All Six Men's Gymnastics Squads Selected To NCAA Qualifier

Big Ten Coach of the Year Justin Spring has Illinois as the nation's top team heading into next weekend's national qualifier.

Big Ten Coach of the Year Justin Spring has Illinois as the nation's top team heading into next weekend's national qualifier.

April 7, 2010

All six of the Big Ten men’s gymnastics teams have been selected to the 2010 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics National Qualifier, as announced by the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Committee on Wednesday.

Illinois was selected based on its top qualifying score in the country, boasting a 358.030 total. The Illini make their 37th appearance at the national meet and look to improve on their fifth-place showing in 2009.

Michigan makes its 33rd appearance at the NCAA Championships. Last year, the Wolverines finished second at the national meet and enter this year’s competition with the third-highest qualifying score, 356.810.

Ohio State is making its 29th-consecutive trip, 39th overall, to the NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes have the fifth-highest qualifying score, 349.690, this year and aim to move up the team standings after finishing sixth last season.

Minnesota was selected to its 40th national competition, the second-most of any Big Ten school. The Golden Gophers enter with a qualifying score of 348.790.

Penn State was selected to its 16th NCAA Championships with a qualifying score of 348.340. The Nittany Lions have won three national championships since 2000, with the last coming in 2007.

Iowa advances to its 41st national competition, the most of any Big Ten team. The Hawkeyes earned a spot in the qualifier with a qualifying score of 341.770.

The national qualifier, consisting of two pre-qualifying sessions, will be conducted on April 15 on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. The finals will take place April 16-17.