Sept. 6, 2010
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – OU All-American Jacob Dalton helped the U.S. National Team claim the gold medal at 2010 Pan-American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sept. 5.
The U.S. men won the gold medal with a team score of 352.150, besting Brazil and Canada, which tied for second. The U.S. team had the top team scores on floor exercise and high bar, second highest on still rings, vault and parallel bars and third best on pommel horse.
OU Assistant Coach Rustam Sharipov also represented the Sooners as the head coach of the Pan-American team.
Dalton, a sophomore at OU, claimed the bronze medal on floor with a score of 15.050, as Santiago Lopez Viana of Mexico was first at 15.125 and Chile’s Enrique Gonzalez Sepulveda finishing second at 15.075. The Reno, Nev. native, also placed sixth on vault with a 15.550.
The USA won a total of 15 medals: nine gold, three silver and three bronze.
The event was held at the Lopez Mateos Sports Center in Guadalajara, Mexico and was the men's and women's gymnastics qualifying event for the 2011 Pan-Am Games, also set for Guadalajara.
The Pan American Championships, held every two years, includes teams from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
The members of the Pan-American Team are: Dylan Akers of Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, Alex Buscaglia of Stanford University, Jake Dalton of University of Oklahoma, Bryan Del Castillo of University of California, Berkeley, Wesley Haagensen of U.S. Olympic Training Center, Glen Ishino of University of California, Berkeley.
Dalton was selected by USA Gymnastics to the Pan-Am team by way of making the Senior National Team at the 2010 Visa Championships. The Reno, Nev., native was one of five Sooners named to the U.S. Senior National Team. Former Sooner and Olympic Medalist Jonathon Horton, who took home the title at the 2010 Visa Championships, joins OU letterwinner Chris Brooks, senior Steven Legendre and sophomore Alex Naddour on the team.
Horton, Brooks and Legendre will represent the U.S. at the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships, Oct. 17-24, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.