Graham Ackerman Takes Home NCAA Floor Exercise Title
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/09/2005

April 9, 2005

West Point, N.Y. - The California men's gymnastics team captured one individual title at the NCAA Championships as senior Graham Ackerman captured his second consecutive NCAA title on the floor exercise. The individual finals conclude 2005 competition for the Golden Bears, who finished the team finals in fifth place.

Ackerman, a two-time NCAA champion in 2004 (floor exercise and vault) scored a 9.600 in Saturday night's individual finals to capture this year's title. The senior, one of Cal's greatest all-time gymnasts, also competed on the high bar finals, where his score of 8.812 was good for 10th place.

Freshman Tim McNeill had an impressive night, earning All-American honors in two events. His score of 9.600 was good for fourth place on the pommel horse, while his 9.300 on the vault had him tied for fifth place.

Senior Jay Yee, a 2004 NCAA finalist on the still rings, narrowly missed this year's title, finishing as an All-American in third place with a score of 9.662. Yee finished 10th on the pommel horse where he notched a score of 8.225.

Freshman Tyler Block turned in a score of 9.525 on the still rings, earning him eighth place in the event and All-American honors.

Fellow freshman Colin Christ returns to Berkeley an All-American as well, competing on the high bar where his score of 9.012 had him finish in eighth place.

ESPN2 will televise the team and all-around championships on tape delay at 2 p.m. EDT April 13.

California Scores
Floor Exercise
1. Graham Ackerman - 9.600

Pommel Horse 4. Tim McNeill - 9.600 10. Jay Yee - 8.225

Still Rings 3. Jay Yee - 9.662 8. Tyler Block - 9.525

Vault T5. Tim McNeill - 9.300

High Bar 8. Colin Christ - 9.012 10. Graham Ackerman - 8.812