Wolverines Tabbed as Unanimous No. 1 in GymInfo Preseason Poll
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Nov. 27, 2013

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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)
2. Oklahoma
3. Stanford
4. Ohio State
5. Penn State
    Illinois
7. California
8. Iowa
9. Minnesota
10. Nebraska
11. Air Force
12. Temple
13. William & Mary
14. Navy
15. Army