Chris Stephenson Wraps Up First Day of US Junior Nationals
Aug 16, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. - Air Force freshman Chris Stephenson wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships this afternoon in Hartford, Conn. Competing in the all-around of the junior (ages 17-18) division, Stephenson finished 11th with a combined score of 76.650.
Just the second Air Force gymnast to ever compete at the national championship meet, Stephenson is just 12 days removed from completing five weeks of Basic Cadet Training at the Academy. While going through BCT, both in the Cadet Area and in the field at Jack's Valley, the freshmen worked gymnastics training into a hectic schedule that included military orientation, physical confidence and conditioning and field training.
After opening the competition on the vault, where he finished 16th with a score of 12.700, Stephenson earned ninth-place marks on the remaining five events. He scored a 13.100 on the floor exercise for his highest score of the day, while nearly reaching the 13-point mark on both the parallel bars and high bar, as he recorded matching marks of 12.950 on both. He also added a 12.800 on the still rings and a 12.150 on the pommel horse.
Stephenson returns to action Sunday, Aug. 18, for the second day of competition. The men's junior championships will get underway at 6:30 p.m. (EST) at the XL Center in Hartford. Live video streaming of Sunday's competition at PGChamps.com
The Proctor and Gamble (P&G) Championships determined the U.S. national teams for both the junior and senior levels that will compete at the 2013 World Championships later this fall in Belgium. The top seven athletes in the 17-18 age division will be selected in rank order to the Junior Elite National Team, using the combined all-around results from two days of competition.