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2014 Men's Gymnastics Season in Review

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The Big Ten men's gymnastics season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, where Michigan won the team crown and three out of six individual titles were claimed by conference student-athletes.

NCAA Champions: The Michigan men's gymnastics team claimed the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship at the University of Michigan's Crisler Center during the first session of the NCAA Championships. This is the Wolverines' second consecutive national championship and their sixth program title, including three in the past five years. The Big Ten has now claimed four titles in the past five years. After recording 445.050 points, Michigan defeated second-place Oklahoma (441.650) and third-place Stanford (436.300). Illinois finished fourth with 435.350 points, Ohio State placed fifth with 433.500 points and Penn State took sixth with 429.800 points. Michigan posted the highest team scores in three of the six events, including the pommel horse, rings and parallel bars. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here.

All-Around Athletes: Wolverine Sam Mikulak won his third all-around crown at the University of Michigan's Crisler Center during the NCAA Championships. In the all-around, Mikulak placed first on the floor exercise (16.050), parallel bars (16.050) and vault (15.300) and tied for first on the pommel horse (15.600). Mikulak becomes the first Big Ten men's gymnast to win the all-around title three times since Minnesota's John Roethlisberger accomplished the feat from 1991-93. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here.

NCAA Individual Success: Three Big Ten men's gymnasts won individual national titles on the final day of the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. Illinois' Jordan Valdez won the high bar competition with a score of 15.525, marking the first Fighting Illini to win the award since Paul Ruggeri in 2008-09. After winning the all-around crown, Mikulak took home the parallel bars title for the second consecutive season with a score of 15.875. Minnesota's Ellis Mannon took home the pommel horse title after scoring 15.425 points, becoming the first Gopher to claim the pommel horse crown since Clay Strother in 2001-02. Click here for more on individual wins at the NCAA Championships.

Wolverine Winners: The Michigan men's gymnastics team captured the 2014 Big Ten Championship at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. The title marks the Wolverines' second consecutive crown and 17th overall. Mikulak was the Big Ten all-around champion after finishing with a score of 93.700 points, claiming his third Big Ten all-around crown and becoming the first conference gymnast to win three all-around titles since Ohio State's Blaine Wilson won three straight from 1995-97. Click here for more about the Big Ten Championship.

All the Awards: Following the Big Ten Championships, Michigan's Sam Mikulak was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year for the third time, becoming the first conference gymnast to earn the honor three times since Ohio State's Blaine Wilson earned the accolade from 1995-97. Ohio State's Melton was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Michigan's Kurt Golder was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Mikulak and Melton were joined on the All-Big Ten first team by Illinois' Chandler Eggleston and C.J. Maestas, Minnesota's Ellis Mannon, Ohio State's Jake Martin and Penn State's Trevor Howard. For more information on the postseason honors and All-Big Ten teams, click here.

Academic Success: The Big Ten Conference recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 51 men's gymnasts. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. The list of gymnasts included 32 repeat winners, including three-time and four-time honorees Cameron Rogers, Cole Smith and Alex Varga of Illinois, Matt McGrath of Iowa, Syque Caesar, Kevin Fraser, Matt Freeman, Dylan James and AJ Schottstaedt of Michigan, Nathan Fortunato, Adam Kern and John Scallon of Minnesota, Donovan Arndt, Mark Ringle and Eric Schryver of Nebraska, Misha Koudinov and Michael Newburger of Ohio State and Adrian Evans, Preston Gall and Ingvar Jochumsson of Penn State. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 33

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NCAA Individual Champions
At least 96 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been crowned NCAA individual champions during their career, which includes athletes in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, men's and women's track & field and wrestling. Men's track & field and wrestling have both produced over 20 national champion Medal of Honor winners.

Michigan's Mikulak Wins Nissen Emery Award

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University of Michigan men's gymnast Sam Mikulak has been named the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Nissen Emery Award, given annually to the NCAA's top male gymnast. He becomes the first Wolverine gymnast to win the honor since Justin Toman in 2002. Mikulak owns 13 NCAA All-America citations as well as five NCAA titles, two off the NCAA record held by current Nebraska assistant coach Jim Hartung. Mikulak is a three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and three-time Big Ten all-around champion. Currently, he owns the NCAA all-around record (93.70) as well as the NCAA parallel bar record (16.10).

The Nissen Emery Award honors the collegiate senior male gymnast who has not only established an outstanding record of achievement during his college career but also an athlete who has demonstrated good sportsmanship, fair play and a high standard of athletic excellence. For the complete release, click here.

The 2014 National Collegiate Men's Gymnastics National Championships qualifier selections were announced on Tuesday by the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Committee, with all seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams earning a spot.

