No. 5 Hawkeyes Fall to No. 4 Oklahoma

Jan. 31, 2004


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The fifth-ranked Iowa men’s gymnastics team fell to fourth-ranked Oklahoma, 214.550- 217.500, Saturday afternoon at the Iowa Field House. The Hawkeyes won two event titles, crowned four event champions and set two University of Iowa records, since the 2001 code.

Junior Linas Gaveika (Vilnius, Lithuania) was crowned all-around champion, posting a six-event score of 53.925. Gaveika set a new University of Iowa record, breaking the mark that he tied earlier this year of 53.5. Sophomore Michael Reavis (Tallahassee, FL) took second in the all-around with a score of 52.8, while sophomore Michael McNamara (Orem, UT) took fifth (50.275).

Iowa topped Oklahoma on floor 35.9- 35.85. Reavis was crowned event champion with a score of 9.55, breaking the University of Iowa record set earlier this season by McNamara of 9.5. Senior Mike Kelly (Orangevale, CA) took fourth on floor (8.9) and freshman Mark Beiler (Waterloo, Ontario) followed close behind in sixth place with an 8.8.

Gaveika was crowned event champion on pommel horse with a score of 9.275, while senior Eric Block (Buffalo Grove, IL) came in sixth (9.05). Kelly took seventh with a score of 8.85.

Senior Matt Metzger (Cincinnati, OH) was the Hawkeye’s top performer on rings, scoring a 9.05 to place second. Sophomore Jacques Bouchard (Rio Rancho, NM) took fourth (8.9) and junior Kenny Lin (Sparks, NV) finished in a tie for fifth (8.75).

On vault, the Hawkeyes topped the Sooners 37.025- 36.7. Reavis once again took top honors with a score of 9.4 to record his second title of the afternoon. McNamara finished in a tie for third (9.275), and Beiler took fifth (9.2).

Block was the top performer on parallel bars, recording a score of 9.05 to finish in a tie for third. Gaveika took fifth (8.9) and McNamara placed sixth (8.65).

On horizontal bar, Gaveika was crowned event champion with a score of 9.65 to record his second title. Reavis finished in fourth with a score of 9.15.

“This was a disappointing performance for our team. We didn’t hit well today and you can’t beat a good team without hitting well. However, it is only January and we’ll get back to work and continue to make improvements,” commented Head Coach Tom Dunn.

The Hawkeyes will travel to Las Vegas, NV, February 6-7 to compete at the U.S.A.G Winter Cup.