Michigan to Host NCAA Championships, Defend NCAA Title

April 8, 2014

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THIS WEEK
Thu-Sat., April 10-12 -- at NCAA Championships (Crisler Center)

DAY-BY-DAY SCHEDULE
Times are Eastern Daylight Time

Thursday, April 10
1 p.m. -- National Qualifier, Session 1 (NCAA.com)
7 p.m. -- National Qualifier, Session 2 (NCAA.com)

Friday, April 11
7 p.m. -- Team and All-Around Finals, Individual Event Prelims (Big Ten Network/NCAA.com)

Saturday, April 12
7 p.m. -- Individual Event Finals (NCAA.com)

Live Results | Live Video | Twitter | All-Time NCAA Champions

The No. 3-ranked Michigan men's gymnastics team (25-0, 17-0 Big Ten) looks to continue its hot streak coming off a Big Ten title and looking to defend its NCAA title at this weekend's NCAA Championships (April 10-12) inside Crisler Center. The Wolverines will partake in Session II of the team qualifier, which begins at 7 p.m. on vault.

U-M will then compete in the NCAA Team & All-Around Finals Friday (April 11) at 7 p.m., followed by individual finals Saturday at 7 p.m.

Coverage Plans
The NCAA and Big Ten Conference reached a groundbreaking agreement April 7, as the two entities have agreed to live broadcast the team finals on Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. All four sessions will also be streamed online via NCAA.com.

Will Haskett and Raj Bhavsar will provide routine by routine and color commentary via the NCAA.com stream, while Lisa Byington and legendary Minnesota gymnast John Roethlisberger will be on the call for BTN.

U-M student manager and former gymnast Corbett Schmitz will be live blogging and Tweeting the event. Fans can follow the routine-by-routine action and join the conversation by utilizing #MGymDynasty and #LiveFromCrisler on Twitter.

WOLVERINE BITES

Big Ten Champs (Again)
No. 4 U-M captured the 17th Big Ten title in program history -- and second straight -- with a team score of 448.200 on Friday (March 28) at Nebraska's Bob Devaney Sports Center. The team win is also served as the first back-to-back Big Ten titles for the program since 1999-2000. Mikulak scored the highest all-around score in NCAA history with a 93.70 and also set the NCAA record on parallel bars with a 16.10 en route to the third Big Ten all-around championship of his career. Mikulak also becomes the first Big Ten gymnast since Blaine Wilson (1994-96) to win three Big Ten all-around titles in his career.

The Wolverines began the night with an NCAA best and season high on vault with a 75.80. Rotation two saw U-M head to parallel bars, where Mikulak reclaimed his NCAA record on the event that he previously marked at last season's Big Ten Championships with a 16.10. Michigan then went on to score a 73.05 on high bar, where Mikulak tallied the highest score in the NCAA this season with a 16.00. U-M then followed with a 74.75 on floor

Following the bye rotation, U-M notched a 73.10 on pommels, led by a 15.30 from Mikulak and a 15.00 from Matt Freeman as U-M held a comfortable lead heading into the final rotation on rings.

The Wolverines sealed the championship with an electrifying still rings performance, as Colin Mahar led off with a career-high 15.30, while Freeman and Gaarenstroom marked identical 15.00s. Alex Bubnov then collected a career high of his own with a 15.50, while Mikulak closed out his record-setting night with a 15.35. In total, the Wolverines notched a 76.15, which is a season high for the team and is the top score in the country this season on the event.

Mikulak, Golder Collect Big Ten Hardware
Mikulak took home his third Big Ten Gymnast of the Year award, while head coach Kurt Golder was named Coach of the Year for the fourth time March 29 at the individual-event finals of the Big Ten Championships

Mikulak becomes the third athlete (John Roethlisberger, Blaine Wilson) to claim three Big Ten Gymnast of the Year honors since the award's inception in 1988. It is the second occasion that Golder has earned the award in back-to-back seasons, as he previously garnered the accolades in the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

A meet-high 11 members of the Big Ten champion Wolverines competed in 20 routines, while Tristian Perez-Rivera, junior Paul Rizkalla Jr. and graduate student Syque Caesar earned All-Big Ten second team honors. Perez-Rivera scored a 15.325 on floor, while Rizkalla scored a 15.225 on vault to earn second-placed finishes. Caesar tied for third place on parallel bars with a 15.200.

All About Sam Mikulak
Mikulak owns 13 NCAA All-America citations, as well as five NCAA titles, which are the most in Michigan history. He is a three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and three-time Big Ten all-around champion. The 2012 United States Olympic team member also owns a 2014 AT&T American Cup all-around title and placed fourth at the 2013 World Championships on high bar after winning the United States all-around championship to quality for the event in 2013.

