ROSEMONT, Ill. -- All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams will begin competition at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships on Thursday, hosted at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Teams will compete in one-of-two pre-qualifying sessions in advance of the team and all-around finals on Friday, while the individual event finals will be held on Saturday.
The top three teams and top three individual all-around competitors will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals. The top three individuals from each event, not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will also advance.
On Thursday at 1 p.m. CT, No. 3 Penn State, No. 6 Minnesota and No. 11 Nebraska will compete in the first pre-qualifying session, while No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Illinois, No. 8 Iowa and No. 9 Ohio State will participate in the second pre-qualifying session at 7 p.m. Team and all-around finals will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, while individual event finals are scheduled for Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. All four sessions will be streamed online at NCAA.com.
Michigan won its second straight NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship last season, and the Wolverines' Sam Mikulak claimed his third individual all-around title. It was the fourth national championship by a Big Ten school in the last five years. Mikulak also won the parallel bars title, while Illinois' Jordan Valdez placed first on the high bar and Minnesota's Ellis Mannon won the national title in the pommel horse.