Minnesota Wins Sixth Consecutive Meet, Hits New Season-High
Russell Dabritz

March 3, 2012

The sixth-ranked Gophers defeated Iowa and Brockport at home, winning their sixth consecutive meet of the season. They also posted a new season-high score of 347.0.

In addition, the team hit new season-high marks on the floor, vault, and parallel bars. The team totaled a 60.1 on the floor exercise, outscoring their previous season-high by nearly one and half points. They also broke the 60-point mark on the vault, scoring a 60.3.

“We had an awesome floor exercise and vault, which are two events we’ve been struggling on all year,” head coach Mike Burns said. “It was really good to put it all together on those two events.”

Adam Kern received the Cooke Award for outstanding performance for the first time in his career. Kern excelled on the floor and vault. He placed second on the floor exercise with a 15.1 and tied for first on vault with a 15.2.

“Adam is a really hard worker with great character and a fun guy to have in the gym,” Burns said. “He did incredible today. He’s really starting to turn into a key player for us.”

“It’s an honor to win the Cooke Award,” Kern said. “It feels good to see my work pay off and get recognized. I really focused on having fun and enjoying my performances tonight. I think that’s what made me so successful.”

Minnesota opened the meet on a high note on the floor, sweeping the top three spots. Adam LaFleur and freshman Sean Bauer tied for third, Adam Kern finished second, and DJ Repp won the event with a score of 15.2. Kern and Repp recorded new personal bests with their performances.

The Gophers struggled on the pommel horse but managed to walk away with the top two spots. Harris Coleman won the event with a 14.3. Russell Dabritz finished in second with a 14.2, reaching a new career-high. Dabritz was also part of a three-way tie for first on the still rings, where he scored a 14.7.

Vault was certainly one of the highlights for Minnesota tonight. Adam LaFleur finished in third with a 15.0. Adam Kern and Zack Chase tied for first, each posting a 15.2.

Minnesota also took home the top three places on the parallel bars. Ross Cameratta and freshman Steve Jaciuk tied for second with a 14.6. Russell Dabritz earned another top finish with his score of 15.1. Dabritz came in second on the high bar with a 14.1.

“Each week we’ve been victorious and have been increasing our high score, which has been great,” Burns said. “But we easily gave away a 350.0 today. There’s always something to do in the gym, and we’re not there yet. To count as many misses as we did and still score our-season high is encouraging. We did great in some aspects, but not everything is there just yet.”

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