ANN ARBOR, Mich. – An NCAA record-setting parallel bar performance from senior Syque Caesar paced No. 3 Michigan’s upset of No. 2 Stanford 439.75-429.35 on Saturday in the 2013 home opener inside Cliff Keen Arena.
Caesar’s 15.90 on p-bars eclipsed the previous record of 15.85 set on April 5, 2008, by Tim McNeill of California, while an 89.200 all-around score for sophomore Adrian de los Angeles ranks as the 11th-highest in NCAA history.
The Wolverines claimed victory in five individual events and the all-around, setting a season high on every apparatus. Caesar took the parallel bars and high bar titles, while sophomore Stacey Ervin won floor and junior Matt Freeman took pommel horse crown. De los Angeles captured the vault win and his second all-around title in a row (89.200).
The Wolverines began the competition on floor, where Erivin paced the night with a 15.40 to place first. Caesar followed with a career-high 15.25, and de los Angeles registered a score of 15.20 to help the Maize and Blue begin the night with a 74.75.
Next, Michigan took to the pommel horse and recorded a team score of 71.15, as Freeman paced U-M with a score of 14.95 to win the event. Freshman Nolan Novak wowed the crowd in his first Cliff Keen Arena appearance, notching a score of 14.55 to place second overall.
Rotation three saw U-M head to the still rings, the lone event on the night that the Wolverines failed to capture (73.70-73.55); but it was followed by a vault win and a team tally of 74.65. The Wolverines swept the top-three places, led by de los Angeles’ event-winning 15.30, as well as a 15.05 from Ervin and a 15.00 from Caesar.
The fifth rotation on the night resulted in the Wolverines scoring a 71.15 on the high bar, as Michigan again relied on the 1-2 combo of Caesar and de los Angeles, who scored 14.80 and 14.55, respectively, on the apparatus.
The Maize and Blue ventured to parallel bars in the final rotation, improving on its Windy City score of last week by 3.05 points, scoring a 74.50. On the p-bars, Caesar posted the NCAA-record 15.90 score to record his second of two individual event titles, and de los Angeles was close behind, putting up a score of 15.40 to place second.