April 2, 2016
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By JACK ROSSI
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senior Matt Loochtan led the way for the University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team in individual event finals of the 2016 Big Ten Championships Saturday with a runner-up result on rings (15.100). He garnered first team All-Big Ten recognition for his performance, the first all-conference honor of his career.
“Super successful Big Ten Championships,” head coach JD Reive said. “Both for the team and individually. We showed a lot of capabilities and hopefully we can take it into NCAAs in a couple weeks.”
Loochtan also competed on floor, tying for ninth with a score of 14.275.
On pommel horse, senior Doug Sullivan placed fifth with an effort of 14.875. Sophomore Austin Hodges placed seventh overall in his second straight Big Ten individual event finals appearance with a career-high score of 14.725.
Senior Jack Boyle competed on rings and high bar. The 2015 All-American placed eighth on rings with a score of 14.425 and 10th on high bar with a 13.275.
Sophomore Dylan Ellsworth had his first taste of individual event finals action, competing on vault. He posted a score of 14.400 to place fifth overall.
Following the competition, Sullivan was awarded with Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The Hawkeyes continue postseason competition at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, from April 15-16. Iowa placed sixth nationally in the 2015 NCAA Championship with a team score of 427.450.
Iowa – Big Ten Individual Event Finalists
Floor: T9th, 14.275
Rings: T2nd, 15.100
Rings: 8th, 14.425
High bar: 10th, 13.275
Pommel horse: 5th, 14.875
Pommel horse: 7th, 14.725
Vault: 5th, 14.400