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
Senior Ellis Mannon defended his Big Ten pommel horse title on Saturday
High School/Club: Competed for coach Pavel Sadovskiy at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy • qualified for 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships • tied for third on vault and still rings at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships • competed at 2014 Winter Cup with Gophers Ellis Mannon and Steve Jaciuk • placed 41st in the all-around at 2014 Winter Cup • competed in the senior session of the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships and placed 29th in the all-around • tied for 13th in the all-around at 2013 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships • placed 11th in the all-around at 2010 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships • three-time USA Gymnastics Academic All-American honoree.
Personal: Born Oct. 30, 1996 • son of Mike and Zoya Pochinka • has two younger brothers, David and Simon • majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology.