Chalk Talk #10: Eight Seniors Close Career in Keen Against No. 5 Ohio State

March 16, 2010

Saturday, March 20 -- vs. No. 5 Ohio State (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
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The No. 4-ranked University of men's gymnastics team (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten) returns home to conclude regular-season action against the No. 5-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (7-5, 3-3 Big Ten) on Saturday (March 20) at 7 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena.

Last season, U-M defeated the Buckeyes in Columbus by nearly 10 points, earning its first dual-meet victory in Ohio in 30 years. Earlier in the current campaign, Michigan faced Ohio State at the Windy City Invitational and bested the Buckeyes, 351.350- 347.150. The competition, which will honor eight senior competitors in their last appearance in Cliff Keen Arena, will be tape-delay broadcast on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, March 27, at noon.

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!

Whitfield Invitational -- The gymnastics team will have its annual Whitfield Invitational prior to the final meet against Ohio State. Participants will receive complementary ticket information packets and take part in activities throughout the meet.

"Beat OSU" Student Night -- All students will be invited to attend this match and a drawing will be held for 2010 football season tickets.

Senior Night -- The team's seniors will be honored for their dedication and contribution to the team prior to the meet.

Elementary School Night -- Local elementary schools in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti Township and Dexter are invited to attend this night's meet. For more information, or to sign your class up for a field trip, please contact Chris Chew at

UM Student and International Student Pizza Party -- Hungry Howie's will provide free pizza to the first 300 U-M students in attendance. The pizza will be served to all students prior to entering Cliff Keen Arena.

Blue Crew Double Points Night -- The Blue Crew Program is a Michigan student rewards program and all members will receive double points for attending the first and last meets of the season.

Wolverines Earn Upset Win over No. 3 Illinois
The fourth-ranked Wolverines traveled to Champaign, Ill., on Saturday (March 13) looking for an upset victory over the No. 3 Illinois, the only Big Ten team to defeat the Wolverines this season. The Wolverines used a season-best total of 359.650 to stun the Fighting Illini in front of nearly 1,600 fans inside Huff Hall. Junior Chris Cameron (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) led the squad, capturing the still rings title and three other top-five finishes (floor, pommel horse and the parallel bars).

Cameron, Sebastian Named to Spring International Competitions
Cameron was recently named as one of three senior U.S. national team members to compete at the 2010 Pacific Rim Championships in Melbourne, Australia. The competition, scheduled to take place April 23 to May 2, features countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, including 2008 Olympic Gold and Silver teams, China and Japan.

Irish national team member Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness Catholic) will compete in the 2010 European Championships in Birmingham, England. Sebastian and head coach Kurt Golder, who will serve as the Irish team head coach, will fly directly from the NCAA Championships to England to take part in the competition, which begins April 21.

Someone to Lean On
Justin and Torrance Laury never expected to compete together at the University of Michigan since they were five years apart, but an injury to older brother Justin allowed them to share one season together. Torrance helped his older brother return from injury and the two propelled Michigan to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Together, the Laurys have been shining examples of hard work, determination and brotherhood. [ Read More ]

Caldwell Earns Wolverines' Fifth Big Ten Weekly Award
After setting a season high on the floor (15.15) and collecting two top-five finishes, fifth-year Kent Caldwell (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) earned Michigan's fifth Big Ten weekly honor of the 2010 season. The award, which is Caldwell's first of his career, comes after two Gymnast of the Week wins for Cameron and one for fellow junior Thomas Kelley (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) in addition to a Freshman of the Week accolade for Sebastian.

Cameron Finishes Third All-Around, Named to U.S. National Team
Chris Cameron finished third place in the all-around at the Winter Cup Invitational held Thursday and Saturday (Feb. 4-6) in Las Vegas, Nev. Cameron's third place finish is the highest finish ever for a Wolverine and the highest finish of any current NCAA competitor. Senior Mel Anton Santander (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional) also had a strong showing in Las Vegas, hitting all twelve routines he competed and finishing tenth in the all-around.

Big Stage. Big Ten. Big Vault.
On Jan 24, Caldwell debuted a Yurchenko half on vault with a one-and-a-half twist. The vault, the second most difficult vault being performed by a Wolverine, is the only one currently being performed by any gymnast in the Big Ten conference and carries a 16.4 degree of difficulty.

Goldberg and Chan Re-elected Team Captains
For the second year in a row, seniors David Chan (Singapore/Hale School) and Phillip Goldberg (Dalton, Ga./McCallie) captain the Wolverines. Chan and Goldberg were elected by the vote of their teammates after captaining the 2008-09 team to a share of the Big Ten title and a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

The Accidental All-American
Senior co-captain David Chan is currently featured on in an article about the unique circumstances that lead him to become a two-time All-America honoree and team captain for the Wolverines. [ Read the story! ]

Strong Finish
After the host Wolverines claimed a share of the team title and juniors Thomas Kelley and Chris Cameron finished 1-2 in the all-around at the 2009 Big Ten Championships, the team set season highs two days in a row to finish in second place at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The Wolverines NCAA haul also included five All-America honorees in Cameron, Joe Catrambone, Phillip Goldberg, Adam Hamers, and Kelley.

International Wolverines
Two Wolverines have competed internationally this fall, freshman Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness Catholic) and Chris Cameron. Sebastian represented Ireland at the 2009 World Gymnastics Championships in London, England, finishing in 54th place in the all-around competition with a total score of 76.800.

While Cameron finished in seventh place on the pommel horse with a 14.200 representing the U.S. national team in the finals of the DTB Grand Prix event. Competing in a field that included the top three from the 2009 World Championships, Cameron held his own, using his trademark Thomas flairs and clean execution. [ Watch the video of Cameron's DTB performance ]

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