Dec. 21, 2011
Athletic Communications Student Assistant
The still rings have been a difficult event for the Gopher’s men’s gymnastics team in recent years, but they are looking to turn things around this season.
“The rings have been a bit of a problem spot for us over the years,” head coach Mike Burns said. “But we’re really looking forward to this season."
The Gophers finished tenth in the 2011 team standings for still rings. But they have six guys returning from last year’s lineup.
They are led by fifth year senior and rings specialist Travis Heaver, who has set the pace so far in the team’s two intrasquad meets.
“I’m feeling good about this season,” Heaver said. “The team is looking good, and I think we’ve got a pretty good shot this year on rings. I’ve been working hard and getting stronger. My goal is to make it to the event finals.”
Also returning and expected to add points to the lineup are seniors Russell Dabritz and Ross Cameratta, and sophomores Zack Chase and Steffen Beck. Senior DJ Repp is another returner who could contend for a spot.
“We have a pretty deep lineup on the still rings,” Burns said. “We’re looking to make some gains this year, and hopefully it’s going to help our team score.”
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.