Feb. 21, 2014
After competing in the preliminary rounds of the Winter Cup, Gopher gymnast Ellis Mannon will advance to the final rounds Saturday for a shot at making the U.S. Men's Senior National Team. Junior captain Steve Jaciuk will also advance to the finals based on points earned during the competition.
Mannon, a junior, finished the first round of the all-around competition with a score of 81.150, good enough to rank twentieth out of 78 gymnasts. Mannon's best performance came on the pommel horse, where his 13.750 was good for fourth overall on the event.
The Winter Cup is an annual competition put on by USA Gymnastics in Las Vegas to help determine the men who will comprise the U.S. Men's Senior National Team. The top two all-around gymnasts at the end of competition will be selected to the roster.
The top 42 all-around gymnasts and the top three gymnasts on each event will be invited to compete in the final rounds for the Winter Cup. Final scores will be determined by a combined two day score from both rounds of competition.
Gopher junior captain Jaciuk also competed in the Winter Cup for the Gophers. The top 20 gymnasts from each event are given points based on their placement (20 points for first down to 1 point for 20th place) and once those points are tabulated and totaled they rank the gynmasts based on points. Jaciuk advanced to the finals round based on his total of 19 points (7 points in still rings and 12 points on high bar).
Jaciuk's highest score was a 14.300 on still rings, placing him fourteenth overall on the event. Jaciuk also ranked 9th overall on the high bar with a score of 14.150.Jaciuk finished with an overall score of 41.700 on the three events, which ranked him sixty-first overall.
All-around finals will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday local time for the gymnasts moving on in the competition. Fans can watch it live at WinterCup.com/live. Also, live scoring can be found at live.usagym.org.
"Our guys did a nice job at the Winter Cup on Day 1 and were able to advance to Day 2 which is very exciting," said Mike Burns. "The level of competition at this meet is fierce so to advance to the Finals is a real feather in their caps and it's based entirely on their hard work and desire to succeed."
After the Winter Cup concludes, Mannon and Jaciuk will rejoin their teammates in Minnesota and prepare for their final meets of the regular season. The Gophers compete next at Penn State March 1. The meet will begin 7 p.m.
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