Michigan women's gymnastics misses NCAA qualifying; Sam Mikulak wins two Big Ten titles for men
The Michigan women's gymnastics team posted a season-high score at an NCAA Regional in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday night, but came on spot shy of an NCAA Championships appearance.
The No. 21-ranked Wolverines scored 196.325 points, finishing .125 points behind runner-up Oregon State for the automatic berth. It's just the second time in the past 21 seasons that Michigan hasn't qualified for the championship round.
No. 6 Georgia (197.100) won its 22nd regional title. The Gym Dogs also went 1-2 in the all-around, with Kat Ding winning that honor.
"We left with no regrets. We left everything on the floor. It's upsetting coming in third, especially by such a small margin, but we're not disappointed at all," Michigan sophomore Shelby Gies told MGoBlue.com. "This is our best meet of the year and that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to come out and hit 24-for-24, and we did just that. We had nothing to lose, so we're proud of where we are now."
The Wolverines' Katie Zurales and Joanna Sampson tied for first place on the vault with a score of 9.925. Zurales was also third on the beam and fourth all-around.
The other 10 teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships on Saturday include Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA, Arkansas, Florida, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Utah and Nebraska.
Big Ten Individual Event Finals: Sophomore Sam Mikulak won the parallel bars and high bar titles in Iowa City, becaming the first Michigan men's gymnast to win two conference titles since 2000. Mikulak, who was all-around champion last season, finished behind Illinois' Paul Ruggeri Saturday. (Details)