Feb. 19, 2007
THIS WEEK — The Iowa men’s gymnastics team will host Nebraska for its final home meet of the 2007 season. Competition is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday in the UI Fieldhouse North Gym. Nebraska is ranked tenth in last week’s rankings.
LAST TIME OUT — At the Winter Cup Challenge, four gymnasts competed from Iowa. In the qualifying round, Jacques Bouchard finished seventh on rings, scoring 14.5. Jonathan Buese scored 75.950 in the all-around to finish 17th. Curtis Kleffman finished 21st on vault, scoring a 14.65.
LAST YEAR AGAINST NEBRASKA — Iowa defeated Nebraska, 209.6-209.45. Kleffman won pommel horse (9.15), placed second on floor exercise (8.95) and finished third in the all-around (50.85). Bouchard posted a 9.4 on rings, to win the event.
SERIES RESULTS AGAINST NEBRASKA — Iowa is 25-12-1 all-time, against Nebraska.
LIVE STATS — Live stats will be available online at hawkeyesports.com.
SENIORS — This weekend four seniors, Matt Beiler, Bouchard, Bryan Bourland and Drew Ignoto, will compete at home for the last time in their collegiate career. Bouchard and Bourland hold Iowa records, on rings (9.5) and high bar (9.5), respectively.
IOWA RANKED — Iowa has a 2-6 record this season and is ranked eighth in last week’s GymInfo rankings.
HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — In his 28th year at Iowa, Head Coach Tom Dunn, has recorded a 212-100-2 record at Iowa. In 1998 and 2006, 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 32 individuals to 64 all-America honors and 20 gymnasts to 32 Big Ten titles.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Tom Dunn — “Our meet with Nebraska will be a barn-burner! We are both scoring exactly the same and Nebraska will bring a strong and vocal group to the Iowa Field House Saturday night. Because the Iowa Boy’s Invitational will be in Iowa City this weekend too, all the Nebraska boys and their parents will be here in their Husker red! I would love to see a big-loud Iowa crowd and give our seniors a great memory of their final performance in Iowa City.”
NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes travel to Illinois to compete against the Fighting Illini in Champaign, IL on March 3. Competition begins at 2 p.m.