Week #7: U-M to Entertain No. 15 UIC, SUNY-Brockport on Senior Night

March 19, 2013

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Saturday, March 23 -- vs. No. 15 UIC, SUNY-Brockport (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.
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The third-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (9-2) hosts No. 15 UIC (1-12) and SUNY-Brockport on Saturday night (March 23) at 7 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena. U-M's senior class will be honored.

U-M is ranked No. 3 in the GymInfo rankings with a 436.800 four-meet average and ranks No. 1 on vault (74.50) and No. 2 on floor exercise (74.70) and parallel bars (73.74). Stacey Ervin is No. 3 on floor with a 15.532, while Adrian de los Angeles is No. 6 (15.263). Ervin is No. 2 on vault with a 14.907, while four gymnasts rank in the top 10 on parallel bars in No. 4 Sam Mikulak (15.225), No. 9 Syque Caesar (14.890) and No. 10 de los Angeles (14.915). Additionally, the Wolverines are No. 3 on still rings, with a 74.93 average, led by Matt Freeman, who is No. 5 with a 15.229. Meanwhile, U-M is No. 5 on pommel horse, once again led by Freeman, who has a 14.607 average, and No. 9 on high bar. De los Angeles is ranked as the No. 1 all-arounder in the country, scoring at an 88.10 clip.


• U-M most recently fell to the No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions, 437.300-430.400, on Saturday (March 16) at Rec Hall, site of the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. U-M won two individual events on the night on vault and parallel bars, while Ervin won the lone individual event titleist with a 15.30 on floor.

• Against Penn State, U-M competed without de los Angeles, who took part in the Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. De los Angeles took fifth in the all-around with an 80.650, highlighted by a runner-up 14.80 on parallel bars.

• UIC's top event is high bar, where the Flames are ranked No. 13 in the country with a 67.550 average. In addition to the high bar ranking, they are No. 15 on floor with a 69.483 average.

Joseph Hodges is the top Flames gymnast and is ranked No. 15 in the NCAA all-around rankings with an 80.817 average, while Daniel Zerbel is ranked No. 20 on high bar (14.35).

• Michigan was selected as the recipient of the February BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award on March 8 and was recognized for its accomplishments at the men's basketball game Sunday, March 10, vs. Indiana.

BASF, the Chemical Company, is now proud to be a partner of University of Michigan Athletics. As a result of this new partnership, BASF will recognize one group in the athletic department from across all sports each month that represents the best qualities of team chemistry and its importance both on and off the field.

• On Feb. 9, Adrian de los Angeles was named to the United States National Team for the second time in his career for his performance at the Winter Cup Challenge In the two-day scoring, de los Angeles was second in all-around competition (172.400), and was second on floor (31.10), ninth on pommel horse (27.80), third on still rings (28.60), sixth on parallel bars (28.95), and tied for eighth on high bar (27.35). Following the competition, de los Angeles, along with several others, were named to the U.S. national team, along with all eight members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.

• For his efforts at the Winter Cup, Adrian de los Angeles was named College Gymnastics Association NCAA Gymnast of the Week, as well as Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for the second time this season after his performance at the Winter Cup. He previously took home the honors on Jan. 21 earlier this season. The last Wolverine to take home both honors was Caesar, who earned the distinction on Jan. 28.

• Following the win over No. 2 Stanford on Jan. 26, Syque Caesar was named National Gymnast of the Week by the College Gymnastics Association in addition to Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for his NCAA record-setting parallel bars performance and quartet of top-three finishes in U-M's 439.750-429.350 victory over the Cardinal Saturday (Jan. 26). The team captain claimed a pair of first-place finishes against the Cardinal, on parallel bars with the NCAA record (15.90) and on high bar (14.80). He also placed second on floor exercise with a 15.25 and third on vault with a 15.00.The 15.90 on parallel bars eclipsed the previous NCAA record of 15.85 set on April 5, 2008, by Tim McNeill of California.


