Aug 28, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. - University of Minnesota men's gymnasts Ellis Mannon (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Steve Jaciuk (New Berlin, Wis.) competed at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., Aug. 15-18.
Mannon posted an all-around score of 161.500, which was good for 24th place. He tied for 15th place on the pommel horse with a combined score of 26.900 after scoring a 14.850 in the event finals. Mannon also placed 15th on parallel bars (28.250), including a 14.350 in the finals.
Jaciuk competed on the rings (26.650), parallel bars (26.450) and horizontal bar (28.600) for a total of 81.700. He tied for 11th on the horizontal bar, posting a 14.550 in prelims.
Two-time NCAA all-around champion and 2012 U.S. Olympic team member Sam Mikulak of Michigan won the men's all-around with a 181.400 and individual titles on the parallel bars (30.900) and the horizontal bar (31.350).
The annual P&G Championships help select the gymnasts who will represent the United States on the national team. USA Gymnastics named the men's team for the 2013 World Championships, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 6 in Antwerp, Belgium, following the P&G Championships.
Jaciuk also joined Gopher teammate Matt Frey (Bradenton, Fla.) in competing in the 2013 Men's National Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 13-14. Jaciuk took fifth on rings (14.300), 12th on horizontal bar (14.400) and tied for 23rd on parallel bars (13.050).
Frey's highest score came on vault where he earned a 14.100. He also competed on parallel bars (14.050) and floor (12.950).
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The Gophers will be represented at the World University Games and the P&G Championships at the end of August.
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