Mikulak Qualifies for Berth in Finals at World Artistic Championships
Sam Mikulak

Oct. 1, 2013

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ANTWERP, Belgium -- University of Michigan gymnast Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) qualified over the weekend (Sept. 28-30) for the event finals in all-around competition as well as high bar at the 2013 Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. All-around finals will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. EDT, while high bar finals are Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10:40 a.m. EDT.

Mikulak scored an 89.532 in the all-around competition in subdivision I, highlighted by his performance on high bar, where he placed fourth with a 15.366. The routine consisted of two full-twisting Kovacs variations, before sticking his double-twisting, double layout dismount.

Mikulak also took ninth on two events, narrowly missing out on event finals in both as the top eight moved on. He began with a 15.400 on parallel bars which included a giant Suarez directly into a straddled front one-and-a-quarter to a Moy.

On floor, he tallied a 15.033 after opening with a back one-and-a-half twist to double front and then dismounted with a nearly stuck triple.

The 2011 and 2013 NCAA All-Around champion sprinkled in scores of 14.233 on pommels, 14.70 on still rings and 14.80 on vault. His score of 89.352 trails only 2012 Olympic gold medalist and three-time defending World champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan, who scored a 91.924. All scores are dropped prior to all-around finals.

"Like the Olympic Games, the top three earn medals. Judging by his performance during qualifications, I really like his chances in the all-around finals on Thursday," said U-M head coach Kurt Golder.

Mikulak is one of five U.S. men that qualified for event finals along with Brandon Wynn on still rings and parallel bars, Steven Legendre on floor and vault, Jake Dalton on floor, and John Orozco on parallel bars.

Graduate student Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) took part in subdivision III on Sept. 30, taking 21st on parallel bars with a 15.066. He also competed on high bar, where he scored a 13.533.

  • Live webcast: UniversalSports.com will have a live webcast of the all-around and individual event finals from Antwerp, which will also be available at USAGymWorlds.com. For U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings time, the live webcasts are scheduled for: Oct. 3 -- men's all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 4 -- women's all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 5-6 -- individual event finals, 8:30 a.m.
  • Cable TV: Universal Sports will show all of the finals live on its cable network: Oct. 3 -- men's all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 4 -- women's all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 5-6 -- individual event finals, 8:30 a.m. All times are Eastern. Universal Sports will also carry encore presentations of its World telecasts. Calling the action throughout the competition will be a team comprised of play-by-play announcer Steve Schlanger alongside analysts 1984 Olympic gold medalist Bart Connor, 1996 Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden, and Olympian Kip Simons. Be sure to check your local listings for times. Universal Sports Network is now available on Time Warner Cable, Cox, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country. To find Universal Sports Network in your area, go to UniversalSports.com/tv-listings/channel-finder.