April 3, 2013
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The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will travel to Minneapolis on Friday 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). Both sessions will be televised live on BTN.
Tickets are available at MyGopherSports.com. All-session adult tickets are $15, while all-session student and youth tickets are $10. Group tickets and single-session tickets are also available.
HAWKEYES SWEEP BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARDS:
Senior Javier Balboa was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week, and Matt Loochtan was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. Both gymmasts garnered their first career weekly honors after leading the Hawkeyes to a victory over UIC.
LAST TIME OUT:
Iowa scored 428.300 to ease past No. 15 UIC (400.300) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 30. The Hawkeyes captured six event titles against the Flames. Balboa was named event champion on the still rings (15.200), parallel bars (15.500), and all-around (86.800). Classmate Broderick Shemansky scored 14.400, locking in the high bar title. Loochtan earned first place on vault, scoring 14.600.
BIG TEN IN THE RANKINGS:
The Hawkeyes are currently ranked eighth 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. 10) join the Hawkeyes in the top 10.
HAWKEYES IN THE RANKINGS:
Iowa has three gymnasts ranked in the top 10 nationally for individual events. Balboa is ranked fourth in the all-around (85.333) and fourth on parallel bars (15.067). Sophomore Mitchell Landau is ranked No. 6 on the high bar, averaging 14.833. Sophomore 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 (70.700), and 10th on floor exercise (71.633) and vault (72.317).
The NCAA Championships will take place in the Recreation Building on the campus of Penn State in University Park, Pa. on April 19-21. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Bryce Jordan Center Box Office or by phone at 1-800-NITTANY. All-session adult tickets are $28, while all-session youth/student/senior tickets are $16. Single session tickets are also available.