this may be of some local interest
Makes it 9-0 in the 4th.
After a fair amount (for men's gymanstics anyway) of both positive and negative speculation, Sam Mikulak was selected for the US Olympic gymnastics team.
For those not following, he was certainly one of the top 3 best all-around gymnasts, but there are only 2 automatic spots, so when he twisted his ankle on Thursday he was out of the running for those 2 spots. Had to be selected, there are only 5 spots total and there was a lot of concern he wouldn't get a spot due to the small team size and his injury. Probably his pommel horse strengths (the US team's general weakness) helped get him through despite the ankle.
The US Olympic Track and Field team will be officially set tomorrow evening, and with the vast majority of teams set, I thought I would take a look at schools and conferences about to be represented in London. My initial hypothesis was that the Pac 12 would run away (lol) with the race for top conference, and this was definitely the case. With the teams set as of this morning, 25/84 athletes competed at Pac schools, for a 29.76% share. The specific schools within the Pac were surprising, with Oregon putting the most men (4) and most overall (5), and Stanford only sending one woman, I went into this believing UCLA and Stanford would be the best represented schools.
In on-topic, MGoBlog news, Michigan has sent two athletes, Jeff Porter qualified for the 110m Hurdles, and Geena Gall made the women's 800m Run team. The Big Ten sent three men (T4) and four women (T2).
Now a diary isn't a diary without Chart? Charts, and I need to explain what you're looking at. I broke down the trials by event, with a separate chart for men and women. The schools of athletes are posted in order of finish, with names posted for schools in the Pac 12, Big Ten, SEC, BXII, Ivy League (men only), ACC and Big East (both women only). Everyone else is represented with an "EE" designation. For further information, I will post the schools and events qualified on the other side of the charts.
|110m H||Tennessee||S. Carolina||Michigan|
|Top Men's Schools|
WIsconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas and Arizona State sent two male athletes. No school sent more than two women, with Tennessee, Texas, USC, Colorado, UCLA, UNC, Cal-State Dominguez and Hampton University each getting two.
The women's everyone else category included athletes from: Cal-State Dominguez, Hampton University, UC Davis, Roberts Wesleyan College, NDSU, Cal-Poly SLO, UNLV, Coastal Carolina.
The men's everyone else category included athletes who competed for: Community College Only, Clemson, Eastern Carolina, Willamette, Cal-State Los Angeles, Northern Arizona, Colorado College, South Dakota, Milliken University, Boise State, Ashland University, Morningside College.
For some closing notes...
- There were a ton of men who transferred from community colleges, although only one did not enroll at a four year institution. There were a couple transfers out of BCS conference schools (mostly out of Tennessee, oddly).
- Marquise Goodwin, the Texas WR, took the top long jump spot.
- Schools were counted by their conference affiliation for 2011-2012, i.e. Missouri is BXII, Nebraska is Big Ten.
Hope this is at least mildly amusing/informative for Sunday morning reading. I plan to update when the entire field is set, but the numbers shouldn't change significantly, as the majority of finalists in remaining events hail from Pac schools (and few events remain).
Michigan finished #10 in this years Sears Directors Cup..It was the 17th time in the 20 years of the Cup that UM has finished in the top 10.. the other 3 yrs they were 11th, 15th and 25th..so since its inception they have never finished out of the top 25..Many of the years Michigan has finished in the top 5...Leaders and Best!
not since Skywalker faced Vader have the stakes ever been higher. Can Ronaldo put together a Denard-vs-Notre-Dame performance today?
Or will Darth Casillas and the Spanish Empire prevail? DUN DUN DUN
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It never fails... you're out and about, spending a great afternoon with your favorite people, when suddenly you run into one of... them. You take the high road, you let them have their chuckle at your expense, but it still stings.
Well, that was last year. Enjoy your run-ins with 'them' this summer, although I somehow think they won't be so eager to seek you out.
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