U-M National Ranks (Average)
Floor, 2nd -- 74.70
Pommel Horse, 5th --71.45
Still Rings, 3rd -- 74.93
Vault, 1st -- 74.58
Parallel Bars, 2nd -- 73.37
High Bar, 9th--70.25

NCAA Individual Ranks (Top 10)
3. Ervin 15.532
6. de los Angeles 15.263

Pommel Horse
9. Freeman 14.607

Still Rings
5. Freeman 15.229

2. Ervin 14.907

Parallel Bars
4. Mikulak 15.225
9. Caesar 14.890
10. de los Angeles 14.913

1. de los Angeles 88.100

2013 GymInfo Coaches' Poll
1. Penn State
2. Oklahoma
4. Stanford
5. Ohio State
6. Illinois
7. Minnesota
8. Cal
9. Iowa
10. Air Force
11. Nebraska
12. William & Mary
13. Army
14. Temple
15. UIC


Douglass Johnson Jr.
RS Senior
Los Angeles, Calif.

Q: You have had an interesting career that has been shortened by injuries from year to year. How has that made your stronger?

A: I have been injured almost every year of my college career, yet I have no regrets. This is because every single time I have been injured, I have worked exceptionally hard to bounce back and exceed the level of skill I was at before. I don't quit. Gymnastics is a microcosm that reflects the macrocosm of life. Outside of the gym, what will I do when things go wrong? How will I overcome? The solution may not be known at the time, but I will overcome as I have done so many times before as a Michigan gymnast.

Q: What would competing on senior night in front of your home crowd mean to you?

A: Competing at senior night will be so exciting. It's a bit surreal that this will be the last home meet as a Michigan Wolverine. I know the night will be filled with emotion and nostalgia. I'm excited to wear the block M with my team at Cliff Keen one last time.

Q: What type of role have you assumed on the team due to health concerns the past few years?

A: It is easy to let an injury consume you. So it's important not to let it. You prevent this by having the same drive you have when 100 percent healthy, when you are injured. Being present in the gym, helping teammates out, asking for help when needed, are all things that promote a unified and successful team. It's inevitable that others will have injuries. By having been through the recovery process, it can be so helpful to give advice to those who also are injured in order to build them up and help their recovery process go more smoothly.

Q: What are your aspirations after graduating?

A: After graduation, my immediate goal is to continue my training as a gymnast, while coaching gymnastics so that I can focus my attention on the sport to maximize my competitive potential. In the long term, I intend on utilizing my aerospace engineering degree to either work for an aerospace company or create my own business.

Q: What has it been like being part of this team the last five years?

A: Being a part of this team, as it would be with any team, has been filled with ups and downs. However, from the frustrating times at practice and the sporadic arguments with teammates, to the team's moral support during recovery and the elating moments when Michigan stood victorious on the competition floor, this is my family. This experience has been so enjoyable and amazing. I've grown so much from being a part of this team. They look out for me, I look out for them. We work together and we win championships. That's just how it goes.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment in your time here?

A: My most memorable moment as a Michigan gymnast was competing at the 2010 NCAA Championships on parallel bars and rings. As a sophomore, this meet was only my second appearance in a collegiate competition, and I was the first competitor on the first event. Nerve wracking? Yes. Pressure? Of course! I knew there was pressure on me to do well, but instead of thinking about it, I embraced the situation, and learned to enjoy the feeling of competing. Yes there's a possibility I may fall, but I wasn't going to because I had faith, I had my team behind me, and I was prepared to handle everything. I did an exceptional routine! I have images of my landing on parallel bars with the coaches in the background. Seeing their genuine expression of excitement, trust, and pride still inspires me. It's crazy how one moment has the potential to make strides in your development as an athlete and as a person.

Ways to Follow U-M Gymnastics
For fans not able to attend meets this season, there are several ways to follow the Wolverines action this year. Your primary source for all things Michigan is MGoBlue.com, where recaps, features, schedules, and statistics can be found. Live stats will be provided for all home meets, as well as select away meets. Additionally, follow @umichgym for live updates at meets, and 'like' Michigan men's gymnastics on Facebook, where special content can be found throughout the season