Colorado Springs, Colo. - Nebraska men's gymnasts Wyatt Baier and Eric Schryver have qualified for the 2012 Visa Championships. Baier finished 16th overall and 12th among non-Senior National Team Members at the U.S. Men's National Qualifier to earn an automatic qualification. Teammate Schryver picked up a finish of 20th overall and 15th among non-Senior National Team Members, allowing him to qualify for the 42-competitor field at the Visa Championships on an at-large basis.
"I had a really great meet," Baier said. "This is the first time I have ever qualified to the Visa Championships and I am proud to represent Nebraska on the national level."
Baier began competition in the second session of the qualifier, competing on floor exercise, still rings, vault and parallel bars. The junior's work on the day was highlighted by a huge 16.10 on vault, good for second overall in competition. Baier added marks of 14.15 on floor, 12.90 on rings and 13.55 on parallel bars for an overall score of 56.700. Baier scored a total of 28 points on the 20 point system, putting him at 16th overall and allowing him to qualify for the Championships.
Schryver finished just outside automatic qualification at 20th overall, including a 10th-place finish on pommel horse (14.00) and a 13th-place finish on parallel bars (14.30). Schryver added a finish of 17th on high bar (13.20) for a 20-point total of 23.
Baier and Schryver were joined by teammates Wyatt Aycock and Josh Ungar in competition at the Men's National Qualifier. Ungar posted a finish of 48th overall, including a finish of 15th on high bar at 13.40. Aycock came in at 52nd in competition, finishing 20th on both vault (15.20) and parallel bars (14.10).
The 2012 Visa Championships will be held in St. Louis, Mo. on June 7-10. Approximately 42 athletes have been invited to compete in the senior division of the competition. The current U.S. National Team members automatically qualify for competition. The competition field was then rounded out by adding up to 12 competitiors from the 2012 NCAA Championships and the 14 selections from the U.S. Men's National Qualifier.
The remaining positions were filled using selections from the U.S. Men's National Qualifier, allowing Schryver to qualify for the Visa Championships. Schryver finished 15th at the Qualifier and was awarded a position at the Championships on an at-large basis.
The 2012 Visa Championships will serve to determine the qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Trials on June 28-July 1 in San Jose, Calif. Tickets are currently available for both the National Championships and the Olympic Trials.
2012 Men's National Qualifier
20-Point Program Results for Qualification
May 5, 2012
First Name/Last Name/AA/Total Points
1 John Orozco, 91.75, 113 *
2 Jake Martin, 87.1, 79
3 Alexander Buscaglia, 86.9, 75
4 Joshua Dixon, 87.45, 71
5 Danell Leyva, 59.5, 60 *
6 Mackenzie Dow, 71.75, 48
7 Ryan Lieberman, 82.65, 47
8 Edward Mesa, 83.9, 42
9 Andrew Elkind, 83.6, 41
10 Trevor Howard, 82.7, 39
11 Miguel Pineda, 70.6 ,37
12 Zachary Chase, 43.65, 35
13 Brandon Wynn, 44.2, 35 *
14 Craig Hernandez, 43.25, 33
15 Samuel Mikulak, 29.8, 32 *
16 WYATT BAIER, 56.7, 28
17 Jesse Glenn, 83.55, 27
18 Matthew Felleman, 83.45, 26
Athletes in Bold Qualify to the Senior Division at the 2012 Visa Championships
* Indicates current U.S. Senior National Team Members, who have already qualified for the 2012 Visa Championships