Artz and Chiarelli Go Out with a Bang against No. 1 Oklahoma
Nicole Artz (left) and Talia Chiarelli

March 4, 2017

» It was the final home meet for Michigan seniors Nicole Artz and Talia Chiarelli.
» Chiarelli (9.925) and Artz (9.975) put up two big floor exercise scores to close out senior day.
» Sophomore Olivia Karas won the all-around with a 39.600.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #1 Oklahoma 197.575, #11 Michigan 197.525
Records: U-M (8-3), OU (14-0)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 11 -- at Big Five Meet (Iowa City, Iowa), 3 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- No. 1 Oklahoma came out on top but the No. 11 University of Michigan women's gymnastics team's seniors, Nicole Artz and Talia Chiarelli, closed out their final performance in Crisler Center with brilliant floor routines on Saturday (March 4). The Sooner edged the Wolverines by the narrowest of margins, 197.575-197.525.

The two U-M seniors made the most of their final performances in Crisler Center. Competing with smiles that could be seen a mile away, Artz and Chiarelli dazzled the crowd. Chiarelli put up a 9.925, and then Artz closed out floor with a 9.975, earning a 10.0 from one of the two judges.

Michigan had a lot of positive takeaways from its final home meet of the season. The 197.575 score is the team's top score of the year and will help the Wolverines increase their RQS score as they approach the postseason.

Artz earned her sixth floor title of the year, and it was the fourth time she has scored 9.950 or higher. Sophomore Emma McLean continued her streak on vault, tying for her third straight victory with a 9.900. Michigan also had the top three uneven bars scores after a 10.0 by Oklahoma's Maggie Nichols, each at 9.900 or better. On balance beam freshman Lexi Funk tied for second with a 9.900.

For the second straight week, sophomore Olivia Karas won the all-around with a 39.600. She had a season high on bars with a 9.925 and matched a career high with a 9.950 on floor.

Several surprises delighted the crowd throughout the evening. The fathers of the gymnasts in the floor lineup came out on the floor to demonstrate their daughter's "cue the crowd" videos before their routine. Artz and Chiarelli each had videos sharing some of their favorite stories from the last four years, and after the meet several students from a third grade class in Ann Arbor swarmed Artz with hugs. They are students Artz teaches every week as part of her elementary education major.

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Michigan will battle for a shot at the Big Ten regular-season title next Saturday (March 11) at the Big Five Meet in Iowa City, Iowa. The Wolverines are tied with Iowa and Nebraska at the top of the standings and hold a head-to-head advantage over the Huskers.

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