Ackerman Takes Second on NCAA Floor Finals
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/13/2003

April 13, 2003

Sophomore Graham Ackerman placed second on floor at the 2003 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship Event Finals Sunday afternoon with a score of 9.650 to earn All-American status in the event. Junior David Eaton claimed ninth place on the vault, carding 8.950 to conclude the California men's gymnastics season.

Oklahoma's Josh Landis won both the floor exercise (9.675) and pommel horse (9.687) as six national event final titles were awarded on the final day of the 2003 NCAA Men's Gymnastics National Championships at Temple University's Liacouras Center. Teammate and 2003 all-around champion Daniel Furney, winner of this year's Nissen Emery Award as the top collegiate men's gymnast, won parallel bars with a 9.475 score to cap a championship weekend for the Sooners. Oklahoma won the team title, its second straight and fifth overall, Saturday evening.

The top six finishers in each of Sunday's event finals earned All-America status.

Floor exercise and pommel horse were the first two events contested on Sunday and Landis didn't hesitate to impress, standing atop the award stand on consecutive occasions to open the day's competition. Ohio State's Kerry Adderly captured third in the exercise with a 9.312 effort. On pommel horse, Penn State's Zack Roeder posted a 9.600 score to earn second place while Illinois' Peter Shostchuk captured third with a 9.575 showing.

Minnesota's Clay Strother, the two-time defending national champion on both floor exercise and pommel horse, placed fifth on floor exercise with a 9.125 score and fourth on pommel horse with 9.550 effort.

The vault title went to Michigan's Andrew DiGiore, who posted a 9.650 score, just ahead of Penn State's Zack Roeder (9.625). Oklahoma's Jock Stevens placed third on vault with a 9.500 effort. Stanford's Dan Gill, the defending national champion on vault, finished fourth with a 9.462 score.

The rings competition was perhaps the most hotly contested event of the afternoon. Penn State's Kevin Tan won the title with a 9.762 to unseat defending national champion Marshall Erwin of Stanford, who placed second with a 9.750 score. Temple's Nyika White placed third on rings with a 9.687 effort to the delight of the home crowd.

Linas Gaveika of Iowa is the 2003 horizontal bar national champion after scoring a 9.712 in the event. Tan, on the heels of his impressive rings performance, placed second with a 9.625 effort. Illinois' Scott Wetterling took home third on horizontal bar, posting a 9.600 score.

Furney, the final competitor of the afternoon, capped his weekend with the parallel bars title. Army's Dustin Greenhill finished second on the apparatus with a 9.075 score. Third place on parallel bars went to Oklahoma's Heath Mueller, who posted a 9.00.

Sunday's event finals will be televised via tape delay in the Philadelphia region Sunday evening, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. on CN8 and on the internet at

Saturday's team and all-around competition will be televised via tape delay on ESPN on Monday, April 14 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Cal Individual Results: Floor: 2, Graham Ackerman, 9.650 Vault: 9. David Eaton, 8.950