STATE COLLEGE, Pa. —
“We hit about 90 percent, we had two mistakes, and we’ll try to eliminate those tomorrow,” Michigan’s Golder said. “As far as today’s performance I was very pleased with it.
“We haven’t been consistent all year; Big Tens was our highest hit percentage this year.”
One reason the Wolverines hit was Olympian Sam Mikulak.
A 2011 NCAA all-around champion who won high bar champ and was all-around runner-up in 2012, Mikulak posted scores of 15.1 on floor exercise, 14.850 on pommel horse, 14.9 on vault, 15.5 on parallel bars and 15.550 on high bar.
“I think today went very well,” Mikulak said. Our mindset for the whole team is to go in, be calm, not get too rowdy, make sure that we’re saving ourselves for tomorrow. I think everyone was like, hey, let’s go in like this was a practice day at the gym and do what we do in the gym.”
Penn State enjoys a distinct advantage this weekend performing in front of its vocal home fans in its cozy campus home of cozy Rec Hall. The program is seeking its 13th national championship.
The Nittany Lions led all qualifiers in the evening session with 436.9 points, more than one point better than Stanford. The Hawkeyes finished third at 426.55.