Nov. 27, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The defending Big Ten and NCAA champion University of Michigan men's gymnastics team has been tabbed as a unanimous No. 1 in the initial GymInfo preseason national poll, which was released Wednesday (Nov. 27).
It's the first time that a team has been chosen as a unanimous No. 1 since the service began tabulating first-place votes beginning in the 2002 season.
The last time the Wolverines entered the season ranked as the preseason No. 1 was in 2001. Last season, U-M entered as the No. 3 squad in the country prior to capturing its fifth NCAA title in program history.
Oklahoma and Stanford hold the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Big Ten foes Ohio State, Penn State and Illinois hold the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, while Iowa (No. 8), Minnesota (No. 9) and Nebraska (No. 10) are the other ranked Big Ten teams.
The Wolverines will host No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 1, as well as No. 5 Penn State on Saturday, March 15. The marquee road matchup for the Wolverines will be against No. 3 Stanford in Palo Alto on Jan. 25.
The Wolverines will return 24 of 30 routines from a year ago, led by United States all-around and two-time NCAA all-around champion and World Championship finalist Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar). Michigan also returns United States National Team member Stacey Ervin (Taylor, Mich./Truman) as well as 2013 All-Americans Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy), Dylan James (Valencia, Calif./William S. Hart) and Adrian de los Angeles (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan).
U-M opens the season on Saturday (Dec. 7), with the annual Maize & Blue Intrasquad meet at 7 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena.
2014 GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Michigan (11)
4. Ohio State
5. Penn State
11. Air Force
13. William & Mary