April 21, 2013
Site: State College, Pa. (Recreation Hall)
Event: NCAA Championships (Event Finals)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Junior Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) became the first University of Michigan men's gymnast to capture six All-America citations in one championship while sprinkling in a pair of NCAA championships on parallel bars and high bar at the NCAA Event Finals Sunday (April 21) at Penn State's Recreation Hall. As a team, U-M had 11 All-America certificate winners on the day and tied a program record for total championship citations with the 2010 team for the most in program history with 13.
U-M began the afternoon on pommel horse, where Mikulak scored a 14.70 for fourth, while junior Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./William S. Hart) tied for sixth with a 14.58.
U-M took home a trio of top-eight finishes on floor exercise, as Mikulak scored a 15.45 to take third. Seniors Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness) and Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) tied for fourth with a pair of 14.90s to close out the first rotation of action.
On vault, Mikulak led off the second rotation with a 15.100 to take seventh. He then caught fire in the final two events, winning the third and fourth NCAA titles of his career with a 15.500 on parallel bars and set a new career high on high bar with a pristine performance, scoring a 16.100 to defend his 2012 NCAA crown in style.
Caesar finished second on parallel bars behind Mikulak with a 15.450 and third on high bar with a 14.925 to close out a solid afternoon with the first three All-America citations of his career.
The day concluded U-M's 2013 team season, which featured a Big Ten and NCAA championship. U-M will look to defend its NCAA crown next season, as it plays host to the 2014 NCAA Championships at Crisler Center.
Event-by-Event U-M Individual Scores
POMMEL HORSE Dylan James 14.58 (6t) Sam Mikulak 14.70 (4) STILL RINGS Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.625 (9) FLOOR EXERCISE Rohan Sebastian 14.90 (t4) Sam Mikulak 15.45 (3) Adrian de los Angeles 13.95 (9) Syque Caesar 14.90 (t4) VAULT Stacey Ervin 13.775 (10) Sam Mikulak 15.100 (7) PARALLEL BARS Adrian de los Angeles 14.325 (8) Syque Caesar 15.450 (2) Sam Mikulak 15.500 (1) HIGH BAR Syque Caesar 14.925 (3) Sam Mikulak 16.100 (1) Top 8 Earn All-America Honor
N O T E S
With six All-America citations in 2013 (all-around, high bar, vault, parallel bars, floor, pommels), Mikulak is now a 13-time All-American and five-time NCAA champion.
The three All-America citations on floor mark the fifth straight season that a Wolverine has earned a citation on the event. Chris Cameron started the streak with his fourth-place finish in 2009.
Mikulak's wins on high bar and parallel bars give him the 31st and 32nd NCAA titles in program history.
The 13 All-America honors this year give Michigan 194 All-America awards in program history.
As a team, U-M had 11 All-America certificate winners on the day and tied a program-record with the 2010 team for the most in program history with 13.
Mikulak's five All-America honors on the day (six total) make him the first Wolverine in program history to earn six citations in one championship. The feat of four citations was the previous mark and was most recently set by Mikulak in 2011.
Mikulak is the first Wolverine in school history to win both parallel bars and high bar in the same season. The parallel bar title is the eighth in school history, while the high bar win is the fifth.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Kurt Golder
Opening statement ... "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine. We had a great championship (meet); you get a one-two sweep in the all-around and win the team title; I think we had 11 All-Americans and one national champion on two events. It doesn't get a whole lot better than that. I'm very, very pleased and anxious to host next year."
U-M Junior Sam Mikulak
On if there was any concern about last night being a distraction ... "No, I actually felt surprisingly good going into today. I think I was just kind of numb from this whole weekend, so I was able to push through any adversity that I might have been feeling."
On if he's ever had a better weekend ... "No, I honestly don't think I have. Olympic Trials was definitely really exciting for me, but overall for this entire weekend I didn't miss a single routine and doing some upgrades that I didn't do in all-around finals yesterday and hit them. It just kind of felt easy going with the flow; I'm just real pleased with how I did."
On whether or not the high releases were a plan on the high bar ... "With that set, it's essentially the same routine start-value wise as I was doing last year at the Olympics. This whole season I've just been doing an easier routine, just trying to get back into Olympic shape. From there it was a little rough, I had to downgrade all of my routines, but as the season progressed I was getting better endurance and finally got back up to my Olympic competition level on high bar. I'm actually going to upgrade coming into the next few weeks with Cassina instead of Tocacha, so I look forward to that."
On if he considered doing his tougher vault today ... "No, I think injuries are something we're really trying to stay away from. I have a competition in Puerto Rico coming up, and I just want to be healthy for that and do as well as I did here."