Feb. 1, 2011
Thursday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m./3 p.m./7:45 p.m. PST -- at Winter Cup Challenge (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Saturday, Feb. 5, 7:15 p.m. PST -- at Winter Cup Challenge (Las Vegas, Nev.)
The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (4-2, 3-2 Big Ten) travels six individuals to Las Vegas, Nev., this week (Thu-Sat., Feb. 3-5) to vie for a U.S. National Team spot. The competition will be held in the Las Vegas Sports Center with three preliminary sessions on Thursday (Feb. 3) and finals taking place Saturday (Feb. 5) evening. The Wolverines traveling include current U.S. National Team member and 2010 World Team member, senior Chris Cameron (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region); 2010 NCAA runner-up on high bar, senior Ian Makowske (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow); four-time All-American, senior Thomas Kelley (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville); 2010 Junior Olympic National and USA Championships all-around champion, freshman Sam Mikulak (Corona del mar, Calif./Corona del Mar); 2009 pommel horse All-American, redshirt junior Adam Hamers (Salem Ore./South Salem); and standout freshman Michael Myler (North Orem, Utah/Timpanogos).
The individuals will be joined by Wolverine alumni Mel Anton Santander, member of the 2010 National Champion team, Eddie Umphrey, and Andrew Elkind. Four NLI signed recruits, Adrian De Los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Robert A. Millikan), Stacey Ervin Jr. (Taylor, Mich./Harry S. Truman), Nicholas Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) and Michael Strathern (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) will also be competing alongside their future teammates.
Last Time at Winter Cup Challenge
On the strength of a third-place finish in the all-around at the 2010 Winter Cup Challenge, Chris Cameron netted a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team for the third straight season. The 2010 NCAA all-around champion also took runner-up on the floor and pommel horse. In 2009, Cameron earned a spot on the national squad via sufficient qualifying points in a ninth-place all-around performance.
Wolverines Fall to No. 5 Penn State
Michigan traveled to Penn State last Saturday (Jan. 22) to face off against the No. 5 Nittany Lions in the first dual meet of the season. Three Wolverines took event titles: Thomas Kelley on high bar, Syque Caesar (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./ Lincoln Park Academy) on parallel bars and Adam Hamers on pommel horse. Kelley also won the All-Around. Despite these strong individual performances, U-M was unable to win the competition, falling to Penn State 346.900-350.400
Michigan's Comeback Kid
Senior Ben Baldus-Strauss (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South) was recently featured in a Michigan Daily article about the several injuries he has overcome during his time on the gymnastics team. [ Read the Article Here ]
In conclusion to the 2010 season, the Wolverines selected senior Thomas Kelley and junior Syque Caesar to lead the team for the 2011 campaign.
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