Gophersports.com takes a look back on the 2015 men's gymnastics season
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
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.
2015 • Senior Season: All-American honoree • All-Big Ten Second Team honoree • named Academic All-Big Ten honoree • received Gophers' Most Valuable Gymnast Award • M Club Pin Recipient • appeared in all eight regular-season meets plus the Big Ten and NCAA Championships and competed on still rings, parallel bars and high bar • tallied a 15.30 on still rings at the last regular-season home meet and senior night vs. Iowa (3/7) • competed in the Big Ten Championships and registered a 15.275 on still rings, earning 5th place overall in the conference and finished 3rd on parallel bars with a 15.325 (3/28) • competed in the NCAA Championships and tallied a 15.025 on high bar (4/9) • notched a 15.30 on still rings vs. Iowa for first place (3/7) • added a 15.200 on still rings in last regular-season meet of collegiate career (3/15) • earned two first place finishes on high bar with a pair of 14.900s vs. Iowa/Neb and Illinois • finished first on parallel bars vs. Iowa (15.30) (3/7) • Iowa/Neb (15.150) (2/14), UIC/Neb (14.90) (2/7), and Air Force (14.75) (1/24) • earned fourth varsity letter.
2014 • Junior Season: Named team captain • Academic All-Big Ten honoree and CGA Second Team All-America Scholar-Athlete • received Gophers' Outstanding Championship Competitor Award • finished ninth in the nation on high bar (14.550) as one of four Gophers to compete in the event finals on the final day of the NCAA championships (4/12) • tied for sixth on high bar (14.800) and tied for 18th on parallel bars (14.800) on the second day of the NCAA championships (4/11) • placed third on high bar (14.850, tied for seventh on parallel bars (15.150) and finished 17th on still rings (14.350) at the NCAA Qualifier (4/10) • finished fifth on parallel bars (15.175) and seventh on high bar (14.700) in the Big Ten event finals (3/29) • competed on rings (14.450), parallel bars (season-high 15.350) and high bar (14.700) at the Big Ten team finals (3/28) and advanced to the event finals by placing fourth on parallel bars and tying for 10th on high bar • competed in 11 meets, including the Winter Cup, in three events • earned Louis J. Cooke Award at Alumni Meet (1/11) • scored 14.950 as parallel bars champion and tied career-high on still rings with a 15.150 against Illinois/Nebraska (2/1) • parallel bars champion (15.300) and still rings co-champion (14.850) at Iowa/Nebraska (2/15) • competed on still rings, parallel bars and floor exercise and finished 33rd overall at Winter Cup (2/22) • high bar champion (season-high 15.150) at Penn State (3/1) • earned third varsity letter.
2013 • Sophomore Season: Named team co-captain with Justin Morinishi • named CGA Second Team All-America Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • honored as team's most valuable gymnast • competed in three events in season-opening Windy City Invitational (1/18) where he led the Gophers (tied with Adam LaFleur) with a 14.200 on parallel bars • recorded a 14.050 on high bar, helping Minnesota win the event with a 70.950 (tied with Ohio State) • finished third on high bar at the Big Ten Championships after posting a 15.000 • finished with a score of 14.500 on vault at Nebraska (3/16) • at Oklahoma (2/16), saw career-best finish on parallel bars and high bar • took seventh at the NCAA qualifier on the parallel bars (14.700) • earned second varsity letter.
2012 • Freshman Season: Competed in every meet • earned a then-career high score of 13.900 on rings against UIC (2/25) • scored then-career high of 14.850 on parallel bars against Nebraska/Illinois (3/11) • earned a then-career best score of 14.700 on high bar on day one of the Big Ten Championships, placing third for the day • placed fourth on day two at the Big Ten meet on high bar (14.500) • competed in the NCAA championships, scoring a 14.150 on high bar • earned first varsity letter.
High School/Club: A 2011 graduate of New Berlin Eisenhower High School • won state championship in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011 and finished second in 2008 • won regional championship in 2007, 2008 and 2011 and finished third in 2009 • member of the second place team at the 2011 Junior Olympic Nationals and finished fifth in high bar and 17th in all-around • finished 23rd in all-around at the 2007 Junior Olympic Nationals and 28th in 2006 • received the hardest worker award in 2010 and 2011 with club team • named academic all-American in 2008.
Personal: Born December 19, 1992 • son of Mike and Carol Jaciuk • major is Applied Economics and Management in the Inter-College Program.
|Steve Jaciuk's Career Highs (As of 3/9/15)|
|Event||Floor Exercise||Pommel Horse||Still Rings||Vault||Parallel Bars||High Bar|
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