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Buscaglia, Nakamori named to men's national teams

 

Stanford grads Alex Buscaglia and Sho Nakamori were named to the United States' men's gymnastics team following the conclusion of the USA National Championships in St. Paul on Saturday.

In addition, Nakamori was named to the men's Pan American Games team, an event that gets started on Oct. 24 in Guadalajara.

Nakamori finished 15th in the all-around competition with a combined (prelims and finals) score of 170.150. Buscaglia was 22nd with a 165.850. Stanford grad Ryan Lieberman also competed, finishing 21st in the all-around competition with a score of 166.750.

Danell Leyva became the national champion, ending Oklahoma's Jonathan Horton's two-year reign. Horton finished second.

Buscaglia finished fourth on the floor exercise with a 30.600 and fourth on vault with a 32.700.

Nakamori was sixth on parallel bars with a score of 30.500, ninth on high bar with a 28.750, and 11th on floor with a 29.700.

Lieberman best finish was fifth on the parallel bars with a score of 30.650.

Leyva wowed the crowd on the horizontal bar in the last rotation to claim the title with a two-day combined all-around total of 183.800.

Leyva, who trains at Universal Gymnastics with stepfather and coach Yin Alvarez, led the entire evening but secured the title with a 16.250 on the high bar. After nearly sticking his double twisting double layout dismount, Leyva embraced Alvarez, lifting him off the ground in celebration.

"It feels great – amazing," Leyva said minutes after claiming his first U.S. national title. "To fulfill one of the goals you put on paper, to be able to scratch one of those off the list, it is an amazing feeling."

Leyva started the competition on the floor exercise, where he mounted with an impressive double twisting double layout, earning a score of 15.150. He recorded scores of 14.400 and 14.200 on the pommel horse and still rings, respectively. On the vault, his Kasamatsu one-and-a-half gave him 15.350 on the event. In the fifth rotation, Leyva executed an extremely intricate parallel bars routine, performing a peach to Diamidov and earning a 15.950 on the event.

In the Junior National Championships, incoming Stanford freshman Brian Knott finished ninth overall with a combined score of 160.150.

Knott finished fourth on the pommel horse with a score of 26.150, ninth on the high bar with a 26.050, 12th on the floor with a 26.950, and 12th on the parallel bars with a 26.900. He finished no lower than 16th in any individual event.

-- USA Gymnastics contributed to this report.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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