BIG TEN MEN'S GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
March 27, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
The 2014 Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships, hosted by Nebraska, begins Friday
and concludes Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. Friday's
session will feature the team and all-around competitions, while the individual
event finals will be held during Saturday evening's portion of the championships.
BTN will provide live coverage of both sessions, with Friday's competition beginning
at 7 p.m. ET and Saturday's slate starting at 5 p.m.
Michigan claimed its 16th Big Ten Championship and first since 2009 last season.
Penn State finished in second, followed by third-place Minnesota, fourth-place Ohio
State and fifth-place Illinois. The Fighting Illini lead all Big Ten schools with 27
team championships, followed by Minnesota with 21.
Five Big Ten student-athletes will look to defend their event titles at the
championships. Michigan's Sam Mikulak will aim to win consecutive titles in the
all-around and high bar, while teammates Stacey Ervin and Syque Caesar will look to
duplicate titles on the floor exercise and parallel bars, respectively. Illinois'
Fred Hartville seeks to defend his title on the vault, while Penn State's Craig
Hernandez aims for his second straight crown on the pommel horse. At the conclusion
of last year's championships, Mikulak was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year,
while the Nittany Lions' Trevor Howard was tabbed the Freshman of the Year.
All seven Big Ten squads enter the conference championships ranked in the latest
GymInfo Top 15 poll. Ohio State leads the way at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Michigan,
No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Illinois and No. 7 Penn State. Iowa and Nebraska are ranked
No. 8 and No. 11, respectively.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Session 1: Friday, 7 p.m. ET (team and all-around competitions)
Session 2: Saturday, 5 p.m. ET (individual event finals)
BTN will provide live coverage of both Big Ten Championships sessions, including
Friday's team championships and Saturday's individual championships.