Iowa Places Sixth At 2009 NCAA Qualifer

April 16, 2009

Minneapolis, MN –

The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team competed in the 2009 NCAA Qualifier Thursday in Minneapolis, MN on the University of Minnesota campus. Iowa placed sixth in session two with a final score of 337.350. The top three teams from each session advance to the NCAA team finals Friday. Iowa qualified three Hawkeyes for the NCAA Championships Friday.

Senior Geoff Reins advanced in two events. Reins tied for third on floor exercise with a score of 15.45, which earned him a new season high on the event. The Big Ten vault champion went on to tie for second on vault with a 16.10. Captain Jonathan Buese placed seventh in the all-around competition with an 82.65 to qualify, and Zach Cazabon advanced in the parallel bars after tying for 14th with a 13.95. The three Hawkeyes will have to finish in the top ten on their events to continue to the individual event finals on Saturday.

Stanford, Oklahoma, California, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio State, as well as the individual qualifiers will compete Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. for the 2009 NCAA Championship title. Individual event finals will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Final Team Scores:
Team Floor Pommel Horse Rings Vault Parallel Bars Horizontal Bar Total
1. Oklahoma 62.05 57.70 59.65 64.25 57.80 59.50 360.95
2. Illinois 60.95 59.95 59.30 62.90 57.35 58.85 359.30
3. Ohio State 59.65 57.55 61.35 63.25 56.60 55.90 354.30
4. Minnesota 59.70 57.70 58.60 63.10 55.65 56.30 351.05
5. UIC 56.25 53.30 57.70 59.85 55.10 55.45 337.65
6. IOWA 59.10 53.35 56.60 62.35 52.60 53.35 337.35

Individual Results:
All-Around (winner plus Iowa)
1. Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) 90.45
7. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 82.65

Floor (winner plus Iowa)
1. Steve Legendre (Oklahoma) 15.90
3t. Geoff Reins (Iowa) 15.45
17. Ben Ketelsen (Iowa) 14.75
20t. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 14.65
32. Reid Urbain (Iowa) 14.25
33. Diego Mercado-Austin (Iowa) 14.20

Pommel Horse (winner plus Iowa)
1. Daniel Ribeiro (Illinois) 16.00
22. Mike Jiang (Iowa) 13.85
25t. Ben Ketelsen (Iowa) 13.75
32. Zach Cazabon (Iowa) 12.90
33. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 12.85
35. Danny Kuklinski (Iowa) 12.60
40. Diego Mercado-Austin (Iowa) 11.80

Rings (winner plus Iowa)
1. Brandon Wynn (Ohio State) 15.75
17. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 14.55
27t. Blaine Klaczak (Iowa) 14.20
32. Reid Urbain (Iowa) 13.95
33. Diego Mercado-Austin (Iowa) 13.90
37. Danny Kuklinski (Iowa) 13.45

Vault (winner plus Iowa)
1. Steve Legendre (Oklahoma) 16.35
2t. Geoff Reins (Iowa) 16.10
19. Ben Ketelsen (Iowa) 15.55
20t. Jacob Swafford (Iowa) 15.50
25t. Diego Mercado-Austin (Iowa) 15.20
32. Reid Urbain (Iowa) 14.95
33. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 14.90

Parallel Bars (winner plus Iowa)
1. Russell Dabritz (Minnesota) 14.90
14t. Zach Cazabon (Iowa) 13.95
29t. Ben Ketelsen (Iowa) 13.20
35t. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 12.75
37. Mike Jiang (Iowa) 12.70
39. Tayler Scharman (Iowa) 12.50
41t. Blaine Klaczak (Iowa) 12.00

Horizontal Bar (winner plus Iowa)
1. Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) 15.65
15t. Joel Snyder (Iowa) 14.10
30t. Ben Ketelsen (Iowa) 13.20
33t. Mike Jiang (Iowa) 13.05
35. Zach Cazabon (Iowa) 13.00
36. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 12.95
37. Tayler Scharman (Iowa) 12.85