Four Win National Titles on Day 3 of NCAA Championships
April 21, 2013
University Park, Pa. -
Four conference standouts took home national titles, and combined for five of the six individual titles, on the final day of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships on Sunday. Michigan’s Sam Mikulak won the high bar competition for the second consecutive year and earned the parallel bars crown. Illinois’ Fred Hartville took home the vault championship, Ohio State’s Michael Newburger won the pommel horse competition and Penn State’s Trevor Howard placed first in the floor exercise.
Hartville won the vault competition with a score of 15.425 to give Illinois an NCAA event champion in four out of the last five years. Nebraska’s Grant Perdue placed fourth with a score of 15.175, while Ohio State’s Jeff Treleaven tied for fifth (15.125), Mikulak tied for seventh (15.100), Howard took ninth (15.025) and Michigan’s Stacey Ervin finished 10th (13.775).
Mikulak, who won his second national all-around championship on Saturday night, claimed his second and third individual event crowns with victories in the high bar and parallel bars. He tallied a score of 16.100 on the high bar and 15.500 on the parallel bars en route to the national titles. Mikulak led a quintet of Big Ten gymnasts on the high bar as Illinois’ Austin Phillips, Michigan’s Syque Caesar, Penn State’s Matthew Felleman and Felix Aronovich rounded out the top five. On the parallel bars, Caesar finished second, Nebraska’s Sam Chamberlain took third, Michigan’s Adrian de los Angeles was eighth and Howard rounded out conference competitors at ninth.
Newburger earned the pommel horse crown after placing first with a score of 15.450 for his first career national title. Minnesota’s Ellis Mannon gave the Big Ten a 1-2 finish in the event, turning in a second-place effort with a score of 14.900. Mikulak (fourth), Penn State’s Adrian Evans (fifth) and Michigan’s Dylan James (tied-sixth) rounded out the conference contingent in the event.
In his first NCAA Championship, Howard paced the field with a 15.800 in the floor exercise. Three Michigan gymnasts followed, as Mikulak finished third (15.450) and Caesar and Rohan Sebastian tied for fourth (14.900). Ohio State’s Dan Steiner, de los Angeles and Illinois’ Vince Smurro also placed in the event, taking home seventh, ninth and 10th place, respectively.
Seven conference gymnasts placed in the top 10 of the still rings final. Penn State’s Scott Rosenthal placed third in the event and Illinois’ Mike Wilner rounded out the top five. Iowa’s Anton Gryshayev (seventh), Javier Balboa (eighth) and William Albert (10th), Michigan’s Jordan Gaarenstroom (ninth) and Penn State’s Parker Raque (sixth) were also part of the still rings final.