The national qualifier, which consists of two pre-qualifying sessions, will be conducted April 10 at the Crisler Center on the campus of Michigan. Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals session. Final competitions will take place April 11-12, also at Michigan.

Michigan won the 2013 title with a team score of 443.200.

For qualifying teams, individuals and scores, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 23

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At least 579 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been a part of teams that have won Big Ten Championships, including at least 44 who won conference titles all four years they competed. Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won four straight crowns in the sports of men's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's track & field and wrestling.

All Seven Teams Ranked in Latest GymInfo Poll

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams appear in the latest GymInfo Top 15 poll, including three squads among the top five. Ohio State leads the way at No. 2, followed by third-ranked Michigan and fifth-ranked Illinois. Penn State checks in at No. 6, followed by No. 7 Minnesota, No. 8 Iowa and No. 11 Nebraska.

For the complete poll, click here.

Fifty-One Gymnasts Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

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 The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 51 men's gymnasts. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The list of players included 32 repeat winners, including three-time and four-time honorees Cameron Rogers, Cole Smith and Alex Varga of Illinois, Matt McGrath of Iowa, Syque Caesar, Kevin Fraser, Matt Freeman, Dylan James and AJ Schottstaedt of Michigan, Nathan Fortunato, Adam Kern and John Scallon of Minnesota, Donovan Arndt, Mark Ringle and Eric Schryver of Nebraska, Misha Koudinov and Michael Newburger of Ohio State and Adrian Evans, Preston Gall and Ingvar Jochumsson of Penn State.

For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here. The full list of Academic All-Big Ten women's gymnasts is below.

Logan Bradley, ILL
Max Mayr, ILL
Joey Peters, ILL
Cameron Rogers, ILL (3)
Cole Smith, ILL (3)
Jacob Tilsley, ILL
Jordan Valdez, ILL (2)
Alex Varga, ILL (3)
Michael Wilner, ILL (2)
Jack Boyle, IOWA
Cyrus Dobre-Mofid, IOWA
Matt McGrath, IOWA (4)
Konner Ackerman, MICH
Syque Caesar, MICH (5)
Kevin Fraser, MICH (3)
Matt Freeman, MICH (3)
Taylor Harrower, MICH
Dylan James, MICH (3)
Nolan Novak, MICH
AJ Schottstaedt, MICH (3)
Sean Bauer, MINN (2)
Steffen Beck, MINN (2)
Zack Chase, MINN (2)
Daniel Dibenedetto, MINN
Nathan Fortunato, MINN (3)
Steve Jaciuk, MINN (2)
Adam Kern, MINN (3)
Ellis Mannon, MINN
Jack Metcalf, MINN (2)
Justin Morinishi, MINN (2)
John Scallon, MINN (3)
Spencer Smith, MINN (2)
Sam Wright, MINN
Donovan Arndt, NEB (3)
Austin Epperson, NEB
Ryan Irick, NEB
Ethan Lottman, NEB
Grant Perdue, NEB
Mark Ringle, NEB (3)
CJ Schaaf, NEB
Eric Schryver, NEB (3)
Josh Ungar, NEB (2)
Misha Koudinov, OSU (3)
Jake Martin, OSU
Larry Mayer, OSU (2) 
Michael Newburger, OSU (4)
Emeric Quade, OSU
Adrian Evans, PSU (3)
Preston Gall, PSU (3)
Craig Hernandez, PSU (2)
Ingvar Jochumsson, PSU (3)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 16

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Siblings Jeffrey and Timothy LaFleur of Minnesota both won the Big Ten Medal of Honor after decorated careers in men's gymnastics. Jeffrey won the plaudit in 1976, while Timothy won the honor in 1978. Timothy was an All-American and won the Nissen-Emery Award, which is given annually to the nation's outstanding senior gymnast, in 1978. Tim's son, Adam LaFleur, was on the Gophers' men's gymnastics team from 2009-13. 

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 15

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At least 632 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have also earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition, including 308 three-time and 80 four-time honorees. Football has the most Academic All-Big Ten selections (132), followed by track & field (84), swimming & diving (69), basketball (61), tennis (37), gymnastics (35), cross country (34), soccer (32) and volleyball (30).

All Seven Teams Ranked in Latest GymInfo Poll

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams appear in the latest GymInfo Top 15 poll, including six squads among the top 10. Ohio State leads the way at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Minnesota and No. 6 Illinois. Penn State checks in at No. 7, Iowa is ranked No. 8 and Nebraska rounds out the Big Ten's representation at No. 11.

For the complete poll, click here.

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