Gophers Qualify For NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships

Go Gophers! Ellis Mannon is ranked third in the nation on pommel horse.
Go Gophers!
Ellis Mannon is ranked third in the nation on pommel horse.
Go Gophers!

April 11, 2013

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The NCAA recently announced the 12 teams that have qualified for the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. Minnesota, which is ranked sixth in the nation after finishing third in the Big Ten Championships last weekend, will compete in the first session of the qualifier at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 19.

The Gophers will join No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Michigan, No. 7 Illinois, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Air Force in the first session. Minnesota has faced these five teams earlier this year. The Gophers fell on the road at Oklahoma despite posting a season-high 435.450. Minnesota competed twice against Michigan this year at the Windy City Invitation and at the Big Ten Championships. The Wolverines won both meets.

The Gophers placed ahead of Illinois at the conference championships last weekend, as finishing behind the Illini at the Windy City invitational and in a road dual-meet earlier this year. Minnesota has competed against Nebraska three times this season and has scored better than the Huskers in all three meets. The Gophers have also faced Air Force once this year and prevailed as well. 

The second NCAA qualifier will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday night and will feature of No. 1 Penn State, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 California and No. 12 Temple.

The NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships will be held from April 19-21 at Penn State’s Recreation Center. Twelve teams will compete in the team qualifier on April 19. The top three finishers in each session will advance to the team finals, which will be held on April 20 alongside the all-around finals. The championships conclude on April 21 with individual finals.

2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship Qualifiers
Qualifier 1
April 19, 1 p.m.
No. 2 Oklahoma (438.662)
No. 3 Michigan (437.675)
No. 6 Minnesota (430.612)
No. 7 Illinois (429.900)
No. 10 Nebraska (423.350)
No. 11 Air Force Academy (422.687)

Qualifier 2
April 19, 7 p.m.
No. 1 Penn State (442.088)
No. 4 Stanford (432.225)
No. 5 Ohio State (431.575)
No. 8 Iowa (426.150)
No. 9 California (424.725)
No. 12 Temple (413.287)