Hawkeyes Host Fighting Illini

Feb. 28, 2006

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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team hosts fifth-ranked Illinois Sunday in a dual meet at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Competition is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

LAST TIME AGAINST ILLINOIS — Despite tying their season best score, the Hawkeyes fell to Illinois, 211.850-209.600, earlier this season. Michael Reavis was the all-around leader with a 52.35. The Hawkeyes dominated pommel horse, taking the top three spots.

LAST TIME OUT– At the Pacific Coast Classic, the Hawkeyes (207.2) beat #11 Minnesota (206.575) and #12 William and Mary (200.02). Curtis Kleffman came in third on pommel horse, scoring 8.95. On floor exercise, Reavis tied for third with a 9.45.

Michael Reavis — Reavis has earned three Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season. He is ranked second in the all-around, according to GymInfo national rankings. His best all-around score was 54.05 against Oklahoma.

NATIONAL RANKINGS — The Hawkeyes are ranked seventh in the GymInfo national rankings this week. Iowa has a 7-9 record.

HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — Head Coach Tom Dunn is in his 27th year at Iowa. He has compiled a 206-96-2 record. In 1998, Dunn was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and College Gymnast 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.

QUOTING HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — “While our focus right now is really on the Championship part of the season, we look forward to our rematch with the Fighting Illini in Carver-Hawkeye Arena as excellent preparation for the 2006 Big Ten Championships.”

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS — The Hawkeyes are two meets away from hosting the 2006 Big Ten Championships. Minnesota, Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan will be competing in the two-day meet in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes travel to Minneapolis to compete against Minnesota on March 10. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.