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Weekend Schedule

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January 19
#1 PENN STATE at Navy Open - Annapolis, Md. - 2 p.m. ET 
#2 ILLINOIS at Windy City Invitational - Chicago, Ill. - 7 p.m. ET
IOWA at Windy City Invitational - Chicago, Ill. - 7 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN at Windy City Invitational - Chicago, Ill. - 7 p.m. ET
MINNESOTA at Windy City Invitational - Chicago, Ill. - 7 p.m. ET
OHIO STATE at Windy City Invitational - Chicago, Ill. - 7 p.m. ET
#5 NEBRASKA at Stanford Open - Stanford, Calif. - 8 p.m. ET

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten men's gymnastics teams are ranked in the top ten of the first GymInfo poll of the regular season, it was released on Monday. Penn State and Illinois hold the first and second spots, respectively, while Nebraska comes in at No. 5.

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Weekend Schedule

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January 12
ILLINOIS at UIC - 6 p.m. ET
NEBRASKA at Rocky Mountain Open - 8 p.m. ET
Army at PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET

Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Dominates Preseason Poll

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams were ranked in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll, released on Sunday. Illinois tops the poll after winning the national title last season. Michigan follows close behind at No. 2, while Penn State enters at No. 4. Minnesota, Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa take the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th spots, respectively. 

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Pommel Horse Skill Named After Michigan's Mikulak

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The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) recently approved naming a pommel horse skill after University of Michigan men's gymnast and 2012 U.S. Olympic team member Sam Mikulak. The junior became the first gymnast to compete the skill at an official FIG competition when he performed it during the men's qualification round at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

USA Gymnastics Release

Michigan Release
Eight Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Team, as announced on Thursday. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30, have sophomore eligibility and be nominated by his or her sports information director. The complete list of Big Ten honorees is below.

Eileen Brandes, Field Hockey, Michigan
Josh Ihnen, Wrestling, Nebraska
Tucker Lane, Wrestling, Nebraska
Ulrike Denker, Rowing, Ohio State
Sean Duddy, Hockey, Ohio State
Andrew Elliott, Swimming & Diving, Ohio State
Kelsey Amy, Field Hockey, Penn State
Miguel Pineda, Gymnastics, Penn State
Nine Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team, as announced on Thursday. The Academic All-District team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their performances in the classroom and athletically. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found below.

Field Hockey
Eileen Brandes, Michigan (Biology, 3.92)
Kelsey Amy, Penn State (Fine Arts, 3.79)

Gymnastics
Michael Newburger, Ohio State (Mathematics, 3.94)
Miguel Pineda, Penn State (Biology, 3.98)

Rowing
Ulrike Denker, Ohio State (Business/Master of Accounting, 3.93)

Swimming
Andrew Elliott, Ohio State (Marketing, 3.85)
Lauren Roth, Purdue, (Psychology, 3.93)

Tennis
Bruno Abdelnour, Illinois (Mechanical Engineering, 3.96)
Garret Dunn, Iowa (Finance Accounting, 4.00)

2012 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 Illinois claimed the team title. The national victory came after the Illini won their fourth straight Big Ten Championship at the annual conference meet.

Illini Take Home National Title: Trailing by more than two points with two rotations to go, Illinois rallied to finish atop the team standings at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Illini claimed their 10th national championship, but first since 1989, after posting a final team score of 358.850. The Illini are the third Big Ten program in the last six years to win the national championship (Penn State in 2007 and Michigan in 2010). Penn State finished third and Michigan was sixth in the team finals. RECAP

Three Win Individual National Championships: Illinois' C.J. Maestas and Paul Ruggeri and Michigan's Sam Mikulak each claimed individual titles at the NCAA Championships. Maestas came away with the still rings crown, teammate Ruggeri won the vault title, and Mikulak took home the high bar championship. It marked the fourth straight year Big Ten gymnasts combined for three or more individual crowns at the national meet. RECAP

Ruggeri Claims Nissen-Emery Award: Illinois senior gymnast Paul Ruggeri won the 2012 Nissen-Emery Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior male gymnast, becoming the fourth Illinois gymnast to win the honor. The award honors career excellence in gymnastics along with good sportsmanship and high academic performance. RECAP

Illini Win Big Ten Championship: Totaling a team score of 352.950 points, Illinois held off the field at the 2012 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships to take home the team title. The Illini claimed their fourth straight conference championship, becoming the first conference program to win four in a row since Minnesota achieved the feat from 1977-1980. The win gave Illinois its 27th team championship in program history. RECAP

Maestas Leads Crop of All-Big Ten Honorees: Illinois' C.J. Maestas won Big Ten Gymanst and Freshman of the Year honors following his performance at the Big Ten Championships. The 2012 all-around champion was part of an Illinois sweep of the major awards as Justin Spring was named Coach of the Year. First team All-Conference honorees included Maestas and Paul Ruggeri of Illinois, Broderick Shemansky of Iowa, Sam Mikulak and Adrian de los Angeles of Michigan, Ty Echard of Ohio State and Felix Aronovich, Craig Hernandez and Scott Rosenthal of Penn State. RECAP

Illinois' Ruggeri Wins Nissen-Emery Award

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Illinois senior gymnast Paul Ruggeri won the 2012 Nissen-Emery Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior male gymnast, becoming the fourth Illinois gymnast to win the honor. The award honors career excellence in gymnastics along with good sportsmanship and high academic performance.

Ruggeri is a seven-time All-American, three-time NCAA Champion, five-time U.S. senior national team member and six-time Big Ten Champion.

Illinois Release

Weekly Rankings

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Six of the seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams rank in the top 10 nationally based on GymInfo's four-score average rankings. Penn State leads the group at No. 2 with an average of 352.667, while No. 4 Illinois (352.133) and No. 5 Minnesota (346.567) round out the top five. Ohio State follows at No. 6 (344.400), with No. 7 Michigan (343.400) and No. 9 Nebraska (340.900) also holding top-10 marks. Iowa checks in at No. 12 (335.567) nationally.

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