Minneapolis, MN –
Individuals from the University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team competed in the 2009 NCAA Championships Friday in Minneapolis, MN on the University of Minnesota campus. Stanford placed first in the team competition (362.80) with Michigan (361.50) following in second and Oklahoma (361.20) coming in third. California (361.15) grabbed fourth while Illinois (359.30) and Ohio State (355.95) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
Senior Geoff Reins tied for first on vault (16.30), to qualify as the sole Hawkeye for competition in the individual event finals Saturday. The score marked his best of the season on vault. Reins also tied for 14th on floor (14.35). Hawkeye captain Jonathan Buese placed 14th in the all-around competition with an 82.30, while freshman Zach Cazabon tied for 42nd on parallel bars with a 13.50 in their first NCAA championship appearance in black and gold.
Reins continues on to Saturday’s competition in the individual event finals in search of an NCAA vault title. The senior will compete for the third all-American title of his career. He was an NCAA all-American in 2006 on floor exercise and in 2007 on vault.
Individual event finals will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Sports Pavilion.
All-Around (winner plus Iowa)
1. Steven Legendra (Oklahoma) 90.50
14. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 82.30
Pommel Horse (winner plus Iowa)
1. Daniel Ribeiro (Illinois) 15.50
44. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 12.65
Rings (winner plus Iowa)
1. Evan Roth (California) 15.55
43. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 14.35
Horizontal Bar (winner plus Iowa)
1. Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) 15.75
31t. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 14.15