The ninth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to compete at the Big Ten Championships on Friday and Saturday. Competition is scheduled to being at 6 p.m. (CT) Friday at the Crisler Center. Friday is the team and all-around finals. The event finals are on Saturday. The meet will air live on the Big Ten Network.
Fans can follow the meet on Big Ten Network. They can also follow online through live streaming and live stats. A link to both will be available on the Iowa men’s gymnastics schedule page at hawkeyesports.com. Fans can also follow along with live updates on Twitter (@mensgymiowa) and Facebook (/iowamensgymnastics).
LAST TIME OUT
- The Hawkeyes posted a team high 411.050 in a loss to Nebraska and Minnesota on March 24.
- Senior Austin Hodges broke his own school record on pommel horse, recording a career-best 14.850 to win his ninth event title this season. He won the high bar title with a season-high 14.050.
- Senior Dylan Ellsworth tied the school record on vault (14.950).
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
The 2018 Big Ten Championship will be hosted by the University of Michigan on this weekend at the Crisler Center. A link is posted on the men’s gymnastics schedule page on hawkeyesports.com with information on tickets, seating, parking, and the schedule.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS
The 2018 NCAA Championship will be hosted by University of Illinois-Chicago on April 20-21. Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit NCAA.com/tickets.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are ranked ninth on RoadToNationals.com (404.283 four-score average) and in the Week 12 Coaches Poll.
AROUND THE NATION
- The Hawkeyes are ranked fifth nationally on pommel horse (67.500), seventh on rings (67.633), eighth on parallel bars (67.050) and high bar (66.200), and 10th on vault (69.783).
- In the Big Ten, Iowa is ranked fourth on pommel horse, fifth on high bar, sixth on rings, vault, and parallel bars, and seventh on floor (67.117).
- Junior Jake Brodarzon is ranked 15th on rings (13.967 NQA).
- Ellsworth is ranked third on vault (14.733), 10th in the all-around (78.583), and 22nd on parallel bars (13.767).
- Hodges is ranked fifth on pommel horse (14.417) and 15th on parallel bars (14.033).
- Freshman Bennet Huang is ranked ninth in the all-around (79.083), 18th on floor (14.083), and 20th on pommel horse (13.750).
- Junior Kevin Johnson is ranked 29th on pommel horse (13.500).
- Sophomore Nick Merryman is ranked 21st on pommel horse (13.750).
- Senior Elijah Parsells is ranked 17th on pommel horse (13.800).
- Redshirt senior Mark Springett is ranked 28th on rings (13.717).
BIG TEN RANKINGS
- Floor: Huang (15th)
- Pommel Horse: Hodges (5th), Parsells (11th), Huang (14th), Merryman (15th), Johnson (22nd)
- Rings: Brodarzon (11th), Springett (21st), Ellsworth (23rd, 13.617)
- Vault: Ellsworth (3rd), Huang (23rd, 14.117)
- Parallel Bars: Hodges (10th), Ellsworth (13th)
- High Bar: Hodges (16th, 13.500), Andrew Herrador (19th, 13.350), Rogelio Vazquez (20th, 13.333)
- All-Around: Huang (4th), Ellsworth (5th)
HODGES NAMED NISSEN-EMERY AWARD FINALIST
Senior Austin Hodges was named a finalist for the 2018 Nissen-Emery Award. The award is given annually to the year’s most outstanding senior collegiate gymnast, both in the gym and in the classroom. Hodges, a Lincolnshire, Illinois, native is a human physiology major and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He leads the team in the three events he competes in, notching a team-high 14.850 on pommel horse, 14.300 on parallel bars, and 14.050 on high bar.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
- No. 2 Minnesota defeated Iowa and Nebraska in a tri-meet on March 24.
- The Golden Gophers are ranked second nationally on floor (70.317) and vault (72.117), fourth on pommel horse (67.650) and parallel bars (68.717), sixth on rings (67.733), and seventh on high bar (66.483).
- In the Big Ten, Minnesota is ranked second on floor, vault and parallel bars, third on pommel horse, fourth on high bar, and fifth on rings.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
- No. 3 Ohio State fell to No. 1 Oklahoma, 412.700-413.650, on March 23.
- The Buckeyes are ranked first on rings (69.950), third on pommel horse (67.933) and parallel bars (68.933), fourth on high bar (66.983), and eighth on floor (68.317).
- In the Big Ten, Ohio State is ranked first on rings and parallel bars, second on pommel horse and high bar, sixth on floor, and seventh on vault (69.383).
- The Hawkeyes fell to the Buckeyes, 402.150-418.600, at the 2017 Big Ten Championships on April 7, 2017.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
- No. 5 Michigan defeated UIC, 417.700-366.500, on March 31.
- The Wolverines are ranked fourth on floor (69.567) and rings (68.700), sixth on vault (71.117) and parallel bars (68.133), eighth on high bar (66.200), and ninth on pommel horse (66.283).
- In the Big Ten, Michigan is ranked third on rings, fourth on floor, vault, and parallel bars, fifth on high bar, and seventh on pommel horse.
- The Hawkeyes defeated the Wolverines, 402.150-401.250, at the 2017 Big Ten Championships on April 7, 2017.
SCOUTING THE CORNHUSKERS
- No. 6 Nebraska finished second in a tri-meet with Iowa and Minnesota on March 24.
- The Cornhuskers are ranked first on floor (70.400), pommel horse (68.833), and vault (72.333), seventh on parallel bars (67.683), and 10th on high bar (65.767).
- In the Big Ten, Nebraska is ranked first on floor, pommel horse, and vault, fifth on parallel bars and seventh on high bar and rings (66.817).
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
- No. 7 Penn State defeated Michigan, 407.350-405.050, on March 24.
- The Nittany Lions are ranked third on floor (69.700) and rings (69.250), fifth on parallel bars (68.583) and high bar (66.967), sixth on pommel horse (67.283), and eighth on vault (70.233).
- In the Big Ten, Penn State is ranked second on rings, third on floor and parallel bars, fifth on pommel horse, vault, and high bar.
- The Hawkeyes defeated the Nittany Lions, 404.050-396.550, in a tri-meet with Arizona State on March 3.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING ILLINI
- No. 8 Illinois fell to No. 1 Oklahoma, 399.700-412.300, on March 17.
- The Fighting Illini are ranked third on high bar (67.483), fifth on floor (69.350), rings (68.483), and vault (71.167), seventh on pommel horse (67.100), and ninth on parallel bars (66.917).
- In the Big Ten, The Fighting Illini are ranked first on high bar, third on vault, fourth on rings, fifth on floor and vault, sixth on pommel horse, and seventh on parallel bars.
- The Hawkeyes fell to the Fighting Illini, 401.850-404.700, on Feb. 3.
- Iowa has won 29 event titles this season – seven on pommel horse, sixth on parallel bars, five in the all-around, four on vault, three on rings, three on high bar, and one on floor.
- Seven Hawkeyes have won event titles for Iowa this season – Hodges (10), Ellsworth (7), Huang (5), Brodarzon (3), Herrador (2), Parsells (1), and Vazquez (1).
The Hawkeyes travel to Chicago to compete at the NCAA Championships on April 20-21.