Dec. 10, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)
Event: Maize & Blue Intrasquad
Score: Blue 320.5, Maize 316.45
Next U-M Meet: Saturday, Jan. 14 -- at Windy City Invitational (Chicago, Ill.), 7 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team began its 2012 season on Saturday (Dec. 10) in the program's traditional Maize & Blue Intrasquad meet, with Blue defeating Maize, 320.50-316.45, inside Cliff Keen Arena.
Senior Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) claimed three event titles for Blue and sophomore Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) garnered a pair of event wins for Maize. Caesar won the floor exercise and parallel bars and tied for the vault crown with Mikulak, who captured the still rings and vault championships. Two blue team members won the final two events -- sophomore Michael Myler (North Orem, Utah/Timpanogos) on the pommel horse and freshman Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) on high bar.
The Blue team captured floor (55.50), pommel horse (52.90), vault (56.90) and parallel bars (54.15), while Maize countered with wins on rings (55.35) and high bar (50.40)
Caesar's score of 14.45 earned the win for the Blue team on floor and was followed by teammate Myler, who took the pommel horse win with a 14.10, which was nearly a point better than second-place sophomore Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./ William S. Hart), who scored a 13.15 for the Maize team.
Mikulak, the 2011 NCAA all-around champion, earned the first event win for the Maize squad, a 14.35 on the still rings. He then tied Caesar with a 14.70 on vault for first.
In parallel bar competition, Caesar's 15.00 was followed by de los Angeles, who in addition to taking runner-up on both rings (14.00) and vault (14.60), scored 14.50 for second.
On the high bar, de los Angeles earned a first-place crown (13.85) and was followed by junior and maize team member Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness Catholic) and his second-place 13.65.
"We came away with no major injuries tonight," said Michigan head coach Kurt Golder. "That is always the main thing in preseason competition, staying healthy. Tonight confirmed what I thought heading into the meet, that we're potentially a real good team, but we have a long way to go. Some events looked really good, especially parallel bar and pommel horse. In those events, we can be where we need to be at the end of the year pretty soon. In the other events, we have a lot of work to do."
Michigan begins its 2012 regular-season slate on Saturday, Jan. 14, as the team travels to the Windy City Invitational in Chicago. The event begins at 7 p.m. CST.
All-Around Winner: Adrian de los Angeles
Event-By-Event U-M Individual Scores