Aycock Grabs Second All-American Honors
Ann Arbor, Mich. - Senior Wyatt Aycock finished his second night of all-around competition with an 85.500 at the Team and All-Around Finals at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. The Orlando, Fla., native finished eighth overall, grabbing his second all-around All-American honors in a row.
Four other Huskers competed throughout the evening, with sophomore Ethan Lottman earning a 14.05 on pommel horse, junior Robbie Kocks grabbing a 14.80, junior Grant Perdue scoring a 15.20 on vault, and junior Louis Klein picking up a 14.65 on high bar.
Friday night also served as the team finals at the NCAA Championships, where Michigan grabbed the top spot once again with a team score of 445.050. Oklahoma battled with the Wolverines throughout the night, but fell behind, finishing in second place with 441.650. Stanford rounded out the top three, picking up a score of 436.300.
Lottman started off the night for the Huskers, competing first on pommel horse. The sophomore completed his routine, earning a 14.05, struggling to match his qualifying mark from Thursday afternoon's qualifier. Lottman tied for 31st overall on the evening among all 42 high bar competitors.
Klein was also a first-up competitor, making his NCAA semi-finals debut on high bar. The junior performed a strong routine, scoring an impressive 14.65. Klein's score tied him for tenth overall on the event. The tie was then broken according to national rankings before the national championships. Klein just missed out, getting beat for the spot by Ohio State's Alex Johnson.
Aycock was up next, starting his all-around rotation on pommel horse. Aycock earned a 14.00 or better on four of the six events. The senior barely missed the mark on floor, earning a 13.90. He wasn't so lucky on still rings, where he earned a 12.95 for his routine Aycock finished eighth overall, earning him his second All-American honors in a row.
Kocks competed in the second rotation for Nebraska on still rings. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native posted a solid score of 14.80, ranking him at eleventh and just barely missing the qualification spot for individual event finals.
The third rotation took Perdue to vault for his first of two events for the Huskers. He grabbed a score of 15.20, tying him for 3rd place with Oklahoma's Colin Van Wicklen. This score transfered him into the finals. Perdue then had to wait until the final rotation to compete on floor exercise, his second event. He scored a 15.40 for his routine, placing him fourth on the event.
Perdue will compete Saturday evening at 7 p.m. CST in the individual event finals alongside the other nine top scorers from Friday night. The top eight finishers tomorrow night will earn All-America honors in their respective events. Perdue will look to continue his All-American streak, hoping to earn the honors on two events for his first time.
2014 NCAA Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wyatt Aycock: 85.500 (8th)
Grant Perdue: 15.40 (4th)
Ethan Lottman: 14.05 (T 31st)
Robbie Kocks: 14.80 (11th)
Grant Perdue: 15.20 (T 3rd)
Louis Klein: 14.65 (T 10th)
1. Michigan: 445.050
2. Oklahoma: 441.650
3. Stanford: 436.300
4. Illinois: 435.350
5. Ohio State: 433.500
6. Penn State: 429.800
Sam Mikulak (Mich): 91.100