Nov. 28, 2005
IOWA CITY, IA
THIS WEEK — The Hawkeyes will compete in the Black and Gold Intrasquad meet Saturday at the fieldhouse. Competition will begin at 2 p.m. There is no admission charge.
SEASON PREVIEW — The Hawkeyes will begin their season in January as the ninth ranked team in the country. The Hawkeyes are coming off a fifth place finish at the Big Ten Championships and producing one national champ at the NCAA’s. The Hawkeyes will host the Big Ten Championships in March for the tenth time since 1937. In 1937, 1967 and 1974 Iowa won Big Ten titles in Iowa City. In 1958, 1990 and 1999 it finished 2nd as host. In 1983 the Hawkeyes missed the championship by 0.15 of a point in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, finishing third. This season, a new international scoring system will also be in use.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES — Iowa returns 11 lettermen from last year when it finished with a 12-8 record overall and fifth-place finish at the BigTen Championships. All-American senior Michael Reavis (Tallahassee, FL) will lead the Hawkeyes in 2006. Reavis scored 9.55 on vault, earning a national title. Tyler Fangmann, Ben Gonsoulin, Diego Mercado-Austin and Geoff Reins all join the 2006 roster.
HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — In his 27th year at Iowa, Head Coach Tom Dunn, has recorded a 199-87-2 record at Iowa. In 1998, Dunn was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and College Gymnastics Association Central Region Coach of the Year. He has led the Hawkeyes to 17 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Iowa has competed at the NCAA meet 17 of the past 22 seasons. Dunn has also coached 30 individuals to 62 all-America honors and 20 gymnasts to 32 Big Ten titles.
HAWKEYES RANKED IN PRESEASON POLLS — The Iowa men’s gymnastics team is ranked ninth in the GymInfo pre-season coaches poll.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — “It’ll be fun to see what happens this week. We run the competition somewhat informally. It should be educational for the audience to learn about gymnastics and the new rules. It’s a great opportunity to meet the men and women associated with Iowa gymnastics.”
NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes will travel to Chicago on January 14th to compete in the Windy City Invitational.