Sept. 1, 2010
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- University of Oklahoma sophomore gymnast Jacob Dalton is one of six men who will represent the U.S. Senior National Team in the 2010 Pan-American Championships, Sept. 2-5, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Pan-American Championships is the men's and women's gymnastics qualifying event for the 2011 Pan-American Games, also set for Guadalajara.
"Jacob has worked pretty hard to make the Senior National Team again and this will be a great chance to excel internationally before the NCAA season begins," said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. "It's always a highly contested event with over 15 teams there. We hope that Jacob and the team can go out and win a medal for the U.S."
OU Assistant Coach Rustam Sharipov was tapped by USA Gymnastics to be the head coach of the Pan-American team.
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.
"Both the Pan-Am games and the World Championships will be very important when it comes to qualifying for the Olympics in 2012," added Williams. "The fact that we have guys involved in both of the events is a testament to the OU program."Legendre was the last current Sooner to compete at the Pan-American games in 2007. The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native won a gold medal in the all-around with a score of 87.032.
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.