Feb. 24, 2013
The Minnesota men’s gymnastics team beat UIC 419.200 - 409.600 on the road on Saturday in the Physical Education Building in Chicago.
A week after posting a season-high team score of 435.450 at Oklahoma, the Gophers recorded their lowest output of the season at UIC. Coach Mike Burns said the team had its second-worst hit percentage (65.3%) of the season. He counted 8.5 misses, which was the most in a meet this year, and counted a season-low six sticks.
However, even though the Gophers were not in top form on Saturday, they did still win the meet and posted wins on the floor exercise, still rings and parallel bars.
Adam Kern (14.800) led the Gophers on the floor exercise, as Minnesota posted the top three scores in the event. The Maroon and Gold recorded the five best scores on the still rings and were led by Jack Metcalf (14.750).
Steve Jaciuk won the parallel bars with a 14.600. Jaciuk also recorded a 14.550 on the still rings and high bar.
Jaciuk has competed in 18 events this year (six times each on the parallel bars, still rings and high bar) and has posted consistent scores all season. Jaciuk has scored 14.050 or better 17 times and has scored 15.000 four times or more this year. His lone score below 14.000 was a 13.500, which he recorded on the still rings in the season-opening Windy City Invitational.
Josk Wokurka was the lone Gopher to compete in the all-around at UIC, finishing second with a score of 81.850. Wokurka’s highest score, a 14.500, came on the still rings. UIC’s Joseph Hodges won the all-around with an 82.900, while the Flames’ Jason Gaides was third with an 81.500.
The Gophers host Big Ten rival Iowa at 7 p.m. on March 2 at the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota traveled to Iowa on Feb. 8, and was upset by the Hawkeyes 422.750 – 419.450.
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