Jan. 31, 2014
Friday was Michigan's first-ever Autism Awareness Meet. Prior to the meet, several autistic and special-needs athletes performed an obstacle course on the floor, while U.S. Olympian and men's gymnast Sam Mikulak signed autographs on the concourse. During the meet, the U-M gymnasts appeared on the video boards discussing facts pertaining to autism awareness. Following the meet, a competitive gymnast performed a floor exercise routine.
This was the 101st meeting between the two schools.
The Wolverines' score of 49.475 on uneven bars was its highest since scoring 49.575 at UCLA on March 10, 2013 (49.575).
Friday's score of 196.800 was slightly below the team's season average. The Wolverines came in averaging 196.883 through the first three meets of the season.
Michigan is 63-38 all-time against Michigan State and have won 18 straight in the series dating back to 2007. Head coach Bev Plocki is now 62-9 all-time against the Spartans.
The Wolverines have won eight consecutive regular-season home meets dating back to 2012.
Through four meets, Michigan gymnasts have won or tied for 15 of 16 event titles. Joanna Sampson has won all four all-around titles.
Since 2005, Michigan is 51-6-1 (.887) in January meets.
Joanna Sampson tied her career high in the all-around (39.650), which was set on March 2, 2013, at Michigan State. She has surpassed 39.000 or greater in the all-around for the 24th time in her career. She now has 16 career all-around titles and 43 career individual event titles.
Joanna Sampson's score of 39.650 in the all-around is tied for the sixth-highest score in program history. She is joined on that particular line by Elise Ray (three times) and Sarah Cain (three times).
Austin Sheppard has won the vault in each of the team's first four competitions this season, scoring 9.900 or better every time. She now has the same number of 9.900-plus routines on vault this season (four) than she did all her freshman season. She also made her collegiate debut on floor exercise.
Michigan hadn't gone below 49.000 on floor exercise since the 2012 Big Ten Championships, a span of 18 meets. Similarly, Joanna Sampson failed to receive a score of 9.900 on floor exercise for only the fourth time over the same span.
Briley Casanova made her official season debut on Friday night, performing on balance beam. She had been an exhibition competitor in each of the last two meets.
Brooke Parker exhibitioned vault, balance beam and floor exercise on Friday.