July 28, 2012
Two University of Michigan men's gymnasts competed on day one of the London Olympics on Saturday (July 28).
Junior Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar), a member of Team USA, advanced to the event finals on vault with a 16.300 to qualify fourth. He added two other top-15 finishes -- on floor (12th, 15.366) and parallel bars (13th, 15.316). He also added a 20th-place finish on pommel horse with a 14.333 and notched a 14.033 on high bar to take 43rd. Team USA as a whole qualified first in the team competition and will be seeded first heading into the men's team final Monday (July 30) at 11:30 a.m.
The individual event finals for vault are slated for Monday, Aug. 6.
Redshirt senior Syque Caesar (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy), representing Bangladesh, scored a 13.700 on parallel bars to take 27th, and was 29th on floor (14.666) and 50th on high bar (13.700).
|Sam Mikulak (USA)||Vault||4th (16.300)|
|Floor Exercise||12th (15.366)|
|Parallel Bars||13th (15.316)|
|Pommel Horse||20th (14.333)|
|High Bar||43rd (14.033)|
|Syque Caesar (Bangladesh)||Parallel Bars||27th (13.700)|
|Floor Exercise||29th (14.666)|
|High Bar||50th (13.700)|
Former University of Michigan men's swimmer Peter Vanderkaay (2003-06) earned the 65th medal in U-M history, taking bronze in the finals of the 400-meter freestyle Saturday (July 28) at the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Former volunteer assistant coach Michael Phelps placed fourth in the 400 individual medley. [ Complete Story ]
|Peter Vanderkaay (USA)||400m Freestyle Final||3rd (3:44.69)|
|Michael Phelps (USA)||400m Individual Medley Final||4th (4:09.28)|
Tom Peszek was the first U-M rower to compete in the 2012 London Games on Saturday (July 28), rowing in the men's pair event with his partner Silas Stafford. A member of the U-M men's club team, Peszek's pair boat raced in the second heat against Canada, Austrailia and the Netherlands this morning at Eton Dorney in London. The Americans finished in fourth place with a time 6:26.69, almost three seconds behind first-place Canada. Peszek's boat will now race in Monday's repechage against Hungary, Germany and Serbia. The top three boats from Monday's race will advance to the semifinals.
|Tom Peszek (USA)||Men's Pair 4th Heat 2||6:26.69|
Former Wolverine Krista Phillips' (2007-10) Olympic debut with Canada was spoiled by by Russia, which rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter for a 58-53 win in the opening game of Group B action at the London Basketball Arena. Phillips, who played 10 minutes before fouling out, scored four points on 2-for-3 shooting, grabbed three rebounds, and added one assist.
|Krista Phillips (Canada)||Canada vs. Russia (Prelim Group B)||L, 53-58 (4 pts, 3 reb)|
|July 28||Russia||L, 53-58||2-3||0-0||0-0||3||5||4||1||1||0||0||10|