MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 6-ranked University of Minnesota men's gymnastics team is one of twelve programs that will compete at the 2015 NCAA National Collegiate Championships in Norman, Okla., April 9-11.
The Maroon and Gold will kick off the weekend by participating in the first session of the qualifying round on Thursday, April 9. The meet featuring Stanford, Nebraska, Air Force, Cal and Penn State will begin at 1 p.m. CT and will be streamed live on NCAA.com. The second session will feature Michigan, Iowa, Army, Illinois, Ohio State and Oklahoma and will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening.
The top three teams from each of the qualifying sessions will move on to the team finals on the second day of competition. The top three all-arounders who are not members of a qualifying team and the top three individuals on each event who are not on a qualifying team and are not one of the three all-arounders will advance. The team finals will be held on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. with individual event finals being held on Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
For more information about the NCAA Championships held in Norman, Okla., please visit the championship central page here.
2015 NCAA Champions Live Results Links
Qualifier Session I | Qualifier Session II | Team Finals | Event Finals
2014 NCAA Championships
Last season, the Gophers finished fourth in the qualifying session to Penn State. Michigan and Ohio State and did not advance to the team finals.
Seven Maroon and Gold gymnasts advanced to the individual event preliminaries and four competed in hopes of securing an NCAA individual title. Senior Ellis Mannon was crowned the 2014 NCAA Pommel Horse Champion after a stellar performance in the team finals.
Full event finals release can be found here.
Last time out: Mannon Defends B1G Pommel Horse Title
The Gophers finished fourth overall at the 2015 Big Ten Championships with the team score of 433.750.
Eight Gophers advanced to the individual event finals on Saturday: seniors Ellis Mannon (pommel horse), Steve Jaciuk (parallel bars and still rings) , Jack Metcalf (still rings) and Sean Bauer (floor exercise), junior Paul Montague (pommel horse and parallel bars) and freshman Yaroslav Pochinka (vault), Joel Gagnon (floor exercise) and Jalon Stephens (parallel bars).
Mannon defended his 2014 Big Ten pommel horse title with a score of 15.525. Last year, he earned the title with a 15.235 and the year prior, he finished as runner-up on the apparatus.
Pochinka, in his fifth ever collegiate competition, earned second place on vault with an individual mark of 15.250.
On parallel bars, Jaciuk tallied a season-high 15.325 and finished third. He also competed on still rings where his score of 15.275, second highest of the season, earned him fifth place in the conference.
Gophers in the National Rankings
Minnesota will enter the 2015 NCAA Championships with a sixth place ranking. The top three spots in the Road to Nationals poll are held by NCAA host Oklahoma, Stanford and Penn State. Six Big Ten teams are ranked within the top ten teams in the nation.
Mannon Named Nissen-Emery Finalist
University of Minnesota senior gymnast Ellis Mannon was named one of the six finalists for the prestigious 2015 Nissen-Emery Award. The award winner will be announced on Wednesday at the NCAA Banquet.
The Nissen-Emery Award is given annually to the nation's outstanding senior gymnast and is the most coveted award in collegiate gymnastics. The award is named in honor of George Nissen, a three-time NCAA champion at the University of Iowa, for his contributions to the sport and Dr. Bob Emery, the 1969 recipient of the Nissen Award.
Three Gophers have received the award since 1966 including Tim LaFleur (1978), John Roethlisberger (1993) and most recently, Guillermo Alvarez (2005).
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