No. 9 Iowa Wins 2 Event Titles in Saturday Tri-Meet

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 9 University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team defeated No. 6 Penn State, 413.550-409.600, and lost to No. 7 Nebraska 418.350-413.500, in Saturday’s tri-meet in Lincoln, Nebraska. 
“We had a great meet,” said head coach JD Reive. “They did really well. You want meets like this where you’re fighting and teams are jumping back and forth. To finish ahead of Penn State and not too far behind Nebraska puts us in a good positon heading into the end of the season.”
 Junior Dylan Ellsworth (vault) and freshman Andrew Herrador (high bar) each took event titles, while senior Andrew Botto finished runner up in the all-around with a season-best score of 81.850.
Ellsworth won the vault event title as the Hawkeyes scored a 71.750. Ellsworth scored a season-best 14.800 to win the event title. Botto finished third with a score of 14.650. Freshman Josh Zeal recorded a 14.350 to tie for seventh.
Herrador won the high bar event title as Iowa tallied a team score of 67.400. Herrador scored a season-best 14.150 to win the title. Botto tied for third with a new season-best score of 14.000.
The Hawkeyes notched a 69.800 on rings. Runner-up Botto led the way with a score of 14.750. Junior Jake Brodarzon recorded a season-best and tied for sixth with teammate Mark Springett. The pair tallied a 13.850.
Juniors Austin Hodges and Elijah Parsells contributed top-five finishes to help the Hawkeyes score a season-high 68.900 on pommel horse. Hodges finished third with a score of 14.050. Parsells was right behind him with a fourth-place finish (13.950). Sophomore Kevin Johnson (13.650), senior Cory Paterson (13.450), and freshman Nick Merryman (13.800) recorded season-best scores in the event.
Iowa registered a season-high 68.600 on floor. Paterson finished fifth with a season-best score of 14.300. Springett rounded out the top-10 with a score of 13.950. Ellsworth tied his season-best score of 13.350 to finish 14th.
The Hawkeyes scored a 67.050 on parallel bars. They were led by sophomore Rogelio Vazquez who finished second with a season-best score of 14.700. Hodges finished eighth with a score of 13.650, followed by Ellsworth who tied for ninth with a score of 13.600.
The Hawkeyes head to Minneapolis, Minnesota to face off against Minnesota and Arizona State at the Sports Pavilion on March 11. Competition is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m (CT).