There are a few issues. I hadn’t thought about this one … until now.
Kensley Behel poses a good question. Leave a comment if you know the answer.
… What is slightly more unclear is how some of the national team members were chosen, as both Anthony McCallum and Emyre Cole of the University of Michigan totaled 22 points apiece, tying Olympian Chris Brooks and beating out Kanji Oyama, who totaled 18. Oyama was added to the team, but McCallum and Cole were not.
What’s more, McCallum won the vault title outright and would seem to be an obvious choice for the national team, but alas, the mystery that is the men’s team point system.
The totaled points can be seen here. …
Click PLAY or watch Anthony McCallum’s Vault on YouTube.
Tsuk double pike. Finals: 14.950 (5.6, 9.350)
Response from Daniel Steiner:
After Mouldar, modi, bower and whittenburg were selected via all around scores, the committee decides the rest of the team based on the strengths and weaknesses of the team as whole. While Mcallum clearly has one of the best vaults in the country, that is all he really offers in the grand scheme of things. Penev, naddour and whittenburg all perform similar valued vaults but it’s their strengths on other events, such as naddour on PH, that makes their perceived value higher than single event specialists. The same issue arose in 2013 when Michael Newburger won the PH title at winter cup outright, yet wasn’t selected to the team. One trick ponies don’t have much of a place on the national team anymore.