April 14, 2008
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The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will complete the 2008 season in Stanford, CA, at the NCAA Championships Thursday through Saturday. Iowa is one of 12 teams competing. The three day event will take place at Stanford University. The Hawkeyes compete in session two Thursday. The top three teams from each session will move on to team and all-around finals Friday. The individual event finals will be Saturday.
THE COMPETING TEAMS
The 12 competing teams include Oklahoma, Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, William & Mary, Stanford, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Temple and Iowa.
LAST TIME OUT
Iowa finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships with a score of 344.50. Geoff Reins had a big night, holding the top two finishes of the night for the Hawkeyes. Reins placed sixth on floor exercise, posting a new event record, with a score of 15.35. On vault, Reins tied for fourth with a 16.20. Senior Curtis Kleffman placed eighth in the all-around competition with a score of 85.30. Kleffman also placed sixth on pommel horse with a 14.55.
LAST YEAR AT THE NCAAS
The ninth-ranked Hawkeyes placed fifth in session one with a score of 209.50. Jonathan Buese competed in the all-around finals after placing third in his session with a score of 50.8. In session one Jacob Becker tied for second on pommel horse scoring a 9.1, while Geoff Reins led the Hawkeyes on floor exercise, posting a 9.5 to tie for third.
The Hawkeyes are currently ranked No. 9 in the latest GymInfo poll.
HEAD COACH Tom Dunn
In his 28th year at Iowa, Head Coach Tom Dunn, has recorded a 213-112-2 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
“We have only had a week to train since the Big Ten Championships, so we won’t make any significant changes in the line-up or our routines. We haven’t had our perfect meet yet so the NCAA Championships is an opportunity to end the season with our best effort. We are healthy and ready to go.”
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