Hawkeyes Head To Minnesota

March 18, 2008

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THIS WEEK — The Iowa men’s gymnastics team will travel to Minneapolis, MN, Friday to compete against Minnesota. Competition is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.

LAST TIME OUT — The Hawkeyes fell to Nebraska by a final scoreof 349.400 to 353.600. The Hawkeyes had two first place finishes, including Geoff Reins on vault (16.30) and on floor exercise (15.10). Reins broke the season recorded high in both events. Jacob Becker also broke an event high on pommel horse, scoring a 14.90 and placing second. On horizontal bar, Joel Snyder placed second, scoring 14.55 to break the event high as well.

LAST YEAR AGAINST MINNESOTA– The Hawkeyes fell to Minnesota 201.500 to 206.000. Geoff Reins won floor exercise and posted a personal best, 9.5. Reins also finished third on vault (8.6). On pommel horse, Curtis Kleffman tied for first, scoring 8.35. Jonathan Buese placed second in the all-around and posted a 9.2 on rings to place third.

SERIES RESULTS AGAINST MINNESOTA– The Hawkeyes are 49-39 all-time against Minnesota.

IOWA RANKING– The Hawkeyes moved up and are now ranked No. 9 in the latest Gyminfo Poll.

HEAD COACH TOM DUNN– In his 29th year at Iowa, Head Coach Tom Dunn has recorded a 213-117-2 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 — “Spring Break in Minneapolis is not what dreams are made of, but it should be a great tune-up for the Big Ten Championships. This will be our first major Big Ten Network event and that should add to the championship flavor of the event. I think we can be competitive with Illinois and Minnesota, and now is the time of the season to get the job done.”

NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes travel to University Park, PA to compete in the 2008 Big Ten Championships, April 4-5.

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