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Michigan Men Win Upset Title at NCAAs
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Led by all-around champion Chris Cameron, The University of Michigan won the team title Friday night at the Men's NCAA Championships in West Point, N.Y.

The University of Michigan men's gymnastics team won team and all-around titles Friday night at the NCAA Championships in West Point, N.Y.

The third-ranked Michigan squad upset defending champion Stanford by seven-tenths of a point. No. 2 Oklahoma finished third ahead of No. 1 Illinois. Michigan previously won in 1963, 1970 and 1999.

Junior Chris Cameron won the all-around title comfortably over defending champion Steven Legendre of Oklahoma, 90.500-89.950. Michigan senior Mel Anton Santander finished third (88.050).

Michigan trailed Stanford and Oklahoma going into the final rotation on vault. Freshman Rohan Sebastian, a member the Irish national team, led off with the first of three scores of 15.600. Senior Kent Caldwell posted a 15.900 to clinch the title for Michigan, while Cameron anchored the team with a 15.450 and secured his own individual title.

Cameron said his all-around victory was made all-the-more poignant by Michigan's unexpected team title. The team had previously lost to both Stanford and Oklahoma in dual meet competitions earlier in the season, and finished second to Illinois at the Big 10 Championships on April 2.

"It's been a lot of hard work, and all I can say is I couldn't dream of a better way to do it," Cameron said. "I wouldn't want to do all-around if it was going to hurt the team. But it just so happens I can help the team by doing all-around tonight. I did it, I won, we won. There's nothing better than this."

The competition was interrupted for more than 30 minutes when one of the still rings snapped. There was a delay while a replacement was brought in, but it was delayed again after several gymnasts fell on their rings dismounts. The rings were adjusted again, and five gymnasts were allowed to repeat their routines at the end of the competition.

The delay couldn't disrupt Michigan's focus, Cameron said.

"We just love adversity," he said. "We've got a sign that says, 'Handle everything. Blame nothing.' We deal with any problems that come our way. Actually at our home arena, the rings have been notoriously kind of crooked now and then. So we were like, 'We got this, we train on this.' So it was like a little bit of home in New York."

Competition concludes Saturday night with the individual event finals.

Friday's team and all-around finals will be televised by ESPN2 at 1:30 p.m. ET on April 23.

2010 Men's NCAA Championships
April 16, West Point, N.Y.

Team Final
1. Michigan 360.500
2. Stanford 359.800
3. Oklahoma 357.050
4. Illinois 354.900
5. California 354.700
6. Ohio State 347.350

All-Around Final
1. Chris Cameron (Michigan) 90.500
2. Steven Legendre (Oklahoma) 88.950
3. Mel Anton Santander (Michigan) 88.900
4. Bryan del Castillo (California) 88.050
5. Glen Ishino (California) 87.500
6. Tyler Mizoguchi (Illinois) 87.300
7. Alex Naddour (Oklahoma) 87.250
8. Jacob Dalton (Oklahoma) 87.050
9. Aaron Fortunato (Minnesota) 86.300
10. Thomas Kelley (Michigan) 85.700
11. Brandon Wynn (Ohio State) 85.600
12. Andrew Stover (UIC) 85.450
13. Yoshi Mori (Illinois) 84.450
14. Tai Lee (Ohio State) 84.150
14. Dennis Mannhart (California) 84.150
16. Andreas Hofer (Nebraska) 83.450
17. Kyle Shanahan (Nebraska) 83.200
18. Derek Gygax (W&M) 82.150
19. Ty Evans (Springfield) 81.250
20. Paul Ruggeri (Illinois) 80.250
21. Kyle Bunthuwong (California) 72.900

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Guest said:

Terrible analogy Chris Cameron. Michigan trains on broken rings? Michigan's routines were interrupted with broken rings at NCAA? Nope and nope.
April 20, 2010
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toni said:

i have just watched the men's NCAA. i normally don't watch men's gymnastics but with Bart Conner commentating it was very interesting describing all the skills. perhaps he should do the live commentating at the acultal meet to liven things up.
Great job Bart
April 26, 2010
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