Aug 18, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Senior Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del mar) became the first University of Michigan men's gymnast in program history to capture an all-around United States championship, winning the event at the 2013 P&G U.S. Championships with a two-day score of 181.40 Sunday (Aug. 18) at the XL Center.
Mikulak led wire to wire over the two-day competition for his first senior national title. In addition to the all-around title (181.40), he took individual event titles on parallel bars (30.90) and high bar (31.35). Following the competition, he, along with Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman) was named to the United States squad for the 2013 World Championships, set for Sept. 25-Oct. 7 in Antwerp, Belgium.
The all-around and parallel bar wins are the first at a U.S. championships event in program history for a U-M gymnast, while Daniel Diaz-Luong won the high bar competition in 2001.
In one year, Mikulak has captured the Big Ten, NCAA and United States all-around titles, the only three all-around events he has entered this season.
Also representing U-M on day two were Ervin and Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan). Ervin took fourth on floor exercise with a two-day score of 31.15 as well as fifth on parallel bars (29.40) while earning an all-around score of 172.50, which was good for 11th overall. De los Angeles took 14th with a 171.30 in all-around action, and he highlighted his weekend with an eighth-place effort of 29.20 on high bar.
"I am just really happy with the results I had this weekend," said Ervin, who was named to the Senior National Team for the first time. "On floor, I didn't go in with high expectations, and I just wanted to hit my set to the best of my ability. On p-bars, I hit a series of clean sets, and although my routine isn't super difficult, it was really clean."
U-M will host the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships from April 10-12 inside Crisler Center as the squad seeks to defend its 2013 NCAA and Big Ten titles. U-M will play host to NCAAs for the first time since 1971.
Event-by-Event U-M Results
All-Around 1. Sam Mikulak 181.40 11. Stacey Ervin 172.50 14. Adrian de los Angeles 171.30 Floor 4. Stacey Ervin 31.15 5. Sam Mikulak 30.85 24. Adrian de los Angeles 28.15 Pommel Horse 10. Sam Mikulak 28.20 13. Adrian de los Angeles 27.30 20. Stacey Ervin 26.45 Still Rings 9. Sam Mikulak 29.75 12. Adrian de los Angeles 29.20 19. Stacey Ervin 28.05 Vault 5. Sam Mikulak 30.35 12. Stacey Ervin 29.50 15. Adrian de los Angeles 29.35 Parallel Bars 1. Sam Mikulak 30.90 5. Stacey Ervin 29.40 18. Adrian de los Angeles 28.10 High Bar 1. Sam Mikulak 31.35 8. Adrian de los Angeles 29.20 17. Stacey Ervin 29.80