With a second-place finish Saturday in the all-around at the Winter Cup Challenge, gymnast Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore earned a spot on the United States men's senior national team.
Competing inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino's Royale Pavilion in Las Vegas, Whittenburg, 19, opened his competition with a double-twisting double dismount on the still rings, one of six events in which he finished among the top 10. He finished second on rings, a meet best, scoring a 30.750.
Whittenburg, an Edgewood alumnus, placed sixth in floor exercise with a 29.950, fourth in vault with a 30.050, seventh in parallel bars with a 29.100 and 10th in high bar with a 28.100. He did not finish in the top 10 in pommel horse.
Josh Woods took the all-around with a two-day total of 174.850, ahead of Whittenburg (173.150) and Sean Melton (173.000), who along with Joshua Dixon were added to the national team. Three additional gymnasts will be named later.
Performances this week will help determine the 15 men who will constitute the U.S. men's senior national team through the P&G Gymnastics Championships on Aug. 21-24 in Pittsburgh.
The six members of the 2013 world championships squad, plus the two world alternates, retain their spots on the national team.
The remaining seven spots will be determined based on the following criteria: the top two ranked all-around athletes who are not already on the senior national team; two based on the national team points system; two athletes selected by the men's program committee; and one selected by the national team coordinator.
2014 Winter Cup Finals
1. Chandler Eggleston, Jamestown, Ill., 30.450
1. Eddie Penev, Rochester, N.Y., 30.450
3. Joshua Dixon, San Jose, Colo., 30.200
4. Sean Melton, Orlando, Ohio, 30.050
4. Donnell Whittenburg, Baltimore, Colo., 30.050
6. John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y., 30.000
7. Colin Van Wicklen, Magnolia, Okla., 29.850
7. Stacey Ervin, Taylor, Mich., 29.850
9. Matthew McGrath, Wheaton, Iowa, 29.800
10. Chris Brooks, Houston, Texas, 29.750
Men's High Bar
1. John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y., 30.800
2. Chris Brooks, Houston, Texas, 30.550
3. Sean Melton, Orlando, Ohio, 29.650
4. Joshua Dixon, San Jose, Colo., 29.400
5. Jake Martin, Oviedo, Fla., 29.300
6. Chandler Eggleston, Jamestown, Ill., 28.500
7. Marvin Kimble, Milwaukee, Wis., 28.450
8. Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., 28.250
9. Nicholas Gaudlip, Colorado Springs, Colo., 28.200
10. Donnell Whittenburg, Baltimore, Colo., 28.100