Current, Former Bears Hoping to Hit Senior National Team Jackpot in Vegas

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Four current and former members of the Cal men's gymnastics team will be in Las Vegas this weekend. And like most other visitors to Vegas, they're looking to score big.

The top seven finishers in the finals of Saturday's Winter Cup Challenge at the LV Sports Center will be awarded coveted spots on the U.S. Men's Senior National Team. Senior Bryan del Castillo, junior Eric Haeussler and freshman Donathan Bailey and graduated senior Evan Roth represent the Bears in the qualifying process.

In yesterday's qualifying round, del Castillo -- who completed all events of the all-around for the first time in his collegiate career just a few weeks ago in the Bears' season opener-- finished a close second in the all-around with a score of 83.500. Tyler Mizoguchi of Illinois took first.

All-arounders will not be the only gymnasts given spots on the national team, however. High scorers in individual events will also have a chance at qualifying. For Cal, Roth comes in with the biggest individual accolade -- a national championship. Roth won the rings title as a senior.

Bailey has three national championships of the junior variety. He won three titles on the pommel horse as a junior competitor from 2006-08, and was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team from 2007-09.

Haeussler brings with him particular expertise in the vault, floor and high bar.

The finals of the Winter Cup Challenge will take place on Saturday and the lucky seven will be announced at meet's end.

Contact Katie Dowd at [email protected]

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