Mannon's Pommel Horse Score Among All-Time Best

By Ben Gotz, Athletic Communications Student Assistant

This season, Gopher gymnast Ellis Mannon earned the fifth-highest NCAA pommel horse score since 2008, with a 15.950, it was announced as the College Gymnastics Association revealed a comprehensive listing of top scores for men's gymnastics events (since 2008) this week.

Mannon, the 2014 NCAA and Big Ten pommel horse champion, recorded the score at the Gophers' first meet of the regular season, the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 18, 2014.

The top NCAA pommel horse score also was recorded at the Windy City Invitational as Ohio State's Michael Newburger scored a 16.250. Newburger finished ninth in the event at this year's NCAA Championships.

Former Gopher Mitchell Mays dominates the vault rankings, with five of the top 10 all-time scores. Mays recorded all of those scores during the 2008 season, whhen he was an All-American in the event.

The Gophers also saw their opponents record several other all-time best scores during the 2014 season.

Newburger's teammate Larry Mayer scored the second highest vault since 2008, with a 15.800 at the Windy City Invitational this year. The Gophers also saw Michigan's Sam Mikulak break several records this year at the Big Ten Championships. Mikulak recorded the highest all-around score since 2008 with a 93.700, and also the best parallel bars score with a 16.100. Mikulak recorded the seventh highest all-around score at this year's NCAA championships with a 91.100, giving him the NCAA all-around title.

The 2014 year marked a successful season for outstanding men's gymnastics scores.