Chalk Talk #1: U-M Begins 2009-10 with Maize and Blue Intrasquad
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Dec. 8, 2009

This Week
Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. -- Maize and Blue Intrasquad (Cliff Keen Arena)
Live Scoring

The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team will host the annual Maize and Blue Intrasquad on Saturday (Dec. 12) at 7 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena. The intrasquad will the first chance for Michigan fans to see the defending Big Ten co-champions in action for the 2009-10 season. Admission is free and live scoring will be available on MGoBlue.com.

The Blue team is led by senior co-captain David Chan (Singapore/Hale School, Perth, Western Australia) and junior Chris Cameron (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region), a 2009 All-American. Chan will compete on the pommel horse and vault, where he earned All-America honors in 2008 and 2007, respectively. While Cameron will compete all six events, including the pommel horse, the event in which he recently finished seventh at the DTB Grand Prix while representing the U.S. National Team.

Two-time All-American and senior co-captain Phillip Goldberg (Dalton, Ga./McCallie) leads the Maize team, along with fellow All-America honorees sophomore/junior Adam Hamers (Salem, Ore./South Salem) and junior Thomas Kelley (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville). Goldberg, the 2009 Big Ten rings champion, will compete in his trademark event as well as the pommel horse. Hamers will see action on the pommel horse, and Kelley, the 2009 Big Ten all-around champion, will compete on all six apparatus.

QUICK FLIPS

Strong Finish
After the host Wolverines claimed a share of the team title and Thomas Kelley and Chris Cameron finished 1-2 in the all-around at the 2009 Big Ten Championships, the team set season highs two days in a row to finish in second place at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The Wolverines NCAA haul also included five All-America honorees in Cameron, Joe Catrambone, Phillip Goldberg, Adam Hamers and Kelley.

Goldberg and Chan Re-elected Team Captains
For the second year in a row, David Chan and Phillip Goldberg will captain the Wolverines. Chan and Goldberg were elected by the vote of their teammates after captaining the 2008-09 team to a share of the Big Ten title and a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Wolverines Earn No. 4 Ranking in GymInfo Pre-Season Coaches' Poll
The University of Michigan men's gymnastics team earned a No. 4 ranking and a first-place vote in the GymInfo Coaches Preseason Poll. Defending NCAA champion Stanford received the top ranking with eight first-place votes. California and Oklahoma earned No. 2 and No. 3 rankings, respectively.

GymInfo Coaches' Preseason Poll
 Rank, Team
 1. Stanford    (8)
 2. California  (4)
 3. Oklahoma    (3)
 4. Michigan    (1)
 5. Illinois
 6. Penn State
 7. Ohio State
 8. Minnesota
 9. Nebraska
10. Iowa
 

Meet the Wolverines!
Each week, MGoBlue.com presents a video feature on a different Wolverine gymnast, allowing fans to learn more about both the athlete and the sport more broadly. Junior Ian Makowske, junior Ben Baldus-Strauss, senior Ryan McCarthy, senior Kent Caldwell, and senior Evan Heiter have already been featured, and the rest of the team will see the spotlight in the coming weeks. [ Watch the most-recent video ]

International Wolverines
Two Wolverines have competed internationally this fall, freshman Rohan Sebastian (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness Catholic) and Chris Cameron. Sebastian represented Ireland at the 2009 World Gymnastics Championships in London, England, finishing in 54th place in the all-around competition with a total score of 76.800.

Meanwhile, Cameron finished in seventh place on the pommel horse with a 14.200 representing the U.S. National Team in the finals of the DTB Grand Prix event. Competing in a field that included the top three from the 2009 World Championships, Cameron held his own, using his trademark Thomas flairs and clean execution. [ Watch His Performance ]

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