Gymnastics

Mack Lasker wants to work in the FBI after graduating.

“It almost didn’t feel real to know that my college career was over,” Lasker said. “Just like that.”

It wasn’t just hearing the news in that moment that made Lasker so emotional. It was a lifetime of gymnastics that came screeching to an end.

Sophomore Natalie Wojcik posted a 9.950 on the bars Friday night.

The party got started early at the No. 7 Michigan women’s gymnastics Spring Break Party meet against New Hampshire. 

Freshman Paul Juda earned a spot on the United States Senior National Team at the Winter Cup Challenge

Freshman Paul Juda didn’t let the pressure get to him.
He didn’t let being in his first collegiate gymnastics season stop his success. He didn’t let the tough curriculum of Michigan’s Electrical Engineering Department erode his resolve. He didn’t let the pressures of freshman year break him. He even has a midterm next week in his Polish language class.

Despite mistakes on pommel horse and vault, junior Cameron Bock’s performances on still rings and the parallel bars helped Michigan beat Oklahoma on Saturday.

Cameron Bock stood at one end of the vault runway. Eighty-two feet in front of him, the apparatus waited. Bock launched himself from the springboard, pushed off the vault and twisted in the air. But somewhere in the process, things went awry. A split second after his heels made contact with the mat, so did his butt. His score flashed. It was a 12.650, Michigan’s lowest vault score.

Sophomore gymnast Maddie Mariani earned a career-best 9.900 on the beam Friday night, helping Michigan defeat Iowa.

One step at a time. It was a simple approach but it was all that sophomore Maddie Mariani needed to propel herself to a career best performance on the beam. She earned a 9.900 for her routine, but none of it came as a shock to her coach. All the Wolverines stepped up to lead the No. 7 Michigan women’s gymnastics team (7-0 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) to a 196.800-195.975 win over Iowa (4-6, 1-4) Friday night.

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The meet was well-matched from the beginning. Many of the rotations ended with Michigan and Oklahoma within just a few points of each other. Both teams were putting up high scores and solid performances, and it was in the middle of this exciting meet when sophomore Cameron Bock stepped up to the parallel bars, one of his best events. The atmosphere in Cliff Keen Arena on Saturday afternoon was raucous and exciting. Both teams loudly cheered on their teammates as events occurred simultaneously, with the Wolverines aided by an enthusiastic home crowd. The result was a cacophony of support as No. 3 Michigan (8-0-0) and No. 2 Oklahoma (8-2-0) competed, with the Wolverines coming out on top, winning 416.500-408.900.

Paul Juda had a score of 14.300 this weekend on the high bar, one of three first place finishes for him

Ultimately, solid performances like Juda’s led the fourth-ranked Wolverines’ (8-0) triumph over No. 19 Northern Illinois (0-7) and the University of Illinois-Chicago (2-8) with a total score of 413.400. The Wolverines won the meet by 55.450 points, with UIC taking second (357.950) and NIU in third (271.700).

Sophomore Natalie Wojcik won the all-around, bars and beam Sunday against Ohio State.

If there was a moment the meet could’ve gone off the rails, this was it.

Freshman Sierra Brooks propel the Wolverines over Nebraska to stay undefeated

Abby Brenner launched herself off the vault, soared through the air and stuck the landing. 

Sophomore Natalie Wojcik had the highest score in three out of the four events Friday.

While Sunday marked the first home meet for women’s gymnastics this year, the Wolverines weren’t rusty at all. Starting the season on a high, the No. 9 Michigan gymnastics team (4-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) easily defeated No. 36 Rutgers (0-3, 0-2), 197.25-192.950, in both a memorable and meaningful night.