Minnesota beats Nebraska and Scores New Season-High
Feb. 18, 2012
Sixth-ranked Minnesota defeated Nebraska for the second weekend in a row. The Gophers totaled a new season-high of 345.6. Nebraska finished with a score of 339.4.
Minnesota won four of the six events, including a sweep of the top three spots on the rings and high bar.
"We came in tonight and accomplished a lot of the things we were looking to do," head coach Mike Burns said. "We improved our hit percentage, team score, and limited our deductions. It was great to see us close out the meet strong on the parallel bars and high bar. In past years we've had trouble finishing, so I'm really happy with where they're at now in terms of their fitness level to get them through the meet."
Dabritz also had a solid performance on the parallel bars. His 14.8 won him his second event of the evening. Second place went to freshmen Steve Jaciuk who scored a career-high 14.4.
Jaciuk had a career-high on the high bar as well, where his 14.6 earned him the top spot. Not only did Minnesota sweep the event, but they swept it with all freshmen. Rounding out the top three were Kyle Banks with a 14.4 and Spencer Smith with a 14.2.
"Our freshman class is hitting their sets and scoring well, but they are also helping the older guys," Burns said. "Everyone is feeding off each other. The freshmen are coming in and getting the job done, and it's giving confidence to the rest of the team."
Senior DJ Repp was the winner of the Cooke Award for his outstanding performances and first place finish in the all-around competition.
"It took me four years to win the award," Repp said. "So to finally get it feels great. I had a few mess ups on the horse and vault, but I was happy to be able to come back from that, stick a couple dismounts in the process, and really get on a roll and help the team."