Yaroslav Pochinka defied prognosis and became an All-Big Ten gymnast as a freshman just months after shattering his hand.
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
2016 • Sophomore Season: Competed on floor, vault and still rings at the Windy City Invitational (1/17) • Placed first on vault with a 15.350 vs. Penn State (1/23) • finished third on vault (14.900) vs. Nebraska (1/30).
2015 • Freshman Season: All-Big Ten Second Team honoree • was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (3/16/15) • received Gophers' Comeback Gymnast of the Year Award • received Gophers' Academic Excellence Award • appeared in three regular-season meets plus the Big Ten and NCAA Championships and competed on vault • sat out first part of the season with a hand injury • set career-high score of 15.350 at last regular home meet of the season vs Iowa (3/7) • finished 9th overall on vault at the NCAA Individuals Finals after notching a 13.875 (4/9) • earned second place in the conference with a 15.250 performance on vault at Big Ten Championships • collegiate debut vs. Stan/Cal on vault where he tallied a 15.150 (2/28) • in first three collegiate meets, he tallied a 15.100 or higher and earned two individual event titles • earned first varsity letter.
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: Son of Mike and Zoya Pochinka • has two younger brothers, David and Simon • Born Oct. 30, 1996 • majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology.
|Yaroslav Pochinka's Career Highs (As of 3/9/15)|
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