Columbus, Ohio - April 15, 2016 - Five members of the Springfield College men's gymnastics team competed in the evening session of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Gymnastics Championships at St. John Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University on Friday evening.
Going up student-athletes from institutions like Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State, and Illinois, Jon Zirna (East Amherst, N.Y.) put together a remarkable performance on the parallel bars to advance to Saturday's individual championship finals. The senior posted a score of 14.100 to finish 10th in the session and became the second student-athlete in the past three years to reach the individual championship portion of the NCAA Championship. In 2014, Ryan Ponce '14 placed third on the rings, becoming the first Springfield College men's gymnast to earn NCAA Division I All-America honors since 1984 when Jeff Coehlo took second on the rings to finish as the national runner up.
In the all-around competition, Zirna finished ninth with a score of 80.900, bolstered by strong showings in the parallel bars and the pommel horse (13.700).
On the vault, Joshua Dieker (Ovieda, Fla.) hit for a 14.100 and also notched a 13.400 on the rings for Springfield.
Competing at the NCAA's for the first-time, Mike Grimaldi (Middletown, N.J.) totaled a 13.400 on the parallel bars, while Chris Graff (Old Bridge, N.J.) competed on the pommel horse and registered a 12.550
Also in his first appearance on the national state, first-year Jannik Haas (San Jose, Calif.) scored a 12.850 on the high bar. Additionally, Tucker McClure (San Jose, Calif.) had qualified to compete in three individual events, but was unable to compete due to illness.
Zirna will compete in the parallel bars tonight alongside the best men's gymnasts in the country on Saturday evening at 7 pm, which can be viewed here.