Mikulak Takes American Cup All-Around Title
Sam Mikulak

March 1, 2014

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Site: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
Event: AT&T American Cup
Score: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Meet: Friday, March 14 - vs. Puerto Rican National Team/Penn State (San Juan Puerto Rico), 6 p.m. AST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Sam Mikulak (Corona del mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) of the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics squad, won the all-around title at the 2014 AT&T American Cup at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday (March 1) with an all-around score of 90.098, beating out Japan's Shogo Nonomura at 88.965. The event is part of the International Gymnastics Federation's all-around World Cup series.

Mikulak started on floor with a 15.666 after tumbling a one-and-a-half to front double full and dismounting with a stuck triple full. He performed clean routines on the pommel horse and still rings with scores of 14.800 and 15.066, respectively. On the vault, he nearly stuck his Kasumatsu one-and-a-half for a 14.966. In the fifth rotation, Mikulak kept his swing going after a slight error in his healy on the parallel bars and scored 14.700. In the final rotation, on high bar, he executed his Kolman catch-and-release move for a 14.900 and sealed the title.

"It feels amazing (to win)," Mikulak told USA Gymnastics. "I wanted to perform better on the last two events, but I was still able to come out on top. The pressure got to Shogo, unfortunately. I don't like winning by someone else falling, but I will take victory. I am happy that I could come out on top to be the next AT&T Cup champion."

Mikulak and the rest of the Wolverines will return to action during their annual Spring Break trip on Friday (March 7), as the team heads to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to compete against the Puerto Rican National Team and Penn State. Meet time is slated for 6 p.m. AST.

Contact: Scott Kemps (skemps@umich.edu)

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