Field Set for 2009 NCAA Menís Gymnastics Championships

By NU Athletic Communications
Junior Tony Maras and the Huskers compete at the NCAA Championship next week.
Junior Tony Maras and the Huskers compete at the NCAA Championship next week.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

The NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Committee recently announced the ninth-ranked Nebraska men’s gymnastics team as one of 12 teams to comprise the 2009 NCAA Championship field. The championship, hosted by Minnesota, will be held at Minneapolis, Minn., on April 16-18 at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.


The competition begins on Thursday, April 16, with the 12-team national qualifier. The national qualifier consists of an afternoon pre-qualifying session at 1 p.m., and an evening pre-qualifying session at 7 p.m. The top three teams from each session will advance to the six-team finals on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m. The top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three 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 7 p.m.


The Huskers are set to compete against top-ranked Stanford, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 California, No. 8 Penn State and No. 12 Navy on Thursday at 1 p.m. NU earns its fifth-consecutive berth into the NCAA Championship after competing at the MPSF Conference Championship on April 4. The Huskers placed fourth against the top-three teams in the country with a score of 341.850.


Both all-session and single-session ticket packages are on sale through the University of Minnesota Athletics Department and may be purchased at the ticket office by calling by calling 612-624-8080 or 800-UGOPHER  or online at


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.


National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Championships
Complete Schedule of Events

April 16-18, 2009

University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion

Thursday, April 16, 1 p.m. (CDT) Ė 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, 7 p.m. (CDT) Ė 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.


Individual Qualifiers

All-Around: Derek Gygax, William & Mary; Ty Evans, Springfield; Josh Fox, Springfield; Nash Mills, Air Force; Ty Smith, Army; Boris Rasin, MIT.


Floor Exercise: 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.




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