April 18, 2012
The No. 5 University of Minnesota men’s gymnastics team arrived in Norman, Oklahoma last night for the upcoming NCAA Championships. The Championships are being held at the University of Oklahoma and begin this Thursday, April 19.
“I feel really good about where we are right now in terms of preparation,” head coach Mike Burns said. “As you get to this point in the season the guys are pretty much on autopilot and
are eager to compete. We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming competition.”
The top 12 teams in the nation qualified for the meet and will compete across two pre-qualifying sessions on Thursday. The Gophers compete Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT in Session II of the Qualifying Round. The five other teams competing in Session II are Oklahoma, Illinois, Cal-Berkeley, Temple, and Air Force.
“This is the National Qualifier so every team out there is a great team, and we are definitely one of them,” Burns said. “I have a great amount of respect for the teams we'll be competing against. This will be a hard fought meet, and it will most likely be the most consistent teams that move on to the team finals on Friday.”
The Gophers have been training hard over the past two weeks to prepare for the big event. Their goal is to perform well-executed routines with a high level of confidence and advance to the team finals.
“The key to success will be knowing how to make smart adjustments as needed during the competition. So much of our success will be based on aspects that we can control—our attitudes, beliefs, and the confidence we demonstrate on the competition floor. A positive attitude combined with faith in their abilities and marinated in confidence is a pretty solid recipe for success, both as a team and individually.”
You can follow all of the action including live webstream, live scoring, and final results at http://www.soonersports.com/ncaa/2012_mgym_championship.html.