Currently, he owns the NCAA All-Around record (93.70), as well as the NCAA parallel bar record (16.10). Overall, he possesses 43 event titles in his career and has been a six-time CGA National Gymnast of the Week.

All-Time All-America Status (Career)
Jim Hartung -- 22

Jonathan Horton-- 18
Peter Vidmar

Joe Giallombardo--16
Armando Vega

John Roethlisberger-15

Karl Schwenzfeier--14
Lou Fina
Bart Connor
Bob Lynn
Newt Loken

Sam Mikulak-- 13

All-Time NCAA Championships (Career)
Joe Giallombardo--7
Jim Hartung

7 tied at -- 6
Mikulak (seven others) -- 5

Mikulak Nissen-Emery Finalist
Established in 1966, the Nissen-Emery Award is college gymnastics' highest honor and is funded through an endowment established by Dr. Robert W. Emery, the 1969 winner. The senior is looking to become the first Michigan gymnast since 2002 to capture the award, as Justin Toman took home the plaudit that season.

The Nissen-Emery Award honors the collegiate senior male gymnast who has not only established an outstanding record of achievement during his college career but also an athlete who has demonstrated good sportsmanship, fair play and a high standard of athletic excellence.

Undefeated Streak
The last defeat Michigan suffered was on March 9, 2013, and is now 42-0 over that span.

Mikulak Named CGA National Gymnast of the Week in Back-to-Back Weeks
For his efforts against UIC and at the Big Ten Championships, Mikulak has been named the College Gymnastics Association National Gymnast of the Week for the second straight week, the association announced Thursday, April 3. Overall, it is the sixth honor of his career and second award of the season.

2013 In Review
U-M captured its fifth NCAA title in program history to conclude the 2013 season at Penn State's Rec Hall. The Wolverines earned a 443.200 team score behind a 1-2 all-around finish from first-place winner Mikulak and runner-up Adrian de los Angeles, who tallied a 91.150 and a 88.350, respectively.

Wolverine Bites: NCAA Edition
• U-M has had one All-American on floor five straight seasons 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 at the 2013 championships gave him the 31st and 32nd NCAA titles in program history.

• The 13 All-America honors as a team last year gave 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 six All-America honors made 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.

• Michigan has now had a gymnast win the all-around at NCAAs in three of the last four years (Chris Cameron 2010, Mikulak 2011).

Michigan History
• The 2013 national title is the fifth in program history (1963, 1970, 1999, 2010) and the third under head coach Kurt Golder (1999, 2010, 2013). Overall, it is the 55th in Michigan Athletics history, most recently the 2013 men's swimming and diving team. A win in 2014 for U-M would give Golder four titles, which would tie him with swimming coach Gus Stager for third most in Michigan athletic department history. He would trail another swimming coach, Matt Mann (13), and football coach Fielding Yost (six).

• A back-to-back title would be the first back-to-back title for any Michigan athletics squad since the trampoline team won in 1969-70. It has only been done one other time in the history of Michigan athletics, as men's swimming also accomplished the feat in 1958-59. The last time U-M hosted and won an NCAA championship was in 1958, as men's swimming took home the NCAA title.

UIC Win Seals Perfect Regular Season
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team completed its first undefeated regular season since 1974, cruising to a 445.85-401.75 victory over the UIC Flames Saturday (March 22) Crisler Center.

The Wolverines (19-0) were led on the night by Mikulak, who took home four individual event titles (floor, pommels, vault and high bar). In addition to the season-best team score, Michigan scored season bests on vault and parallel bars and high bar. Additionally, U-M swept all six event titles.

Michigan began the night on floor, where Mikulak scored a career-high 15.85, and Ervin scored a 15.80. Classmate Hub Humphrey took third on the event with a 14.50, as U-M scored a 74.85 in the first rotation.
In rotation two on pommels, Mikulak once again led with a 15.25, while seniors Matt Freeman took second (14.60) and Dylan James scored a 14.40 for the event sweep. U-M led the Flames 146.15-131.20 after the second rotation.

Michigan then went on to sweep the next four events and led by as many as 36 points heading into the final rotation.

The Maize and Blue scored 73.35 on rings, with Freeman taking the title, and 74.90 on vault, Perez-Rivera marked a 15.25 for his second career vault win. Konner Ackerman equaled the score, as the pair shared the event title. U-M then closed out the night with a 76.70 on parallel bars and a 74.65 on high bar, as Mikulak secured his sixth career parallel bars title and 11th high-bar win of his stellar career.

Michigan Cleans up on Event Titles
The Wolverines have won 32 individual event titles this season (including ties), with at least five wins in four meets (Nebraska, Arnold Invite, Penn State, UIC). U-M has swept individual event wins in two meet this year, the first coming against Nebraska and the second coming against UIC.

