April 11, 2003
The fourth-ranked California men's gymnastics team landed a team total 217.275 score in Friday's second qualifying session of the 2003 NCAA Men's Gymnastics National Championships held at Temple University's Liacouras Center, falling short of qualifying for Saturday's team finals by 0.400 points. The Golden Bears will send six individuals to Saturday's event finals as well as senior Cody Moore and junior David Eaton representing the Bears in the all-around.
The Bears secured first place in session two's floor (36.275) event, and placed second on the p-bars (35.900) and h-bar (36.700).
Moore placed in the Top 8 in all events but the rings (T29), winning the all-around with a season-high 55.550. The eight-time All-American and defending parallel bars national champion also won the pommel horse with a season-best 9.700, placed second on the high-bar (9.450) and p-bars (9.300), third on the floor with a season-high 9.375 and eighth on the vault (9.225).
Eaton placed fifth in the all-around (53.050), tied for third on vault with a career best 9.300, tied for ninth on h-bar (9.100) and tied for 10th on p-horse (9.100).
Sophomore Graham Ackerman advances to event finals after claiming first place on floor (9.600), tying for sixth on p-bars (9.050) and tying for eighth on vault (9.225).
Senior Aaron Floyd will compete in the event finals for p-bars and high bar after placing tied for 10th (8.900) and finishing in eighth (9.250), respectively, on the apparatus'. Joining Floyd on the high bar will be junior Michael Ashe (8.900, T13) and freshman Chris Rodriguez, carding a personal best 8.800 (T18).
Defending national champion Oklahoma (221.125), Michigan (217.950) and Illinois (217.675), from session two, will be joined by session one's Ohio State (218.600), Penn State (218.575) and Iowa (214.075) in tomorrow's team finals.
Cal, host Temple (209.400) and Nebraska (207.425) saw their team seasons come to an end on Friday evening. Earlier in the day, Stanford (212.325), Minnesota (211.325) and William & Mary (203.625) witnessed the conclusion to their team campaigns.
Five of the six teams that qualified for Saturday's team finals hail from the Big Ten Conference.
The top three individuals, including ties, on each event and three all-arounders that are not members of the three qualifying teams from each session, also advanced to Saturday's competition. The Saturday session, scheduled from 4:00-7:00 p.m., will consist of team and all-around finals, as well as qualifying for event finals. Six teams and six additional individuals including ties on each event, plus the all-around, make up Saturday's competition.
Saturday's team finals will be televised by ESPN via tape delay from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14. Chris Marlow will be the play-by-play announcer and Bart Connor will provide the color commentary.
Individual and event finals will take place on Sunday from 2:00-3:30 p.m. The top 10 individuals on each event, including ties, will compete.
For complete results, visit www.owlsports.com.
SESSION TWO INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: All-Around: Cody Moore (California), Steven Friedman (Nebraska) and David Eaton (California). Floor Exercise: Graham Ackerman (California), John Robella (Army) and David Ramos (Temple). Pommel Horse: Alex Weber (Temple), Mace Patterson (Nebraska) and Ted Brown (Springfield). Rings: Nyika White (Temple), Richard Maguire (Temple) and Tory Torcomian (Temple). Vault: Josh Rasile (Nebraska), Graham Ackerman (California) and Aaron Jackson (Air Force). Parallel Bars: Graham Ackerman (California), Aaron Floyd (California) and David Ramos (Temple). High Bar: Aaron Floyd (California), Michael Ashe (California) and Chris Rodriguez (California).