yeaaaaa!! Way to go guys!!
Mike Lantry, 1972
NCAA champs in any athletic event is impressive. Congratulations to all involved.
I like the idea of having an all-around powerhouse athletic program.
I don't know much about Gymnastics but that seems kinda close. Great Job Guys! So who will win the next NCAA championship at Michigan?
for men's it's really close, as they don't do the "perfect 10" system, but score on execution added to difficulty, I believe, allowing a wide range of scores, which generally leads to bigger spreads. But I don't think you generally blow-out opponents, playing for an NC (unless you're BC...) and I will take it!
Softball (#2 in the country) and women's tennis (currently #4) have pretty good shots at a possible title. Women's gymnastics competes for one next weekend. Men's tennis, water polo and rowing (both womens) are usually solid and last year men's golf played to a surprise third place finish.
I would say our next NC will come from either softball or (next years) hockey. Followed in 2 years by NCs in all 25 of Michigan's varsity sports (Stanford will still win the Director's Cup, though).
hell lets say lax goes varsity and make it 26.
In last year's finals, Michigan finished second to Stanford by 1.3 points--a nearly as close result. Nice to turn the tables on the Cardinal.
AP story on the victory with quotes from Chris Cameron and the coach can be found HERE.
Thought this was interesting:
Cameron unveiled a new vault which made the difference at the NCAA men's gymnastics championships on Friday night. Cameron scored a 15.450 on the vault, which gave him enough points to capture the all-around title for the first time.
Note also this:
The team and all-around finals will be televised by ESPN2 on April 23 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Found a feature article on Chris Cameron at ncaa.com. Of note is this passage regarding the rings fiasco:
On a night in which the still rings had to be dismantled and repaired twice, Michigan appeared to be the only team not sweating the event.
"At our home arena, the rings have been notoriously crooked now and then," he said. "So we were like, 'We got this. We train on this.' It was like a little bit of home here in, where are we? New York?
"We actually started goofing off and trying to see how many funny things we could do," he continued. "I have great teammates and they're all about having a good time."
Kind of condemnation of U-M's facilities/equipment for men's gymnastics, isn't it? Glad it worked in their favor.
Do men get to practice in the Shepherd center? I seem to recall seeing them through the windows of the Coliseum as I've driven by.
for next year on the board
"Chris Cameron seen in South Quad wearing boot, crutches"
"OMGZ WILL HE BE READY!?"
"WHAT'S OUR DEPTH AT VAULT?"
"Can he RS this year or is he needed now?"
Awesome. Any chance we get to beat the Buckeyes is a success.
National Championships are good. Am I wrong to desire them more in football?
I came onto the live blog (MgoBlue.com) late, and clicked the posted link to the Army website (the meet was at West Point) for the scores-- and though the folks on the blog were cheering and implying victory was in the bag, the "final" scores on the meet site (PDF yet), even as the bloggers seemed to think the meet was still continuing, showed Michigan finished in third. Apparently they were wrong. Wish I weren't on a train during the broadcast next Friday afternoon (ESPN2, for those that are curious). And loved going to MgoBlue and finding that picture!
You know what the other team can possibly score with their difficulty and execution, and so spectators who obsessively add during meets (who, me?) may well know the likely outcome in advance.
Michigan's first national team title since softball in 2005.
Details on the championship, including video links, from mgoblue.com here.
Thats awesome, I dont know anything about gymnastics but it looked to be close, great to see 1st and 3rd place for individuals as well.
Go BLUE!! That is all.
Congrats guys. First National Championship of 2010! The year we dong punch the rest of the NCAA in all sports...
You stuck the landing with that pun.
I've been so busy with the hockey game I wasn't paying any attention to the fact our boys in blue were playing.
Awesome job guys. We're proud of you, and GO BLUE!
Do you by any chance know betsy huizinga and did you go to Kalamazoo Christian High School?
Sorry, you must have me mistaken for someone else.
Thanks for posting it...pretty amaizing
wow thats great. i thought i'd graduate without seeing a team national title. awesome!
I've been friends with one of the guys on the team for four years. I'm sure that he is absolutely stoked.
I get some satisfaction out of beating Stanford in, well, anything.
If you haven't done so already, mgoblue.com has a liveblog where you can congratulate the gymnastics team. It's a pretty cool idea. http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-gym/spec-rel/041710aab.html
now if we can just get the men's bball and football team back on track, we're back.
Well that is just so much better then another dong punch!
Champions & Best
UM's gymnastics team back in the 80s. I was at WMU, which no longer has a team - a Title IX casualty. I don't necessarily have anything against Title IX, but a lot of men's gymnastics programs disappeared right after it was implemented. M is one of only a handful of teams left, which is too bad, 'cause it's a great sport.
Anyway, to the M team, and my old friends who used to tumble for them, congratulations. It's a huge accomplishment.
Pretty drastic trend, according to the Men's Intercollegiate Gymnastics Support Program:
In 1969, there were 230 men’s collegiate gymnastics teams in the United States. Today, there are 20 NCAA teams and approximately 15 college club teams.
More than a "handful," but those numbers must be out-of-date, as the GymInfo "Top 20" rankings list only 19 men's teams!
For the record, there are 67 NCAA Div. 1 women's gymnastics teams, but those numbers have been on the decline as well according to this site:
In 1980, there were over 175 women’s collegiate gymnastics programs throughout the U.S. Today there are 67 Division 1, 4 Division 2 and 15 Division 3 programs, for a total of 86. Over the past 28 years, this is a decline on average of over 3 programs per year; with only one addition in the past decade (University of Arkansas).
That's nuts. I'm surprised at the drop in women's gymnastics. Is it that expensive of a sport?
Training equipment, along with actual peformance equipment, can be pricey to maintain and upgrade when necessary. A lot of schools lack the necessary training facilities, or the funding to keep them open and operating, not to mention the cost of travel. Places without a strong background often find it hard to attract fans (and therefore revenue) - Michigan has a large tradition of gymnastics superiority in the B10, and I'm pretty sure women's gymnastics meets have the highest average attendance out of any of the Olympic/non-revenue sports. Men's gymnastics, as a whole, has been losing popularity in America, on every level of competition.
It doesn't help that only 4 schools have won NCAA championships for women's gymnastic, and so new programs do not garner much hope.
I guess it's like a lot of things that have happened in this country (hemisphere) over the last 20-30 years: privitization. If it doesn't make a profit, get rid of it. Many wonderful things have been lost this way.
Not only is it a very expensive individual sport, but because of the few "Elites", I believe they're called, in the country, it can be hard to garner a great response and increase following. Because there is not much room for athletes at top, it lacks the "star power" that many other sports can afford to have because of greater numbers and a larger, next-level platform, like a professional league. However, with an all-around champ and an NCAA title with the men's, it's gives a good boost of U of M powerhouse juice that the entire sports program has been needing this year. You can only increase your following with great wins, so cheers to the movement because more following means reciprocal money back into the program for more domination.
Today was the event finals, and Michigan almost swept the high bar medals), with Ryan McCarthy taking the gold, Ian Makowske the silver, and Mel Anton Santander sharing the bronze with Andrew Stover of UIC. Santander also took silver on the Pbars. Looks like Chris Cameron couldn't match his AA performances, and didn't take home any individual medals, but a team gold and all around gold is not such a bad thing to take away from the meet!