Three Male Gymnasts Set to Compete in National Qualifying Competition

Three Male Gymnasts Set to Compete in National Qualifying Competition

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Three Temple Male Gymnasts are set to compete in the National Qualifying Competition hosted by Michigan tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.  Evan Eigner will compete in the still rings while Jon Rydzefski and Jakob Welsh will participate in the all-around.

There will be six teams competing in two qualifying sessions.  The top three teams and top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals session. Final competitions will take place April 11 (team finals) and 12 (individual finals). The top eight finishers in each of the six events will be awarded All-America status.

Sophomore Evan Eigner has led the Owls on the rings all season long.  Eigner has a high of 15.05 on the event in the Navy Open on January 25th.  He has placed 1st in rings in two meets this season, and has a 14.75 average for still rings this year.  Eigner placed third in the ECAC Championships for the rings event final in Temple's last meet.

Freshman Jakob Welsh and Sophomore Jon Rydzefski have competed on all six events for the all-around all season long for Temple.  Welsh had a season high of 81.95 for all-around at Army on Feburary 25th.  He has scored above 80 four of the past five meets.  Rydzefski has a season high of 83.8 at Ohio State on March 15th.  He has scored above 80 in five of the past six meets for Temple.

All three gymnasts will compete in the first session at 1:00 p.m.  Rydzefski will be in California's rotation and start at pommel horse.  Welsh will compete in Iowa's rotation, starting at rings.  Eigner will perform his routine on rings in the fifth rotation before Oklahoma competes in the event.  A live stats link is provided at the top for fans to follow all of the competition.
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