Jan. 11, 2004
CHICAGO, IL – The sixth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team began its 2004 season with a fourth-place finish at the 34th annual Windy City Invitational Saturday evening at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Physical Education Building. The Hawkeyes scored 213.150 points. Top-ranked Ohio State won the meet with 215.750 points.
Iowa junior Linas Gaveika (Vilnius, Lithuania) finished second in the all-around with a score of 53.500, tying the University of Iowa record, since the 2001 code, set by Cameron Schick in 2003. Gaveika placed second on pommel horse (9.550) and 10th on horizontal bar (9.0). Sophomore Michael Reavis (Tallahassee, FL) placed second on vault (9.350) and finished sixth in the all-around (52.250). Sophomore Michael McNamara (Orem, UT) tied for third on floor exercise (9.3) and finished 13th in the all-around (40.050).
Senior Eric Block (Buffalo Grove, IL) tied for fifth on parallel bars (8.9), while junior Kenny Lin (Sparks, NV) placed third on still rings (9.3).
“I saw some encouraging performances and believe we’re off to a good start. It was a fairly rough competition for us, but that was expected coming off the holiday break,” said Hawkeye Head Coach Tom Dunn. “If we continue to improve on a weekly basis, we’ll be in good shape.”
The Hawkeyes’ next competition will be at the Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado Springs, CO, January 16-17.