Minnesota Moves Up to Top 5
Sophomore Daniel DiBenedetto

Feb. 18, 2014

By Ben Gotz, Athletic Communications Student Assistant

MINNEAPOLIS – After posting a season-high team score in their meet last weekend against Iowa and Nebraska, the Gopher men's gymnastics team has moved up one place in the GymInfo national rankings to No. 5 this week.

The Gophers also moved up one place in the national coaches poll to be No. 5 as well. Minnesota improved its three-meet average by over three points with this weekend’s results, giving the squad an average score of 435.600.

The rest of the top five is made up of No. 1 Oklahoma (445.050), No. 2 Michigan (441.900), No. 3 Ohio State (440.050) and No. 4 Stanford (439.200). Oklahoma and Michigan have occupied the top two spots for five weeks straight, while Ohio State and Stanford swapped places from last week.

Just below the Gophers are No. 6 Illinois (434.033), No. 7 Penn State (433.167) and No. 8 Iowa (427.983), the Gophers' opponent from a week ago.

Below is how the Gophers stack up against the national leaders in each event as a team and as individuals in the national rankings for the week of Feb. 17.

TEAM RANKINGS

Floor Exercise
1. Oklahoma – 76.200
3. Minnesota – 74.133

Pommel Horse
1. Oklahoma – 74.500
7. Minnesota – 71.133

Still Rings
1. Oklahoma – 75.150
7. Minnesota – 73.750

Vault
1. Oklahoma – 74.167
4. (T) Minnesota, Michigan & Ohio State – 73.917

Parallel Bars
1. Oklahoma – 74.517
5. Minnesota – 72.700

High Bar
1. Ohio State – 73.950
7. Minnesota – 71.817

TOP 20 INVIDUALS RANKINGS

Floor Exercise
1. Alec Robin, Oklahoma – 15.467
9. Sean Bauer, Minnesota – 15.200
18. Zach Liebler, Minnesota – 14.967


 

 

Pommel Horse
1. Michael Newburger, Ohio State – 15.667
3. Ellis Mannon, Minnesota – 15.233
13. Paul Montague Jr., Minnesota – 14.767

Still Rings
1. Michael Squires, Oklahoma – 16.033
18. Jack Metcalf, Minnesota – 14.917

Vault
1. Tristan Duverglas, Penn State – 15.350
8. Zack Chase, Minnesota – 15.067
15. Matt Frey, Minnesota – 14.833
18. Sean Bauer, Minnesota – 14.867

Parallel Bars
1. Syque Caesar, Michigan – 15.500
6. Matt Frey, Minnesota – 15.083
7. Steve Jaciuk, Minnesota – 15.067

High Bar
1. Jordan Valdez, Illinois – 15.450
14. (T) Daniel DiBenedetto, Minnesota & Kyle Zemeir, California – 14.700
19. Sam Wright, Minnesota – 14.583

All-Around
1. Akash Modi, Stanford – 88.867

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