April 21, 2012
Site: Norman, Okla. (Lloyd Noble Center)
Event: NCAA Championships (Individual Event Finals)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Meet: Season Completed
NORMAN, Okla. -- Sophomore Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) became the 30th NCAA champion in University of Michigan men's gymnastics history, winning the high bar title with a 15.45 Saturday (April 21) at the NCAA Championship Individual Event Finals at Oklahoma's Lloyd Noble Center.
Mikulak also took eighth on parallel bars, while freshman Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman) placed third on floor exercise and fourth on vault for the first pair of All-America honors in his career.
Ervin got the night started on floor, tallying a 15.45 to take third. His score was just off his career-best 15.60 that he hit during the NCAA Qualifier on Thursday (April 19). Ervin collected his second accolade of the night on vault, notching a 15.15 to take fourth place with his double front handspring skill.
Mikulak, the 2011 NCAA all-around champion, began his night on high bar and scored a 15.45 to earn another NCAA title, defeating the closest competitor, Glen Ishino of Cal by .40 and third-place Jake Dalton of Oklahoma by .55. On parallel bars in the final rotation, Mikulak fell on his dismount en route to a score of 14.40 to take eighth.
The event wraps up NCAA competition for the Wolverines, but several squad members will be in action this summer, beginning with freshman Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan), who will take part in the Osijek Cup in Croatia next weekend (April 28-29).
Event-by-Event Individual Scores
Floor Exercise 3. Stacey Ervin 15.45 Vault 4. Stacey Ervin 15.15 Parallel Bars 8. Sam Mikulak 14.40 High Bar 1. Sam Mikulak 15.45 Top eight earn All-America status
N O T E S
Stacey Ervin's All-America citation on floor marks the fourth straight season that a Wolverine has earned a citation on the event. Chris Cameron started the streak with his fourth-place finish in 2009.
Ervin's pair of All-America awards marks the second straight year that a Wolverine freshman has earned multiple citations. Mikulak accomplished the feat last season in his rookie campaign.
With three All-America citations in 2012 (all-around, high bar, parallel bars), Mikulak is now a seven-time All-American.
Mikulak's win on high bar makes him the 30th NCAA champion in program history.
The five All-America honors this year (three for Mikulak, two for Ervin) give Michigan 129 All-Americans in program history.
Q U O T E S
U-M Sophomore Sam Mikulak
On his day overall ... "It was great. I didn't have the best day yesterday, and to come back today and get a gold is fantastic. It's a great way to end the season and I couldn't be happier right now. Parallel bars wasn't the performance that I was looking for, but I still got the All-America honor and was on the medal stand, so I was happy for that. I just want to come back next year and go after Jake (Dalton) for the all-around title, and hopefully I can end up on top. I will just have to get in the gym and train harder."
U-M Freshman Stacey Ervin
On his first NCAA experience ... "Overall, it went well. I felt very relaxed out there and confident with the routines. It was fun getting out there with everyone watching, and getting third place on floor was amazing. That was my best set of the year on the event, and the fourth place on vault was right where I feel I should have been as the competition was at a very high level."
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