The University of Iowa Men’s Gymnastics team concluded a record 2019 season with a Big Ten regular season championship, two medals at the Big Ten individual championships, and the coaching staff earning Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year Honors as well as scoring three major upsets throughout the year. The season ended with three All-Americans including: senior Jake Brodarzon (parallel bars), freshman Stewart Brown (parallel bars) and junior Andrew Herrador (high bar).
HAWKEYES CONCLUDE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Three Hawkeyes earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships including: senior Jake Brodarzon (5th) and freshman Stewart Brown (7th) on parallel bars, and junior Andrew Herrador on high bar (8th).
• Sophomore Bennet Huang placed ninth in the all-around competition with an 80.897. Huang tied for ninth on pommel horse with a 13.533.
• Freshman Evan Davis placed 14th (13.433) on high bar, junior Mitch Mandozzi garnered a 29th (14.166) place finish on vault, and sophomore Addison Chung earned a 37th (13.433) place finish on rings.
• In the qualifier, five Hawkeyes posted six career bests including: Davis on floor (13.900) and rings (13.633), Brodarzon (11.766) on pommel horse, and Mandozzi (14.566), Chung (13.800), and Huang (13.433) on vault.
HERRADOR, BROWN EARN MEDALS AT BIG TENS
• Freshman Stewart Brown (vault), juniors Nick Merryman (parallel bars) and Andrew Herrador (high bar), and seniors Jake Brodarzon (rings) and Rogelio Vazquez (high bar) advanced to the individual Big Ten Championships.
• Herrador tied a season-best 14.000 to place second on high bar. The junior placed first on day one with a 13.900 to advance to day two.
• Brown posted back-to-back season bests to earn the bronze medal. On day one the freshman garnered a 14.350 and advanced to the second day where he crushed the previous days score with a 14.625.
• Both gymnasts earned second-team All-Big Ten.
• Brodarzon finished in fourth place on rings with a 14.325, Merryman garnered a 13.600 to place sixth on parallel bars, and Vazquez scored a 13.050 to place 10th.
REIVE AND STAFF EARN CENTRAL REGION STAFF OF THE YEAR
• Head Coach JD Reive earned Central Region Head Coach of the Year while assistant coaches Tom Buese and Ben Ketelsen captured the Central Region Assistant Coaches of the Year.
• The staff led Iowa to a five-win season which led to the regular season Big Ten Championship title.
• Reive and his staff led two newcomers, Stewart Brown and Evan Davis, to Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
IOWA EARN SHARE OF BIG TEN REGULAR SEASON TITLE
• The Hawkeyes garnered a share of the Big Ten regular season title. This season marks the first time in conference history a regular season conference champion has been crowned
• Iowa clinched a share of the title after defeating No. 5 Penn State at the final meet of the season against Minnesota and Penn State.
• The Hawkeyes posted a five-win season including three upsets which all led them to the title.
• Huang leads the Hawkeyes, registering a 14.900 against Michigan for a season-high score on floor.
• Iowa’s team-high score on pommel horse came against Nebraska when senior Kevin Johnson posted a 14.000 to win the event title.
• Brodarzon has garnered season-high scores for Iowa on rings (14.500) and parallel bars (14.300). His team-high score on rings came in Iowa’s last meet against Minnesota and Penn State where they clinched the regular season championship title. The senior’s score on parallel bars was registered against Nebraska where he placed first on the event.
• Freshman Stewart Brown is Iowa’s top scorer on vault. He posted a 14.600 in the final tri-meet of the season against Minnesota and Penn State. Brown has contributed 110.800 points to Iowa’s team score on the event throughout the season.
• Junior Andrew Herrador’s 14.000 on high bar is Iowa’s highest score this season and came in the Minnesota and Penn State meet where the junior took the crown.
• Huang (706.150) has contributed the most points for the Hawkeyes this season, followed by freshman Evan Davis with 657.950, which is the most number of points contributed by a freshman in the Big Ten.
HAWKEYES CLINCH THREE UPSET WINS
• Iowa garnered three upset wins this season against No. 3 Michigan in Ann Arbor, No. 7 Nebraska at the UI Fieldhouse, and No. 5 Penn State.
• The Hawkeyes travelled to Ann Arbor and left with a 408.250-408.000 defeat of the Wolverines. Iowa posted it’s season high overall team score as well as it’s floor (68.700), pommel horse (67.100), and high bar (67.300) season high scores. Huang earned the vault title with a season-best 14.400.
• Iowa hosted Nebraska at the UI Fieldhouse and topped them 406.700-403.550. Senior Kevin Johnson earned the pommel horse title with a career-best 14.000. Brodarzon led the Hawkeyes on rings and parallel bars with a season-best 14.040 and career-best 14.300 respectively to take the crown on both events. Huang took the all-around and floor titles with a career-high 79.850 and 14.600 respectively.
• The Hawkeyes defeated Penn State to clinch a share of the regular season Big Ten Title. Senior Jake Brodarzon placed first on rings with a career-best 14.500, and junior Andrew Herrador took the crown on high bar with a season-high 14.000. The Hawkeyes tied or bested eight season or career-highs.
• Brown earned garnered All-America honors, placing seventh at the NCAA Championships. The freshman also earned a bronze medal at the Big Ten Championships with a career-best, 14.625. His performance at the conference championships earned him a spot on the second team All-Big Ten team.
• Davis contributed the most points by a freshman in the Big Ten Conference and third most for Iowa. The freshman earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award at the Big Ten championships.
• Both freshmen earned Big Ten freshmen of the Week honors.
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 on Instagram (@iowamgym) and with live updates on Twitter (@mensgymiowa) and Facebook (iowamensgymnastics).
• The Hawkeyes graduate three seniors, Jake Brodarzon, Kevin Johnson, and Rogelio Vazquez.
• Iowa returns two All American’s, Andrew Herrador and Evan Davis for their senior and sophomore seasons respectively.