Illinois, March 15, 2014)

Before Nebraska
Castro trained at the Florida Gymnastics Training Center under the direction of Head Coach Norlan Perez. Castro earned the title of Level 10 rings champion in the 2013 Region 8 Championships. Castro played a vital role on the Florida state team in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, helping the team to Region 8 championships all five years.

Castro competed in the Junior Olympic Nationals and Florida State Championships in multiple events as a Level 10 gymnast. He finished off his club career second in the all-around at the Florida State Championships and third in the all-around at the Region 8 Championships. He was also voted the 2013 Florida State Gymnast of the Year.

Personal
Antonio was born on July 23, 1995, in Miami, Fla., and is the son of Tony and Carol Castro. He has two sisters, Katherine and Olivia. His eldest sister, Katherine, was a tennis player at Pittsburgh. Antonio is majoring in computer science.

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