Gymnastics

The 1970 national championship men's gymnastics team held a 50-year reunion Friday night.

When trampoline champion Goerge Huntzicker discovered his championship ring was missing two years ago, he phoned Rapper — the team’s captain — to ask how to get a new one. These types of rings are hard to come by, so Rapper thought it was worth it to reach out to the whole team to see if other players lost their rings too. The wheels began turning in his head and, soon enough, the idea snowballed.

The Michigan women's gymnastics team placed third nationally, highlighted by a national title on beam by freshman Natalie Wojcik.

The Wolverines would have to finish top two — the finals advancement cutoff — in a field with No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 LSU and No. 6 Utah. Instead, they settled for a third place finish, scoring 197.2000.

Senior Anthony McCallum won his third national title on vault this weekend, as the Michigan men's gymnastics team placed fourth in the country.

In Friday’s qualifying session, McCallum again marked a 14.000 after putting his hands down when landing, but he advanced to Saturday’s final because the Wolverines qualified as a team. Michigan ultimately finished fourth of six teams with a score of 406.354.

Sophomore Lauren Farley will return to her home state of Texas when the Michigan women's gymnastics team travels to Fort Worth for the NCAA Championships.

Lauren Farley jumped up and down, threw her hands in the air and cheered: “We’re going to Texas. We’re going to Texas!”

Mere moments earlier, the No. 7 Michigan women’s gymnastics team had punched its ticket to the NCAA Championships.

Senior Emma McLean and the Michigan women's gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second time in the past four years.

“Can’t break steel.”

All season long, that’s what Michigan’s gymnasts have preached. Through injury, through tough competition, through controversy and a long season of twisting and turning and tumbling — you can’t break steel. 

The Michigan women's gymnastics team narrowly beat out Alabama, 197.275-197.225, to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Had the Wolverines’ bars performance been similar to Friday’s, they may not have punched their ticket to Fort Worth, Texas. So the focus for Michigan will be making the small changes and practicing as usual, because the final result can come down to mere tenths of a point.

Senior gymnast Matthew Whitaker competes on the still rings on Senior day.

It was the final regular-season routine of Whitaker’s career with the Wolverines.

His career-high score of 14.150 on the parallel bars won the event and was one of his two podium finishes in Michigan’s Senior Day meet against No. 18 UIC. The Wolverines won, 406.200-367.750.

Olivia Karas competes in her final season as a Wolverine after returning from injury.

In observance of Women’s History Month, The Daily’s sports section is launching its second annual series aimed at telling the stories of female athletes, coaches and teams at the University from the perspective of the female sports writers on staff. Daily Sports Editor Anna Marcus continues the series with this story.

The Michigan women's gymnastics team won its sixth-straight Big Ten Championship last weekend.

The Wolverines capped off a successful year of conference play with a strong performance at the Big Ten Championships at Rec Hall in State College. They came away with two gymnasts tied for the all-around award as well as the program’s sixth consecutive Big Ten trophy.

The Michigan men's gymnastics team fell to No. 7 Nebraska but will share the Big Ten Championship with Iowa.

Gymnasts who specialize on pommel horse are hard to find.

Pommel horse is one of the hardest events in men’s gymnastics and something on which many gymnasts focus on simply completing, rather than excelling.

But in junior Mack Lasker, the No. 3 Michigan men’s gymnastics team has someone who does just that. Lasker is capable of performing his routine nearly perfectly and earning high scores — his season-high of 14.600 is the fifth-best in the country.