Steve Jaciuk and Zach Liebler each earn third place finishes at the NCAA Individual Event Finals
Mannon, Jaciuk, Metcalf, Liebler, Gagnon and Pochinka will compete for NCAA crowns on Saturday
Head coach Mike Burns and his assistants earn regional recognition
Minnesota finished fourth in qualifying session but nine Gophers advance to individual competition
Minnesota will compete in the qualifying round of the NCAA Championships on Thursday
The Golden Gopher men's gymnastics team defeated Nebraska and Illinois-Chicago at the Sports Pavilion.
In "Inside Gopher Sports," we sit down with three Gopher student-athletes who are also musically-inclined -- men's gymnast Ellis Mannon, volleyball senior libero Jessica Granquist and Gopher football center Ryan Wynn.
2014 • Junior Season: NCAA Champion on pommel horse (15.425) • All-American honoree and CGA Second Team All-America Scholar-Athlete • All-Big Ten First Team honoree • Big Ten Champion on pommel horse (15.325) • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • received Gophers' Most Valuable Gymnast Award and Outstanding Accomplishment Award • competed in 11 meets, including the Winter Cup, appearing on all six events • set or tied his career high on every apparatus but still rings • finished 11th in the all-around at the NCAA championships (83.700) and advanced to the event finals on pommel horse after taking fifth (15.150) in the team finals (4/11) • scored a career-high 15.150 on parallel bars at the NCAA Qualifier (4/10) • finished sixth in the all-around (85.700) at the Big Ten championships and advanced to the event finals on pommel horse (15.000) after tying for fourth in the team finals (3/28) • scored a career-high 14.800 on vault at the Big Ten team finals (3/28) • won the all-around (87.05) and finished second in pommel horse (15.950, career high) at season-opening Windy City Invitational (1/18) • 15.950 on vault marked the third-highest NCAA men's gymnastics pommel horse score of all-time • scored 14.950 as pommel horse champion at Oklahoma meet (1/25) • scored 86.700 as all-around champion at Air Force (2/8) • set then-career highs on floor exercise (14.400) and parallel bars (14.750) and tied then-career high on vault (14.700) at Air Force meet (2/8) • tied then-career high on high bar with 14.550 at Iowa/Nebraska (2/15) • finished 19th in the all-around and was the pommel horse runner-up at Winter Cup (2/22) • finished as parallel bars champion (14.700) and set career-high 14.600 as co-champion on high bar against Iowa/Brockport (3/8) • earned third varsity letter.
2013 • Sophomore Season: Named All-American and All-Big Ten Second Team honoree • took second place on the pommel horse at the NCAA national championships • was the lone Gopher to compete in five events in season-opening Windy City Invitational (1/18), where he set a then-career high on rings (13.950) • tied then-career high on vault (14.700) en route to tying for fifth in the event at the Windy City Invitational (1/18) • also competed on pommel horse (14.350), high bar (14.200) and parallel bars (13.100) at the Windy City Invitational (1/18) • saw then-career high score on pommel horse (15.400) at Nebraska (3/16) • then-career high finish on bars with a score of 14.550 against Nebraska/Illinois Chicago (2/2) • finished second on pommel horse (14.850) and tied for 22nd on vault (14.600) at the Big Ten Championships (3/5) • earned second varsity letter.
2012 • Freshman Season: Competed in all meets, as well as both days of the Winter Cup • scored then-career highs on floor (12.850), rings (13.200) and pommel horse (14.900) at the Winter cup (2/2-2/4) • registered a season-high vault score of 14.700 against Oklahoma/Ohio State (3/24) • received a season-high score on parallel bars (14.250) in the Nebraska/Illinois meet (3/11) • scored then-career high of 14.500 on high bars at Windy City Invitational (1/21) • competed in the NCAA championships in parallel bars, scoring 14.450 • earned first varsity letter.
High School/Club: A 2011 graduate of North Central High School • state champion in 2009 and 2011 • national all-around finalist in 2009 • regional pommel horse champion in 2011 • pommel horse champion at 2011 Visa Championships • second-team academic all-American in 2007-10.
Personal: Born January 20, 1993 • major is chemical engineering • son of James and Stuart Mannon.