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.
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