Sept. 20, 2006
Indianapolis, Ind. - Junior David Sender has been added to the U.S. Men's Gymnastics Team for the 2006 World Championships on October 14-22 in Aarhus, Denmark. Sender was previously named an alternate to the U.S. Team after finishing fourth at the 2006 VISA USA Championships in August, but solidified his place on the team when Justin Spring of Burke, VA, relinquished his spot due to injury.
Sender will by joined in Denmark by Guillermo Alvarez (Denver, CO/Team Chevron), Alexander Artemov (Morrison, CO/Team Chevron), Jonathan Horton (Houston, TX/University of Oklahoma), Clay Strother (Jasper, TX/Team Chevron), and Kevin Tan (Fremont, CA/Penn State University). Stanford alum David Durante ('02) of Garfield, NJ/Team Chevron has been named the alternate and will travel with the U.S. Team.
Sender was originally named to the U.S. Team after finishing fourth at the 2006 VISA USA Championships in August with an all-around score of 177.6 (88.6, 89.0). Sender also tied for second on the floor exercise with a score of 30.35 (15.4, 14.95) and tied for fifth on the high bar with 29.35 (14.5, 14.85). He earned his first collegiate national title at the 2006 NCAA Championships in April, posting a score of 9.562 on day three of the event to claim the individual vault title. He also finished fifth on the rings (9.412) and sixth on the parallel pars (8.875) at the NCAA Championships.