Men's gymnasts record season high-score in first win

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 30, 2012 7:20 AM

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The Iowa men's gymnastics team recorded its highest score of the season on Jan. 28 at Illinois-Chicago by defeating the Flames, 332.100-325.200.

Iowa head coach JD Reive said the Hawkeyes produced their best performance of the year, even without the services of junior Matt McGrath. The All-American was sidelined by a knee injury.

"We were much more consistent and had a lot of energy. Everybody showed up for us today," Reive said in a release. "Overall, this was much more indicative of what we can do as a team."

Junior Javier Balboa continued his early season success with a 84.800 all-around score, a season-best — and fewer than two points shy of the school record set by Curtis Kleffman in 2008. Balboa also broke his own school record on parallel bars, becoming the first Hawkeye gymnast ever to record a 15.000 on the event.

— by Ryan Murphy

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