Chalk Talk #2: U-M Faces Four From Big Ten to Open 2010

Jan. 11, 2010

Saturday, Jan. 16 -- at Windy City Invitational (Chicago, Ill.), 7 p.m. CST

The No. 4-ranked Michigan men's gymnastics team travels to Chicago, Ill., to take part in the 2010 Windy City Invitational hosted by the University of Illinois-Chicago in the UIC Physical Education Building. The Wolverines will face Big Ten foes Illinois, Ohio State, Minnesota and Iowa along with host UIC.

Last year, the Wolverines, ranked No. 6 at the time, stormed out of the gates, taking first-place honors in the event over the Illini, 346.100 to 342.250. Junior Chris Cameron (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) claimed the top spot in the all-around, pommel horse and still rings competitions.

Wolverines Earn No. 4 National, No. 1 Big Ten Ranking
The University of Michigan men's gymnastics team earned a No. 4 ranking and a first-place vote in the GymInfo Coaches Preseason Poll. Defending NCAA champion Stanford received the top ranking with eight first-place votes. California and Oklahoma earned No. 2 and No. 3 rankings, respectively. Meanwhile, U-M was ranked No. 1 by a preseason poll of Big Ten coaches. Sophomore Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park) and junior Andrew Vance (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central) were named to the 12-man Big Ten Athlete to Watch list.

Goldberg, Chan Re-elected Team Captains
For the second year in a row, seniors David Chan (Singapore/Hale School) and Phillip Goldberg (Dalton, Ga./McCallie) will captain the Wolverines. Chan and Goldberg were elected by the vote of their teammates after captaining the 2008-09 team to a share of the Big Ten title and a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Santander Earns National Gymnast of the Week Honors
The College Gymnastics Association announced that University of Michigan men's senior gymnast Mel Anton Santander (Southborough, Mass/Algonquin Regional) was named the NCAA Division I Gymnast of the Week after a national poll of gymnastics coaches. Santander won the all-around and pommel horse at the Maize and Blue Intrasquad on Dec. 12, 2009.

The Accidental All-American
Senior co-captain David Chan is currently featured on in an article about the unique circumstances that led him to become a two-time All-America honoree and team captain for the Wolverines. [ Read it now! ]

Strong Finish
After the host Wolverines claimed a share of the team title and juniors Thomas Kelley (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) and Chris Cameron finished 1-2 in the all-around at the 2009 Big Ten Championships, the team set season highs two days in a row to finish in second place at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The Wolverines NCAA haul also included five All-America honorees in Cameron, Joe Catrambone, Phillip Goldberg, Adam Hamers, and Kelley.

Meet the Wolverines!
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International Wolverines
Two Wolverines have competed internationally this fall, freshman Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness Catholic) and Chris Cameron. Sebastian represented Ireland at the 2009 World Gymnastics Championships in London, England, finishing in 54th place in the all-around competition with a total score of 76.800.

Cameron finished in seventh place on the pommel horse with a 14.200 representing the U.S. national team in the finals of the DTB Grand Prix event. Competing in a field that included the top three from the 2009 World Championships, Cameron held his own, using his trademark Thomas flairs and clean execution. [ Watch Cameron's DTB performance ]

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