Sept. 19, 2011
STANFORD, CALIF - Alex Buscaglia, a six-time All-American at Stanford, was named to the U.S. men's national team for the third consecutive year. He was selected after he posted fourth-place finishes in the floor exercise and vault at the 2011 Visa Championships.
A member of Stanford's national championship teams in 2009 and 2011, Buscaglia won two gold medals at the 2010 Pan Am games in team and high bar. He also earned the NCAA individual title on the horizontal bar and a sixth-place finish on the parallel bars in 2011.
"This competition was the first time I really competed for myself," he said. "I've always competed for the other guys on the team and making the adjustments was a challenge. I tried a new mental approach to the events and it worked out really well on floor and vault."
"Alex has done a great job representing the U.S. in the past," said Stanford coach Thom Glielmi. "Given the opportunity, I anticipate he will continue to do so."
For Buscaglia, a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford,,making the national team is an opportunity to improve his chances of making the 2012 Olympic team.
"This is the first year I'm not focusing on my strengths," he said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to improve on my weaknesses to compete for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team."
Additional information is available at usa-gymnastics.org.