April 19, 2013
University Park, Pa. -
On the first night of the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships, four conference squads advanced to Saturday’s team finals and numerous individual gymnasts also moved on to Sunday’s competition. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State will compete for the team championship, while specialists from Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State remain in the running for individual event and all-around crowns.
The top three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams advanced 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 also advanced.
In the first pre-qualifier, Michigan and Illinois finished first and third, respectively, to advance to Saturday’s team final. The Wolverines finished as the top team after posting the best overall score of any team during Friday’s action with a mark of 443.850, while the Illini posted a score of 426.900. Minnesota finished fourth in the standings with a score of 424.700 and Nebraska rounded out the field in sixth (417.550).
In the second pre-qualifier, Penn State and Iowa took first and third place, respectively, to move on to the team finals. The Nittany Lions topped the field with a score of 436.900, while the Hawkeyes posted a mark of 426.55. Ohio State finished fifth in the pre-qualifier with a score of 421.95.
Saturday’s session is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET.