Feb. 15, 2011
The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (5-2, 4-2 Big Ten) stays at home this Saturday (Feb. 19) against the UIC Flames at 2 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena. Last year, the teams matched up in Ann Arbor with the Wolverines handily winning by more than 10 points, 339.250-328.850.
Saturday marks the second of three straight and five out of six home weekends for the Wolverines, as U-M hosts Stanford next Saturday (Feb. 26) and, after a road meet at Arizona State on Wednesday, March 2, welcomes in Oklahoma and Ohio State in back-to-back Saturdays.
High School Team Night
High school gymnastics teams are invited to attend this match FREE of charge! All members of the team and up to three coaches are eligible to receive FREE admission by faxing (734-615-1567) or emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org) a roster at least two days prior to the meet
Local boy scout groups will be invited to attend this match FREE of charge! Fax (734-615-1567) or email (email@example.com) a roster at least two days prior to the meet.
Admission and Hot Dogs are just $1!!
The team will be available following the competition to sign autographs.
This marks the third straight season that U-M and UIC have faced off in a dual meet, with the Wolverines quenching the Flames by a double-digit margin in each of the past two seasons, with both meetings in Ann Arbor.
Upsetting the Illini
This past Saturday, (Feb. 12) the Wolverines beat the defending Big Ten champions in the home opener 344.050 - 340.400. Michigan topped the Illini on five of the six events, took five event titles -- Ian Makowske (floor exercise), Thomas Kelley (still rings, high bar), Sam Mikulak (vault), Syque Caesar (parallel bar) -- and never gave up the lead for the entire competition. Caesar was the winner of the Newt Loken Award for his outstanding performance on PB. Despite the convincing win, the Wolverines stay ranked at No. 6 and the Illini have moved up to No. 2 as the ranking system has moved to a three-score average at the start of this week.
Success at the Winter Cup
Six Wolverines traveled to Las Vegas Nev., Feb. 3-5 to compete against the best gymnasts in the nation for a spot on the US National Team. Sam Mikulak, Adam Hamers and Ian Makowske were among the top 42 competitors from prelims and qualified into finals on Feb. 5. In a two-day combined event total, Makowske took third on high bar with a 28.65. His finals routine included a new release combination and a skill that he invented. [ Watch Here ]
Freshman Mikulak just missed the top spot and took second place on vault (32.20), competing a world-class triple twisting vault for the first time; the hardest difficulty vault a Michigan gymnast has ever attempted and a skill that only a handful of gymnasts in the world can do. [ Watch Here ]
Judges have evaluated the difficulty of the skill as an E value move. With direction from Makowske, senior teammate Thomas Kelley has also incorporated the new skill into his routine. Both will be competing the new skill this weekend.
Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Mikulak was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 7-13) for his efforts on Vault at the Winter Cup Challenge. Mikulak competed a flipping vault with three twists, only the second NCAA gymnast to ever compete the vault and the most difficult vault a Michigan gymnast has ever done.
2011 Season Captains
Caesar and Kelley were voted co-team captains by fellow teammates at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
Be sure to check out the men's gymnastics YouTube page [ YouTube page (UMGym) ] and [ Facebook page ] for competition footage and video highlights. Also follow us on Twitter [Michigan_MGym].