The University of Minnesota men’s gymnastics team scored a 204.950 Saturday evening at the Sports Pavilion in front of 933 fans to record the team’s third highest team score of the season and the highest output in a home meet this year. The Gophers competed against the University of Wisconsin club team in a meet to promote men’s gymnastics in the region. Earlier on Saturday, the first day of the Men’s Junior Olympic Invitational was held at the Sports Pavilion as part of the Men’s Intercollegiate Gymnastics Support Program (MIGSP). MIGSP is designed to help promote opportunity for men’s gymnasts to compete after high school by ensuring that no more college programs are eliminated while trying to restore or create new programs at the college level. The junior meet will conclude on Sunday.
Saturday, the Gophers started on the floor exercise where sophomore Matt Altomari scored a career-high 8.900 to win the event. Sophomore Mitchell Mays competed in the event for the first time this season and scored an 8.000 to finish fourth, while freshman Edward Campbell finished second with a score of 8.650 and senior Justin Meyer was third with an 8.500.
Senior Jacob Lee posted the highest scored on the pommel horse with a 8.250, while sophomore Sergei Dmitriev scored an 8.200 to finish second.
The Gophers scored their second-highest team score of the year on the still rings with all five athletes setting personal bests on the event. Meyer equaled his season-best effort of 8.800, while Mays recorded a career-high on the event with an 8.750. Steven Vuong also established a new personal best with a mark of 8.700, while Campbell tied his season and career-best with an 8.300. Freshman Alex Quast competed for the first time on the rings and scored a 7.850.
Mays and Vuong tied for first in on the vault with scores of 8.700, while Campbell was third with an effort of 8.500. Meyer competed on the vault for the first time in his career and scored an 8.400.
Similar to the still rings, the Gophers scored their third-highest team score of the year on the parallel bars with five Gophers scoring personal bests. Dmitriev set a season best with a score of 9.050, while Meyer equaled his season best with an effort of 8.650. Campbell scored his career best with an 8.400 and freshman Kit Beikman and senior Kevin Green each set career best with an 8.250 and 7.300, respectively.
Minnesota concluded on the high bar with a season-best score of 35.250. Lee set his career best on the event with a mark of 9.300, while Vuong also set a new career-best mark with an 8.900. Meyer equaled his career-best effort with an 8.550 and Campbell established a new career best score with an 8.400.
Meyer finished the meet with an all-around score of 50.750, the first time he competed in the all-around as a Gopher.
The Gophers conclude their home schedule Friday when they host the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Sports Pavilion. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.