March 15, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 5 University of Minnesota men’s gymnastics team capped off the regular season by traveling to Lincoln, Neb., to compete against No. 6 Illinois, No. 7 Iowa, No. 10 Air Force and No. 12 Nebraska.
Among tough competition, the Gophers finished in third place with a final team score of 432.000 behind Iowa and Illinois, who scored 437.250 and 434.850, respectively. Host Nebraska came in fourth with a score of 428.4500 while Air Force finished in fifth with a 422.000.
As a team, Minnesota outscored all four teams on floor exercise with a 74.500. Senior Justin Morinishi led the way, finishing the event with a personal season-high score of 15.250 while both Zack Chase and Adam Kern added 15.000 to the Gophers' overall score.
On pommel horse, the Gophers finished behind Illinois as Paul Montague, Jr. contributed the highest score on this event with a 14.550.
Zack Chase was the hero of the still rings as he posted a season-high 15.200 for the Maroon and Gold. Chase scored a 15.100 in the last match-up against Illinois on Feb. 1. Jack Metcalf also posted a noteworthy 14.950, his second-highest score on the apparatus this season.
Despite season-high scores for several Minnesota athletes, the Maroon and Gold ultimately fell to Illinois and Iowa. The Gophers' overall team score was an improvement from last weekend’s competition where Minnesota edged Iowa, 427.750 to 426.450.
The Gophers will be idle from competition next weekend in preparation for the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Minnesota finished third at the B1G meet last year. This year's championships will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska, and will take place Friday-Saturday, March 28-29.
Gophers Prepare For Major Competitions
The Gophers will be represented at the World University Games and the P&G Championships at the end of August.
Meet Assistant Coach Jordan Valdez
Last week the Gophers announced the addition of Jordan Valdez to the men's gymnastics coaching staff.
Gophers Hire Valdez As Assistant Coach
The University of Minnesota has hired Jordan Valdez as the latest member of their coaching staff, head coach Mike Burns announced Friday.