Hawkeyes Head to NCAAs

April 17, 2013

Weekly Release

The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will compete in the 2013 NCAA National Qualifier on Friday. The National Qualifier consists of two sessions, the first begins at 1 p.m., followed by the second at 7 p.m. Iowa will compete in the second session. The 2013 NCAA National Championships begin with the team finals on Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by the event finals Sunday at 2 p.m. Both the national qualifier and the national championships will be held at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University.

The top three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals. In addition, the top three individuals from each event, not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will also advance.

Championship 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.

The Hawkeyes placed sixth at the 2013 Big Ten Championships at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. on April 5-6. The Hawkeyes finished with a team score of 422.500. Seniors Javier Balboa and Broderick Shemansky were named first team All-Big Ten. Freshman Eric Lofstrom was Iowa’s Sportsmanship Honoree. Six Hawkeyes placed among the top ten in the individual event competition, including Balboa’s first place finish on the still rings (15.500).

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 Minnesota (No. 6), Illinois (No. 7), and Nebraska (No. 10) join the Hawkeyes in the top 10. All seven Big Ten teams earned a berth in one of the two 2013 NCAA Qualifier sessions Friday night.

Iowa has two gymnasts ranked in the top 10 nationally for individual events. Senior Javier Balboa is ranked fourth in the all-around (85.178) and seventh on parallel bars (14.937). Sophomore Mitchell Landau is ranked No. 5 on the high bar, averaging 14.787. As a team, the Hawkeyes are fifth on still rings (73.300), eighth on parallel bars (71.500) and high bar (70.075), and 10th on floor exercise (71.725), and pommel horse (68.375).