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 travel to Penn State University for the 2015 Big Ten Championships
2015 • Sophomore Season: All-American honoree • named Academic All-Big Ten honoree • received Gophers' Outstanding NCAA Competitor Award • appeared in four regular-season meets plus the NCAA Championships and competed on floor exercise • sat out majority of the season due to a hand injury • finished tied for third at the NCAA Individual Event finals with a 15.575 performance on floor • earned first place on floor exercise with a 15.000 vs. Iowa/Neb (2/14) • finished second on still rings vs. Air Force (15.05) (1/24) • earned third place on parallel bars (14.550) and within the top ten on still rings (14.500) at the Windy City Invitational (1/17) • finished second on floor exercise (14.95) at the last regular-season home meet vs. Iowa (3/7) • went two consecutive meets of tallying a 15.000 on floor exercise (2/14 - 2/28) • earned second varsity letter.
2014 • Freshmen Season: Received Gophers' Freshman of the Year Award • competed on floor exercise at the NCAA championships, advancing to the second day of competition (4/11) after scoring a 14.750 to finish 12th at the NCAA Qualifier (4/10) • competed on floor (13.800) at the Big Ten team finals (3/28) • competed in eight meets in two events • earned Louis J. Cooke Award at Alumni Meet (1/11) • scored 14.100 on floor exercise and 13.200 on high bar in collegiate debut at season-opening Windy City Invitational (1/18) • scored career-high 14.050 on high bar at Oklahoma meet (1/25) • scored career-high 15.250 on floor exercise at Illinois/Nebraska meet (2/1) • earned first varsity letter.
High School/Club: A 2013 graduate of Pine Island High School • competed for Great Northern Gymnastics for coaches Bob Wuomos, Ron Hill and Keith Heaver • four-time Junior Olympic qualifier • finished 22nd in the all-around competition at the 2013 Junior Olympic National Championships • took second place in the all-around at 2013 Region IV Championships • champion on floor exercise at 2013 Region IV Championships.
Personal: son of Joe and Tina Liebler • has two older siblings, Rachel and Andrew • enjoys playing piano, watching movies and hanging out with friends • Born April 25, 1995 • majoring in Sports Management.
|Zach Liebler's Career Highs (As of 3/9/15)|
|Event||Floor Exercise||Pommel Horse||Still Rings||Vault||Parallel Bars||High Bar|
Gophers Tabbed Eighth in Preseason Poll
The University of Minnesota men's gymnastics team was ranked eighth in the CGA Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Gophers Ink Timmy Kutyla for 2016-17
The University of Minnesota men's gymnastics team ink Wyckoff, N.J. native, Timothy Kutyla for the 2016-17 season.
Gagnon Earns Home Province Athlete of the Year Nod
Gopher sophomore Joel Gagnon was named Gymnastics Saskatchewan National Athlete of the Year by the Gymnastics Saskatchewan organization.