April 11, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Michigan men’s gymnastics team claimed the 2014 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship and Wolverine Sam Mikulak won his third all-around crown at the University of Michigan’s Crisler Center on Friday night. 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. 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.
Saturday’s individual event finals are slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET. The top 10 individuals, including ties, on each event from Friday’s team finals advanced to the individual event finals, which will be available live via NCAA.com.