WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July 16, 2015)—Former William & Mary men’s gymnastics standout Michael Deitz will compete at the qualifying meet for the P&G Gymnastics National Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday.
Deitz will compete on floor, vault and high bar during the second session, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (MST).
In addition to Deitz, the national qualifier will feature 95 gymnasts, including 2014 World parallel bars silver-medalist and 2012 Olympic all-around bronze-medalist Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton, 2014 U.S. parallel bars silver-medalist and two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston /Cypress Academy, and 2014 U.S. still rings champion and 2013 World still rings bronze-medalist Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton.
One of the Tribe’s top gymnasts this season, Deitz was honored as the 2015 USA Gymnastics Co-Gymnast of the Year and won the USA Gymnastics national title on high bar. Additionally, the Manassas, Va., competed as an individual qualifier on floor, vault and high bar at the NCAA Championships.
In addition to his success in the gym, Deitz, a co-captain, also excelled in the classroom as well as in the community and was selected as the featured student-athlete speaker at the 2015 NCAA Championships Awards Banquet. He also garnered College Gymnastics Association first-team Academic All-American Scholar-Athlete distinction for the second consecutive year.The national qualifier is the last opportunity for men to qualify for the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Indianapolis in August, as well as an opportunity to tune-up for nationals.
Athletes can qualify to the senior division at the 2015 P&G Championships in a variety of ways. Senior National Team members following the 2015 Winter Cup Challenge automatically qualified to the championships. A minimum of 14 athletes will qualify to the P&G Championships based on the national Points Ranking System from the National Qualifier. The top six ranked all-around gymnasts who are U.S. citizens from among the top 12 all-around athletes at the 2015 NCAA Championships also qualify to the P&G Championships. This will total approximately 36 qualifiers.