Hawkeyes Set for Senior Night

March 27, 2013

Weekly Release

The 10th ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will wrap up the regular season when it hosts No. 15 UIC on Saturday. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Five senior gymnasts will be honored following the conclusion of the dual.

The Hawkeyes scored 426.300 to finish third against No. 7 Minnesota (430.300) and No. 10 Nebraska (427.700) in Lincoln, Neb. on March 16. Two Iowa gymnasts captured individual titles in the Big Ten tri-meet. Senior Anton Gryshayev tallied his sixth first place finish of the season on still rings with a 15.050. Sophomore Mitchell Landau won the high bar title, earning 15.250.

The Hawkeyes are currently ranked 10th by GymInfo. All seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 10. Penn State leads the way at No. 1, followed by Michigan (No. 3). Ohio State sits at fifth, while Illinois (No. 6), Minnesota (No. 7), and Nebraska (No. 9) join the Hawkeyes in the top 10.

Iowa has three gymnasts ranked in the top ten nationally for individual events. Senior Javier Balboa is ranked fourth in the all-around (85.317) and seventh on parallel bars (14.983). Sophomore Mitchell Landau is ranked No. 6 on the high bar, averaging 14.833. Lance Alberhasky holds the No. 10 spot in the all-around (82.833). As a team, the Hawkeyes are ranked fifth on still rings (73.483), eighth on parallel bars (71.583) and high bar (70.300), and 10th on floor exercise (71.633) and vault (72.317).

JD Reive is in his third season as head coach of the University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team. In his first season at the helm of the Iowa program, the Hawkeyes broke four team records and five individual records under Reive’s guidance. Iowa broke the total team score record with a 351.800 on March 24, 2011. Six gymnasts punched their tickets to compete individually at the NCAA Championships in Reive’s first season. Reive coached his first Hawkeye to All-America honors with Matt McGrath in 2011. In 2012, he coached three Hawkeyes (Javier Balboa, Broderick Shemansky, Anton Gryshayev) to the individual event semifinals at the NCAA Championships. Reive, who is the seventh head coach in the program history, came to Iowa City after serving as an assistant coach at men’s gymnastics powerhouse Stanford from 2003-10.

The Hawkeyes will travel to Minneapolis on April 5 to compete in the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships. The two day event will be held at the Sports Pavilion with action beginning both days at 7 p.m. (CT). Tickets are available at MyGopherSports.com. All-session adult tickets are $15, while all-session student and youth tickets are $10. Group tickets are also available. Single-session tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. on April 1.