Penn State's Tan Qualifies for U.S. Championships
Indianapolis, Ind., April 27, 2004 - Penn State's Kevin Tan (Fremont, Calif.) was one of 18 athletes who qualified this past Saturday, April 23, to complete the men's senior field for the U.S. Championships, June 2-5 in Nashville, Tenn. Tan is fresh off winning his second consecutive national championship on the still rings and also helped the Lions to the 2004 team championship, their NCAA-record 11th overall.
Penn State's Tan finished tied for 12th with a 51.800. Oklahoma's Jamie Henderson led the field with a score of 54.025 at the Men's U.S. Championships Qualifier, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. to secure his place in Nashville. Henderson, who finished eighth in the NCAA Championships, finished fourth overall in the Qualifier behind Brett McClure, Alexander Artemev and Todd Thornton, who are pre-qualified based on their national team appointments.
Qualifying second was 18-year-old Jonathan Horton of Houston (Cypress Academy) at 53.475, in third was Illinois sophomore Justin Spring of Burke, Va. at 52.775, and fourth was Team Chevron-Ohio State's Jason Furr of Woodbridge, Va. at 52.725.
The Men's Qualifier is the only route for athletes not already on the Senior National Team to qualify for the 2004 U.S. Championships, June 2-5 in Nashville, the 2004 U.S. National Team program, and to qualify to compete in the 2004 Olympic Trials, June 24-27 in Anaheim, Calif.
The top three all-around athletes from the 2004 NCAA Championships will join the top 13 all-around athletes from the Men's Qualifier, plus current members of the U.S. Senior National Team, to advance to the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Individual event specialists placing first or second on their event at the Qualifier will advance to the Championships, along with the top two three-event, four-event, and five-event qualifiers who finish among the top 13 all-around athletes.
For more information on the Men's Qualifier or U.S. Championships, log on to www.usa-gymnastics.org.
Men's U.S. Championships Qualifiers (top 13 AA, not already qualified)