March 26, 2005
Ann Arbor, MI — The seventh-ranked Iowa men’s gymnastics team placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships, held at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, MI. The Hawkeyes, who came into the Championships ranked fifth out of the six Big Ten teams competing, tallied a school-record team score of 219.800 to finish ahead of Minnesota, but behind Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan and Penn State. Three Hawkeyes qualified for the individual event finals, held tomorrow evening.
Junior Michael Reavis was the Hawkeyes’ top all-around performer, finishing in fifth place with score of 54.575. He broke his previous floor exercise record of 9.725 with a second-place score of 9.75. Reavis also tied for 12th on horizontal bar (9.3), tied for 14th on vault (9.275) and set a season best with his score of 8.95 on pommel horse.
Senior Linas Gaveika placed right behind Reavis in the all-around competition, taking sixth with a score of 53.975. He tied his season best with a 9.6 on horizontal bar and tied for 11th on pommel horse (9.3). Freshman Curtis Kleffman took eighth for the Hawkeyes in the all-around with a season best score of 53.4. He tied for 15th on pommel horse (9.2) and tied for 16th on vault (9.25). Junior Michael McNamara was 10th in the all-around, scoring a season best 52.925. He tied for ninth on floor exercise (9.525) and tied for 18th on parallel bars (8.85).
Senior Kenny Lin was the Hawkeyes’ top performer on rings, tying for eighth with a score of 9.55. Freshman Jacob Becker tied for fifth on pommel horse with a season best score of 9.45. Sophomore Matt Beiler took 15th on parallel bars (8.925) and scored a season best 9.375 on rings.
As a team, the Hawkeyes set a school record with their team score of 37.425 on rings. Iowa also scored a season best 36.9 on pommel horse.
Reavis (floor exercise), Becker (pommel horse) and Gaveika (horizontal bar) will represent Iowa in the individual event finals, which will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crisler Arena.