Ten Gopher Gymnasts in Top 20 National Rankings

Go Gophers! Adam LaFleur
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Adam LaFleur
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March 13, 2012

The Golden Gopher men's gymnastics team holds on to their No. 6 national ranking after finishing second in a tri-meet with the University of Illinois and the University of Nebraska.

Minnesota also kept their No. 2 team ranking on the vault after another strong vaulting performance this weekend. The Gophers moved down one spot to a No. 4 team ranking on the parallel bars, despite earning their highest team total on the event.

Ten different gymnasts represent Minnesota in the individual rankings.

The highest ranked Gopher is senior Russell Dabritz. Dabritz is ranked third in the nation on the parallel bars after earning a career-high score this past weekend. Also ranked on the parallel bars is freshman Steve Jaciuk at No. 13 and Ross Cameratta at No. 20.

Four different Gophers are ranked in the top 20 on the vault. Zack Chase leads the team with a No. 7 ranking. He is followed by DJ Repp at No.14 and Adam Kern at No. 17. Adam LaFleur has moved into the rankings at No. 20.

Freshman Ellis Mannon is tied for the 12th spot on the pommel horse. Teammate John Scallon is back in the rankings at No. 20.

On the floor exercise freshman Kyle Banks has moved into a tie for the No. 18 spot.

Three Gopher gymnasts are ranked in the top 20 on more than one event. In addition to his parallel bars ranking, Russell Dabritz improved four spots to No. 9 on the still rings. Steve Jaciuk, previously mentioned on the parallel bars, is tied for No. 17 on the high bar. Lastly, DJ Repp, who moved into the top 20 on vault, is also ranked 16th in the all-around standings.

Minnesota will look to build on these rankings in their next meet on Saturday, March 17th. The meet will be held at Penn State at 7 p.m. CT.