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Michigan Gymnastics

Blue quartet goes for broke in Vegas

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

While their teammates enjoy a much-needed weekend off, four members of the Michigan men's gymnastics team are heading to Las Vegas.
But they won't get much rest in Sin City.
Juniors Joe Catrambone and Ralph Rosso, sophomore Mel Santander and freshman Thomas Kelley are slated to compete at Winter Cup, the winter counterpart of USA Championships, starting Thursday.
"That's probably my favorite meet of the year," Catrambone said. "I like it more than USAs, actually."

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Nerves, illness and injury can't stop walk-on junior

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Junior Phil Goldberg thought he would never again be as nervous as he was before his first Maize and Blue intrasquad.
But when he found himself in the starting rings lineup for Michigan's first meet of 2008, the Windy City Invitational, the nerves returned with all their old intensity.
"I always thought the most difficult meet I'd ever been to was intrasquad my freshman year," Goldberg said. "That was the most nervous one in my mind - until Windy City."

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Freshman's perfect score caps 'M' win

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

YPSILANTI - 10.0. The elusive perfect score.
When freshman Kylee Botterman, the final Michigan vaulter, stuck her dismount to seal the victory in the State of Michigan Classic, the rest of the fifth-ranked Wolverines sprinted to her, screaming and pumping their fists.
One of the judges displayed a 10.0 score, jolting the small crowd of Michigan parents to their feet.
Michigan's first perfect score of the season closed out the team's dominating 196.800-point performance against Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Michigan State.

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Win at Iowa a decade in the making

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Golder's squad bests Hawkeyes on the road for first time in a decade

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Gymnasts seek big win over sinking Iowa

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

Going into Iowa City this weekend, the No. 4 Michigan men's gymnastics team is determined not to make the same mistake twice.
Thursday before practice, senior co-captain Paul Woodward reminded his team of the last time Michigan visited Iowa and urged his teammates to take the meet with the utmost seriousness.
Two years ago, Michigan was the fifth-ranked team in the country, and the Iowa trip seemed like a nice breather in the team's grueling schedule. For the first time in the Kurt Golder era, the Wolverines were poised to beat Iowa head-to-head on the road.

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Knutson bounces back, takes beam title

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

Last season, sophomore Kelsey Knutson wasn't out doing back walkovers on the beam, but she was still making an impact on the Michigan women's gymnastics team.
Knutson suffered three major injuries and went through two surgeries during her freshman year. She couldn't compete consistently in meets but still assumed a leadership role on the team.
Now, after seven months spent in rehab for her knee surgery, the Ames, Iowa, native is in the lineup and putting up the scores she knew she could.

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Gym parents make sacrifices to watch sons compete

BY COLT ROSENSWEIG

By car or by plane, parents travel from around U.S. to attend meets

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