Four Gophers Headed to Winter Cup
Feb. 14, 2018

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The University of Minnesota will be well represented at the 2018 Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev. this weekend.

Tristan Duran, Jalon Stephens, Shaun Herzog and Shane Wiskus will all compete all-around at the event. The two-day meet will consist of three sessions. Two preliminary sessions will take place on Thursday, Feb. 15 and finals will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17.

"This is probably the biggest group we have had at the Winter Cup in awhile. In the past we had guys doing one or two events. All four guys doing six events should be exciting," head coach Mike Burns said. "If they can bring their A-game with them this weekend then we will be in good shape."

Duran, Stephens and Wiskus (before he was a Gopher) competed in the Winter Cup last year.

Stephens finished with a 152.600 two-day all-around total for a 23rd place finish. He has only competed rings, p-bars and high bar so far this season with a top score of 14.250 on high bar.

Duran competed on four events and was easing back from an injury at the time he competed in the Winter Cup last year. He is peaking at the right time this year coming off a CGA Gymnast of the Week honor after scoring an 81.350 in the all-around. He has notched a 14.450 on p-bars and a 14.400 on high bar this year.

Wiskus scored an 80.150 in prelims and 79.450 in finals (159.600) to place 12th overall last year. He finished in the top ten on two events, seventh on vault (14.500, 14.350) and tied for eighth on parallel bars (13.500, 13.550). Wiskus has won three all-around titles this season with a top mark of 82.550.

Herzog was a late addition to this year's Winter Cup. He is in the midst of a breakout season for the Gophers. He has scored a 14.450 on vault, a 14.150 on p-bars, a 14.100 on floor and a 13.800 on high bar to highlight the year.

"Shaun just got the invitation last week. He was on the list of replacement athletes," Burns said. "I have never seen a kid so happy."

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