March 24, 2012
In their final meet of the regular season the Gophers posted a new season high of 350.6, breaking the 350 point barrier for the first time this season. No. 1 Oklahoma won the tri-meet with a score of 353.1, and Ohio State finished in third with a 344.5.
"We've been pushing hard all season and we finally broke the 350 barrier," head coach Mike Burns said. "It was a great performance by our guys. We had some of our best routines of the year and only had two misses out of our 36 routines. I'll take that any day of the week."
Minnesota started off strong on the still rings, hitting all six routines. Russell Dabritz won the event with a 15.2, tying his career high.
The momentum continued on vault, where the Gophers are currently ranked second in the nation. Zack Chase led the team and finished in first with a score of 15.3. Senior DJ Repp was right behind him, coming in second with a 15.2.
The team had two top three finishers on the parallel bars as well. Dabritz finished in second overall with a 15.1. Freshman Steve Jaciuk scored a 14.8 to tie for third.
Dabritz and Jaciuk also represented Minnesota in the top three on the high bar. Jaciuk posted a 14.6 to earn him second place. Dabritz scored a 14.5 to put him in third and give him his third top three finish of the night.
Freshman Sean Bauer was the team's top finisher on the floor. Bauer recorded a new personal best of 15.2 and finished in fourth overall.
The Gophers hit six of six routines on the pommel horse, an event they struggled with previously. Freshman Ellis Mannon led the team with a 14.0 and a sixth place finish.
Being the final home meet of the season, the team's five seniors were recognized for their achievements and contributions to Gopher gymnastics over the last four years. They certainly went out strong, polishing their careers off with a memorable final performance in the Sports Pavilion.
"It couldn't have gone much better," senior DJ Repp said. "It's a blessing to do so well in my last meet. I'm really looking forward to Big Tens and the NCAA Championships."
"I'm really proud of the seniors," Burns said. "They put on a show tonight. That's how every senior should go out, with the best performance of their lives. To finish the dual meet season with our highest score and highest hit percentage is right where we should be before Big Tens. We're peaking at the right time and I couldn't be happier with where we're at right now."
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