Weekly Release #7: U-M to Challenge No. 5 Stanford in Keen Arena Saturday

Feb. 22, 2011


Saturday, Feb. 26, 7:00 p.m. -- vs. No. 5 Stanford (Cliff Keen Arena)
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The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (6-2, 4-2 Big Ten) is home for the third weekend in a row this Saturday (Feb. 26) against the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal at 7 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena. The two teams have battled for the national title two years in a row, with Michigan winning in 2010 over the Cardinal by seven tenths of a point; in 2009 Stanford beat out the Wolverines by 1.3 points. At last year's dual meet matchup in Palo Alto, Calif., the Cardinal beat the future national champion Wolverines by 9.25 points.

Women's Gym Redemption -- Fans that attend the women's gymnastics event prior to tonight's meet will receive FREE admission! Vouchers will be distributed at the women's meet.

Elementary School Night -- Local elementary schools in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti Township and Dexter are invited to attend the meet. For more information, or to sign your class up, please contact Matt Thompson at mattct@umich.edu.

Camper Reunion Night -- All 2010 Michigan gymnastics campers will be sent a special invitation to attend this meet free of charge!

Flames Extinguished
Last Saturday (Feb. 19), short on key players, the understaffed Wolverines still managed to beat the 12th-ranked UIC Flames, 341.900-322.700, at home. Michigan took five of six event titles and posted season-high event scores on rings (58.70) and vault (62.05). Senior Thomas Kelley led the Wolverines with five top-five event places, while redshirt junior Andrew Vance, Newt Loken Award winner for the night, took the rings title with a career-high 15.05 and freshman Michael Myler posted three season-high scores. Despite some high points, the team struggled on three events. [ Michigan Daily: Recap | Feature ]

Home Dominance
With a win this weekend, U-M can clinch a winning home record for the fifth straight season. After an away meet at Arizona State on March 2, Michigan returns home to host Oklahoma and Ohio State in back-to-back weekends.

Kelley Showing Senior Skill
Thomas Kelley has won five events in 2011 and has a win in four out of seven events -- all-around, high bar, parallel bars and still rings.

Makowske Springs Ahead of Dual Competition
Ian Makowske (vs. Illinois, vs. UIC) has won the floor exercise in each of the past competitions.

Fourteen Out of 18, Not Too Shabby
The Wolverines have won 14 out of a possible 18 events in dual meets this season, including winning every parallel bars crown, with two coming from Syque Caesar. Adam Hamers and Ian Makowske each also have two event wins, while Thomas Kelley has a team-high five. The Maize and Blue has also earned second or better in all three dual meets on high bar and floor.

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. Freshman Sam Mikulak, redshirt junior Adam Hamers and senior Ian Makowske were among the top 42 competitors from prelims and qualified into finals on Saturday, 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 ]

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 ]

Ian's New Skill is Contagious
Senior Ian Makowske invented and is competing a new skill on high bar. The skill is a pike stoop-in hop with a full turn to mixed grip. [ Watch Here ]

Ian talks about the new skill in a news article. [ Michigan Daily ]

Judges have evaluated the difficulty of the skill as and E value move. With direction from Makowske, Kelley has also incorporated the new skill into his routine. Both will be competing the new skill this weekend.

2011 Season Captains
Caesar and Kelley were voted co-team captains by fellow teammates at the conclusion of the 2010 season.

Social Media
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].

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