COLUMBUS, Ohio – The NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Committee has announced the field of teams and individuals that will be headed to the Twin Cities to compete in the 2009 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, April 16-18.
The competition gets underway on Thursday, April 16, with the 12-team national qualifier. The national qualifier consists of an afternoon pre-qualifying session at 2 p.m. ET, and an evening pre-qualifying session at 8 p.m. The Top 3 teams from each session will advance to the six-team finals on Friday, April 17, at 8 p.m. The Top 3 all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the Top 3 individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will also advance to the finals session. The individual event finals are scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m.
The No. 6 Buckeyes, who placed third at the Big Ten Championships last weekend, will compete in the evening pre-qualification session along with defending champion Oklahoma, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Iowa and host Minnesota. Top-ranked Stanford headlines the afternoon pre-qualification session that also includes Michigan, California, Penn State, Nebraska and Navy.
Both all-session and single-session ticket packages are on sale through the University of Minnesota Athletics Department and may be purchased in person at the ticket office in Mariucci Arena, over the phone by calling 612-624-8080 or 800-UGOPHER, or online at www.gophersports.com.
All-session adult tickets, which include all four competition sessions, are priced at $35, with all-session student tickets available for $25. Single-session tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $8 for students. Special single-session packages for groups of 15 or more are also available and are priced at $5 per ticket.
News outlets interested in obtaining media credentials to cover the championship may apply online by clicking the 2009 Gymnastics Championships logo on the men’s gymnastics page at gophersports.com and following the credential application link.
2009 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships
April 16-18, 2009
University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion
Thursday, April 16, 2 p.m. (ET) National Qualifier Session I (Qualifying Score)
1. Stanford, 359.920; 4. Michigan, 354.130; 5. California, 353.970; 8. Penn State, 346.430; 9. Nebraska, 341.930; 12. Navy, 337.160.
Friday, April 16, 8 p.m. (ET) National Qualifier Session II (Qualifying Score)
2. Oklahoma, 357.570; 3. Illinois, 355.960; 6. Ohio State, 349.870; 7. Minnesota, 348.250; 10. Illinois-Chicago, 339.030; 11. Iowa, 337.790.
All-Around: Derek Gygax, William & Mary; Ty Evans, Springfield; Josh Fox, Springfield; Nash Mills, Air Force; Ty Smith, Army; Boris Rasin, MIT.
Floor: Aaron Zaiser, Air Force; Josh Fried, William & Mary; Scott Bloomfield, Temple; Chris Valeska, William & Mary; Tyler Croteau, Temple; Evan Burke, Temple.
Pommel Horse: Adam Al-Rokh, Temple; James Prim, William & Mary; Richard Pearson, William & Mary; Jacob Houder, Air Force; Andy Hunter, William & Mary; John Vogtman, Temple.
Still Rings: Jacob Schonig, Air Force; James Prim, William & Mary; Matthew Bolognese, Springfield; Josiah Loeser, Air Force; John Vogtman, Temple; Chris Mooney, Temple.
Vault: Scott Bloomfield, Temple; Jeff Zack, Temple; Devin Menefee, Air Force; Keith Stumpf, Springfield; Chris Mooney, Temple; Aaron Zaiser, Air Force.
Parallel Bars: Pat McLaughlin, Temple; Andy Hunter, William & Mary; Andrew Kelly, Springfield; Adam Al-Rokh, Temple; Tyler Croteau, Temple; James Prim, William & Mary.
Horizontal Bar: Sloan Crawford, William & Mary; Brett Lazarus, MIT; Pat McLaughlin, Temple; Jay Hilbun, William & Mary; John Vogtman, Temple; Michael Freundlich, Springfield.