CHICAGO —The ninth-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team placed fourth at the Windy City Invitational on Saturday at the UIC pavilion with a score of 394.700.
No. 3 Illinois took the team title with a 403.105. No. 7 Michigan finished second (402.000) and No. 5 Minnesota took third (399.800).
Sophomore Bennet Huang placed sixth in the all-around competition (79.050). He placed seventh in pommel horse and floor, 11th in vault, and 18th on rings. Junior Brandon Wong posted career highs in rings while junior Andrew Herrador did the same on pommel horse.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Pommel Horse: Huang (7th) and sophomore Addison Chung (8th) both led the Hawkeyes in the first rotation scoring 13.200 and 13.050, respectively. This was Chung’s first time competing in this event as a Hawkeye. Herrador recorded a career-best 12.200 to tie for 18th.
Rings: Senior Jake Brodarzon led the Hawkeyes, tying for fourth with a 13.700. Wong garnered a career-high 13.150 to finish 14th.
Vault: Freshman Evan Davis led the Hawkeyes in the No. 1 spot with a 13.600, followed by Huang with a 13.500, and freshman Stewart Brown contributed 13.400 points.
Parallel Bars: Junior Nick Merryman led the Hawkeyes with a 13.550 while Brodarzon followed with a 13.300.
Horizontal Bar: Five Hawkeyes finished seventh through 11th. They include: Mitch Mandozzi (13.450), Herrador (13.400), Davis (13.300), Rogelio Vazquez (13.250), and Huang (13.150).
Floor: The Hawkeyes posted their highest team score of the night on floor, posting a 67.450. Huang closed out the meet strong by placing seventh on floor with a 14.000. Freshman Noah Scigliano made his Hawkeye debut with a 13.600, placing 12th.
All-Around: Huang finished sixth with a score of 79.050. Davis and Brodarzon followed closely behind in eighth and ninth, respectively, with total scores of 78.400 and 77.600.
The Hawkeyes travel to Champaign, Illinois, to compete at Huff Hall against the Fighting Illini on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. (CT).