2012 Event Preview: Still Rings

Go Gophers! Travis Heaver
Go Gophers!
Travis Heaver
Go Gophers!

Dec. 21, 2011

Kim Conley
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.

The team has some young freshmen as well who could impact the lineup. Steve Jaciuk, Jack Metcalf, and Sean Bauer are three names to watch for.

“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.”

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