The Hawkeyes finish strong, placing sixth nationally
Progress is evident for UI men's gymnastics team heading into summer training
Junior Jack Boyle scores a 14.850, places sixth on high bar
Jack Boyle qualifies for event finals on high bar.
Iowa looks for an upset in Oklahoma.
Iowa Men's Gymnastics vs Nebraska and Minnesota at Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Head coach JD Reive enters his fifth season at the helm of the University of Iowa men's gymnastics program in 2014-15.
The Hawkeyes set several program records throughout the 2014 season, incuding a meet team score of 437.250, a team score on rings of 75.350, a 15.600 on floor by Matt Loochtan, a 15.350 on vault by Matt McGrath, a 15.250 on pommel horse by Doug Sullivan, and an all around score of 86.600 by Jack Boyle.
Senior Matt McGrath earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and College Gymnast Association Gymnast of the Week honors for his efforts in Iowa's win over Nebraska in March. He led the Hawkeyes to victory, winning event titles on floor (15.600) and vault (15.300), and placing second on rings (15.350).
Iowa finished seventh overall at the 2014 Big Ten Championships, with four making individual event finals -- Matt McGrath, Mitchell Landau, Matt Loochtan and Doug Sullivan. McGrath finished fourth on floor (15.100), Landau placed fourth on bar (15.025), Sullivan finished fifth on pommel horse (14.55), and Loochtan placed ninth on rings (14.950).
The Hawkeyes missed out on NCAA team finals with a fourth place finish in the qualifier hosted by Michigan, but saw seven advance individually -- Matt McGrath, Lance Alberhasky, Mitchell Landau, Jack Boyle, Matt Loochtan, Doug Sullivan and Cory Paterson.
The team completed its most successful season in nearly a decade 2013. The Hawkeyes finished fifth nationally, marking the program's best finish since 2000, and finished with three All-America honors, the most since 2005. The fifth-place finish marked the third-best of any Big Ten school in 2013.
During the opening day of the NCAA Championships at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa., the Hawkeyes finished third in the second session of the NCAA National Qualifier. Their score of 426.550 earned them a berth in the team finals, marking the first time Iowa qualified for the team finals since 2006. The top three teams from each session (12 teams total) advanced to the team finals.
At the team finals, the Hawkeyes tallied a score of 426.450 to finish fifth in the nation, marking the program's best finish since 2000 when it finished third.
Javier Balboa placed sixth in the all-around (85.650) to earn All-America status. The senior became Iowa's first all-around All-American since Michael Reavis in 2005, and the Hawkeyes' first individual to earn All-America honors since Matt McGrath in 2011 (vault).
Iowa did not stop there. Balboa and fellow senior Anton Gryshayev earned All-America honors on the final day of competition at the NCAA Event Finals. Iowa had three gymnasts qualify for the NCAA Event Finals. Gryshayev, Balboa, and sophomore William Albert competed on the still rings. Gryshayev led the Hawkeyes with his score of 14.925 to place seventh on the event, while Balboa finished one spot behind with a 14.875. Albert rounded out the top-10, scoring 13.125. The top eight gymnasts on each event received All-America honors.
Balboa and Gryshayev earned the Hawkeyes' first All-America honors on rings since Chris Camiscioli in 1998. The last time Iowa had two All-Americans on rings came in 1997 (Camiscioli, Dave Nemovitz). Balboa became the first Hawkeye to earn All-America status in multiple events since Michael Reavis in 2005 (vault, all-around).
Iowa finished the 2013 season with three All-America honors -- marking the first time since 2005 the program has garnered three or more in a single season.
The Hawkeyes captured three-straight Big Ten dual victories against top-10 opponents in February -- defending national champion Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska.
In addition, Balboa, the Big Ten still rings champion, and Broderick Shemansky, both earned All-Big Ten honors. Three Hawkeyes -- Balboa, McGrath, Todd Becker -- earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades. Balboa was honored by the Big Ten Conference with the Distinguished Scholar Award.
In 2012, Reive guided three Hawkeyes (Javier Balboa, Broderick Shemansky, Anton Gryshayev) to the NCAA Championships in Norman, Okla. He coached junior Broderick Shemansky to first team All-Big Ten honors as the Hawkeyes hosted the Big Ten Championships at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Gryshayev also earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors (March 26), becoming the first Hawkeye to garner the weekly award since 2009.
As a team, Iowa was one of 12 squads selected to compete at the 2012 National Collegiate Men's Gymnastics National Qualifier. Iowa broke four more individual school records and six Hawkeyes (Javier Balboa, Todd Becker, Angelo Bronzino, Matt McGrath, Adam Wilson, Samuel Wright) were named Academic All-Big Ten during his second season at the helm of the program. The six academic honorees marked the most for the program since 2006-07.
In just his first season at the helm of the program, the Hawkeyes broke four team records and five individual records under Reive's guidance. The Hawkeyes broke the total team score record with a 351.800 on March 24th, 2011.
Six gymnasts punched their tickets to compete individually at the NCAA Championships in Reive's first season. Reive coached his first Hawkeye to All-American honors with Matt McGrath in 2011.
Reive, who is the seventh head coach in program history, came to Iowa City after serving as an assistant coach at men's gymnastics powerhouse Stanford from 2003-10. Reive helped the Cardinal to four top-three team finishes at the NCAA Championships, including the 2009 NCAA National Championship.
During his time at Stanford, Reive coached 44 student-athletes to All-American honors. Reive was also honored as the Collegiate Gymnastics Association Assistant Coach of the Year three times (2006, 2009 and 2010) and was also the National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009.
Reive also has deep connections with the U.S. National Team. Most recently, he was named the squad's head coach for the 2009 Toyota Cup in Japan and helped develop two members of the 2009-10 Senior National Team and one member of the Junior National Development Team.
Reive was a competitive member of numerous U.S. National Teams as well. He began his competitive gymnastics career at age five and gained a spot on the Junior National Team at age 10. His international career began at age 11, as he won the 1988 Junior Pan American Games. He was invited to move to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs at age 15 and finished second at the 1993 Winter Cup, earning a spot on the U.S. Men's Senior National Team.
While at Stanford, Reive also founded JDR Gymnastics, a club program which developed and trained gymnasts for both Junior Olympic and USAG Junior National Team competition.
Reive's alma mater, the University of Nebraska, is the newest member of the Big Ten Conference. He graduated from Nebraska in 2000 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, with an advertising major and a marketing and design minor.