July 20, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Gopher senior Ellis Mannon placed eighth in the all-around at the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Qualifier held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend.
Mannon finished in the top 10 on three events. He scored a 14.250 for fourth place on pommel horse and tied for fourth on parallel bars (14.300). His highest score of the meet was a 14.750 on vault where he tied for ninth place.
With his strong showing based on the National Points Ranking System from this weekend’s national qualifier, Mannon is also among the 17 senior men who qualified for the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships. Mannon scored 61 points to finish fifth among senior division athletes and move on to August's championship.
Male gymnasts qualified to the senior division at the 2014 P&G Championships in a variety of ways. Senior national Team members following the 2014 Winter Cup Challenge automatically qualified to the championships. Seventeen athletes qualified to the P&G Championships based on the National Points Ranking System from this weekend’s national qualifier. The top six ranked all-around gymnasts who are U.S. citizens from among the top 12 all-around athletes at the 2014 NCAA Championships also qualified to the P&G Championships.
The 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships are scheduled for August 21-24 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Mannon will join incoming freshman Yaroslav Pochinka, who is competing in the junior division, in representing the Maroon & Gold on the national stage.
Minnesota Tops Canada, Falls to Japan and Stanford
Minnesota finished third with a score of 405.600 in a quad-meet with the Japanese National Team (425.800), Stanford (421.550) and the Canadian National Team (392.700) on Saturday night.
Preview: Gophers set for quad at Stanford
Minnesota will travel this weekend to compete against Stanford, and the National Teams from both Japan and Canada.
Day Two: Winter Cup Challenge
Stephens finished 23rd in the all-around competition, while alum Mannon finished fifth on pommel horse. Incoming freshman Wiskus also competed in the all-around finals, finishing 12th.