Nov. 20, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's gymnastics team has announced the signing of three standout student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday (Nov. 20) for the 2014-15 season.
The class, hailed as the top class in the country by StickItMedia.com, features 2013 United States junior P&G All-Around champion Dmitri Belanovski (Milwaukee, Wis./Nathan Hale), 2013 Junior Olympic All-Around champion Marvin Kimble (Milwaukee, Wis./Hamilton) and 2013 United States junior P&G floor exercise champion Marty Strech (Fountain Valley, Calif./Communications Academy).
Marvin Kimble USA Gymnastics Bio
Prep ... First-place finishes include, 2013 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships (AA, FX, PH, SR, PB, HB), 2012 Visa Championships (AA, FX, SR, PB, HB), 2012 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships (AA, PB, HB), 2011 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships (SR) ... Selected to the first team at the 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships and the 2012 USA vs. Canada Junior Team Competition ... Took second on high bar at the 2013 Kyle Shewfelt Festival, as well as third on pommels and fourth in the all-around competition.
Personal ... Born Oct. 27, 1995 ... Attends Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy with fellow signee Dmitri Belanovski ... Also coached by Belanovski's father, Alexander ... Favorite event is high bar.
Dmitri Belanovski USA Gymnastics Bio
Prep ... Took first place in the all-around competition at the 2013 P&G Championships, as well as second on still rings and parallel bars ... Also placed first on the still rings at the 2013 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, as well as second in the all-around, floor exercise and high bar.
Personal Born April 19, 1995 ... Father, Alexander, serves as personal coach ... Club gym is Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy ... From Minsk, Belarus ... Attained U.S. Citizenship on April 19, 2013 ... Attended Nathan Hale High School ... Sister, Polina, is also a gymnast.
Marty Strech USA Gymnastics Bio
Prep ... Placed first on the floor exercise in the 2013 P&G Championships ... Took fourth place on vault in the 2013 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships ... First place on the pommel horse at the 2012 Visa Championships ... Placed first in the all-around at the 2011 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships ... Placed first on the high bar at the 2010 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships ... Took first in the all-around competition and on vault at the 2013 Kyle Shewfelt Festival, as well as second on floor and high bar ... Placed fifth on floor at the 2013 International Junior Gymnastics Competition.
Personal ... Born April 18, 1997 ... Coached by Eduard Azarian of Azarian U.S. Gymnastics Training Center ... Dad, Martin, was a wrestler.
The Wolverines will graduate eight seniors from the 2013-2014 roster, and will open the new season on Saturday, Dec. 7, with the annual Maize & Blue Intrasquad meet. It is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena.