Iowa to Begin Big Ten Play

Jan. 12, 2005

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THIS WEEK — The eighth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will travel to Ann Arbor, MI, Saturday to open its 2005 Big Ten schedule against seventh-ranked Michigan. The meet is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. (CT) at Cliff Keen Arena.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN — The seventh-ranked Wolverines are led by senior Geoff Corrigan, who is coming off a record-breaking performance at the Windy City Invitational. Corrigan led his team to a third-place finish and set a school record in the all-around. Also performing well for Michigan were senior Eddie Umphrey, and juniors Andrew DiGiore, Gerry Signorelli and Justin Laury.

LAST TIME OUT — The Hawkeyes opened the 2005 season with a fourth-place finish at the Windy City Invitational in Chicago, IL. Linas Gaveika led the Hawkeyes with a fifth-place finish in the all-around (53.1), placing second on the horizontal bar (9.6) and eighth on parallel bars (9.25). Michael Reavis tied for third on floor exercise (9.5) and finished sixth in the all-around (52.750). Freshmen Curtis Kleffman and Jacob Becker performed well in their first meet as Hawkeyes. Kleffman finished eighth in the all-around (52.45) and took fourth on pommel horse (9.3) while Becker led the Hawkeyes on pommel horse with a third-place finish (9.4).

RECORDS GO DOWN — The Hawkeyes have already set three new University of Iowa records, since the 2001 code. Senior Kenny Lin broke his previous record of 9.55 on rings with a 9.6 and Linas Gaveika set a record of 9.25 on the parallel bars, breaking Matt Metzger’s mark of 9.2. As a team, Iowa set a record of 37.0 on rings, breaking the mark of 36.775 set in 2004.

NATIONAL RANKINGS — The Iowa men’s gymnastics team is ranked eighth in the GymInfo pre-season Coaches Poll. The Hawkeyes are ranked fifth in the Big Ten.

HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — Head Coach Tom Dunn is in his 25th year at Iowa. He has compiled a 187-79-2 record. In 1998, Dunn was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and CGA Central Region Coach of the Year. He has led the Hawkeyes to 18 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Iowa has competed at the NCAA meet 18 of the past 21 seasons. Dunn has also coached29 individuals to 58 all-America honors and 19 gymnasts to 31 Big Ten titles.

NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes will remain on the road, heading to West Point, NY for the West Point Open January 28-29.