March 26, 2014
BIG TEN MEN’S GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
The 2014 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships, hosted by Nebraska, begins Friday and concludes Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. Friday’s session will feature the team and all-around competitions, while the individual event finals will be held during Saturday evening’s portion of the championships. BTN will provide live coverage of both sessions, with Friday’s competition beginning at 7 p.m. ET and Saturday’s slate starting at 5 p.m.
Michigan claimed its 16th Big Ten Championship and first since 2009 last season. Penn State finished in second, followed by third-place Minnesota, fourth-place Ohio State and fifth-place Illinois. The Fighting Illini lead all Big Ten schools with 27 team championships, followed by Minnesota with 21.
Five Big Ten student-athletes will look to defend their event titles at the championships. Michigan’s Sam Mikulak will aim to win consecutive titles in the all-around and high bar, while teammates Stacey Ervin and Syque Caesar will look to duplicate titles on the floor exercise and parallel bars, respectively. Illinois’ Fred Hartville seeks to defend his title on the vault, while Penn State’s Craig Hernandez aims for his second straight crown on the pommel horse. At the conclusion of last year’s championships, Mikulak was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, while the Nittany Lions’ Trevor Howard was tabbed the Freshman of the Year.
All seven Big Ten squads enter the conference championships ranked in the latest GymInfo Top 15 poll. Ohio State leads the way at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Illinois and No. 7 Penn State. Iowa and Nebraska are ranked No. 8 and No. 11, respectively.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Session 1: Friday, 7 p.m. ET (team and all-around competitions)
Session 2: Saturday, 5 p.m. ET (individual event finals)
BTN will provide live coverage of both Big Ten Championships sessions, including Friday’s team championships and Saturday’s individual championships.
All media inquiries should be made through the Nebraska Athletic Communications Department.
Contact: Hilary Winter
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 402-472-7781
BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100th ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT
This year, the Big Ten is celebrating 100 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference’s most prestigious award, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” In the 99 years of the Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction, including 49 men’s gymnastics student-athletes. Throughout the course of the season, the conference will highlight previous Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients, featuring some of the legends of the Big Ten who have earned this prominent achievement.