Gophers Fall Short at NCAA Championships

Go Gophers!
Russell Dabritz

Go Gophers!
Russell Dabritz
Go Gophers!

April 20, 2012

The Gophers finished in fourth place in Thursday's pre-qualifying round of the NCAA Championships, falling one spot short of advancing to the team finals.

The University of Illinois captured first place out of the six teams in the Gophers' qualifiying session with a total team score of 356.250. The University of Oklahoma came in second, followed by U.C. Berkeley.

Minnesota finished with a final score of 343.350, well below their season high of 350.600. Despite missing out on qualifying for the team finals, the Gophers had some strong individual performances.

Six different Gophers finished in the top ten on individual events. Steffen Beck led Minnesota on the pommel horse with a score of 14.35 and a 10th place finish.

Senior Russell Dabritz finished in the top ten on two separate events. Dabritz came in 6th place on both the still rings and parallel bars, with respective scores of 14.65 and 15.05.

Three Gophers finished in the top ten in the vault competition. Senior DJ Repp had the highest finish of the night for the Gophers with a score of 15.25, earning him 2nd place. Adam LaFleur finished in 6th with a 15.05, and Adam Kern came in 10th with a score of 14.85.

Eight Minnesota gymnasts and a total of ten routines qualified to compete in Friday's competition. Any routines that finish in the top ten will move on to the Event Finals held on Saturday. The following gymnasts will perform tonight for a chance to advance to the Finals: DJ Repp on floor exercise, Steffen Beck on pommel horse, Russell Dabritz and Sean Bauer on still rings, DJ Repp and Adam LaFleur on vault, Russell Dabritz and Ellis Mannon on parallel bars, and Steve Jaciuk and Kyle Banks on high bar.

The Team Finals will be held tonight at 7 p.m. CT. The Event Finals take place on Saturday, also at 7 p.m. CT. You can follow all of action at http://www.soonersports.com/ncaa/2012_mgym_championship.html.