Hodges Leads Iowa in Saturday Tri-Meet

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MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team defeated Arizona State, 406.850-391.700, and lost to Minnesota, 406.850-411.200 in Saturday’s tri-meet. Junior Austin Hodges won the parallel bars title (14.050), while senior Andrew Botto finished runner-up in the all-around with a score of 79.950 to highlight the night.

The Hawkeyes scored a 63.700 on parallel bars. Hodges scored a 14.050 to take home the crown. Botto tied for third with a 13.650. Junior Dylan Ellsworth rounded out the top-10 with a 12.600.

Iowa notched a 71.450 on vault. Freshman Josh Zeal led the way with a season-high score of 14.600 to earn a fourth-place finish. Andrew Botto rounded out the top-five with a score of 14.500.

Sophomore Rogelio Vazquez and senior Cory Paterson earned top-five finishes as the Hawkeyes scored a 68.350 on high bar. Vazquez scored a season-best 14.050 to finish runner-up. Paterson finished third with a score of 13.900.

Senior Mark Springett and Ellsworth earned season-best finishes and freshman Andrew Herrador finished in the top-ten to help the Hawkeyes score 67.850 on floor. Springett notched a 14.450 to finish in third. Herrador finished eighth with a score of 13.700. Ellsworth rounded out the top-ten with a score of 13.600.

Five Hawkeyes earned top-10 finishes on pommel horse as the Hawkeyes posted a 67.850. Hodges earned his second top-five finish of the night as he scored 14.000 to earn a third place finish. Paterson notched a season-best 13.600 and tied with teammate, junior Elijah Parsells, for fifth place. Freshman Nick Merryman and Kevin Johnson followed in seventh (13.450) and eighth place (13.200), respectively.

Iowa scored a 67.650 on rings. Botto finished third with a score of 14.000. Springett earned a sixth-place finish with his score of 13.850. Ellsworth tallied a 13.650 to finish eighth on the event.

The Hawkeyes host Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Senior Night. Competition is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m (CT) on March 20.