Weekly Release #9: Michigan to Return Home to Face No. 2 Oklahoma

March 8, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m. -- vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (Cliff Keen Arena)
Live Results | Live Video | Sam Mikulak Video

The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) compete at home for the first of two straight home meets this Saturday (March 12) at 2 p.m. against the second-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in Cliff Keen Arena. This is the first time the two teams will match up in the 2011 season.

Last season, the two teams dueled in Ann Arbor with Oklahoma narrowly defeating Michigan by four-and-a-half tenths (354.450-354.000); in the teams' next meeting at NCAA Championships, Michigan went on to pass the Sooners by more than three points, taking the NCAA team title.

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

Whitfield Invitational -- The U-M men's gymnastics team will have its annual Whitfield Invitational prior to the meet against Oklahoma. Participants will receive complementary ticket information packets and take part in activities throughout the meet.

Gymnastics Club Night -- Area recreation department and youth gymnastics clubs are invited to Saturday's meet.

Hamers to Go for Four Straight on Pommel Horse
Adam Hamers has won the pommel horse in the past three competitions, posting a 15.30 at Arizona State, a 15.40 against No. 5 Stanford and a 15.00 against UIC.

22 out of 30 in Dual-Meet Events
The Wolverines have won 22 out of a possible 30 events in dual-meet competition this season, most recently winning all six in the process of putting up a season-high score in victory at ASU.

Kelley Showing Senior Skill
Thomas Kelley
has seven wins in 2011 and has a victory in four out of seven events -- all-around, high bar, parallel bars and still rings. Most recently, Kelley won the high bar and still rings title at Arizona State (March 2).

Spring Break Success
The Wolverines posted their highest team score of the season, 353.400, last Wednesday (March 2) against the Arizona State Club gymnastics team. Michigan posted a phenomenal 17 season-high event scores from individuals; notable scores include Sam Mikulak on vault (16.60), Syque Caesar on parallel bars (15.45) and Ben Baldus-Strauss on vault (15.90). Michigan trained all week with the ASU Club team, enjoying their break from classes and the warm weather of Tempe, Ariz.

Yeah 3x
Freshman Sam Mikulak was awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Week this week for the second consecutive week and third time this season with his outstanding performance in Arizona. Sam took two event titles with personal-best scores on floor exercise (15.10) and vault (16.60). He also took third place on both pommel horse and high bar with a 14.30 and 14.45, respectively. His 16.60 score on vault is the second-highest posted in the NCAA at this point in the season.

Cameron Featured in New York Times
2010 NCAA All-Around champion Chris Cameron was featured on Feb. 27 in the New York Times, telling the story of overcoming hemihypertrophy, a congenital abnormality that causes one side of the body to grow faster than the other, to guide U-M to the 2010 national title. [ Read Feature ]

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].