Jan. 30, 2013
Promotions: H.A.I.L Student Night, Dollar Hot Dog Night, WGYM Ticket Redemption, Post-Meet Autographs (more)
The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (6-0), coming off an upset over then-No. 2 Stanford and a team title at the Windy City Invitational, finishes up its season-opening homestand as host of a dual meet against No. 10 Cal on Saturday (Feb. 2) at 7 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Q: What accomplishment from your freshman year are you most proud of and why?
A: I am most proud of becoming an All-American on floor and vault. It is my most proud moment because I accomplished one of the goals I had set out for myself before the season began.
Q: Which event do you like to compete in most?
A: Floor exercise, because I can contribute to the team while putting on a show for the audience and fans in attendance.
Q: Which event did you work on the most during the offseason?
A: Although I haven't competed them for the team yet, I worked most on my high bar and pommel horse skills, which have come along nicely.
Q: What are your individual goals for this season?
A: My goal is to compete in the all-around and become an All-American on floor exercise, vault and parallel bars, and win floor and vault at the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships.
Q: Who on the team do you look to for advice?
A: Rohan Sebastian. Somehow, he always has words of wisdom and encouragement.
Q: What needs to happen this year for Michigan gymnastics to have a successful season?
A: We need to keep the energy and intensity high throughout the season, train smart and be consistent. When we have fun we do well, and we stay very focused.
Cal comes into the meet ranked No. 10 in the country (418.525) and is No. 3 on floor exercise (73.40) and ranks No. 6 on high bar (69.525) and No. 9 on pommels (67.925). Jeffrey Langenstein leads the charge on floor for the Golden Bears, as he is ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 15.65 average, while Ryan Patterson is No. 8 with a 15.05.
In addition to Langenstein and Patterson, Steven Lacombe ranks No. 6 on still rings with a 15.225 average.
Last Time Against Cal
Michigan is 10-20 all-time against Cal, having last met on April 14, 2011, at the NCAA Team Qualifier. The Golden Bears took second at the meet, 358.700-356.200. Following the defeat, U-M went on to place fifth at the 2011 NCAA Championships, while Sam Mikulak went on to win the NCAA all-around title.
H.A.I.L. Student Night
The meet will serve as H.A.I.L. Student Night, where all students who check in using the H.A.I.L app at this meet will automatically be entered to win prizes throughout the evening. Prizes include gift cards to local restaurants and stores. The grand prize will be an LCD TV. Hot dogs will be $1 throughout the evening at the Cliff Keen Arenac stand, and all ticket holders from the women's gymnastics meet from earlier in the day at 4 p.m. against Iowa can present their ticket stub at the Cliff Keen Arena Box Office to purchase $1 general admission tickets. The freshman and sophomore classes will be signing autographs following the meet.
Wolverines Grace No. 2 Spot in GymInfo Poll; Top Individual Event Rankings
U-M holds a 435.525 season scoring average and ranks in the top two in three events; No. 1 on floor (74.55) and parallel bars (72.975), as well as No. 2 on vault (74.350). Two gymnasts rank tops in the country on their respective events, as Adrian de los Angeles is No. 1 in the all-around competition, and Syque Caesar is No. 1 on parallel bars.
U-M Upsets No. 2 Stanford
In a 439.750-429.350 upset over No. 2 Stanford on Saturday (Jan. 28), Michigan set nine career highs on the night, highlighted by a new all-around best from Adrian de los Angeles of 89.200. Syque Caesar (floor, p-bars), Nolan Novak (pommels), Alex Bubnov (rings), de los Angeles (rings, p-bars, all-around), Nick Hunter (parallel bars) and Michael Strathern (high bar) all eclipsed previous career bests.
Caesar Breaks NCAA Record, Garners National, Big Ten Gymnast of the Week
For his performance against No. 2 Stanford, Caesar was named National Gymnast of the Week by the College Gymnastics Association in addition to Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for his NCAA record-setting parallel bars performance and quartet of top-three finishes in U-M's 439.750-429.350 victory over the Cardinal on Saturday (Jan. 26).
The team captain claimed a pair of first-place finishes against the Cardinal, on parallel bars with the NCAA record (15.90) and on high bar (14.80). He also placed second on floor exercise with a 15.25 and third on vault with a 15.00.The 15.90 on parallel bars eclipsed the previous NCAA record of 15.85 set on April 5, 2008, by Tim McNeill of California.
Wolverines Capture 2013 Windy City Invitational Team Title
The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team captured its first Windy City Invitational title since 2009 with a team score of 431.300 Saturday (Jan. 19) at UIC's Physical Education Building, defeating No. 1 Illinois and No. 4 Ohio State, each of which tallied a 427.750 to tie for second. U-M also outpaced Minnesota (425.750), Iowa (422.350) and UIC 401.600.
Highlighting the Windy City
Freshman Stacey Ervin won the vault competition at the Windy City with a 15.40, while sophomore Adrian de los Angeles (88.40) and senior Rohan Sebastian (86.75) took second in the all-around competition. Junior Matt Freeman had career highs on pommel horse (15.00) and still rings (14.75).
Ervin's score on vault leads the country, while de los Angeles and Sebastian rank No. 1-2 in the country in the all-around scoring.
Wolverines Ranked Third in GymInfo Poll
Michigan will enter week three of the 2013 season listed No. 2 in the GymInfo ranks. In individual events, U-M ranks in the top five in all six events, including first on floor and bars.
U-M National Ranks (Average)
Floor, 1st -- 74.550
Vault, 2nd -- 74.350
Rings, 5th -- 73.050
Parallel Bars, 1st -- 72.975
Pommel Horse, 4th -- 70.950
High Bar, 5th -- 69.650
2013 GymInfo Rankings
1. Penn State
5. Ohio State
11. William & Mary
12. Air Force
Overview of the Wolverines Squad: Sophomore and Junior Heavy
After consecutive years of welcoming double-digit recruiting classes in 2011 and 2012, the Wolverines now have 20 of 24 members of this season's squad being either a sophomore or a junior. The Wolverines will add four newcomers this season; they include freshmen Konner Ackerman, Adam Dean, Nolan Novak and sophomore Colin Mahar.
Both Ackerman and Novak made their NCAA debuts at the Windy City Invitational, Ackerman competed on floor and high bar, while Novak saw action on pommel horse.
Michigan to Host 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Thursday, Nov. 1, that the University of Michigan's Crisler Center has been selected as the site of the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. The three-day competition will be held at the newly renovated Crisler Center in April 2014.
This will be the third time the University of Michigan will play host to an NCAA men's gymnastics national championship. Michigan hosted the event in 1951 and 1971, with the latter being held at Crisler Arena. Michigan has finished in the top six at the national meet in 13 of the past 14 seasons under Kurt Golder, including national championships in 1999 and 2010 and runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2009.
Ways to Follow U-M Gymnastics
For fans not able to attend meets this season, there are several ways to follow the Wolverines action this year. Your primary source for all things Michigan is MGoBlue.com, where recaps, features, schedules, and statistics can be found. Live stats will be provided for all home meets, as well as select away meets. Additionally, follow @umichgym for live updates at meets, and 'like' Michigan men's gymnastics on Facebook, where special content can be found throughout the season.