Your Wolverines enter the 2013 NCAA Championships fresh off of winning the 2013 Big Ten Team Title. Michigan’s Sam Mikulak and Adrian de los Angeles went first and second in the All-Around competition, and Stacey Ervin, Syque Caesar and Mikulak each won an individual Event Title, helping the Maize and Blue to amass five of the eight Big Ten Titles up for grabs! The team title marked Michigan’s sixteenth all-time and the fourth of Coach Golder’s tenure. Michigan’s all-time individual Big Ten Champion list grew to 106!
Your Wolverines begin NCAA Championships action at Session I of the preliminary team competition on on April 19th, beginning at 1:00 PM. Michigan will begin on the Bye rotation. The top three teams from Session I will join the top three from the evening competition to qualify for Team Finals, which also serves as the All-Around Finals, beginning at 7:00 PM on April 20th. Michigan looks to improve on its last two NCAA finishes (6th place and 2011 and 5th place last year) and reclaim the NCAA Title, which it last won in 2010. Look for Michigan’s top-ranked All-Arounders Adrian de los Angeles and Sam Mikulak to reprise their B1G 1-2 finish and vie for a chance at becoming the third Michigan gymnast in the past four years to claim the NCAA All-Around Title (Chris Cameron in 2010, Sam Mikulak in 2011).
The top ten finishers on each event Saturday will qualify for Event Finals and the chance at an All-American citation (a top-eight finish) on Sunday evening at April 21st. Look for Sam Mikulak to defend his NCAA High Bar title and Stacey Ervin to improve on his third place finishes on floor and vault at last year’s NCAA Championships. The Maize and Blue hope to add several names to its already impressive all-time list of 30 Individual National Champions and 130 NCAA All-Americans. See full Championship history here.