Wolverine Trio Combines for Five NCAA All-America Awards

April 16, 2011

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Site: Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)
Event: NCAA Event Finals
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Meet: Season Completed

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Freshman Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./ Carona del Mar) on floor, vault, and parallel bars; senior Ian Makowske (Redding, Conn./ Joel Barlow) on high bar; and redshirt junior Adam Hamers (Salem, Ore./ South Salem) on pommel horse each won All-America for the University of Michigan men's gymnastics team on Saturday night (April 16) at the NCAA Event finals inside St. John Arena. Makowske claimed national runner-up on high bar for the second straight season.

The top 10 individuals on each apparatus from the team and all-around finals last night (Friday, April 15) qualified into tonight's event finals, and the top eight individuals on each event from tonight are given All-America honors.

The competition started with the first three events. Hamers was the first Wolverine to compete on pommel horse, going seventh. Swinging a high amplitude routine with perfectly square circles he was flawless until the dismount where he hesitated in rhythm going up to handstand. He scored a 14.80, placing fifth.

Next up was Mikulak going ninth on floor. Leading the scoreboard at this point was top ranked in the nation Steven Legendre, who posted a 16.00. With only a 16.30 start value, Sam had to be nearly perfect to top the Sooner. Mikulak soared through the air, sticking his first pass, an Arabian double pike half out, then continued to stick his next four passes. He took two small steps on his full-in dismount and scored a career-high 15.70, which was good enough to gather the bronze medal.

After a brief medal ceremony for the first three events Mikulak was up again going third on parallel bars. Slightly shaky on his first two giant swings he regained composure exploding off the bars on his front flipping one and quarter and finished out his set with a tiny hop on his huge double pike dismount. He scored a 14.70 placing fourth on the event.

Makowske, the 2010 high bar runner-up, was the next to compete on the event, going seventh following number one in the nation, Stanford's Alex Buscaglia, who scored an impressive 15.75. Unloading a monstrous routine highlighting his dynamic bar skills, Makowske nailed an amazing routine. With his start value not quite matching Buscaglia's, the Wolverine senior scored a 15.35, propelling him into the silver medal position.

The last Wolverine to compete was Mikulak going ninth on vault. Having tied for first the previous night, he had the potential to take the title on this event. One of his biggest competitors, Oklahoma's Jacob Dalton, who also competes a triple twisting vault, scored a 16.55. Sam had to be flawless to top that. Powering down the runway, blocking into his triple twist, he opened early, spotting the landing to stick; unfortunately he opened a little too early and landed short, putting his hand down. With the extremely high 17.00 start value, he scored a 15.50, landing him in seventh place.

The Wolverines wrap up the 2011 season as fifth in the nation, the third consecutive season U-M has placed in the top five (first, 2010; 2nd, 2009).

Event-By-Event U-M Individual Scores

Sam Mikulak  15.70 (3)
Adam Hamers  14.80 (5)
Sam Mikulak  15.50 (7)
Sam Mikulak  14.70 (4)
Ian Makowske  15.35 (2)

• Previous Results: NCAA Team & All-Around Finals (April 15) | NCAA Qualifier (April 14)