Hawkeye gymnasts post season-high score in final meet before Big Ten Championships

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 26, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa men's gymnastics team fell to Nebraska, 349.600-343.350, on March 24 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb., although the Hawkeyes' score was more than 5 points higher than their previous season-high.

"I think our guys understand how much higher we can make that score go, because we're not anywhere near our full potential yet," head coach JD Reive said in a release. "We'll get there if we focus at the task at hand, and we have two weeks to work on that before the conference championships."

Hawkeye junior Anton Gryshayev broke his own school record on rings, moving the team mark to 15.750. Gryshayev's effort was good for first place on the event. A second-place finish from junior Matt McGrath helped rings the Hawkeyes outpace the Cornhuskers on rings — the only event in which they did so.

Iowa's only other first-place finish came from junior Brody Shemansky, who scored a 14.650 on the horizontal bar. Freshman Mitchell Landau finished second, a half-point behind Shemansky.

The dual was the Hawkeyes' final competition before the Big Ten championships, which will be held April 6-7 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

— by Ryan Murphy

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