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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team tallied a score of 426.450 to finish fifth in the NCAA team finals on Saturday night, marking the program’s best finish since 2000 when it finished third. The Hawkeyes — one of six teams to qualify for the team finals — made their first finals appearance since 2006.
Javier Balboa placed sixth in the all-around (85.650) to earn All-America status. The senior becomes Iowa’s first all-around All-American since Michael Reavis in 2005, and the Hawkeyes’ first individual to earn All-America honors since Matt McGrath in 2011 (vault). Sam Mikulak of Michigan tallied a 91.150 to earn the title.
Michigan took the team title (443.200), followed by Oklahoma in second (440.100), Stanford in third (436.150), and Penn State in fourth (436.100). Illinois finished behind Iowa in sixth with a score of 422.550.
The Hawkeyes, ranked eighth entering the NCAA Championships, recorded 10 top-20 individual finishes.
Iowa finished the floor routine with a score of 71.400. Brandon Field was the lone Hawkeye to land among the top-20. Field’s score of 14.700 earned 17th place. The floor title went to Trevor Howard of Penn State (15.450).
Doug Sullivan led the Hawkeyes on pommel horse. Sullivan scored a 14.000 to tie with Oklahoma’s Alec Robin for 26th. As a team, Iowa recorded 67.200 on the event. Michael Reid of Oklahoma won the pommel horse title with a score of 15.150.
The Hawkeyes recorded their best score of the night on the still rings, finishing the event with a 74.850. Anton Gryshayev finished in third with a 15.550. Balboa tied Oklahoma’s Chris Stehl for sixth place (15.400). William Albert and Mikulak of Michigan both recorded a 15.250 to tie for 10th. Michael Squires of Oklahoma won the event with a score of 15.800.
Balboa earned 15th on vault, recording a score of 14.750. Iowa finished the event with a 71.250. Alec Robin picked up Oklahoma’s third event title of the night with his score of 15.400.
On the parallel bars, Iowa tallied a team score of 71.500. Cyrus Dobre-Mofid landed in a three-way tie for 16th place with a score of 14.500. Mitchell Landau also found himself in a three-way tie with a score of 14.400 to round out the top-20.
Landau scored 14.400 on the horizontal bar to finish in a three-way tie for 14th place. Jack Boyle recorded 14.300 on the event to tie Stanford’s Paul Hichwa for 19th place. As a team, Iowa tallied a 70.250 on horizontal bar. Mikulak earned first place with his score of 15.650.
Select Iowa gymnasts, including three rings finalists (Gryshayev, Balboa, Albert), will return to action tomorrow in the final session of the 2013 NCAA Championships. Individual event finals are set to begin at 1:00 p.m. (CT) at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University.