Wolverines to Play Host to UIC on Senior Night Saturday
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March 19, 2014

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Saturday, March 22 -- vs. UIC - Senior Night (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.
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The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team (18-0) host its final regular-season competition of the 2014 season Saturday (March 22) inside the site of the 2014 NCAA Championships, Crisler Center, against the UIC Flames at 7 p.m. The night will also serve as Senior Night for U-M, as the Wolverines will honor eight graduating members of the squad in seniors Sam Mikulak, Dylan James, Alex Bubnov, Jordan Gaarenstroom, Matt Freeman, A.J. Schottstaedt and Kevin Fraser and graduate student Syque Caesar.

The meet will be streamed live via U-M's All-Access player, with former Wolverine gymnast Corbett Schmitz calling the action.

The meet inside Crisler will be the first U-M men's meet in the building since the 2009 Big Ten Championships and first dual meet in more than a decade. The end of the regular-season marks the beginning of championship season, as U-M will seek to defend its Big Ten Championship on March 28 in Lincoln, Neb.

WOLVERINE BITES

All About the Wolverines
Michigan enters the meet as the No. 4 team in the country (439.983) and is ranked in the top three on four events -- No. 2 on floor (75.60), No. 3 on pommel horse (73.40) and No. 2 on still rings (74.65). U-M is tied with Stanford for third on parallel bars with a team average of 73.65.

Individually, Stacey Ervin is ranked No. 1 in the country on floor (15.65), while Sam Mikulak is No. 6 on the exercise (15.25). Michigan has three ranked in the top 10 on p-bars; Syque Caesar comes in at No. 1, while Nick Hunter is currently No. 7 (15.033). Ervin comes in at No. 9, with a four-event average of 15.00.

About UIC
The Flames enter the meet unranked and are the No. 14 team in the country on vault (70.683). The lone ranked gymnast of the Flames is Jason Gaides, who is currently No. 12 in the all-around competition with an 83.35.

Wolverines Defeat No. 8 Penn State at Home
Four different Wolverines secured individual event titles, while U-M tallied a new season high on high bar with a 73.45, as U-M knocked off the Nittany Lions, 439.20-432.30, on Saturday (March 14) in the final meet of the season inside Cliff Keen Arena.

The Wolverines led the entire meet, but the score became a bit tighter in the fifth rotation even after an event sweep on parallel bars, led by junior Nick Hunter (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) and his event-winning 14.90; but Michigan scored only a 70.20 on the event. Penn State countered with a 73.30 on high bar to cut the U-M advantage to 3.75 heading into the final rotation. However, U-M countered with the 73.45 to seal the meet as Hunter scored a 15.00, and Ackerman added a 14.90 to secure the win.

U-M Knocks off No. 5 Penn State, Puerto Rican National Team; Ervin B1G Gymnast of the Week
Behind the nation's top floor exercise score from junior Stacey Ervin of 16.10, U-M defeated No. 5 Penn State and the Puerto Rican National Team on Friday (March 7) at Pedrin Zorilla Coliseum with a team score of 438.80.

The score for Ervin earned him B1G Gymnast of the Week and is just .05 away from the school record that he already owns. In addition to winning the eighth floor title of his career, Ervin scored a 14.20 on high bar as U-M tallied a 438.50 team total in the pair of wins.

Michigan began the night on floor, where Ervin notched the first 16-plus floor score in the country this season. Senior Sam Mikulak returned the NCAA action with a 15.60 on the exercise as U-M scored a stellar 76.10, which was just .10 off the team's season high.

On parallel bars, senior Syque Caesar led the Wolverines with a 15.50 followed by a 15.05 from Nick Hunter to aid in the total of 73.50 on the event. Michigan closed out its night on high bar, where Caesar scored a 14.70 to seal the victory over the Nittany Lions, who scored a 428.550.

Mikulak Garners AT&T American Cup Title
Sam Mikulak won the all-around title at the 2014 AT&T American Cup at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday (March 1) with an all-around score of 90.098, beating out Japan's Shogo Nonomura at 88.965. The event is part of the International Gymnastics Federation's all-around World Cup series.

Mikulak started on floor with a 15.666 after tumbling a one-and-a-half to front double full and dismounting with a stuck triple full. He performed clean routines on the pommel horse and still rings with scores of 14.800 and 15.066, respectively. On the vault, he nearly stuck his Kasumatsu one-and-a-half for a 14.966. In the fifth rotation, Mikulak kept his swing going after a slight error in his healy on the parallel bars and scored 14.700. In the final rotation, on high bar, he executed his Kolman catch-and-release move for a 14.900 and sealed the title.

Ervin, de los Angeles Take Part in Winter Cup
Juniors Adrian de los Angeles and Stacey Ervin took part in the 2014 Winter Cup finals Saturday (Feb. 23) at the Riviera Hotel. Both Wolverines excelled on vault in the two-day competition, with Ervin finishing seventh (29.85) and de los Angeles 11th (29.70). [ Recap ]

2014 GymInfo Coaches' Poll (March 17)
1. Oklahoma
2. Ohio State
3. Stanford
4. Michigan
5. Minnesota
6. Illinois
7. Penn State
8. Iowa
9. Cal
10. Air Force
11. Nebraska
12. William & Mary
13. Army
14. Navy
15. Arizona State

Event Rankings
3. Team (439.983)
2. Floor (75.600)
3. Pommel Horse (73.400)
2. Still Rings (74.650)
5. Vault (73.917)
3t. Parallel Bars (73.650)
6. High Bar (71.617)

Individual Rankings
Three-event averages

Floor Exercise
1. Stacey Ervin (15.650)
6. Sam Mikulak (15.250)

Pommel Horse
10. Matt Freeman (14.883)

Still Rings
10. Jordan Gaarenstroom (15.283)

Vault
10. Syque Caesar (14.983)

Parallel Bars
1. Syque Caesar (15.550)
7. Nick Hunter (15.033)
9. Stacey Ervin (15.000)

U-M to Host 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championships
Tickets for the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, hosted by the University of Michigan, went on sale to the general public Nov. 13. The nation's top collegiate gymnasts will travel to Ann Arbor to compete for individual and team glory Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, at Crisler Center. The host Wolverines will look to defend their 2013 NCAA crown in front of their home fans.

All-session tickets are $28 for adults and $20 for youth (age 18 and younger) and seniors (age 55 and older). Single-session passes are $10 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors.

Groups of 10 or more of any age will be eligible for a discounted single-session rate of $5 per ticket.

Tickets may be purchased online at MGoBlue.com/tickets, over the phone (734-764-0247 or toll-free 866-296-MTIX), or in person at the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office, located in the Marie Hartwig Building at 1100 South State Street in Ann Arbor.

The NCAA Championships will begin on Thursday with two qualifying sessions, scheduled for 1 and 7 p.m. The team finals and all-around competition will be held on Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday's individual event finals will get underway at 7 p.m.

This will be the third time U-M has hosted a men's gymnastics national championship. Michigan also hosted the event in 1951 and 1971, with the latter held at Crisler. Overall, the last time U-M hosted and won an NCAA championship was in 1958, as men's swimming took home the NCAA title.

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 results 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. New to the 2014 season is the teams Instagram account, @umichgym.

NEXT UP
Fri-Sat., March 28-29 -- at Big Ten Championships (Lincoln, Neb.), 7 p.m. CDT

Contact: Scott Kemps (skemps@umich.edu)