Gophersports.com takes a look back on the 2015 men's gymnastics season
Minnesota finished fourth in qualifying session but nine Gophers advance to individual competition
Senior Ellis Mannon defended his Big Ten pommel horse title on Saturday
Minnesota placed fourth as a team at the 2015 Big Ten Championships on Friday.
Minnesota will travel to Penn State University for the 2015 Big Ten Championships
Gopher Men on Senior Night
2016 • Senior Season: Tied for third on still rings (14.750) at the Windy City Invitational (1/17) • finished first on parallel bars (14.950) and second on pommel horse (14.100) and still rings (14.700) vs. Penn State (1/23) • placed first on still rings (14.600), second on pommel horse (14.300), high bar (14.650) and parallel bars (14.900) vs. Nebraska (1/30)• placed first on high bar (14.950), second on still rings (14.500) and third on parallel bars (14.550) at Air Force (2/6) • claimed second on still rings (14.850), fourth on parallel bars (14.900) and third on high bar (14.750) vs. Canada/Iowa/Illinois/Stanford (2/13) • competed on pommel horse (14.350), still rings (14.350), parallel bars (14.250) and high bar (13.800) at Oklahoma (2/27) • earned his first career all-around title (85.150) and won titles on still rings (14.900) and high bar (15.00) vs. UIC (3/5) • placed first on still rings (15.050) and parallel bars (15.250) at Nebraska/Iowa (3/20) • competed on pommel horse, high bar and parallel bars at Big Ten Championships(4/2) • tallied a 14.250 on pommel horse, 14.450 on still rings, 14.700 on parallel bars and a 14.400 on high bar at day one of NCAA Championships (4/15) • notched an 11.500 on pommel horse, 14.350 on still rings, 13.500 on parallel bars and 14.440 on high bar at day two of NCAA Championships (4/16) • earned the Gophers' Most Valuable Gymnast award.
2015 • Junior Season: Co-Captain of the 2014-2015 season • appeared in all eight regular-season meets plus the Big Ten and NCAA Championships and competed on pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and high bar • finished within the top 10 of the conference on pommel horse (13.80) and 4th overall on parallel bars, earning a season-high score of 14.975 in the process at the Big Ten Event Finals (3/28) • earned first place on pommel horse at the first regular-season home meet (14.45) (1/24) • tallied the top Minnesota score vs. Illinois on the pommel horse (14.350) (1/31) • notched season-high score on the still rings vs. UIC/Neb (2/7) • season-high pommel horse score (14.8) earned vs. Stan/Cal (2/28) • season-high still rings score of 15.05 tallied vs. Iowa/Neb (2/14) • earned third varsity letter • claimed first on parallel bars with a 15.100 at Iowa (3/12).
2014 • Sophomore Season: Received Gophers' Most Improved Gymnast Award • advanced to the second day of competition at the NCAA championships on pommel horse and finished 21st with a score of 14.650 (4/11) • competed on pommel horse (14.300), still rings (14.500), parallel bars (14.000) and high bar (12.350) at the NCAA Qualifier (4/11) • competed on pommel horse (12.550), rings (career-high 14.900), parallel bars (14.700) and high bar (13.400) at the Big Ten team finals (3/28) • competed in nine meets on four events and earned career-high scores on all four events • set career high with 14.800 as parallel bars champion against Oklahoma (1/25) • set career highs on pommel horse (15.100) and high bar (14.000) and was co-champion on pommel horse at Air Force (2/8) • earned second varsity letter.
2013 • Freshman Season: Made collegiate debut at Iowa (2/8), finishing with a season-high on the parallel bars • awarded Spirit of the Gopher Gymnastics award • earned a season-high on rings at Oklahoma (2/16) with a 14.450 • finished with a score of 14.050 on rings at Nebraska (3/16) • took 18th on bars (14.550) at Big Ten Championship • competed on pommel horse (12.750) and rings (14.450) at NCAA qualifier • earned first varsity letter.
High School/Club: Graduated from Arrowhead High School • finished 25th in the all-around at the 2012 Junior Nation Championships • 2012 Wisconsin state champion in pommel horse and vault • also finished second in the all-around and parallel bars • 2010 Wisconsin state champion on the still rings • finished second in the all-around in 2010 • competed in club competition for Swiss Turner's Gymnastics.
Personal: Son of Paul and Tracy Montague • has a younger sister, Maya • born July 15, 1994 • majoring in Applied Economics.
|Paul Montague Jr.'s Career Highs (As of 4/19/16)|
|Event||Floor Exercise||Pommel Horse||Still Rings||Vault||Parallel Bars||High Bar|
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