March 28, 2012
The Golden Gophers kept their No. 5 overall ranking in this week’s national standings after posting another season-high score this past weekend.
The team remains ranked in the top five on four of the six events, including a No. 1 ranking on the vault. In addition to being the top-ranked team in the nation on vault, Minnesota is ranked third on the parallel bars and fifth on both the still rings and high bar.
Eight Minnesota gymnasts are ranked in the top 20 on individual events.
The highest ranked Gopher is senior Russell Dabritz who is ranked in the top 20 on three different events. Dabritz kept his No. 3 ranking on the parallel bars and is also ranked eighth on the still rings and 12th on the high bar.
Joining him in the parallel bars rankings are Ross Cameratta and freshman Steve Jaciuk. Cameratta is currently ranked 16th in the nation. Jaciuk moved up three spots to No.6. He also jumped up a spot to No. 9 in the high bar rankings.
The Gophers have three athletes in the top 20 on vault. Zack Chase moved from No. 10 to No. 7 this week. He is followed by DJ Repp at No. 13 and Adam LaFleur at No. 16.
On the floor exercise freshman Kyle Banks remains ranked at No. 18. Ellis Mannon, also a freshman, is ranked 15th on the pommel horse.
Lastly, senior DJ Repp represents Minnesota in the all-around standings at No. 16.
The next meet for the Gophers is the Big Ten Championships held at the University of Iowa on April 6th and 7th.