Title Breakdown
Adrian de los Angeles (3)
Tristian Perez-Rivera (2)
Sam Mikulak (8)
Syque Caesar (5)
Stacey Ervin (5)
Nick Hunter (2)
Matt Freeman (1)
Konner Ackerman (2)
Alex Bubnov (1)
Paul Rizkalla Jr.(1)

U-M Knocks off No. 5 Penn State, Puerto Rican National Team; Ervin B1G Gymnast of the Week
Behind the nation's top floor exercise score from junior Stacey Ervin of 16.10, defeated No. 5 Penn State and the Puerto Rican National Team on Friday (March 7) at Pedrin Zorilla Coliseum with a team score of 438.80.

The score for Ervin earned him B1G Gymnast of the Week, and is just .05 away from the school record that he already owns. In addition to winning the eighth floor title of his career, Ervin scored a 14.20 on high bar as U-M tallied a 438.50 team total in the pair of wins.

Michigan began the night on floor, where Ervin notched the first 16-plus floor score in the country this season. Senior Sam Mikulak returned the NCAA action with a 15.60 on the exercise as U-M scored a stellar 76.10, which was just .10 off the team's season high.

On parallel bars, senior Syque Caesar led the Wolverines with a 15.50 followed by a 15.05 from Nick Hunter to aid in the total of 73.50 on the event. Michigan closed out its night on high bar, where Caesar scored a 14.70 to seal the victory over the Nittany Lions, who scored a 428.550.

Mikulak Garners AT&T American Cup Title
Sam Mikulak 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.

Michigan Wins Arnold Invite
The Wolverines took first at the first-ever Arnold Invitational with a team score of 437.50 on Saturday (March 1) at the Columbus Convention Center. Wolverines took home individual-event wins in five of six events on the day as U-M remained undefeated on the season.

Graduate student Syque Caesar claimed a pair of event titles on the day, beginning with a win on parallel bars with a 15.55. He followed with a pristine routine on high bar for a 15.80.

Also taking home titles were junior Stacey Ervin who marked a 15.80 on floor in the first rotation. Rotation two saw U-M head to pommel horse, where senior Dylan James scored a 15.15 for first place, while classmate Matt Freeman took third with a 15.05.

On vault, freshman Tristian Perez-Rivera tallied a 15.10, while Caesar led an event sweep on parallel bars with his 15.55. Ervin took second on the event (15.00), while junior Nick Hunter placed third with a 14.95.

Caesar closed out the event wins for U-M in the final rotation, scoring 15.80.

Perez-Rivera Earns Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Tristian Perez-Rivera was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his vault title at the Arnold Invitational on Saturday (March 1) in Columbus, Ohio. He took home his first career vault title with a 15.10 score. Perez-Rivera also scored a 14.80 on floor exercise to take eighth on the event.

The title helped the Wolverines (437.50) improve to 14-0 on the season by defeating Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska, Arizona State and the Canadian National Team.

The honor was the first of Perez-Rivera's career. The last Wolverine to earn freshman of the week accolades was junior Stacey Ervin who collected the honor on March 15, 2012.

2014 GymInfo Coaches' Poll (March 31)
1. Oklahoma
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan
4. Stanford
5. Illinois
6. Penn State
7. Minnesota
8. Iowa
9. Cal
10. Air Foce
11. Nebraska
12. William & Mary
13. Army
14. Navy
15. Springfield

Event Rankings
3. Team (441.678)
2. Floor (75.388)
3. Pommel Horse (73.325)
3. Still Rings (74.763)
2. Vault (74.463)
1. Parallel Bars (74.575)
4. High Bar (72.150)

Individual Rankings
Three-event averages

Floor Exercise
1. Sam Mikulak (15.612)

Pommel Horse
8. Matt Freeman (14.733)

Still Rings
9. Alex Bubnov (15.162)

Vault
5. Tristian Perez-Rivera (15.117)
9. Syque Caesar (15.007)

Parallel Bars
1. Syque Caesar (15.513)
7. Nick Hunter (15.038)

High Bar
10. Syque Caesar (14.912)

Ways to Follow U-M Gymnastics
For fans not able to attend meets this season, there are several ways to follow the Wolverines action this year. Your primary source for all things Michigan is MGoBlue.com, where recaps, features, schedules, and statistics can be found. Live results will be provided for all home meets, as well as select away meets. Additionally, follow @umichgym for live updates at meets, and 'like' Michigan men's gymnastics on Facebook, where special content can be found throughout the season. New to the 2014 season is the teams Instagram account, @umichgym.

Contact: Scott Kemps (skemps@umich.edu)

   

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