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Ben Baldus-Strauss
Ben Baldus-Strauss

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wheaton, Ill.

High School:
Wheaton Warrenville South


At Michigan... 2010 Elite 88 Award Winner ... member of the 2010 NCAA national championship squad ... member of the 2009 Big Ten Championships Team ... four year letter winner

Senior (2011) ... made season debut at Arizona State (March 2) competing floor (13.65) and vault setting a new career high (15.90, 2nd) ... competed floor (14.10), vault (15.50), and high bar (12.50) vs. Oklahoma (March 12) ... competed floor (14.25; 5th) and vault (15.40) vs. Ohio State (March 19) ... competed floor (14.10) and vault (15.65) at the Big Ten Championships Team & All-Around Finals (April 1) ... competed floor scoring a season high (14.30) and vault (15.75) at the NCAA Championships Qualifier (April 14) ... competed floor posting a new season high (14.75) and vault (15.75) at the NCAA Championships Team and All-Around Finals (April 15).

Junior (2010) ... competing in third season of collegiate gymnastics... competed on three events the Windy City Invitational (Jan. 16), recording a top ten finish on pommel horse (13.95, 8th) ... scored a 14.05 on pommel horse, a 15.30 on vault and a career best (14.65) on the high bar placing 2nd against PSU (Jan. 24) ... placed fifth on the pommel horse (13.800), tied for fifth on vault (15.350), and third on the high bar at Iowa (Jan. 30) ... made season debut on floor (14.600) against Oklahoma (Feb 20) ... recorded 15.400 on vault and 14.450 on high bar in loss to OU (Feb. 20) ... recorded a season-best 15.00 on floor at Stanford in addition to a fourth place tie on the high bar (14.40) (Feb. 27) ... set two career records (pommel horse, 14.50; vault, 15.75) against Illinois (March 13) ... finished second on the floor and fourth on the vault against the Illini (March 13) ... recorded career bests on the pommel horse (14.55) and high bar (14.80) against OSU (March 20) ... recorded 14.75 (floor), 15.70 (vault) and 14.35 (high bar) at Big Ten Championships (April 3) ... finished 7th on the floor at the Big Ten event finals with a 14.775 (April 4) ... set a career best in the NCAA qualifier on floor (15.30), helping Michigan to qualify as the top seed (April 15) ... contributed a 13.95 (high bar) and 15.25 (floor) in the NCAA team finals en route to the program's fourth NCAA team final (April 16).

Sophomore (2009) ... competing in second season of collegiate gymnastics ... 2009 Academic All-Big Ten selection ... 2009 Big Ten individual event finalist on vault ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... earned lineup spot at Windy City Invitational (Jan. 17) in Chicago, Ill. ... suffered a knee injury during first event on high bar and missed the remainder of the competition ... did not see action vs. Iowa (Jan. 30) ... earned first career event titles, winning pommel horse (13.950) and a share of the vault crown (15.250) vs. UIC (Feb. 7) ... registered 13.500 in his first career appearance on rings and scored 14.100 to tie for third on horizontal bar against the Flames ... posted 14.500 on floor, 15.450 on vault and 13.600 on horizontal bar at the Pacific Coast Classic (Feb. 21) ... claimed first career floor title and his third event title of the season with a career-best 15.250 vs. Illinois (March 14) ... posted season bests on vault (15.600) and horizontal bar (14.150) against the Fighting Illini ... registered 12.500 on pommel facing UI ... scored 14.850 on floor,15.550 on vault and 14.250 on horizontal bar at Ohio State (March 21) ... tied for seventh (15.450) on vault at the Big Ten team championships (April 3) ... qualified for the individual vault finals ... alternate for the individual horizontal bar finals ... finished eighth (15.575) on vault and ninth on horizontal bar (13.250) at the Big Ten individual event finals (April 4) ... recorded a career-best 14.600 on pommel horse at the NCAA Qualifier (April 16) ... tied a season-high 15.600 on vault during the qualifier ... posted 14.900 on floor and 14.300 on horizontal bar ... posted a career-high 14.500 on horizontal bar at the NCAA team finals (April 17) ... registered 15.200 on floor, 14.050 on pommel, 15.550 on vault during the squad's second place finish.

Freshman (2008) ... 2008 College Gymnastics Association Academic All-American ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award ... at the NCAA qualifier, earned 14.950 on floor, 12.350 on pommel, 14.550 on vault (April 17) ... at the Big Ten Team Championships, scored 14.950 on floor, 14.400 on pommel, 15.600 on vault, 13.700 on high bar (April 4) ... recorded 14.150 on floor, 11.800 on pommel, 15.550 on vault vs. Ohio State (March 22) ... scored 13.800 on floor, 13.450 on pommel, 15.450 on vault vs. Illinois (March 8) ... recorded 15.100 on floor, 13.900 on pommel, 15.650 on vault, 14.050 on high bar vs. Stanford (March 2) ... at the Pacific Coast Classic, registered 14.300 on floor, 13.550 on pommel, 15.400 on vault, 13.150 on high bar (Feb. 23) ... scored 12.450 on floor, 13.400 on pommel, 15.100 on vault, placed fifth on high bar (13.500) at Iowa (Feb. 2) ... posted 14.300 on floor, 12.850 on pommel horse, 14.650 on vault, 12.600 on high bar at Oklahoma (Jan. 26).

Prep ... Junior Olympic National Championships from 2003-07 ... Junior Olympic All-Around (12th in 2004, 10th in 2005; 11th in 2006; 10th place in 2007) ... State Champion All-Around from 2003-2006 ... Region Five Team member from 2003-07 ... Academic All-American from 2003-07 ... 2007 Valedictorian ... National Merit Commended Student ... AP Scholar with Distinction.

Personal ... born July 18, 1988 ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... member of honors program ... chemistry major.

Event Score Date
Floor Exercise 15.300 4/15/10
Pommel Horse 14.550 3/20/10
Still Rings 13.550 1/30/10
Vault 15.900 3/02/11
Parallel Bars -- --
High Bar 14.800 3/20/10
All-Around -- --
   

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