April 7, 2012
Site: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, Iowa)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Individual Event Finals)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Meet: Thu-Sat., April 19-21 -- at NCAA Championships (Norman, Okla.)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sophomore Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) became the first University of Michigan men's gymnast since 2000 to win a pair of conference titles, claiming the parallel bars and high bar crowns at the Big Ten Individual Event Finals on Saturday (April 7) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Mikulak and freshman Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) began the night on floor for U-M, where Mikulak tied for third with a 15.20 and de los Angeles notched a 14.70.
Sophomore Michael Myler (North Orem, Utah/Timpanogos) led the Wolverine effort on pommel horse, where he scored a 14.15 to tie for third, while classmate Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./William S. Hart) tallied a 13.25.
Next came parallel bars, where Mikulak took the first of his two titles with a 15.45. Other Wolverines competing on the event were a pair of freshmen in Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman) and Michael Strathern (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett). Ervin scored a 14.10 on the event, while Strathern scored a 13.80.
Mikulak's second title came on the high bar where he scored a career-best 15.55, holding off Illinois' C.J. Maestas on the event. De los Angeles followed with a 14.30 for the Wolverines.
Michigan returns to action Saturday (April 19) as the Wolverines will compete at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Norman, Okla. The competition begins with the NCAA Event Qualifier at either 1 or 7 p.m. CDT.
Event-By-Event U-M Individual Scores
Floor Sam Mikulak 15.20 (t3) Adrian de los Angeles 14.70 Pommel Horse Michael Myler 14.15 (t3) Dylan James 13.25 Vault Stacey Ervin 15.25 (3) Sam Mikulak 15.05 Adrian de los Angeles 14.85 Parallel Bars Sam Mikulak 15.45 (1) Stacey Ervin 14.10 Michael Strathern 13.80 High Bar Sam Mikulak 15.55 (1) Adrian de los Angeles 14.30
N O T E S
Sam Mikulak's win on parallel bars makes it back-to-back years that a Wolverine has won the PB title, as Syque Caesar won the event at the 2011 championships. Mikulak is the 22nd event champion in U-M history.
Mikulak's win on high bars marks the third Michigan championship in the event in the past four years, and second straight, as Ian Makowske captured the title a year ago. Joe Catrambone won the event in 2009.
Both Mikulak and de los Angeles were named to the 2012 All-Big Ten first team, as Mikulak earned the honor for coming in first on two events. De los Angeles takes the honor after his fifth-place finish in the all-around on day one.
Scott Vetere (1999-2003), also a former U-M assistant, won both still rings and vault in 2000 when he captured his pair of titles.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Kurt Golder
On the championships ... "Finishing in second can give us a lot of incentive. We finished in second in 2010, and we went on to win the NCAA championship. This showed the guys that we can compete with Illinois and we could've won the Big Ten championship if a few things went our way. We'll be at our best when we head to NCAAs in two weeks."
On Sam Mikulak's performance ... "He wasn't on top of his game this weekend and didn't repeat as all-around champion; however, when you can be off and still win two Big Ten titles, it says a lot for his ability. He was a finalist in four events after a rough weekend, and I'm sure he will be on top of his game when it comes to the NCAA Championships."
U-M Sophomore Sam Mikulak
On the meet ... "Yesterday was not my normal performance, I just didn't feel like I was in the zone. Today my teammates were behind me, and being able to go out and hit floor and high bar that satisfied my hunger a little bit. There are definitely things that I have to work on. I can't have a perfect meet every time, but right now I just have to work on getting my confidence up and some new sets and skills in, and I think things in the long run will pay off. "
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