Nov. 30, 2011
By Kim Conley
Athletic Communications Student Assistant
The parallel bars are a historically strong event for the Gophers men's gymnastics team.
The team finished eighth in the 2011 standings on the event. Russell Dabritz finished ranked 13th in the country, with three other Gophers ranking in the top 35.
They will have to replace Mike Paulus, a top scorer from last year. Despite losing him and some others to graduation, the team anticipates a strong lineup this season.
Head coach Mike Burns believes some of the young guys will make an impact this year as well. Ellis Mannon, a strong competitor on pommel horse, is progressing on the parallel bars and is expected to contribute to the lineup.
"It's a great event to watch," Burns said. "Handstands are critical. Something to look for is how many hand steps a guy takes in his handstand. You want as few as possible. We're always harping on these guys to make sure their hand placement is as stable as can be."
The parallel bars look like they will be an exciting event to follow this season for the Golden Gophers.
No. 5 Minnesota Travels to No. 6 Nebraska
The Golden Gophers will travel to Lincoln, Neb. this Saturday, March 25 for the second meeting against No. 6 Nebraska this season.
Wiskus Wins All-Around for Team USA
Incoming freshman Shane Wiskus earned gold in the senior all-around competition at the University of Calgary International Cup this past Friday.
Gophers Sweep Podium in Home Finale
Minnesota topped UIC with a final score of 413.500-372.700 on Saturday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. The win marked an undefeated season at home for the Golden Gophers this season.