April 19, 2013
The University of Minnesota men's gymnastics team fell short of advancing to the final round of the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship when it finished fourth out of six teams in the first session qualifier in University Park, Pa.
Minnesota ended the qualifier with a score of 424.700 to finish fourth, one spot from advancing to the team finals on Saturday. Michigan (443.850), Oklahoma (433.850) and Illinois (426.900) advanced, while Air Force (417.900) and Nebraska (417.550) finished fifth and sixth. Michigan was first in all six events.
The Gophers best event of the morning was the parallel bars where they placed second with a score of 71.400. Minnesota was fourth on the still rings (73.250), high bar (68.500) and floor exercise (72.800). The Maroon and Gold finished fifth on vault (71.900) and sixth on pommel horse (65.850) despite Ellis Mannon winning the pommel horse with a score of 15.250.
Minnesota did advance seven gymnasts to the individual finals, which is on Sunday. Advancing were Justin Morinishi and Sean Bauer who tied for fifth on the floor exercise with scores of 15.050. Matt Frey finished ninth with a 14.950 on the floor exercise to also advance. Jack Metcalf tied for fifth on the still rings with a 15.200 to advance. Steve Jaciuk tied for fourth on the high bar with a 14.500 score and recorded a seventh-place finish on parallel bars with a 14.700 and will compete in both events on Sunday. Mannon also advanced after winning the pommel horse.
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