Minnesota defeats Nebraska, Iowa in final meet of regular season

The Gophers finished first in their second consecutive meet.

Senior Tristan Duran competes on the high bar during a meet on March 25, 2017 at Maturi Pavilion. 

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Senior Tristan Duran competes on the high bar during a meet on March 25, 2017 at Maturi Pavilion. 

by Erik Nelson

Thanks to an all-around title by senior Tristan Duran, Minnesota won its second consecutive meet. 

The Gophers finished first with a score of 419.100, the highest score the team has earned this season, in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday.

Head coach Mike Burns said Minnesota knows it is a talented team. 

“We had some good big routine hits,” Burns said. “We’re still searching for that peak performance. We haven’t quite had it yet. We’re going to have to pull it out of the bag in two weeks when we go to the Big Ten Championships.”

Duran finished first among Minnesota gymnasts on pommel horse with a score of 14.250. He finished third overall on rings, earning a score of 13.800. 

“At the end of the meet, I was wondering what my all-around score was,” Duran said. “I was happy to do well, because it’s been a while since I was in the all-around.”

Senior Yaroslav Pochinka won both rings and vault events. He won rings with a score of 14.350 and he won vault with a score of 15.050.

Freshman Shane Wiskus finished first on parallel bars, receiving a score of 14.650. Minnesota’s score on parallel bars was 71.400, which is a season high.

Wiskus also won floor with a score of 15.000. His score was the highest on floor in the NCAA this season. Wiskus also competed in all-around, receiving a score of 83.050.

Junior Shaun Herzog finished first on high bar with a season-high score of 14.000. 

Pochinka said Minnesota put in a complete effort on Saturday.

“We had a great day, but the best part is it wasn’t the best day we can have,” Pochinka said. “We know we are much better than what we’ve been showing. We can’t wait to put it together at the Big Ten Championships.

The Big Ten Championships are April 6-7 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Each day’s events will begin at 6 p.m. 

“These guys have a solid sense of the talent that they have and the abilities that they have,” Burns said. “Now, we have to realize our next set of goals, which is the Big Tens. The performance [today] puts us where we want to be.”

Duran said the team has done well against its Big Ten Rivals this season.

“We know we’re the best and at the Big Ten Championships, we’re going to show that,” Duran said. “We’re as confident as we’ve ever been. It feels good.”