April 12, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Event: NCAA Championships (Individual Event Finals)
U-M Team Standing: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- One day after winning the national championship, the University of Michigan men's gymnastics team earned seven All-America citations during the NCAA Individual Event Finals on Saturday (April 12) at Crisler Center. Senior Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) was crowned the parallel bar champion with a 15.875 on the event, giving the team captain seven career NCAA titles and putting him in a three-way tie for the most crowns of all-time.
|Sam Mikulak||Sam Mikulak|
With four All-America citations in 2014 (all-around, floor, vault, parallel bars), Mikulak ends his collegiate career a 17-time All-American -- good for third place all-time.
Michigan took home a pair of top-eight finishes on the floor, with Mikulak placing fourth (15.125). Junior Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman) received a 15.100 on floor for a fifth-place finish, giving him All-America honors on the apparatus for second time in his collegiate career (third on floor in 2012).
Despite qualifying as the top contender on the pommel horse, Mikulak finished in last place on the event. The Big Ten Gymnast of the Year caught his leg on the Russian flop and was ultimately unable to recover.
|Stacey Ervin, Syque Caesar, Tristian Perez-Rivera||Stacey Ervin|
Graduate student Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) garnered a 15.325 on the parallel bars to finish in third place -- two spots behind Mikulak's winning routine. Caesar earned his second All-America honor on the night with a 14.975 on high bar for the fifth spot. The Florida native ends his collegiate career a five-time All-American.
Freshman Tristian Perez-Rivera (Caguas, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) earned a 14.900 for a seventh-place finish on the vault to give him his first All-America citation. Mikulak finished in the eighth spot with a 14.800 as he took a large hop backwards on his landing.
The competition marked the conclusion of Michigan's 2014 season, which featured a Big Ten and NCAA championship for the second consecutive year.
|Syque Caesar||Tristian Perez-Rivera|
Friday Recap: Title Defended: Wolverines, Mikulak Repeat as National Champions