Michigan's amazing Mikulak
Mukalic adds two NCAA event titles to all-around top finish
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Michigan’s Sam Mikulak had a pretty decent weekend at the 2013 NCAA Division I men’s gymnastics championships.
Saturday, he won the all-around title and helped Michigan score the school’s fifth national championship. He followed that up Sunday with individual crowns in both parallel bars and high bar.
Not only that, but he also won All-American honors by finishing third in the floor exercise, fourth in the pommel horse and tied for seventh in vault on Sunday. That’s a total of six All-American honors in a single national competition, the first Michigan gymnast to accomplish the feat.
It was Mikulak’s consecutive national championship in the high bar and he also won the all-around competition as a freshman in 2011.
So, has he ever had a better weekend than this one here at Penn State?
“No, I don’t think I have,” Mikulak said with a grin. “I mean, Olympic trials was definitely really exciting for me. But, overall, for this entire weekend, I didn’t miss a single routine.
“I did some upgrades that I didn’t do in the all-around finals [on Saturday] and hit ‘em. It just kind of felt easy going with the flow. I’m just real pleased with how I did.”
As competitive as he was Saturday in helping the Wolverines to the team national championship and his own all-around honor, others might have experienced a let-down coming into Sunday’s individual competition. That didn’t happen for Mikulak, a native of Corona del Mar, Calif.
“I actually felt surprisingly good going into [Sunday],” he said. “I think I was just kind of numb from this whole weekend, so I was able to push through any adversity I might have been feeling.”
Michigan head coach Kurt Golder appears to be an understated sort who doesn’t go to great lengths to grab any attention. Here at Penn State, he didn’t need to go looking for it -- the spotlight found Michigan.
“It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine,” Golder said. “We had a great championship. We get a 1-2 sweep in the all-around [with Mikulak taking first and teammate Adrian de los Angeles scoring a runner-up effort]. We had 11 All-Americans and one man winning two events. It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that.”
Indeed it doesn't. Job well done, Michigan.