Hawkeyes To Compete At Pacific Coast Classic

Feb. 20, 2008

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THIS WEEK – The Iowa men’s gymnastics team will compete Feb. 23 in the fifth Annual Pacific Coast Classic. The Hawkeyes compete in session five at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT – The Hawkeyes were defeated by Oklahoma 338.05 to 357.75. Sophomore Reid Urbain scored a new event high on rings for the 2008 season with a 14.70, placing fourth. Dustin Cranmer also broke an event high on parallel bars, scoring 14.80, to place third.

THE PACIFIC COAST CLASSIC – The annual Pacific Coast Classic is held in recognition and in support of men’s collegiate gymnastics programs nationwide. The aim of the benefit is to promote the preservation of men’s athletic programs by increasing scholarship and competitive opportunities. Proceeds go directly to organizations that impact the expansion of men’s sports.

LAST TIME AT THE PACIFIC COAST CLASSIC – The Hawkeyes competed in the Pacific Coast Classic in 2006, earning fifth place. Iowa had two third place finishes.

THE COMPETING TEAMS – The competing teams include Air Force, Oklahoma, Stanford, Michigan, Illinois, California-Berkley, Iowa, Arizona State, and Washington. The competition will also feature the North Harbour Gymnastics Centre from New Zealand.

IOWA RANKING – The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 11 in the latest Gyminfo poll. Stanford currently holds the No.1 spot, with Big Ten opponent Penn State at No.2.

HEAD COACH Tom Dunn – In his 29th year at Iowa, Head Coach Tom Dunn has recorded a 210-107-2 record. 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 18 of the past 23 seasons. Dunn has also coached 33 individuals to earn 66 all-America honors and 21 gymnasts to 34 Big Ten titles.

QUOTING HEAD COACH Tom Dunn – “The team is making good progress, but we haven’t really put a whole meet together and that will be our goal this weekend. The grass always looks greener near the coast, and we look forward to having some western judges give us their opinion of Hawkeye gymnastics.”

NEXT COMPETITION – The Hawkeyes host Illinois in Iowa City March 1 at the UI Field House. Competition begins at 2 p.m.

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