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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.
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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.
Eileen Brandes, Michigan (Biology, 3.92)
Kelsey Amy, Penn State (Fine Arts, 3.79)
Michael Newburger, Ohio State (Mathematics, 3.94)
Miguel Pineda, Penn State (Biology, 3.98)
Ulrike Denker, Ohio State (Business/Master of Accounting, 3.93)
Andrew Elliott, Ohio State (Marketing, 3.85)
Lauren Roth, Purdue, (Psychology, 3.93)
Bruno Abdelnour, Illinois (Mechanical Engineering, 3.96)
Garret Dunn, Iowa (Finance Accounting, 4.00)
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 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.
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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#3 ILLINOIS at #12 IOWA - 7 p.m. CT
#13 UIC at #7 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET
#6 MINNESOTA at #4 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. ET
#9 NEBRASKA/#11 Air Force at #1 Oklahoma - 7 p.m. CT
Big Ten men's gymnastics again boasts six of the top 10 teams nationally in the GymInfo weekly rankings, released on Monday night. Illinois leads the pack of ranked Big Ten teams at No. 3, holding a three score average of 353.683. The Fighting Illini are followed by No. 4 Penn State (352.667), No. 5 Ohio State (347.450), No. 6 Minnesota (346.567), No. 7 Michigan (345.450) and No. 9 Nebraska (341.950) in the top 10, while Iowa (335.700) sits just outside the top 10 at No. 12.
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#2 PENN STATE at Puerto Rico National Team - 6 p.m. ET
#4 Stanford at #5 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. ET
#8 MICHIGAN at #1 Oklahoma - 7 p.m. CT
#3 ILLINOIS/#6 MINNESOTA at #10 NEBRASKA - 1 p.m. CT
Seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams again rank in the top 12 nationally based on GymInfo's three score average rankings. Penn State leads the way at No. 2 (352.667), followed by No. 3 Illinois (352.400), No. 5 Ohio State (346.483), No. 6 Minnesota (346.133), No. 8 Michigan (342.567), No. 10 Nebraska (339.233) and No. 12 Iowa (335.700).
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