Sam has struggled tonight, so parallel bars is his last chance to tie for the most national titles of any gymnast. And he performs beautifully. His routine features a huge giant suarez finishing multiple feet above the bar. His front 1 1/4 to long hang is also enormous and the crowd goes ballistic when he sticks his double pike dismount.
Sam scores a 15.875, moving him into 1st place with only Sean Melton of OSU left to compete.
Routine: FUR straddle cut; peach ½ (perfect); peach; giant suarez (enormous); front 1 1/4 to long hang (enormous); giant; tippelt; Stutz (over rotates with two steps forward); double pike (stick)