The University of Minnesota men's gymnastics team wrapped up its appearance at the Big Ten Championships at St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio Saturday night. Saturday night's competition was the individual event finals, with four Gophers taking part.
Adam Reichow qualified for the individual finals in both the floor exercise and vault. Aaron Fortunato was on the parallel bars, while Colin McGuire competed on the floor and Thomas O'Brien took part in the pommel horse.
"Our guys did a great job in the Event Finals with Colin and Thomas winning bronze medals on the Floor Exercise and Pommel Horse, respectively," head coach Mike Burns said. "Adam Reichow and Aaron Fortunato also did great routines on Floor Exercise, Vault, and Parallel bars. The University of Minnesota was extremely well represented tonight."
McGuire and O'Brien tied for Minnesota's best performance of the evening. McGuire finished third in the floor exercise with a score of 15.350, while Reichow was sixth on the floor with a 15.025. Meanwhile, O'Brien was third on the pommel horse, turning in a score of 14.625.
Reichow turned in a solid score of 15.900 on the vault, but it was only good enough for fourth. Fortunato was sixth on the parallel bars with a tally of 14.350.
Meanwhile, the Big Ten handed out its year-end awards following the meet. Reichow was honored as Minnesota's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The Gophers will now prepare for the NCAA Championships, which are slated for April 15-17 at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.