Last season, Minnesota men’s gymnastics placed sixth in the country, the program’s highest finish in nine years. With 18 of 20 men returning for 2017, the team returns on the same page and with the same vision.
“We had an impressive season last year,” junior captain Joel Gagnon said. “Obviously, we don’t want to end it there. That’s where our team motto developed from, we want to keep pushing for more and we are #BackForMore.”
Gagnon also shared team goals for the season: win the Big Ten title, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 1995, and improve upon the team’s finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships.
With the Gophers ranked No. 4 in the preseason coaches poll by the College Gymnastics Association (CGA), and No. 2 in the Big Ten Conference, Minnesota is primed for a big showing in April.
Minnesota will begin its 2017 campaign as they take on Ohio State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and host UIC at the 47th annual Windy City Invitational this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
No. 5 Minnesota Travels to No. 6 Nebraska
The Golden Gophers will travel to Lincoln, Neb. this Saturday, March 25 for the second meeting against No. 6 Nebraska this season.
Wiskus Wins All-Around for Team USA
Incoming freshman Shane Wiskus earned gold in the senior all-around competition at the University of Calgary International Cup this past Friday.
Gophers Sweep Podium in Home Finale
Minnesota topped UIC with a final score of 413.500-372.700 on Saturday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. The win marked an undefeated season at home for the Golden Gophers this season.