Weekly Release #3: U-M Travels to No. 5 Penn State to Open Big Ten Slate

Jan. 18, 2011

Saturday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. -- at No. 5 Penn State (State College, Pa.)
Live Results | Live Video

The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (4-1 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) goes on the road this weekend to State College, Pa., for the first dual meet of the 2011 season against Big Ten opponents and No.5-ranked Penn State this Saturday (Jan. 22) at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. U-M is coming off a second-place finish at the Windy City Invitational last Saturday (Jan. 15), while Penn State won its 13th consecutive title at the West Point Open.

Last year, the two teams matched up in Ann Arbor with the Wolverines handily winning the competition by nearly 11 points, 355.650- 344.750. Returning seniors Chris Cameron and Thomas Kelley accounted for nine top-five finishes in the duel, with Cameron winning the all-around title scoring an 88.75.

Windy City Woes
For the second consecutive year, the Wolverines finished second to the Illini at the Windy City Invitational. This year, U-M came in a distant second by more than nine points. Starting the competition off strong on the parallel bars and then high bar, the team then struggled with missed routines on floor and pommel horse. Sitting in fourth place for the first five rotations, the Wolverines regained their footing to finish out strong on vault and move into second place. U-M only managed five top-five event finishes, with Kelly and sophomore Rohan Sebastian taking third and fourth place in the all-around, respectively.

Aye Captain!
At the conclusion to the 2010 season, the Wolverines selected senior Thomas Kelley and junior Syque Caesar to lead the team for the 2011 campaign as their captains.

Quick Hits
• After finishing 2010 with a national title performance from Ryan McCarthy (2007-10), U-M did not win an event in the first competition of the season, ending a five-event streak with an individual win from a Wolverine.

• Following another road meet Feb. 3-5 (Winter Cup Challenge), U-M returns home for three straight home meets and will be home five out of six events from Feb. 12 to March 19.

Competition Footage, promo videos and Interviews
All competition footage will be uploaded to the UMgym YouTube page following each meet. You can meet team members and gain insight into Michigan's student-athletes thoughts and opinions with regular Interviews uploaded to YouTube and Facebook. Watch an Introduction of the 11 Michigan freshmen and an interview with team captains prior to the start of the season. Also check out interviews with seniors Ben Baldus-Strauss and Devan Cote about the Windy City.