Wolverines Qualify Seven for NCAA Finals
Anthony McCallum

April 21, 2017

» Michigan qualified seven gymnasts on eight routines for Saturday's event finals: Anthony McCallum (floor, vault), Anthony Stefanelli (floor), Ryan Dunning (still rings), Marty Strech (still rings), Emyre Cole (vault), Uche Eke (p-bars) and Adam Dean (high bar).
» U-M was just off its season bests on vault (72.10) and still rings (67.90), with both scores serving as the No. 2 tallies on the season.
» Uche Eke set career bests on parallel bars (14.20) and on high bar (13.60).

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Site: West Point, N.Y. (Christl Arena)
Event: NCAA Championships (Session I Qualifier)
U-M Team Result: 5th Place of 6 Teams (406.950)
Next U-M Meet: Saturday, April 22 -- at NCAA Championships - Finals (West Point, N.Y.), 6 p.m.

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The No. 9 University of Michigan men's gymnastics team placed fifth as a team in NCAA Qualifying Session I at the 2017 NCAA Championships Friday (April 21) with a team score of 409.650 and qualified seven gymnasts on eight routines, led by sophomore Anthony McCallum, who qualified on both floor exercise and vault at the Holleder Center.

Starting the meet on still rings, the Wolverines marked their third-highest score of the season with 67.900, led by a 14.20 by sophomore Ryan Dunning as well as a 13.90 from junior/sophomore Marty Strech, both of whom made event finals.

On vault in the second, U-M compiled a 72.100, a mark that was only .25 off its previous season-best of 72.350. Junior/sophomore Alec Krystek stuck his set for a season-best 14.25, while sophomores Emyre Cole (14.75) and defending NCAA champion McCallum (14.90) also showed out on the table, and each earned a berth in event finals.

The next rotation on parallel bars earned a score of 65.450 that featured a career best of 14.20 on the apparatus from sophomore Uche Eke to earn a spot in event finals. Eke then followed with another career best on high bar with a 13.60. Additionally, senior Adam Dean marked a 13.75 to advance, while Strech turned in a 13.65. Junior Dmitri Belanovski, competing for the first time in nearly two months, scored a 13.60 as the Wolverines marked a 67.650, their second-best score of the season.

A 67.900 on floor ensued in the next rotation with McCallum (14.05) and senior Anthony Stefanelli (14.10) each earning spots in finals, before the Wolverines finished out the qualifier session with a 65.950 on pommel horse.

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In all, U-M qualified seven gymnasts on eight routines, as McCallum (floor, vault), Stefanelli (floor), Dunning (still rings), Strech (still rings), Cole (vault), Eke (p-bars) and Dean (high bar) will represent the Maize and Blue during event finals, advancing to the NCAA Finals to be held Saturday (April 22) at 6 p.m.

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