Men’s gymnastics season slated to begin Jan. 30

The final season for the Gophers men’s gymnastics team will start at the end of January after the University Board of Regents voted to eliminate the program.

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Junior Shane Wiskus performs on the rings during the meet against against the Fighting Illini at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 24.

Nolan O'Hara, Sports Editor

The Gophers men’s gymnastics team will begin its final season on Jan. 30 with a home meet against Iowa, the University athletics department announced Thursday.

In October, the University’s Board of Regents voted to eliminate men’s gymnastics, along with men’s tennis and men’s indoor track and field, citing financial and Title IX challenges. The 2020-21 season marks the final season for each of the three men’s sports.

The Gophers’ schedule features six conference meets in addition to a virtual meet on Feb. 20 against a nonconference opponent that’s yet to be announced. The season will also feature a two-week break for the 2021 Winter Cup, which is a qualifying event for the Olympic trials.

The Big Ten championships, which were canceled last season amid the pandemic, are expected to be held April 3. The Gophers’ final season will come to a close where the season began, with the national championships taking place at Maturi Pavilion April 16-17.