Three conference teams advanced to the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship, while six individuals competed at the national meet in April to complete the 2013 season.
NCAA Championship Central:
At the 2013 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship, seven Big Ten gymnasts posted top-10 individual finishes, led by Michigan's Joanna Sampson's event title in the floor exercise. Minnesota's Hanna Nordquist and Wolverine Katie Zurales tied for second on the balance beam, while Nebraska's Emily Wong and Gopher Lindsay Mable finished in the top-10 in the floor exercise, coming in at third and fourth, respectively. On the vault, Mable tied for fifth and Wong placed 10th. In addition to the individual performances, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota represented the conference in the team portion of the championships. The Wolverines and Gophers each placed fourth in their respective prequalifying round, while the Illini finished fifth. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here
All eight Big Ten schools competed in the NCAA Regional Championships. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State represented the conference in team competition, while three Michigan State gymnasts competed in various individual events. Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota earned berths to the national meet, while Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State advanced individual gymnasts to the NCAA Championships. Click here
for more on regional competition.
Huskers Bring Home the Hardware:
Nebraska earned the Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships title, its second consecutive crown. The Huskers tallied a team score of 197.800 en route to the title, while Michigan followed in second place with a score of 197.225 and Minnesota finished third with 196.775 points. Illinois took fourth place with a team score of 196.475, followed by Ohio State in fifth (195.950), Penn State in sixth (195.825), Michigan State in seventh (195.450) and Iowa in eighth (193.400). Individually, Nebraska's Emily Wong won the all-around competition for the second year in a row. Click here
for more on the Big Ten Championships.
Sharing the Crown:
Michigan and Minnesota each earned a share of the inaugural regular-season Big Ten Championship. Both the Wolverines and the Gophers completed the regular season with 6-1 conference dual meet marks. Michigan was 17-1 overall, while Minnesota was 16-3. For the Michigan release, click here
. For the Minnesota release, click here
And the Award Goes To:
The conference's individual awards were given out following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships. Michigan's Joanna Sampson was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, the second such award for a Wolverine athlete in the last three seasons. Minnesota's Lindsay Mable took home Freshman of the Year laurels and Gopher head coach Meg Stephenson received Coach of the Year accolades. For more award winners, click here
Eight Big Ten women's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Thursday. The conference is led by No. 10 Michigan, No. 11 Northwestern, No. 16 Nebraska and No. 30 Purdue in the top 30. Indiana sits at No. 41, while Illinois checks in at No. 45. Penn State is No. 47 and Ohio State ranks No. 73.
Individually, 10 Big Ten women's tennis players and 11 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of ranked conference singles and doubles players can be found below.
11. Mary Weatherholt, NEB
30. Emina Bektas, MICH
57. Kate Turvy, NU
58. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
67. Kelsey Dieters, OSU
77. Petra Januskova, PSU
91. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
99. Sarah Lee, MICH
114. Katie Klyczek, IND
115. Leslie Hureau, IND
3. Patricia Veresova/Mary Weatherholt, NEB
6. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
14. Linda Abu Mushefova/Nida Hamilton, NU
21. Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting, PSU
22. Melissa Kopinski/Rachael White, ILL
27. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
41. Ruth Seaborne/Morven McCulloch, IOWA
55. Leslie Hureau/Carolyn Chupa, IND
69. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
88. Brooke Bolender/Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
90. Mimi Nguyen/Sarah Lee, MICH
For the complete polls, click here
Ten Big Ten men's tennis teams appear in the latest Campbell's/ITA National Rankings, released on Thursday. Ohio State
leads conference squads in the poll, coming in at No. 5. No. 22 Michigan,
No. 26 Illinois,
No. 35 Minnesota,
No. 36 Northwestern
and No. 43 Michigan State
also rank in the top 50. Indiana
checks in at No. 55, followed by No. 60 Wisconsin
and No. 62 Purdue. Nebraska
rounds out conference teams in the poll at No. 67.
Individually, 12 Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the ITA poll. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below.
8. Peter Kobelt, OSU
12. Blaz Rola, OSU
13. Evan King, MICH
32. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
53. Rok Bonin, MINN
71. Connor Smith, OSU
73. Devin McCarthy, OSU
83. Leandro Toledo, MINN
87. Raleigh Smith, NU
104. Chris Diaz, OSU
113. Aaron Pfister, MSU
125. Vlad Stefan, MICH
12. Peter Kobelt/Connor Smith, OSU
16. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
23. Sam Monette/Isade Juneau, IND
40. Evan King/Shaun Bernstein, MICH
50. Blaz Rola/Kevin Metka, OSU
55. Szymon Tatarczky/Krisztian Krocsko, PUR
57. Alex Buzzi/Evan King, MICH
66. Josh MacTaggart/Isade Juneau, IND
71. Alex Kostanov/Billy Bertha, WIS
75. Tim Kopinski/Farris Gosea, ILL
90. Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse, ILL
For the complete polls, click here
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.
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
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.
: 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
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.
Three Big Ten women's rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State
leads ranked conference squads, coming in at No. 3. Michigan
stays put at No. 13, while Wisconsin
jumps two spots to No. 14. Michigan State
are receiving votes.
For the complete poll, click here
Illinois 4, Southern Illinois 2 (8)
Iowa 8, Iowa State 3
Michigan State 3, Eastern Michigan
Northwestern 8, UIC 5
Ohio State 4, Wright State 0
Ohio State 4, Wright State 0
Illinois at Southern Illinois, 5 p.m.
Iowa State at Iowa, 7:30 p.m., BTN.com
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, 5 p.m., BTN
Northwestern at UIC, 7 p.m.
Wright State at Ohio State (DH), 5 p.m., BTN.com
Southern Illinois at ILLINOIS, 7:05 p.m.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee at IOWA, 6:05 p.m.
Chicago State at NORTHWESTERN, 4 p.m.
The Big Ten is one of three conferences, joining the SEC and Pac-12, with six or more teams in the top 50 of the latest RPI. Nebraska (sixth) climbs four spots this week, while Michigan (12th), Wisconsin (23rd), Minnesota (29th), Iowa (34th) and Northwestern (45th) are also among the top 50.
Four Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the national rankings this week, including two in the top 15. Michigan appears at No. 10 in both the USA Softball and NFCA polls, while Nebraska is 14th in the USA Softball poll and tied for 16th in the NFCA standings. Wisconsin appears at No. 25 in the NFCA rankings and joins Minnesota among the teams also receiving votes in the USA Softball poll.