Three Husker gymnasts combined for four event titles as the ninth-ranked Nebraska men’s gymnastics team took second against Minnesota and Arizona State this afternoon in front of 591 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Minnesota topped the standings with a score of 353.30, while Nebraska finished second with a season-high score of 349.40 and Arizona State placed third with a score of 325.90.
Junior John Robinson captured both the all-around and vault standings with scores of 83.90 and 15.95, respectively. Senior T.J. Schmidt wowed the Nebraska crowd on Senior Day with a top finish on parallel bars with a season-high score of 15.30. Sophomore Anthony Ingrelli also topped the still rings standings with a season-high score of 15.00
Nebraska opened the meet on floor exercise with a score of 58.15. The Huskers were led by freshman Josh Dilworth, who posted a score of 14.85 for third place on the event. Schmidt followed close behind with a near-season-high score of 14.80. Junior Daniel Brûlé earned a new season-high score of 14.25, while junior Kyle Shanahan tied his season-high with a score of 14.25. After the first rotation, Nebraska led both Minnesota (57.15) and Arizona State (50.80).
The Huskers continued on to pommel horse in the second rotation, where they captured a season-best score of 56.30. Despite a rocky start to the lineup, Shanahan sparked a series of excellent routines with his career-high score of 14.75 for third place. Mauldin then notched a score of 13.90, his best since the first meet of the season. Schmidt also posted a season-high score of 14.70 for the Huskers.
NU posted a score of 58.90 on still rings in the third rotation, as two Huskers claimed the top two event results. Ingrelli notched a season-high score of 15.00, which was good for his first event title of the 2009 season. Maras followed close behind with a score of 14.95 for second place. Robinson scored a season-high of 14.65, while Shanahan, who competed on still rings for the first time this season, tallied a score of 13.00. After three rotations, Minnesota led the standings with a score of 175.95, while Nebraska was in second with a score of 173.35 and Arizona State trailed with a score of 159.65.
Nebraska kept up the momentum in the fourth rotation, scoring a new-season high of 62.50. Several Huskers captured season-high scores, starting with Brûlé, who posted a season-high score of 15.00. Maras tied his season-high with a 15.65, while Dilworth notched a season-high of 15.90. Robinson captured his first vault title of the season with a season-high and team-best score of 15.95.
The Huskers moved to parallel bars in the fifth rotation, where they posted a score of 56.65. Schmidt stepped up for Nebraska at the end of the lineup, notching a season-high score of 15.30, which was nearly .50 points higher than his previous high score. Schmidt’s efforts led him to his second parallel bars title of the season. Mauldin also earned third place with a score of 14.30. Following the fifth rotation, Minnesota continued to lead the standings with a score of 297.05, while Nebraska remained in second (292.50) and Arizona State stayed in third (265.00).
NU finished the meet with a season-best score of 56.90 on high bar. Shanahan led the way for Nebraska with a season-high score of 14.75 for second place. Despite the late surge, Nebraska’s score would not be enough to overcome the Gophers, who improved to 16-16-1 all-time against the Huskers.
Next weekend, Nebraska will return to action to compete in its final meet of the 2009 regular season as it travels to the University of Illinois at Chicago to go against UIC and Air Force. The meet is slated to begin on Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m.
Team Results Score
1. Minnesota 353.300
2. Nebraska 349.400
3. Arizona State 325.900
All-Around Results Score
1. John Robinson, Nebraska 83.90
2. Alex Gaudaur, Arizona State 81.65
3. Charles Baysinger, Arizona State 80.75
Individual Event Results
Floor Exercise Score
1. Cole Storer, Minnesota 15.10
2. Adam Reichow, Minnesota 15.00
3. Josh Dilworth, Nebraska 14.85
Pommel Horse Score
1. Kit Beikmann, Minnesota 15.05
2. Thomas O’Brien, Minnesota 15.00
3. Kyle Shanahan, Nebraska 14.75
Still Rings Score
1. Anthony Ingrelli, Nebraska 15.00
2. Tony Maras, Nebraska 14.95
3. Thomas O’Brien, Minnesota 14.75
1T. John Robinson, Nebraska 15.95
Adam Reichow, Minnesota 15.95
3. Josh Dilworth, Nebraska 15.90
Parallel Bars Score
1. T.J. Schmidt, Nebraska 15.30
2. Russell Dabritz, Minnesota 14.50
3. James Mauldin, Nebraska 14.30
High Bar Score
1. Aaron Fortunato, Minnesota 14.85
2. Kyle Shanahan, Nebraska 14.75
3. Colin McGuire, Minnesota 14.65