PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Former University of Michigan men's gymnast and current undergraduate assistant Sam Mikulak (Corona del mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) captured his second straight P&G Championships all-around title, overcoming a 2.35-point deficit on day two of competition Sunday (Aug. 24) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Mikulak, who notched an 88.40 on day one, rebounded in a huge way with a 92.25 on day two to secure the title. He nailed his floor exercise (15.65), pulling him into second place with three events to go. Moving to pommel horse, Mikulak marked an event-winning 15.45 to trim leader Jake Dalton's advantage to .35. He then closed the day out with a pair of 14.95s on still rings and vault, which was enough to pass Dalton, as well as hold off fellow contender John Orozco.
In addition to Mikulak, future Wolverine Marty Stretch (Fountain Valley, Calif./Connections Academy) took 17th with a two-day total of 168.90, while rising senior Nick Hunter (Canton, Ohio/Canton) took part on parallel bars, pommel horse and high bar, scoring a 42.80 on day one and a 41.80 on day two.
Mikulak now turns his sights toward the 2014 World Championships, which will be held Oct. 3-13 in Nanning, China.
Contact: Scott Kemps