Chase misses out on U.S. national team

Megan Ryan

Gophers gymnast Zack Chase failed to make the U.S. national team and the Olympic trials after competing at the Visa Championships this weekend in St. Louis.

Chase earned only five points on the national team ranking system for a 16th-place tie on vault. The junior placed 37th out of 40 gymnasts in the all-around competition, as he did not compete on the pommel horse, parallel bars or high bar.

Chase’s poor performance on the first of two days essentially ended his chance of making the national team.

"It's definitely frustrating to have a gymnast go through a great routine, then fall back on the dismount,” head men's gymnastics coach Mike Burns said in a release, “and Zack did that on all three events.”

The 15 men who made the national team will now compete at the Olympic trials. The top-five finishers at the trials will compete at the summer Olympics in London.

Two incoming Gophers freshmen also competed in the junior session of the Visa Championships. Paul Montague finished 17th out of 20 gymnasts, while Danny DiBenedetto placed last in the all-around competition. Neither made the junior national team.