April 22, 2013
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Seniors Javier Balboa and Anton Gryshayev earned All-America honors on Sunday at the NCAA Event Finals at Penn State’s Rec Hall in University Park, Pa., as the University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team concluded its season.
Iowa had three gymnasts qualify for the NCAA Event Finals. Gryshayev, Balboa, and sophomore William Albert competed on the still rings. Gryshayev led the Hawkeyes with his score of 14.925 to place seventh on the event, while Balboa finished one spot behind with a 14.875. Albert rounded out the top-10, scoring 13.125. The still rings crown went to Michael Squires of Oklahoma (15.775).
The top eight gymnasts on each event received All-America honors.
Balboa and Gryshayev earn the Hawkeyes’ first All-America honors on rings since Chris Camiscioli in 1998. The last time Iowa had two All-Americans on rings came in 1997 (Camiscioli, Dave Nemovitz).
Balboa becomes the first Hawkeye to earn All-America status in multiple events since Michael Reavis in 2005 (vault, all-around). Balboa earned All-America honors in the all-around on Saturday, finishing with a score of 85.650.
Iowa finishes the 2013 season with three All-America honors — marking the first time since 2005 the program has garnered three or more in a single season.
In the opening day of the NCAA Championships on Friday, the Hawkeyes finished third in the second session of the NCAA National Qualifier. Their score of 426.550 earned them a berth in Saturday’s team finals and marked the first time Iowa qualified for the team finals since 2006. The Hawkeyes tallied a score of 426.450 to finish fifth in the nation, marking the program’s best finish since 2000 when it finished third.