MINNEAPOLIS – Gopher senior Ellis Mannon and incoming freshmen Yaroslav Pochinka will represent the Minnesota men’s gymnastics team at the annual P&G Gymnastics Championships, taking place Aug. 21-24 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
A total of 78 athletes from 21 states are slated to compete this year to determine all-around and individual national champions, as well as the national team for the junior and senior elite levels. The event also traditionally serves as part of the selection process for the U.S. Team for the World Championships. This year, the Senior Pan American Championship Team will also be selected at the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships.
Mannon, the 2014 NCAA and Big Ten pommel horse champion, and Pochinka both competed at the event last year in the senior session. Mannon finished 24th in the all-around with a two day score of 161.500 while Pochinka placed 29th with a score of 156.650.
The two Gophers will face stiff competition this year, in a field that features three Olympians, five World medalists and many members of the U.S. senior national team. NCAA all-around champion Sam Mikulak of the University of Michigan headlines the field and will attempt to repeat his all-around title from last year.
Tickets may be purchased at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show will be held in conjunction with 2014 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center as well.
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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.
Day One: Winter Cup Challenge
Stephens, Wiskus, Mannon advance to the 2017 Winter Cup Challenge finals this Saturday, Feb. 18. in Las Vegas, Nev.