April 18, 2013
Park Ridge, Ill. -
All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams begin competition at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, hosted by Penn State, on Friday. Teams will compete in one of two qualifying sessions on Friday in advance of the team finals on Saturday, while individual event finals will be contested on Sunday.
The top three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams will advance from each pre-qualifying session to Saturday's finals. In addition, the top three individuals from each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor will also advance.
On Friday at 1 p.m. ET, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska will compete in the first pre-qualifying session, while Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State will take part in the second session at 7 p.m. Saturday's team and all-around finals are scheduled for 7 p.m., while the individual event finals are slated for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Last season, Illinois placed first, winning its first national title since 1989 and 10th championship overall. Penn State finished third in the competition, while Michigan placed sixth. Wolverine Sam Mikulak won the all-around championship in 2011 and looks to become the sixth Big Ten gymnast to win multiple all-around national crowns. Mikulak will also try for his second high bar title in as many years.