April 1, 2014
By Ben Gotz, Athletic Communications Student Assistant
MINNEAPOLIS – The Golden Gopher men’s gymnastics team is one of 12 teams that have been selected to compete in the NCAA Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., from April 10-12, the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Committee announced today.
The other 11 teams selected are Oklahoma, Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford, Illinois, Penn State, Iowa, California, Air Force Academy, Nebraska and William & Mary.
NCAA selections are made based on qualifying scores. Minnesota is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation with a qualifying score of 432.638.
The NCAA Qualifying Round will take place on Thursday, April 10. Six of the twelve teams will move past the qualifying round and onto the team finals the next day.
The Qualifying Round is split into two sessions, with three teams emerging from each. The Gophers have been placed in Session II and will compete against Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Air Force and Nebraska.
The top three all-around competitors and top three individuals on each event that are not a member of a qualifying team will also advance past the qualifying round.
Last year, the Gophers finished fourth in their session and did not advance in the team competition. Seven Gopher gymnasts advanced in individual events though, including current gymnasts Justin Morinishi, Sean Bauer, Matt Frey, Jack Metcalf, Ellis Mannon and Steve Jaciuk.
Mannon, who won the pommel horse title at the Big Ten Championships last weekend, finished second on the event at the NCAA Championships in 2013.
Last year, Michigan won the NCAA title with a score of 443.200. Ohio State and Stanford were the runners-up with scores of 440.1 and 436.150, respectively.
2014 National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics National Qualifier
12. William & Mary
3. Ohio State
6. Penn State
10. Air Force Academy
Preview: Gophers set for quad at Stanford
Minnesota will travel this weekend to compete against Stanford, and the National Teams from both Japan and Canada.
Day Two: Winter Cup Challenge
Stephens finished 23rd in the all-around competition, while alum Mannon finished fifth on pommel horse. Incoming freshman Wiskus also competed in the all-around finals, finishing 12th.
Day One: Winter Cup Challenge
Stephens, Wiskus, Mannon advance to the 2017 Winter Cup Challenge finals this Saturday, Feb. 18. in Las Vegas, Nev.