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Sam Zakutney paced the Nittany Lions with a win on the parallel bars and three total podium finishes
Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21 | The Pavilion | Chicago, Illinois
Brennan Pantazis and Stephen Nedoroscik become the 13th and 14th Big Ten individual event champions in Penn State history
Six individuals qualify for the event finals Saturday, April 7
Friday, April 6-Saturday, April 7 | 7 p.m. | Crisler Center | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Academic All-Big Ten (2017, 2018)
First Team CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2017)
|Floor Exercise||14.150||1/13/17||at West Point Open|
|Still Rings||14.300||1/13/17||at West Point Open|
|Vault||14.400||4/1/16||at Big Ten Championships|
|Parallel Bars||14.700||3/4/16||at Arizona State|
|High Bar||15.000||1/16/16||at West Point Open|
|All-Around||82.700||1/13/17||at West Point Open|
2018 (Junior Year)
Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors … Competed on four events in the 2018 season, including pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars, and high bar … Won the high bar on four occasions … Had seven podium finishes in the 2018 campaign … Kicked off the season with a victory on the high bar at the West Point Open (1/29) … Had a season-best 13.900 on the high bar against Minnesota (2/24) to take home the victory … Also picked up the win at Arizona State (3/10) … Has four top-10 scores for Penn State on the high bar in the 2018 season and one on the parallel bars with a 14.000 at Arizona State (3/10).
2017 (Sophomore Year)
Competed in the all-around one time and had touches on at least four events per meet before getting injured midway through the 2017 season … Notched eight podium finishes and three titles in his sophomore season … Placed first on the high bar twice at the West Point Open (1/13) … Picked up the all-around title at the West Point Open (1/13) with his 82.700, ranking second on the team …Earned two third-place finishes on the still rings and a second-place finish on the pommel horse … Paced Penn State on the high bar with a team-best 14.650 in the 2017 season.
2016 (Freshman Year)
Paced Penn State on the high bar in his freshman season and ranked 20th nationally … Earned a season-high 15.000 on the high bar at the West Point Open (1/16) Individual finals which led him to his first high bar title of his freshman season … Placed first on the high bar at Arizona State (3/4) and notched five second-place finishes in the 2016 campaign … Also competed on the pommel horse, still rings, vault and parallel bars for the Nittany Lions … Nabbed a third-place finish on the parallel bars at Arizona State (3/4) with a season-best 14.700.
Prepped at Libery Union High School and trained at Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center ... Was an eight-time Junior Olympic National Qualifier and a five-time regional team member ... Placed eighth at the Junior Olympic Nationals...Qualified for the USA Championships three times ... Named Most Outstanding Gymnast four times and was a two-time team captain ... Earned the Distinguished Honors Diploma and was class Valedictorian.
Full name is Michael Roger Burns ... Son of Don and Sheila Burns ... Has one brother, Derek and one sister, Emily ... Majoring in biological engineering.