April 4, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's gymnastics team, coming off winning the 2014 Big Ten championship, was selected as the recipient of the December BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award, it was announced today (Friday, April 4). The team will be recognized for their season accomplishments this Saturday (April 5) at the C.S. Mott Spring Football Game.
BASF, the Chemical Company, is now proud to be a partner of University of Michigan Athletics. As a result of this new partnership, BASF will recognize one group in the athletic department from across all sports each month that represents the best qualities of team chemistry and its importance both on and off the field.
Led by 18th-year head coach Kurt Golder, the team has won back-to-back team Big Ten championships, claiming the 2014 title on March 28 in Lincoln, Neb. Senior Sam Mikulak (Corona del mar, Calif./Corona del mar) had a record-setting night, as he posted the highest NCAA all-around score ever (93.70) to earn the third Big Ten all-around title of his career while also setting the NCAA record on parallel bars (16.15).
For their efforts, Golder was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third time, while Mikulak was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year for the third time, becoming only the third gymnast in conference history to accomplish the feat.
U-M also completed an undefeated regular season, and will enter the 2014 NCAA Championships in Crisler Center with a perfect 25-0 record, while the team also took home Arnold Invite championship and defeated Penn State twice as well as the Puerto Rican National Team and UIC in the month of March.
NCAA Championships team qualification commences on Thursday (April 10), as U-M will be competing in the night session at 7 p.m. This will be the third time U-M has hosted a men's gymnastics national championships. Michigan also hosted the event in 1951 and 1971, with the latter held at Crisler.
Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone (734-764-0247 or 866-296-MTIX) and at the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office, located in Marie Hartwig Building at 1100 South State Street.
Contacts: Scott Kemps