Mel Anton Santander
Mel Anton Santander

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Southborough, Mass.

High School:
Algonquin Regional


At Michigan ... member of the 2010 NCAA champion squad ... third place all-around at the 2010 NCAA championships ... two-time 2010 NCAA All-America honoree (parallel bars, high bar) ... second place all-around at the 2010 Big Ten Championships ... member of the 2009 Big Ten champion team ... 2008 NCAA individual event qualifier (vault) ... 2008 Big Ten individual event finalist (pommel horse) ... 2007 Big Ten individual event finalist (pommel horse) ... three-year letterwinner.

Senior (2010) ... recorded a 14.55 on the pommel horse for 4th place at the Windy City Invite (Jan. 16) ... earned second place honors with a career best on the pommel horse (14.95) and the parallel bars (14.55) and third on the high bar (14.45) against PSU (Jan. 24) ... recorded two top-three performances (pommel horse, high bar) at Iowa (Jan. 30) ... placed 8th on the pommel horse, tied for 9th on the high bar, and finished 10th all-around at the Winter Cup Invitational in Las Vegas (Feb. 6) ... hit all twelve routines he competed in Las Vegas for the Winter Cup Invitational (Feb. 4-6) ... won the pommel horse, tying his career best, 14.95, against UIC (Feb. 13) ... won the pommel horse with a career best, 15.05, against OU (Feb. 20) ... set career best, 15.10, on the high bar, placing third against Oklahoma (Feb. 20) ... posted a season bests, 15.70, on the vault and 14.55 on the parallel bars in loss to Stanford (Feb. 27) ... set a career record on the rings (14.45) while finishing fifth on the pommel horse (14.75), fifth on the vault (15.55) and fourth on the high bar (14.85) in win over Illinois (March 13) ... set the Michigan school record in the all-around with a 90.650 against Ohio State (March 20) ... set career marks on the floor (14.15), pommel horse (15.40), still rings (14.55), parallel bars (15.35), high bar (15.25) and the all-around (90.65) in the senior night dual against Ohio State (March 20) ... finished second in the all-around at the Big Ten championships (April 3) ... finished third on the parallel bars (14.85) and fifth on the high bar (14.90) at the Big Ten event finals (April 4) ... competed on five events during the NCAA qualifier, helping Michigan advance to the final round as the No. 1 seed (April 15) ... finished third all-around at the NCAA championships, helping Michigan win the team title (April 16) ... finished second on the parallel bars (15.05) and completed a Michigan 1-2-3 sweep on the high bar, claiming third place with a 14.475 (April 17).

Junior (2009) ... competing in his third season of collegiate gymnastics ... did not compete at the Windy City Invite (Jan. 17) in Chicago, Ill. ... competed on all six events for a career-best 84.500 all-around score at Penn State (Jan. 24) ... totaled 83.600 to take his first all-around title vs. Iowa (Jan. 30) ... recorded a season-best 13.950 on floor, 12.800 on pommel, 14.300 for fourth on rings, 14.900 on vault. 13.600 for sixth on p-bars and 14.050 to tie for fourth on horizontal bar ... placed fifth on pommel with a 28.850 total at the Winter Cup Challenge (Feb. 5-7) ... tied a U-M season-best 15.450 on vault at the WCC ... totaled 163.750 in the all-around, 27.700 on floor, 27.900 on rings, 27.150 on vault 26.850 on p-bars and 25.300 on horizontal bar ... tallied 15.350 on vault, 13.900 on p-bars and 12.550 on horizontal bar at the Pacific Coast Classic (Feb. 21) ... claimed his first event title of the season on horizontal bar with a career-best 14.900 vs. Illinois (March 14) ... earned a season-best 15.500 on vault against the Fighting Illini ... scored 13.900 on floor and 13.400 on rings opposing UI ... earned season bests on pommel (14.750), vault (15.600) and p-bars (14.450) at Ohio State (March 21) ... registerd 13.350 on floor and 14.500 on horizontal bar against the Buckeyes ... earned a career-best 14.050 on floor at the Big Ten team championships (April 3) ... posted 13.400 on pommel, 15.300 on vault, 13.300 on p-bars and 13.800 on horizontal bar during the conference championships ... tied a career-best on floor (14.050) at the NCAA Qualifier (April 16) ... registered 11.950 on pommel horse, 14.050 on rings, 15.500 on vault, 13.750 on p-bars and 13.350 on horizontal bar for an 82.650 all-around total during the qualifier ... tied career highs on floor (14.050) and rings (14.300) at the NCAA team finals (April 17) ... recorded 14.850 on pommel, 15.700 on vault and 13.300 on high bar en route to the squad's second place finish.

