March 15, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m. -- vs. No. 7 Ohio State (Cliff Keen Arena)
Live Results | Big Ten Network (tape-delay, March 26 at noon)
The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (7-4, 4-2 Big Ten) is home this Saturday (March 19) for the final regular-season competition versus Big Ten rival and seventh-ranked Ohio State at Cliff Keen Arena. The competition will be filmed by the Big Ten Network and broadcast in high definition on March 26 at noon.
Last season for the dual, the teams matched up in Ann Arbor, with Michigan sweeping past the Buckeyes by more than points (364.450-353.800) and setting a school-record team score. Earlier this season, the teams met at the Windy City Invitational with Michigan (346.100) taking second over fourth-place Ohio State (339.800).
Eight seniors will be honored this weekend for their commitment and dedication to the men's gymnastics program during Senior Night prior to the the competition this weekend: Ben Baldus-Strauss, Chris Cameron, Devan Cote, Steve Crabtree, Adam Hamers, Thomas Kelley, Ian Makowske, and Andrew Vance.
MAIZE OUT -- Calling all Michigan fans to wear their MAIZE gear to help 'Maize Out' Cliff Keen Arena for this Big Ten battle and final meet of the season!
Mikey's Way at Michigan -- Help provide pediatric cancer patients with electronic games to alleviate the stress, fear and boredom of treatment. Bring a used video game and receive $1 admission to the meet. For more information visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikeys-Way-at-Michigan/204165172933386. Help support this great cause brought to you by senior Ian Makowske.
High School Team Night II -- 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.
The Wolverines have won the high bar in three straight meets and five out of six overall in duals, with Thomas Kelley winning or sharing the crown four times. Kelley had a runner-up finish in the non-Maize and Blue win.
U-M has won the parallel bars in five out of six dual-meet competitions, with Syque Caesar taking first in two straight and in four overall.
The Wolverines have won 24 out of a possible 36 events in dual-meet competition this season, including winning all six in the process of putting up a season-high score in victory at ASU on March 2 and two against Oklahoma this past Saturday (March 12).
Before claiming runner-up on pommel horse against Oklahoma (March 12), Adam Hamers had placed first on the apparatus in three straight meets. However, despite finishing second versus the Sooners, he matched his season high (15.40).
Kelley Showing Senior Skill
Thomas Kelley has eight 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 against Oklahoma.
Close One Versus the Sooners
Last Saturday (March 12), the Wolverines faced second-ranked Oklahoma. Rising to the occasion, Michigan posted its top score of the season (355.400) but it was not quite enough to hold off the Sooners (357.750), who are now the top-ranked team in the nation. The Maize and Blue had event wins from Thomas Kelley on high bar, tying his season high (15.35), and Syque Caesar on parallel bars, scoring a career-high 15.65.
Numba One Stunna
Junior co-captian Syque Caesar was hailed the Newt Loken Award for his outstanding parallel bars routine against Oklahoma. His 15.65 score is the highest score posted in the NCAA at this point in the 2011 season and he is now ranked number one in the nation on the event!!
First Big Ten Gymnast of the Week
Senior co-captain Thomas Kelley was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (March 14-18) for his solid performance against Oklahoma. Kelley raked in four top-five event finishes, winning the high bar (15.35) and placing third on floor exercise (14.65), fourth on still rings (14.75) and fifth on parallel bars (14.70). He also placed second in the all-around, scoring a season-high 87.35.
Spring Break Success
The Wolverines posted their second-highest team score of the season, 353.400, Wednesday, March 2, against the Arizona State Club gymnastics team. Michigan, at the time, 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.
Freshman Sam Mikulak was awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Week (March 7-11) for the third time this season with his outstanding performance against Arizona State. 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 still 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.
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