May 7, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A pair of former standouts from the University of Michigan men's gymnastics team will continue to be a part of the U-M program going forward, as Sam Mikulak (Corona del mar, Calif./Corona del mar) and Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) will join the program in the roles of undergraduate assistant and program assistant, respectively.
Mikulak, who will remain in Ann Arbor to train with head coach Kurt Golder in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and has plans to graduate in May of 2015, secured his third NCAA all-around title in four years with a 91.10 in the NCAA team and all-around competition last month (April 11). He followed his performance with an NCAA parallel bar title the next night (April 12), defending his 2013 crown. He ended his career with seven NCAA titles as well as 17 All-America citations, making him the third-most cited gymnast of all-time. The national titles tie him with both Jim Hartung and Joe Giallombardo for the most ever in NCAA history.
Caesar, who will also embark on a gymnastics career, wrapped up his time at U-M with five NCAA All-America citations and was part of the 2012 Summer Olympics, representing Bangladesh. In his six years as a Wolverine, he took home three NCAA championships, becoming the first U-M athlete in 53 years to accomplish the feat. Several members of the men's swimming and diving teams (1958-61) are also in the prestigious category.
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