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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.

Minnesota Falls in National Championship Game

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Justin Kloos, Sam Warning, Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching all scored for Minnesota while goalie Adam Wilcox stopped 41 shots, but it was not enough as the Gophers fell to Union 7-4 Saturday night in the NCAA championship game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Minnesota finished as the national runner-up for the seventh time in program history.

Saturday, April 12
Union 7, MINNESOTA 4 - RECAP | BOX SCORE

Saturday's NCAA Hockey Championship Schedule

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Minnesota, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Hockey Championship, will meet No. 1 seed Union Saturday evening in the championship game of the Frozen Four at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The Gophers are seeking their sixth national title and first since 2003.

NCAA Championship Schedule: Saturday, April 12

FROZEN FOUR (Philadelphia, Pa.) 

No.1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 1 Union, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

All times Eastern

Six Big Ten Hockey Standouts Named All-Americans

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Six Big Ten hockey standouts from three conference schools were named CCM Hockey All-Americans for the 2013-14 season tonight at the NCAA Men's Division I Frozen Four in Philadelphia, Pa. Minnesota led all Big Ten programs with three All-Americans followed by Wisconsin with two and Ohio State with one.

Three conference players earned spots on the first team, including Minnesota sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly, Ohio State junior forward Ryan Dzingel and Wisconsin junior defenseman Jake McCabe.

An additional three Big Ten players claimed spots on the second team, including Minnesota teammates Kyle Rau (junior, forward) and Adam Wilcox (sophomore, goalie) and Wisconsin senior forward Michael Mersch.

The full list of 25 honorees can be found here.

Minnesota Advances to National Championship Game

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Senior defenseman Justin Holl scored his first goal of the season with less than one second remaining in regulation to lead top-seeded Minnesota to a 2-1 victory over North Dakota Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, the Gophers clinched a spot in Saturday's national championship game against Union. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Thursday, April 10
MINNESOTA 2, North Dakota 1 - RECAP | BOX SCORE

Sixteen Student-Athletes Tabbed All-American

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Sixteen Big Ten women's swimmers and divers have been tabbed CSCAA NCAA DI Swimming and Diving All-Americans. To earn All-America honors, a student-athlete must finish among the top eight at the NCAA Championships. The complete list of Big Ten women's swimmers and divers can be found below.

Alyson Ackman, Penn State
Michelle Cabassol, Purdue
Kiera Janzen, Minnesota
Maggie Keefer, Minnesota
Chase Kinney, Wisconsin
Ivy Martin, Wisconsin
Marni Oldershaw, Michigan
Rebecka Palm, Wisconsin
Jessica Plant, Minnesota
Tori Simenec, Minnesota
Kierra Smith, Minnesota
Brooklynn Snodgrass, Indiana
MacKenzie Tweardy, Purdue
Aja Van Hout, Wisconsin
Lauren Votava, Minnesota
Lindsay Vroomman, Indiana

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Twenty-One Student-Athletes Tabbed All-American

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Twenty-one Big Ten men's swimmers and divers have been tabbed CSCAA NCAA DI Swimming and Diving All-Americans. To earn All-America honors, a student-athlete must finish among the top eight at the NCAA Championships. The complete list of Big Ten men's swimmers and divers can be found below.

Dylan Bosch, Michigan
Pete Brumm, Michigan
Jason Chen, Michigan
Richard Funk, Michigan
Justin Glanda, Michigan
Connor Jaeger, Michigan
Cody Miller, Indiana
Anders Lie Nielsen, Michigan
Bruno Ortiz, Michigan
Tim Phillips, Ohio State
Eric Ress, Indiana
Layne Rogers, Purdue
Shane Ryan, Penn State
Darian Schmidt, Indiana
Steve Schmuhl, Indiana
Vinny Tafuto, Michigan
Derek Toomey, Minnesota
Kyle Whitaker, Michigan
Jordan Wilimovsky, Northwestern
John Wojciechowski, Michigan
Michael Wynalda, Michigan

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Thursday's NCAA Hockey Championship Schedule

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Minnesota, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Hockey Championship, will meet fourth-seeded North Dakota Thursday evening in the second semifinal of the Frozen Four at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The winner will advance to the national championship game on Saturday night.

NCAA Championship Schedule: Thursday, April 10

FROZEN FOUR (Philadelphia, Pa.) 

No.1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 4 North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

All times Eastern

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.

Three Big Ten Teams Finish in Top-10 of Coaches Poll

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The final men's college basketball USA Today Coaches top 25 poll was released on Wednesday, and the Big Ten was represented with three teams among the top-10. Wisconsin finished the season ranked No. 4 in the poll, followed by No. 6 Michigan and No. 8 Michigan State. Ohio State and Minnesota also received votes in the final ballot.

Wisconsin advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2000 and ended its season with 30 wins, tied for the second-most in school history. Michigan won its first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986, and Michigan State claimed its second Big Ten Tournament title in the past three seasons. The Badgers, Wolverines and Spartans all made regional final appearances, marking the third time in the last 15 years that three conference teams advanced to the Elite Eight.

Ohio State made its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, dropping a heartbreaking decision versus eventual Elite Eight participant Dayton in the second round. Minnesota captured the NIT Championship, the second in school history, and won a school-record 25 games. 



 
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