Aug. 11, 2010
Hartford, Conn. - Oklahoma alum Jonathan Horton holds the all-around lead after day one of the 2010 Visa U.S. Championships at the XL Center in Hartford. Horton is one of six Sooners from the past and present competing in the national event that serves as a qualifying competition for spots on the U.S. Senior National Team at the World Championships.
Horton, a native of Houston, Texas, posted a total of 90.350 and also finished second on rings (15.700) and third on parallel bars (15.350). It marks the second straight year that Horton has led the competition after the first day. Horton claimed the Visa Championship title in 2009.
“It was an up and down day for most of the guys,” said Mark Williams. “I was really pleased with the effort of all them and look forward to the finals.”
OU sophomore Jacob Dalton was the other top OU performer in the first round, finishing fifth in the all-around (87.900) and second on vault (16.750) and floor (15.300).
Another OU alum, Chris Brooks claimed the top spot on parallel bars and high bar with scores of 15.700 and 15.800, respectively. Brooks was tied for seventh place in the all-round (87.200).
“Brooks put himself in a great position for Friday’s finale,” added Williams. “He struggled early but got things going toward the end and I am proud of his effort.”
Sophomores Chris Stehl (85.500) and Alex Naddour (85.300) sit in 20th and 21st place in the all-around, respectively. Naddour claimed seventh on vault with a score of 15.800.
“Chris Stehl has been my most improved gymnast of the week leading up to the event,” said Williams. “It is a tremendous accomplishment for him being in the top 20 and advancing to the finals.”
Senior Steven Legendre posted the day's top score on vault, a career-high 17.050. The 2009 NCAA all-around champion was 23rd overall with a 85.200.
Friday night's all-around and event finals will begin at 6 p.m. (CT) inside the XL Center. The members of the U.S. Senior National Team and World Championship squad will be announced following the meet.
USA Gymnastics will have complete coverage of the 2010 Visa U.S. Championships, including news, photos, scores and quick hit commentary, on their official Web site, usa-gymnastics.org.
NBC Sports and Universal Sports will broadcast and webcast the action from the men's and women's gymnastics competitions. On Aug. 15, NBC (Cox Channel 4, 704 HD in Oklahoma City) will air a taped recap show of men's finals at 2:30 p.m. ET.