DU wins at least a share of all four North Central Region honors
Pioneers welcome West Virginia, Southern Utah for season opener
Gaveika promoted after three seasons as gymnastics assistant coach
Gaveika enters his sixth year with the Pioneers in 2017. He spent his first three seasons with the team as an assistant coach before promoted to associate head coach in June 2015.
With Gaveika as the Pioneers’ lead coach on bars, DU broke the school record on the event (49.450) on the road at Boise State on March 10, 2017. The team also tied the second-highest bars score in program history (49.400) earlier in the season at home. In the final national rankings, Denver was No. 8, the highest the program has ever finished the year on bars.
In 2016, Gaveika helped the team tie the second-highest bars score in program history (49.375) at the Big 12 Championships. Earlier in the season, the Pioneers posted a 49.300 on bars to tie the tenth-highest score in school history on February 6 at home. DU never fell out of the top 15 in the national rankings on bars in 2016 and finished the second tied for No. 10, matching the program’s highest ever finish on the event. In 2015, Gaveika’s third season, Denver tied the second highest vault score in program history with a 49.425 at Southern Utah on February 27. The Pioneers also tied the fourth highest bars score (49.325) on March 9 at Air Force, and the fifth highest vault score (49.400) on March 7 at home. Denver finished the season ranked No. 12 in the nation on vault and tied for No. 25 on bars.
In 2015, Gaveika's third season, Denver tied the second highest vault score in program history with a 49.425 at Southern Utah on February 27. The Pioneers also tied the fourth highest bars score (49.325) on March 9 at Air Force, and the fifth highest vault score (49.400) on March 7 at home. Denver finished the season ranked No. 12 in the nation on vault and tied for No. 25 on bars.
During his second season at DU in 2014, Gaveika helped the Pioneers set a school record on vault, scoring a 49.475 at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championships. The team finished tied for No. 17 in the final national vault rankings and No. 22 in the final bars rankings.
Gaveika was named an assistant coach at DU in August 2012. During his first season, he helped the Pioneers to a final ranking of No. 12 in the nation on bars in 2013.
In 2011, Gaveika was named the North Central Region Co-Assistant Coach of the Year. During his tenure with the GymHawks, he helped coach Iowa to four NCAA Regional berths.
As an athlete at Iowa, Gaveika was the 2003 NCAA Champion on horizontal bar, a three-time All-American on high bar and an All-American on parallel bars. Gaveika was a member of the Lithuanian national team from 1995-2007, competing in six World Gymnastics Championships and three European Championships, qualifying for event finals and all-around finals at the prestigious events during his 13-year stint with the squad.
The Vilnius, Lithuania, native earned degrees from the University of Iowa in Russian and literature in 2005, and sports studies in 2011.
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