The seventh-ranked University of Iowa men’s gymnastics team will travel to Minneapolis to compete in the NCAA Championships on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT) inside Maturi Pavilion.
The top three teams from Session I and Session II will advance to Saturday’s finals, along with the top three all-around competitors not on a qualifying team plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-arounder.
Saturday’s competition, scheduled for 7 p.m., will determine team, all-around and individual event champions.
The Hawkeyes’ rotation order will be as follows: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar.
- Friday’s action will be streamed live on BTN+, while Saturday’s finals will be televised on BTN with Joel Godett and John Roethlisberger on the call.
- Fans can follow along via live results at hawkeyesports.com or follow along on Twitter (@iowamgym).
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Iowa finished third at the Big Ten Championships on April 3 with a team score of 397.700. It was the highest finish at the Big Ten Championships since the Hawkeyes took third back in 2006.
- Iowa had three all-arounders finish in the top 10 at the Big Ten Championships. Senior Bennet Huang was fourth with a score of 81.550, junior Evan Davis finish seventh with his 80.350, and junior Stewart Brown was seventh, scoring a 79.400.
- Iowa is ranked No. 7 in the country in the Road to Nationals rankings. Iowa ranks fourth nationally on floor and vault, fifth on rings, sixth on high bar, and eighth on pommelhorse and parallel bars.
- Iowa’s team captains for the 2021 season are Bennet Huang, Evan Davis, and Peyton Hobson.
- The 2021 season will be the final season for the Iowa men’s gymnastics program. It was announced in August that the program would be discontinued because of the financial implications of the global coronavirus pandemic.
AWARDS & HONORS
- Iowa earned the most All-B1G selections at the Big Ten Championships. Bennet Huang was first-team All-Big Ten, while Evan Davis, Stewart Brown, and Peyton Hobson were second-team All-Big Ten.
- For the second straight season, Huang and Davis earned regular season Collegiate Gymnastics Association All-America honors
- Huang was named a CGA MVP nominee, while freshman James Friedman is in the running for CGA’s Rookie of the Year, and sophomore Carter Tope is a CGA Specialist of the Year Nominee for his performance on parallel bars.
- Huang was named one of 11 finalists for the Nissen-Emory Award. The award is college gymnastics’ highest honor, presented annually to that year’s outstanding senior college gymnast.
- Junior Stewart Brown was named the College Gymnastics Association Specialist of the Week on March 25 and Evan Davis was the CGA national Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 13.
- Twice this year a Hawkeye has been named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week. Huang earned that distinction on Feb. 1, and junior Evan Davis held that title on Feb. 13.
AA X 3
- Bennet Huang, Evan Davis, and Stewart Brown all rank in the top-six nationally in all-around. Huang ranks third with an 81.513 national qualifying average, while Davis is fourth with a 80.725 NQA. Stewart Brown is sixth with a NQA of 78.788.
- Senior Bennet Huang broke the school record in all-around in the regular season finale against Nebraska with an 83.100. Huang has six of the top 10 all-around scores in school history.
- Junior Evan Davis’ runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships on floor gave him the school record in the event with a 14.600. Davis also has four top 10 all-around times in school history.
- Junior Stewart Brown’s 14.900 vault against Nebraska ranks third all-time in school history.
- Iowa broke the school record on floor, scoring a 70.500 at the Big Ten Championships.
- Iowa finished with a 72.100 on vault in the regular-season finale at Nebraska — the second-best score in the record books.
IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
Bennet Huang – 7th – Floor – 14.188
Evan Davis – t8th – Floor – 14.163
Peyton Hobson – 10th – Still Rings – 13.600
Stewart Brown – t12th – Parallel Bars – 13.588
Stewart Brown – 13th – Vault – 14.438
Evan Davis – t13th – High Bar – 13.313
Bennet Huang – t14th – Pommel – 13.488
Amari Sewell – 15th – Vault – 14.388
Evan Davis – t15th – Still Rings – 13.450
Carter Tope – 17th – Parallel Bars – 13.438
Bennet Huang – t18th – Vault – 14.325
Bennet Huang – 18th – Parallel Bars – 13.425
- Iowa posted its top team score on floor (70.500) and rings (67.400) in Lincoln on April 3 at the Big Ten Championships.
- Davis’s career best 14.600 on floor on April 3 was Iowa’s season best in the event.
- Peyton Hobson also gave Iowa a new season best in an event with his 13.900 on rings. That becomes Hobson’s new career high.
- Brown had a career best score on parallel bars, tying Carter Tope’s score of 13.900 back on Feb. 1 to share Iowa’s season best.
- Friedman put up career highs on floor (13.950) and vault (14.250) in just his second time competing in all-around at a meet.
- Senior Kulani Taylor had a season best on floor of 14.200 at the B1G Championships
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Fans can follow the Iowa men’s gymnastics program on social media on Instagram (@iowamgym) with live updates on Twitter (@mensgymiowa) and via Facebook