April 20, 2012
On the first night of the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships, three conference squads advanced to Friday’s team finals and numerous individual gymnasts also moved on to Friday’s competition. Illinois, Michigan and Penn State will compete for the team championship, while specialists from Iowa, 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 Friday’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 Penn State finished first and second, respectively, to advance to Friday’s team final. The Wolverines topped the field with a score of 353.450, while the Nittany Lions followed close behind with a mark of 353.000. Ohio State finished fourth in the standings with a score of 345.350, with Nebraska fifth (340.550) and Iowa rounding out the field in sixth (336.650).
In the second pre-qualifier, Illinois finished as the top team after posting the best overall score of any team during Thursday’s action with a mark of 356.250. Minnesota finished fourth in the pre-qualifier with a score of 343.350.
Friday’s session is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.