Michigan's Chris Cameron and Illinois Paul Ruggeri Named Co-Male Gymnasts of the Week
Feb. 9, 2009
Co-Gymnasts of the Week:
Wolverine sophomore earns spot on U.S. Senior National Team
Chris Cameron, Michigan
Michigan’s Chris Cameron nabs his second weekly award of the season after earning a roster spot on the U.S. Men's Senior National Team on Saturday. The preseason All-Big Ten sophomore totaled sufficient qualifying points after claiming ninth in the all-around with a two-day 171.100 score during the Winter Cup Challenge at the Las Vegas Sports Center. Cameron finished fourth overall on rings (29.800) and parallel bars (29.600) and placed seventh on floor exercise (29.450). The Winter Haven, Fla., native added 25.250 on pommel horse, 28.900 on vault and 28.100 on horizontal bar during the contest to complete his all-around mark. With the honor, Cameron becomes the Wolverines' first male gymnast to make the senior national team since current assistant coach Scott Vetere served on the squad from 1999-2000. Cameron will hold a place on the team at least until the 2009 Visa Championships this August.
Paul Ruggeri, Illinois
Paul Ruggeri garners his first weekly laurel of the season after capturing the gold medal on high bar at the 2009 Winter Cup Challenge at the Las Vegas Sports Center in Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday. Ruggeri, the reigning NCAA high bar champion, had a combined score from the two days of competition of 30.500 on the event, edging out Olympian Joey Hagerty (30.450) for the national title. Ruggeri has now accomplished two feats in his young collegiate career, winning the NCAA High Bar Crown as a freshman and becoming a national champion on high bar as a sophomore. The Manlius, N.Y., native led all competitors, including Olympians Hagerty and Jonathon Horton after the first day of competition, with a 15.350. Ruggeri backed up his score on the second day with a 15.150 for the combined score of 30.500.This marks the third weekly honor for Ruggeri, who earned his previous two awards in consecutive weeks during his freshman campaign in February of 2008.