Dec. 7, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Event: Maize & Blue Intrasquad
Score: Blue 336.45, Maize 324.75
Next U-M Meet: Saturday, Jan. 18 -- at Windy City Invite (Chicago, Ill.), 7:30 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics squad began its 2013-14 season with its annual Maize & Blue Intrasquad meet, with Blue defeating Maize, 336.45-324.75, Saturday (Dec. 7) at Cliff Keen Arena.
Overall, the Blue team claimed the victory with wins on floor (57.30), parallel bars (56.20) and high bar (54.75), while the Maize team claimed a victory on pommel horse (55.40), vault (57.50) and still rings (57.50). With this win, the Blue team now pulls ahead 4-3 in the intrasquad record from the past seven seasons.
A trio of highly touted freshman in Jonathan Chin (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica), Anthony Stefanelli (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East), and Tristian Perez-Rivera (Caguas, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) also made their debut during the meet.
After the first rotation, Maize led the Blue, 56.70-55.25, with a high score of 15.05 from junior Taylor Harrower (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) on the floor exercise. Sophomore Nolan Novak (Albuquerque, N.M./Valley) led the way for the Blue team on the pommel horse, scoring a 14.45.
Lead changes were continuous, as the Blue team pulled ahead going into the third rotation with a score of 112.55, while the Maize team was close behind with an overall score of 112.10. Stefanelli came up big for the Blue team with a floor-exercise score of 14.55, following close behind junior Hub Humphrey (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo), who scored 14.90.
On the still rings, senior Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) led the pack with a score of 14.95 for the Maize team, while classmate Jordan Gaarenstroom (Laguna Hills, Calif./Halstrom) led the Blue team, scoring a 14.55. Other standouts on the rings were junior Reid Swanger (Austin, Texas/St. Andrew's Episcopal) and senior Alex Bubnov (Fanwood, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood), who both scored a 14.45.
The Maize team had a group of high scores on vault from juniors Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) (14.95) and Harrower (14.70). Finishing with solid routines were junior Paul Rizkalla Jr. (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) and graduate student Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) for the Blue team with scores of 14.40 and 14.75.
The fifth rotation presented both challenges and highlights for the competition, with the Blue team coming back to take the lead 280.25-276.15. Junior Nick Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) and Bubnov helped give the Blue team a boost with their scores of 14.40 and 13.95 on the high bar.
The Blue side never looked back after taking the lead, as Caesar hit a solid 15.10 on parallel bars to go along with a 14.60 from Gaarenstroom to seal the victory in the final rotation.
Gaarenstroom was the lone all-around competitor on the night, scoring an 83.75 in the first all-around competition of his Michigan career.
The Wolverines kick off the 2014 season at the annual Windy City Invite, to be hosted by UIC on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Chicago. Meet time is slated for 7:30 p.m. CST.
Floor Exercise (57.30) Anthony Stefanelli 14.55 (3t) Jordan Gaarenstroom 13.30 Hub Humphrey 14.90 (2) Syque Caesar 14.55 (3t) Pommel Horse (55.25) Jordan Gaarenstroom 13.00 Paul Rizkalla Jr. 12.95 Dylan James 13.60 Nick Hunter 14.20 (3) A.J. Schottstaedt 12.60 Nolan Novak 14.45 (1) Stacey Ervin 12.50 Still Rings (56.05) Garrett Hamers 13.60 Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.55 (2) Hub Humphrey 13.45 Paul Rizkalla Jr. 13.00 Alex Bubnov 14.45 (3t) Vault (56.90) Alex Bubnov 13.75 Hub Humphrey 13.90 Jordan Gaarenstroom 13.85 Syque Caesar 14.75 (2) Paul Rizkalla Jr. 14.40 Anthony Stefanelli 13.50 Paralell Bars (56.20) Dylan James 12.90 Nick Hunter 13.60 Syque Caesar 15.10 (1) Jordan Gaarenstroom 14.60 (2) High Bar (54.75) Nick Hunter 14.40 (1) Syque Caesar 13.20 Jordan Gaarenstroom 13.20 Anthony Stefanelli 12.85 Alex Bubnov 13.95 (2) MAIZE Floor Exercise (56.70) Adam Dean 13.45 Corbett Schmitz 12.75 Taylor Harrower 15.05 (1) Tristian Perez-Rivera 14.35 Kevin Fraser 13.85 Pommel Horse (55.40) Mark Panhorst 13.00 Corbett Schmitz 12.45 Tristian Perez-Rivera 13.70 Sam Mikulak 14.40 (2) Adrian de los Angeles 13.60 Matt Freeman 13.70 Still Rings (57.50) Jonathan Chin 13.50 Colin Mahar 14.10 Mike Begin 11.30 Reid Swanger 14.45 (3t) Matt Freeman 14.00 Sam Mikulak 14.95 (1) Vault (57.50) Kevin Fraser 13.70 Taylor Harrower 14.70 (3) Tristian Perez-Rivera 14.15 Adrian de los Angeles 14.95 (1) Paralell Bars (49.05) Tristian Perez-Rivera 10.40 Corbett Schmitz 12.10 Jonathan Chin 13.70 (3) Mark Panhorst 12.85 High Bar (48.60) Adam Dean 10.45 Taylor Harrower 12.45 Tristian Perez-Rivera 12.45 Mark Panhorst 13.25 (3)
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