The Big Ten men's gymnastics season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, where Michigan claimed the team crown and five out of the six individual titles where claimed by conference student-athletes.
NCAA Champions: Michigan took home the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship. The title marked the Wolverines second national championship in four years and their fifth overall. The crown was the third championship by a Big Ten school in the last four years, as Illinois claimed the national title last season. The Wolverines finished with a score of 443.200, defeating second-place Oklahoma by over three points (440.100). Penn State, Iowa and Illinois also competed in the team final, with the Nittany Lions posting a fourth-place finish, the Hawkeyes finishing fifth and the Illini placing sixth. For more on the NCAA Championship click here.
All-Around Athletes: Michigan's Sam Mikulak was crowned the all-around winner at the NCAA Championship. With the title, Mikulak becomes the sixth Big Ten gymnast to win multiple national titles in the event, as he also took home the championship in 2011. Teammate Adrian de los Angeles placed second in the event. For more on the NCAA Championship, click here.
NCAA Individual Success: For conference standouts took home national titles, and combined for five of the six individual titles, at the NCAA Championship. Michigan's Sam Mikulak won the high bar competition for the second consecutive year and earned the parallel bars crown. Illinois' Fred Hartville took home the vault championship, Ohio State's Michael Newburger won the pommel horse competition and Penn State's Trevor Howard placed first in the floor exercise. Click here for more on individuals at the NCAA Championship.
Wolverine Winners: Totaling a team score of 438.900 points, Michigan held of the field at the 2013 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships to take home the team title. The Wolverines claimed their 16th Big Ten title and first since 2009. Michigan's Sam Mikulak was crowned the Big Ten all-around champion for the second time, as he first took the crown in 2011. Read all about the conference championships here.
All the Awards: Michigan's Sam Mikulak was voted Big Ten Gymnast of the Year for the second time, as he also earned the honor in 2011 and Penn State's Trevor Howard claimed Freshman of the Year accolades. Wolverine head coach Kurt Golder was named Big Ten Coach of the year for the third time and first since winning back-to-back honors in 1999 and 2000. Mikulak was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by Illinois' Fred Hartville and Yoshi Mori, Iowa's Javier Balboa and Broderick Shemansky, Michigan's Stacey Ervin, Syque Caesar and Adrian de los Angeles and Penn State's Felix Aronovich and Craig Hernandez. For more on the awards, click here.
Naming Names: The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) named a pommel horse skill after Michigan's Sam Mikulak. The junior became the first gymnast to complete the skill at an official FIG competition when he performed it during the men's qualification round at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Click here for more on the skill.