Michigan Signs Two During Early Signing Period
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's gymnastics team signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2009-10 academic year during the early signing period, as announced today (Thursday, Dec. 4) by head coach Kurt Golder. Experienced international gymnasts and polished all-around performers Daniel Corral(Ensenada, Mexico/Centro Eduvativo Patria) and Rohan Sebastian(Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness HS) are the first two gymnasts to join the 2010 Wolverine squad's freshman class.

"Both Daniel and Rohan have a lot of experience. They have competed at the international level a fair amount, and they both have dual-citizenship. Daniel competed recently in the Pan American Championship and did very well and won a gold medal, while Rohan recently competed in Iceland and in the Junior European Championship," Golder said. "It is good to see that they have been on the big stage, and it is very rare for NCAA athletes to have that type of international experience. It should help them tremendously."

Sebastian, a dual-citizen of Ireland and the United States, is a former gymnast of U-M assistant coach Xiao Yuan and currently trains under former World All-Around champion Ivan Ivankov. Sebastian participated in the Junior European Championship last May and also competed in Iceland, representing Ireland.

Also a dual-citizen of the United States, Corral resides in Baja California, Mexico, and has competed in two world championships. In recent international competition, the gymnast claimed a gold medal at the 2008 Pan American Games (Nov. 21-23), finishing first in the prelims and finals on vault.

Michigan's current men's gymnastics roster holds six athletes with senior eligibility.

The preseason No. 6-ranked Wolverines, host of the 2009 Big Ten Championship, embark on the upcoming season with the Maize and Blue Intrasquad next Saturday (Dec. 13) in Cliff Keen Arena. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Contact: Robby McBurnett, Hannah Maier (734) 763-4423