June 25, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 2013 NCAA champion University of Michigan men's gymnastics team will host four home competitions as well as the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships April 10-12 inside Crisler Center as the squad seeks to defend its 2013 NCAA and Big Ten titles. The hosting of the championships is the first time U-M will play host to NCAAs since 1971.
The exhibition season commences on Dec. 7 with the squad's annual Maize & Blue Intrasquad meet, while regular-season competition begins with the team's annual trip to the Windy City Invitational hosted by UIC at 7:30 p.m. CDT in Chicago.
Dual-meet competition begins on Jan. 25, as the Wolverines travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on the Stanford Cardinal at 7 p.m. PDT. U-M then returns home for a two-meet swing on Feb. 1 against the Ohio State Buckeyes at 2 p.m. and Feb. 8 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 7 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena.
On Feb. 20-22, individual qualifiers will travel to the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, while full-team competition resumes Saturday, March 1, at the Ohio State Invitational at 2 p.m. in Columbus. The team's annual Spring Break trip includes a trip on March 7 to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the Puerto Rico Invitational, as U-M will take on Puerto Rico and Penn State.
Two home meets close out the 2014 season, as the Nittany Lions will travel to Ann Arbor for a 2 p.m. meet on March 1, followed by a dual meet against UIC on March 22 at 7 p.m. The meet against the Flames will serve as a primer for the 2013 championships, as the competition will take place inside Crisler Center.
Postseason competition commences on March 28-29, as Nebraska will host the 2014 Big Ten Championships at the DeVaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. The Maize and Blue will then host the 2014 NCAA Championships from April 10-12 at Crisler Center, with action commencing at 1 p.m. on April 10. The meet will mark the first time since the 2009 Big Ten Championships that the Wolverines competed in the home of the Michigan basketball programs as well as the women's gymnastics teams.
Michigan returns more than 90 percent of its routines from a year ago, as the team's lone senior lineup regular, All-American Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./McGuiness),exhausted his eligibility. It was also recently announced that two-time Big Ten parallel bar champion, three-time NCAA All-American and 2012 Bangladesh Olympian Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.
Summer Camps: The Michigan Boys Gymnastics Camp of Champions will commence on July 22 and run to July 25 and is for boys ages 8 to 18. For more information or to register online, visit MGoBlue.com/camps.
Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423