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Michigan Gymnastics

Caesar's dramatic improvements may spell lineup spot

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Let's get this out of the way: Yes, freshman Syque Caesar (pronounced psych) is in a Psych class.
The interesting part of the story is how he came to be taking psychology classes at Michigan instead of Florida International — and how he put himself on the verge of breaking into the men's gymnastics team's starting lineup.

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Gymnasts hope intensity yields postseason triumphs

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BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

The Wolverines aren't going to accept disappointment anymore.
Every year, the Michigan men's gymnastics team begins with high hopes, only to watch its goals slip away in the postseason. Only in the outstanding 2007 season did the team defy the low expectations of the gymnastics world by holding a No. 1 ranking most of the year and finishing fourth at the NCAA Championships.

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Intrasquad shows men's gymnastics team areas for improvement

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

On Dec. 13, the Michigan men’s gymnastics team took its first step toward the new season with the Maize and Blue Intrasquad.
Before step two — the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 17 — the sixth-ranked Wolverines have a mountain of work left to do.

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Intra-team rivalry blossoms for gymnasts

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

The rivalry in Michigan men's gymnastics is back.
Not Michigan vs. Ohio State — Maize vs. Blue.
The Wolverines hold an intrasquad at Cliff Keen Arena each December, with each side gunning for bragging rights.

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Gymnast turns to Cirque du Soleil

Brian Merlos

BY ALEX PROSPERI

Inside the Mirage Hotel & Casino at the hit show "LOVE," is a familiar face to the Michigan women's gymnastics program. The show, in which Cirque du Soleil performs Beatles songs, is the home to former Michigan gymnast Elise Ray.
She's not tumbling across the floor or elevating off the vault, but Ray loves performing in Las Vegas, where she's been living for more than a year and a half.
"It's an incredible line of work," Ray said. "We work hard for sure, but being out on that stage every night, it's just crazy."

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Gym Dog Pound shakes up already-nervous 'M'

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

ATHENS, Ga. - And people think Michigan has a "Big House."
On Thursday night, 8,650 fans packed the Stegeman Coliseum at Georgia for the evening session of the NCAA Championships preliminaries.
Michigan's largest crowd for a home meet in Crisler Arena this season was 4,039.
And that crowd was rooting for the Wolverines, which always helps.
"We all said before coming in here that when you hear that Georgia crowd cheering, just think that everyone's cheering for you," freshman Kylee Botterman said.

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Michigan stumbles in quest for Super Six

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

ATHENS, Ga. - Just as she has in nearly every meet this season, freshman Kari Pearce kicked off the floor exercise, the Michigan women's gymnastics team's first event at the NCAA Championships preliminaries Thursday.
And like usual, Pearce set the tone for the Wolverines.
But for the first time, it was a deafening tune.

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