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USA Gymnastics Announced The 2018-19 Men’s National Team – And It’s Stacked With College Athletes

By Leah Jenk | Aug. 20, 2018, 6:55 p.m. (ET)


USA Gymnastics announced its 2018-19 national team rosters following competition at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships this past weekend in Boston. And after the chalk settled at the event, which is part of the Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, 12 men were named to the national team, 11 of whom competed collegiately, including four current student-athletes who represented their schools at TD Garden.

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NCAA gymnastics powerhouse University of Oklahoma leads the way with five athletes on the newly named team. Get to know the 2018-19 U.S. Men’s National Team members who competed collegiately.

Donothan Bailey, Cal ‘14

Donothan Bailey placed second on both high bar and parallel bars, and fourth in the all-around competition at U.S. championships. Bailey graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2014 with a degree in biology. He was an All-American on the pommel horse. In each of his four years competing collegiately, Bailey and the Bears finished no lower than sixth at the NCAA national championships.

Cameron Bock, Michigan ‘21
Cameron Bock, the youngest member of the national team, placed seventh in the all-around competition at nationals. In his freshman year at the University of Michigan, Bock was named All-Big Ten and was an All-American on parallel bars.

Allan Bower, Oklahoma ‘17
This weekend in Boston, Allan Bower placed second on pommel horse, third in the all-around competition and fourth on floor . Bower, an All-American and recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, helped the Sooners to three consecutive national championships from 2015-17. During his senior campaign, he won NCAA silver medals on floor, pommel horse, vault and parallel bars, and the bronze in the all-around.

Sam Mikulak, Michigan ‘15
Sam Mikulak won the all-around competition this weekend as well as titles on high bar, parallel bars and floor exercise. Mikulak, a two-time Olympian, competed for the University of Michigan, where he won back-to-back NCAA titles and led his team to back-to-back national championships in 2013 and 2014. Mikulak was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011 and is a three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Year.

Akash Modi, Stanford ‘17
Akash Modi placed sixth in the all-around competition this weekend, as well as fifth on high bar and floor, sixth on pommel horse and seventh on vault. Modi is a recent graduate of Stanford University, where he was a five-time NCAA champion and claimed a total of 14 NCAA championship medals. Modi was also an alternate for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.

Yul Moldauer, Oklahoma ‘19
Yul Moldauer placed second in the all-around as well as on floor and vault, while finishing third on still rings and parallel bars at nationals. Moldauer is entering his senior year at the University of Oklahoma, for which he is the defending national champion in four events (all-around, floor, vault and parallel bars) and the runner-up on pommel horse. Moldauer was just the second freshman in NCAA history to win the national all-around title. This season, he will look to lead the Sooners to their fourth consecutive NCAA national championship.

Kanji Oyama, Oklahoma ‘16
Kanji Oyama placed third on floor and 10th in the all-around competition this weekend. Oyama graduated from the University of Oklahoma as two-time NCAA runner up and third-place finisher.

Eddie Penev, Stanford ‘13
Eddie Penev was unable to compete at the U.S. championships due to an ACL tear, but he has been named to the men’s national team and at 28 is the oldest athlete, beating out Bailey for that honor by a few months. While competing for Stanford University, Penev was a three-time national champion and five-time All-American. He capped off his collegiate career as the NCAA all-around bronze medalist.

Genki Suzuki, Oklahoma ‘19
Genki Suzuki placed fourth on the high bar and 11th in the all-around competition in Boston. Suzuki is entering his senior year at the University of Oklahoma, where he hopes to lead the Sooners to his fourth straight NCAA championship. Suzuki is also an individual bronze medalist on high bar and an All-American on high bar and pommel horse.

Colin VanWicklen, Oklahoma ‘17
Colin VanWicklen placed third on both high bar and vault at U.S. championships. VanWicklen, a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, won the NCAA national title in the floor competition and is a six-time All-American.

Alec Yoder, Ohio State ‘19
Alec Yoder won the pommel horse title in Boston, placed fourth on parallel bars and fifth in the all-around competition. Yoder is entering his senior year at The Ohio State University, where he has won four NCAA national championship medals. In 2016, he earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.  

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