The six-time All-American completed one of the most successful seasons by a Bear gymnast ever in 2004...became first Cal gymnast to capture two national titles (floor exercise and vault) in the same year...fourth Golden Bear to earn four All-American honors in the same night...will be a factor on floor exercise, vault, parallel bars and the high bar.
2004: Had a record-breaking year, setting new career marks of 9.750 in vault, 9.200 in parallel bars, and 9.750 in horizontal bar... won national titles in floor exercise (9.687) and vault (9.687), as well as finishing tied-for-second on the high bar (9.737) and sixth on the parallel bars (8.987)...tied his career best, posting a 9.750 on the high bar during NCAA qualifying (April 2), which was also a Cal team high...won two individual titles at the MPSF Championship meet, in the floor exercise (9.562) and vault (9.400)...claimed his best night of the year (Feb 20) as he scored a 9.700 or better in three different events - floor (9.750), vault (9.700), and horizontal bar (9.750)... barely missed tying his career high in the floor exercise by .025, posting a 9.750 back on Feb. 20 and March 7...four-time All-American in 2004.
2003: Placed 2nd in the floor exercise at the 2003 Winter Nationals...won the floor competition at the Stanford Open...competed in four events at the Stanford/Arizona State meet and finished first in the floor exercise...paced the Bears with three first place finishes against Air Force and UC Santa Barbara, a meet in which he set his career high in the vault (9.500)...placed 1st in the high-bar (9.450), 2nd on the floor (9.400), and 3rd in the vault (9.350) in a four-way meet between Stanford, Michigan and Nebraska...continued his dominance of the floor exercise against a top-10 Iowa team winning that event (9.650) and the horizontal bar (9.700)...On March 29th Ackerman won the floor exercise and the vault at the MPSF Championships with scores of 9.700 and 9.450, respectively...finished first in the floor exercise during the NCAA qualifying rounds and tied for sixth in the parallel- bars and eighth in the vault...eventually placed 2nd at the NCAA finals in the floor exercise...named to Academic All-MPSF team.
2002: Slowed by ankle injury throughout the season, returning to full strength just in time to receive All-America honors in p-bar with 8.575 (sixth place) at NCAAs ... in second-ever intercollegiate meet, notched a team season-high 9.775 on the floor (at Stanford Invite)...performed well at Gold's Challenge in Santa Barbara, scoring a career high 8.700 on the pommel horse and a solid 8.750 on the horizontal bar, helping Cal gain momentum entering the post-season...at MPSFs, chalked up another career high, this time on the horizontal bar, with 8.950 score. Also earned Academic All-America honors.
Previous: Chosen to represent the United States at the World University games in Taegu, Korea in August of 2003... won the silver medal on vault at the USA Championships, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin over the summer of 2003...competed at 2001 US Nationals, placing first in floor exercise and vault, as well as ninth in all around...was 1999 and 2001 Regional All-Around Champion...was Washington State Champion in 1995, 1999 and 2001 in floor exercise and vault...also competed in 1997 and 1998 Junior Nationals ... 2001 Junior National floor and vault champion.
Personal: Graham Samuel Ackerman...political science and European development double major...has overcome back and ankle fractures during his career ... has one brother, David ... parents are Robin Dearling and Gary Ackerman ... born July 14, 1983 in Seattle, WA.
Ackerman's 2004 bests Floor: 9.750 Vault: 9.750 P-Bars: 9.200 H-Bar: 9.750
Ackerman's career bests Floor: 9.775 Horse: 8.700 Vault: 9.750 P-Bars: 9.200 H-Bar: 9.750