The ninth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics travels to Chicago, to compete at the NCAA Championships on Friday and Saturday. Action begins at 7 p.m. (CT) on Friday and continues at 6 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes will compete in the second session, beginning at 7 p.m. Iowa will compete against No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Penn State, and No. 12 California. The top three teams from each session, the top three all-arounders not on a qualified team, and the top three on each event who are not on a qualified team or in the all-around will compete in the finals on Saturday.
Fans can 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
- Iowa finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships on April 6 with a team score of 398.550.
- Three Hawkeyes advanced to day two including Dylan Ellsworth, Austin Hodges, and Elijah Parsells.
- Hodges reached the podium with a fifth-place finish on pommel horse with a 13.750.
- Parsells tied for seventh on pommel horse with a 13.400.
- Ellsworth notched a 13.625 to tie for eighth on vault.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS
The 2018 NCAA Championship will be hosted by University of Illinois-Chicago on April 20-21. To purchase tickets, visit NCAA.com/tickets.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are ranked ninth on RoadToNationals.com (402.850 NQA) and in the Week 13 Coaches Poll.
AROUND THE NATION
The Hawkeyes are ranked third nationally on pommel horse (67.225), ninth on rings (66.913), vault (70.075), and parallel bars (66.813), 10th on high bar (65.575), and 14th on floor (67.000).
- Ellsworth is ranked fourth on vault (14.688) and ninth in the all-around (78.438).
- Hodges is ranked fifth on pommel horse (14.375) and 15th on parallel bars (13.938).
- Freshman Bennet Huang is ranked eighth on pommel horse (79.388) and 20th on pommel horse (13.600).
- Parsells is ranked 13th on pommel horse with a 13.750 NQA.
- Junior Jake Brodarzon is ranked 20th on rings with a 13.800 NQA.
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 SOONERS
- No. 1 Oklahoma won its seventh consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) conference title on April 7, posting a team total of 414.050.
- The Sooners are ranked first nationally on rings (69.863), parallel bars (69.475), and high bar (69.075), second on pommel horse (67.725), third on vault (71.900), and sixth on floor (68.688).
- The Hawkeyes fell to the Sooners, 402.850-418.850, in Norman, Oklahoma, on Feb. 10.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING ILLINI
- No. 4 Illinois claimed the 2018 Big Ten Title at the Big Ten Championships on April 6.
- The Fighting Illini are ranked second nationally on high bar (68.150), fifth on floor (69.400), rings (68.488), and vault (71.375), sixth on pommel horse (66.938), and eighth on parallel bars (67.000).
- The Hawkeyes fell to the Fighting Illini, 398.550-413.900, at the 2018 Big Ten Championships on April 6.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
- No. 5 Ohio State finished fourth (405.600) at the Big Ten Championships on April 6.
- The Buckeyes are ranked second nationally on rings (69.275), third on parallel bars (68.938), fourth on pommel horse (67.025), fifth on high bar (66.750), eighth on floor (68.100), and 10th on vault (69.938).
- The Hawkeyes fell to the Buckeyes, 398.550-405.600, at the 2018 Big Ten Championships on April 6.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
- No. 8 Penn State finished third (406.300) at the 2018 Big Ten Championships on April 6.
- The Nittany Lions are ranked third nationally on rings (69.075), fourth on floor (69.500) and parallel bars (68.288), fifth on pommel horse (66.963), seventh on high bar (66.313), and eighth on vault (70.463).
- The Hawkeyes fell to the Nittany Lions, 398.550-406.300, at the Big Ten Championships on April 6.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS
- No. 12 California finished third (393.650) at the MPSF Championships on April 7.
- The Golden Bears are ranked 10th on floor (67.700), 11th on parallel bars (65.550), 12th on high bar (64.700), 13th on rings (65.788), and 15th on pommel horse (62.725) and vault (69.063).
- The Hawkeyes defeated the Golden Bears, 412.550-400.250, at the 2017 NCAA Championships on April 21, 2017.
- 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).