April 10, 2014
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The eighth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team took fourth place in their session of the NCAA Qualifier, Thursday at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Hawkeyes recorded an overall team score of 425.950, but were unable to advance to the team and all-around finals on Friday. Ninth-ranked California and 12th-ranked William and Mary tallied scores of 425.700 and 415.350, respectively. Top-ranked Oklahoma (440.000), fourth-ranked Stanford (433.550) and fifth-ranked Illinois (432.850) each qualified for Friday’s finals.
Iowa began the day on rings and were led by sophomore and all-around competitor, Jack Boyle. Boyle placed sixth in the event with a score of 14.850. Sophomore Matt Loochtan placed seventh with a score of 14.800 and redshirt junior Lance Alberhasky placed 14th with a score of 14.500. Oklahoma’s Michael Squires won the event with a score of 15.800.
Redshirt sophomore Cyrus Dobre-Mofid scored a 14.600 and tied for 12th on vault to lead the Hawkeyes. Junior William Albert placed 18th with a score of 14.500 and Loochtan placed 21st with a score of 14.400. Sean Senters of Stanford took first in the event with a 15.250.
Boyle helped improve his all-around status by tying for fourth on parallel bars with a score of 15.000. Alberhasky tied for 12th with a score of 14.600 and Dobre-Mofid placed 17th with a score of 14.400. Stanford’s Brian Knott placed first in the event with a score of 15.300.
Mid-way through the session, the Hawkeyes had a running score of 216.200. Freshman Cory Paterson led that Hawkeyes on high bar as he tied for ninth with a score of 14.300. Junior Mitchell Landau took 12th with a score of 14.200, while Alberhasky tied for 13th with a score of 14.000. Paul Hichwa of Stanford won the event with a score of 15.350.
Iowa’s strongest performance of the day came from Loochtan as he tied for runner-up on floor with a score of 15.350. Redshirt senior and All-American Matt McGrath tied for 12th in the event with a score of 15.000 and Dobre-Mofid placed 22nd with a score of 14.050. Senters won his second event with a score of 15.450.
On the Hawkeyes final event, sophomore Doug Sullivan continued his success on pommel horse by tying for fourth with a score of 14.900. Sophomore Del Vecchio Orozco tied for 18th with a score of 13.900, while freshman David Spanier tied for 21st with a score of 13.700. Michael Reid of Oklahoma took first with a score of 15.200.
In the all-around competition, Boyle placed fifth with an overall score of 84.450. Akash Modi of Stanford won the all-around with a score of 87.450.
The NCAA Championships will continue with team and all-around finals on Friday and individual event finals on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT) each day. The final sessions will be shown live on the Big Ten Network with live results available at www.mgoblue.com.