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2014 Boys Gymnastics

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The 2014 IHSA Boys Gymnastics State Finals will take place at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale on Friday and Saturday, May 16-17. The 2014 state final meet marks the 63rd season that a State Series will be contested in boy’s gymnastics and the first year that Hinsdale Central will serve as the host.

The NFHS Network will broadcast both days of competition on www.IHSA.tv, with 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Hamm calling the action.

Friday’s competition will determine the 2014 individual All-Around state champion and team champion. On Saturday, individual state champions will be crowned in the Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar. Prelims will be conducted Saturday morning to determine the Top 10 competitors in each event that move on to Saturday evening’s finals.

David MacDonald was the star of the 2013 meet, as he won individual state crowns in four events (Still Rings, Floor Exercise, Parallel Bars, tied for Pommel Horse) en route to top honors in the All-Around competition, which resulted in the Wheaton Coop's (Wheaton North & Wheaton Warrenville South) second consecutive team state title. MacDonald returns for his senior season in 2014, looking to lead the Tigers to a third consecutive and third overall state championship. He posted the top All-Around score in Sectional action this year, and was eighth or better in all six events, including tops in Pommel Horse and Parallel Bars.

Despite MacDonald’s performance a year ago, runner-up Conant and third-place Stevenson still found themselves within striking distance, as Conant (155.700) was within six points of Wheaton's winning score of 161.650. Conant won’t return to the state meet this season, but Lyons (5th in 2013) and Stevenson (3rd in 2013) and are both back and posted the second- and fourth-best team scores, respectively, in Sectional action last week behind the defending champs.

Lyons senior Chris Rediehs placed sixth in the All-Around competition in 2013 as a sophomore and was a Top 3 performer in Sectional action this season. Libertyville senior Alex Pong edged Rediehs for the No. 2 All-Around Sectional score and will try to challenge MacDonald for the All-Around title, as will Top 5 Sectional scorers Nomondalai Jamiyankhuu of Niles West and Max Diab of Glenbard West. Diab, who is a freshman, is the younger brother of Glenbard West 2012 All-Around state champion Alex Diab.

Aside from MacDonald, no other individual event state champions return to the state meet this season, which could open the door for young competitors like Lyons’ Alex Janicki and Downers Grove South’s Dominic Tommasone, a pair of freshman who posted the state’s best Sectional scores this season in the Floor Exercise and Horizontal bars, respectively.

A look at the top Sectional performances this season:

ALL-AROUND
2013 State Champion: David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (56.300)
2014 Sectional Champions: David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (54.7500); Alex Pong, Libertyville (54.1000); Chris Rediehs, Lyons (54.0500); Max Diab, Glenbard West (53.2000); Zack Gilbert, Stevenson (52.6500)

FLOOR EXERCISE
2013 State Champion: David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (9.750)
2014 Sectional Champions: Alex Janicki, Lyons (9.6000); Alex Pong, Libertyville (9.5500); Brian Spinello, Deerfield (9.5500); Max Diab, Glenbard West (9.4500); David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (9.4000)

POMMEL HORSE
2013 State Champion: (tie) Brian Thompson, Hinsdale Central (9.550); C.J. Patton, Fremd (9.550); David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (9.550)
2014 Sectional Champions: Keawe Winstead, Willowbrook (8.6500); Nomondalai Jamiyankhuu, Niles West (9.1000); Zack Gilbert, Stevenson ( 9.1000); Alex Pong, Libertyville ( 8.4500)

STILL RINGS
2013 State Champion
: David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (9.450)
2014 Sectional Champions: Alex Pong, Libertyville (9.6000); Max Diab, Glenbard West (9.5500); David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (9.1500); David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (9.1000); Nomondalai Jamiyankhuu, Niles West (9.0500); Zack Gilbert, Stevenson (8.9500)

VAULT
2013 State Champion
: TJ Kennedy, Glenbard North (9.450)
2014 Sectional Champions: Chris Rediehs, Lyons (9.6500); Max Diab, Glenbard West (9.5000); David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (9.3000); Alex Pong, Libertyville (9.2000); Zack Gilbert, Stevenson (9.1000)

PARALLEL BARS
2013 State Champion: David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (9.750)
2014 Sectional Champions: David MacDonald, Wheaton Coop (9.5500); Chris Rediehs, Lyons (9.4500); Steve Merena, Elgin (9.2500); Brian Spinello, Deerfield (8.9000); Max Diab, Glenbard West (8.8500)

HORIZONTAL BAR
2013 State Champion: Brian Thompson, Hinsdale Central (9.550)
2014 Sectional Champions: Dominic Tommasone, Downers Grove South (9.1500); Arie Feltman-Frank, Stevenson (8.7500); Ethan Sansone, Wheaton Coop (8.7500); Nolan Williamson, Elgin (8.7000); Chris Rediehs, Lyons (8.0000)






SITE
Hinsdale Central HS (Hinsdale)
Directions


SCHEDULE

Friday, May 16
Session 1 - Team & All-Around Finals
5:40 p.m.- Parade of
Competitors

6:00 p.m. - Team & All-Around Finals (6 events concurrently)


Saturday, May 17
Session 2 - Individual Prelims
11:40 a.m. - Parade of
Competitors

Noon - Individual prelims

Session 3 - Individual Finals
6:40 p.m. - Opening ceremonies

7:00 p.m. - Individual finals (2 events, followed by awards)
-Floor Exercise & Pommel Horse
-Still Rings & Vault
-Parallel Bars & Horizontal Bars


QUALIFIERS & RESULTS
Qualifiers

Prelim Order

Results


INTERACT
Twitter Coverage:
@IHSAState     #IHSA

Facebook Page

Photos


WATCH
Live on NFHS Network via www.IHSA.tv


TICKETS
$8 per session


LISTEN
No audio broadcasts currently scheduled for this event


HISTORY & RECORDS
2014 State Series Results

Record Book & Past Champions