Michigan Finishes Second at NCAA Championships

April 17, 2009

Three Big Ten Conference squads posted season-high scores at the NCAA’s ‘Super Six’ Team Championships on Friday night at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion. The conference will look to advance 18 individual event specialists to the individual event finals.

The No. 4-ranked Michigan men’s gymnastics team placed second at the NCAA Championships with a season-high score of 361.500. The finish is the highest for the Wolverines since the 2000 season, when it also claimed the runner-up spot on the winner’s podium.

The No. 3-ranked Illinois finished in fifth place, tying its season-high score of 359.300. With the finish, the Illini continued its streak, having now placed in the top-five at the NCAA Championships in each of their past seven seasons (2003-09). Sixth-ranked Ohio State recorded another career night, tallying its second-consecutive season-high score with a 355.95 team total to finish the competition in sixth place.

Stanford was crowned the 2009 national champion (362.800), and Michigan beat out third-place Oklahoma by a mere three one-hundredths of a point (361.200) as the Sooners rounded out the top three spots. California came in fourth with a composite team score of 361.15.

Illini sophomore Paul Ruggeri finished third in the all-around competition with a mark of 89.500, earning All-America honors for the fourth time in his collegiate career. Defending NCAA all-around champion Casey Sandy of Penn State finished in seventh place with a score of 88.400. With the finish, the 2009 Nissen-Emery Award winner garnered his eighth career All-America honor.  Buckeye sophomore Brandon Wynn earned his first career All-America accolade with an eighth-place finish (87.450) in the all-around. OSU’s Jake Bateman and PSU’s Noam Shaham rounded out the top-10 all-around finishers, tallying scores of 86.750 and 85.150 to earn ninth and tenth place, respectfully.

The top 10 individuals on each event advanced to Saturday night’s individual event finals. In all, the conference had 18 individuals move on to the final day of competition. Individual event finals will be held at the Sports Pavilion, beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Live scoring will be available at gophersports.com.

NCAA Team Championship Results

1. Stanford 362.800
2. Michigan 361.500
3. Oklahoma 361.200
4. California 361.150
5. Illinois  359.300
6. Ohio State 355.950

Big Ten Individual Event Finalists

Paul Ruggeri, ILL (floor exercise, vault, parallel bars, high bar)
Daniel Ribeiro, ILL (pommel horse)
Chris Lung, ILL (high bar)
Roger Pasek, ILL (floor exercise)
Geoff Reins, IOWA (vault)
Chris Cameron, MICH (floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars)
Adam Hamers, MICH (pommel horse)
Phil Goldberg, MICH (still rings)
Thomas Kelley, MICH (parallel bars, high bar)
Joe Catrambone, MICH (high bar)
DJ Repp, MINN (vault)
Kit Beikmann, MINN (pommel horse)
Eddie Hay, OSU (floor)
Ty Echard, OSU (pommel horse)
Steven Spencer, OSU (pommel horse)
Jake Bateman, OSU (still rings)
Shachar Tal, OSU (still rings)
Casey Sandy, PSU (vault)

Session III Final Results

Individual Event Rotation Schedule