STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Top-ranked Penn State will go for a NCAA men’s gymnastics team title Saturday night on its home floor.
Stanford and Iowa also advanced Friday night in the second qualifying session. Michigan, Oklahoma and defending champion Illinois moved on from the early session Friday.
No. 10 Nebraska missed the team cut, finishing sixth, but six Huskers qualified for Saturday’s events. Junior Wyatt Aycock made the all-around finals while Ethan Lottman (pommel horse), Micah Chamberlain (parallel bars), Grant Perdue (vault), Josh Ungar (high bar) and Mark Ringle (parallel bars) qualified for the event finals.
Penn State enjoys an advantage this weekend, performing in front of its vocal home fans at 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, edging out California after the Hawkeyes scored just enough on their final floor exercise routine in their last rotation.
Nebraska’s six qualifiers will compete during day two of NCAA championship competition in State College, Penn. Team and All-Around qualifiers will compete in finals tomorrow, while individuals will compete on their qualified events in hopes of moving on to individual finals on Sunday night. Day 2 will begin at 7 p.m. EST in Rec Hall. Competition will be streamed live at NCAA Championship Central again.