Michigan freshman Sam Mikulak wins NCAA men's gymnastics all-around title and more Friday results
Forget football. Maybe Michigan is really a gymnastics school.
Michigan freshman Sam Mikulak won the NCAA men’s gymnastics all-around national championship Friday in Columbus, Ohio, just hours after the Wolverines’ Kylee Botterman won the women’s all-around title in Cleveland.
Mikulak follows teammate Chris Cameron to become the second straight Michigan gymnast to win the men’s all-around title.
"I really didn't think about winning it all when I came in here but it feels great to win my first NCAA championship," Mikulak told The Associated Press. "I tried not to think about the scores as I was going. It feels amazing."
The Wolverines finished fifth out of six teams at the NCAA Team and All-Around Finals at St. John Arena. Stanford won the team national title. (Results)
While becoming just the third Michigan gymnast to win the all-around title - Gil Larose won in 1963 - Mikulak qualified for Saturday’s event finals competition in the floor exercise, vault and parallel bars. Adam Hammers qualified on the pommel horse and Ian Makowske on the high bar.
BASEBALL Illinois 9, Michigan 2: The host Illini took an early lead with three unearned runs in the third inning and got a six-hit complete game from Kevin Johnson. Michigan starter Bobby Brosnahan (Pioneer) gave up nine runs on nine hits through 3 2/3 innings. (Details)
Akron 5, Eastern Michigan 2: Four Eastern errors led to three unearned Akron runs. Eagles’ leadoff hitter Ken Battiston went 3-for-5. (Details)
SOFTBALL Eastern Michigan 5-1, Ball State 3-2: Jessica Richards had three of Eastern’s 10 hits in the opening game win, but Ball State’s Kim Mazzapica threw a two-hitter in the nightcap to earn a MAC doubleheader split. (Details)
WOMEN’S TENNIS Michigan 7, Illinois 0: Senior Denise Muresan set the Michigan career record with her 105th singles win and the Wolverines (18-3, 8-0) remained unbeaten in Big Ten play with a road win. (Details)
Bowling Green 4, Eastern Michigan 3: The Eagles evened their overall record at 10-10 and MAC mark at 3-3 with a road loss. (Details)