Iowa Runner-up at West Point Open

Jan. 29, 2005


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The sixth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team was runner-up at the West Point Open Friday evening at Christl Arena. The Hawkeyes took second place in the team competition with a total score of 216.375, while No. 5 Penn State was crowned champion with 217.750 points. Iowa won two event titles, set two University of Iowa records, recorded six season-best performances, and qualified six individuals for Saturday night’s individual finals.

Hawkeye junior Michael Reavis took second in the all-around competition with a six-event score of 53.175. He was crowned champion on floor exercise with a score of 9.675, breaking the old University of Iowa record of 9.575 held by teammate Michael McNamara. Reavis also tied for first on horizontal bar with an Iowa season-best score of 9.7.

Freshman Curtis Kleffman finished fifth for the Hawkeyes in the all-around (51.75), while junior Michael McNamara tied for sixth (51.4). Kleffman took fourth on pommel horse (9.25), tied for seventh on vault (9.35) and tied for eighth on parallel bars (8.5). McNamara was the Hawkeyes’ top performer on parallel bars, taking sixth place with a score of 8.7). He also finished seventh on floor (9.0). Reavis, Kleffman and McNamara all qualified for the individual finals in all six events.

Iowa senior Kenny Lin was the Hawkeyes’ top performer on both rings and vault and will move on to the individual finals in both events. Lin was runner up on vault with an Iowa season-best score of 9.45 and came in fourth on rings (9.5). Fellow senior Linas Gaveika will represent the Hawkeyes on pommel horse and horizontal bar in tomorrow night’s individual finals. Gaveika tied for third on horizontal bar (9.45) and tied for sixth on pommel horse (9.1). Sophomore Matt Beiler also qualified for the finals on horizontal bar as he finished in a tie for eighth with a score of 9.05.

As a team, the Hawkeyes won event titles on floor exercise (36.075) and vault (37.4) and set a University of Iowa record with their team score on vault. Iowa also recorded season-best performances as a team on pommel horse (35.85) and horizontal bar (37.1).

The individual event finals will be held tomorrow evening. Competition is slated to begin at 7 p.m. (EST).