Nov. 20, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's gymnastics head coach Kurt Golder announced the signing of five student-athletes for the 2010-11 season from across the country: Alex Bubnov (Fanwood, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Jordan Gaarenstroom (Laguna Hills, Calif./Futures Halstrom), Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./Hart), Sam Mikulak (Newport Coast, Calif./Corona Del Mar) and Michael Myler (Orem, Utah/Timpanogos).
"There is some very good talent in this class," Golder said. "I think it certainly ranks among the best in the country, if not the very best."
Bubnov finished 17th in the all-around, seventh on vault and 12th on the high bar at the 2009 US Championships. Bubnov competes for Surgent's Elite, the same club where volunteer assistant coach Ralph Rosso and senior Joe Levine trained.
"Rings will be his best event," Golder said. "He has real good body lines, basics and positions."
Gaarenstroom, who competes for SCATS Gymnastics, finished ninth in the all-around at the 2008 Junior Olympic National Championships and 11th place at the 2008 US Gymnastics Championships.
"Jordan is overcoming a pretty serious surgery. He's doing a great job at therapy, and I expect him to be a top 10 in the all-around this season," Golder said. "He's already looking really strong on floor."
James finished 12th in the all-around at the 2009 Region I Championships and 40th on pommel horse at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships.
"As a freshman, we are going to count most heavily on him on the pommel horse," Golder said of James, who competes for the Josephson Academy of Gymnastics. "He really excels in that event."
Mikulak, who, like Gaarenstroom, trains at SCATS Gymnastics, recently represented the US Junior National Team at the Junior Pan American Gymnastics Championships, helping the team to a second-place finish and claiming fourth in the all-around, second on floor, third on vault and parallel bars, and seventh on high bar individually. He also took second place in the all-around at the 2009 Junior Olympic Nationals and the 2009 US Gymnastics Championships.
"Sam is good on every event. He's probably the best recruit in America," Golder said. "We will be counting on him on almost every event."
Myler, who hails from All-American Gymnastics, finished 53rd in the all-around and 11th on the pommel horse at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships.
"Mike's really good on pommel horse," Golder said, "He has a great body line and a lot of potential on many events."
The Wolverines start the defense of their Big Ten title on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena with the Maize and Blue Intrasquad.
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