Sophomore (2008) ... finished ninth on vault (15.550) at NCAA Individual Finals (April 19) ... at NCAA Team Finals, earned 12.350 on pommel, qualified for individual finals on vault (16.000), scored 14.850 on p-bars, 14.500 on high bar (April 18) ... at the NCAA Team Qualifier, posted 13.350 on pommel, 15.600 on vault, 14.800 on p-bars, 14.450 on high bar (April 17) ... placed fourth on pommel (14.600) at the Big Ten Individual Event Finals (April 5) ... at the Big Ten Team Finals, tied for third on pommel (14.850), scored 14.400 on p-bars, 13.600 on high bar (April 4) ... against Ohio State, finished third on pommel (14.400), tied for fifth on p-bars (14.600), registered 14.600 on high bar (March 22) ... at Illinois, tied for third on pommel (14.800), placed fourth on p-bars (14.750), earned 14.150 on high bar (March 8) ... against Stanford, closed third on pommel (14.900), scored 14.300 on p-bars, 14.450 on high bar (March 2) ... placed second on p-bars (14.750), scored 13.450 on pommel, 12.650 on high bar at Oklahoma (Jan. 26) ... finished seventh on pommel (13.450), third on p-bars (14.850), tied for second on high bar (14.800) vs. Penn State (Jan. 19).

Freshman (2007) ... competed on floor (8.600), pommel (8.250), p-bars (8.900), high bar (8.500) at NCAA Team Finals (April 13) ... tied a career-best on floor (9.100), scored 6.900 on pommel, 8.650 on p-bars, 8.650 on high bar at the NCAA Team Qualifier (April 12) ... placed seventh on pommel (8.075) at the Big Ten Championship Individual Finals (March 31) ... finished seventh in the all-around with a career-best 50.850, posted 8.900 on floor, tied for fifth on pommel (8.650), earned a career-best on rings (8.450) and vault (8.150), scored 8.350 on p-bars, 8.350 on high bar at the Big Ten Championship Team Finals (March 30) ... posted 8.450 on floor, placed fourth on pommel (9.050), scored 7.900 on vault, finished third on p-bars wtih a career-best 9.350, scored a career-best 9.000 on high bar against No. 3 Ohio State (March 17) ... scored 8.050 on floor, took fourth on pommel (8.700), tied for first on p-bars (9.150), tied for fifth on high bar (8.800) vs. No. 6 Illinois (March 10) ... tied for fifth place on floor (9.000), tied for fifth on pommel (8.250), placed second on p-bars with a career-high 9.350, tied for fourth on high bar (8.050) vs. No. 5 Stanford (March 3) ... only Wolverine to compete in every event, tallying 80.350 points in the all-around in the prelims of the Winter Cup Challenge (Feb. 8-11) ... scored a personal-best 9.100 to place eighty on floor, scored a personal-best 9.300 to earn fifth on p-bars, earned a personal-best 8.950 on high bar for sixth, finished fourth on pommel (8.900) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma (Jan. 27).

Prep ... three-time Academic All-American ... 2006 National Team member ... claimed second in the all-around, fourth on floor ,fifth on pommel at 2006 Junior Olympic Nationals ... placed second in the all-around at 2006 USA Championships ... 2006 State and Regional Champion in the all-around, floor, pommel, rings, vault, p-bars, high bars ... took seventh in the all-around at 2005 Junior Olympic Nationals ... finished third in the all-around, 14th on pommel at 2005 USA Championships ... took fourth place in the all-around at 2004 Junior Olympic Nationals ... won title on pommel, second on p-bars, third on high bars, third in all-around at 2004 USA Championships ... took fourth on pommel, 14th in the all-around at 2003 Junior Olympic Nationals ... finished first on pommel, 10th in the all-around at 2003 USA Championships ... Algonquin Regional High School (2002-06) ... honor roll (2002-06).

Personal ... born August 11, 1988 ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... economics major.

Career Bests

Event Score Date
Floor Exercise 14.150 3/20/10
Pommel Horse 15.400 3/20/10
Still Rings 14.550 3/20/10
Vault 16.000 4/18/08
Parallel Bars 15.350 3/20/10
High Bar 15.250 3/20/10
All-Around 90.650 3/20/10
Event Score Date
Floor Exercise -- --
Pommel Horse 9.450 1/22/05
Still Rings -- --
Vault 8.450 1/22/05
Parallel Bars 9.150 1/27/07
High Bar -- --
All-Around -- --