March 8, 2014
U-M improves to 11-26 all-time against UCLA and 12-25 all-time against Utah. It is U-M's first regular-season win over the Utes since 2010 (195.725-195.100). In addition, U-M has won three consecutive regular-season meeting against the Bruins.
Michigan can include its score from Friday in its RQS and drop its 196.800 from Jan. 31 vs. Michigan State. With Friday's score now factored in, U-M raised its RQS from 196.795 to 196.900. Given that Friday's score is the team's highest of the season, it will not be counted. Teams must drop its highest score and average the remaining five.
Friday's score of 197.825 is the second highest in program history. The program record for high score was 197.850, set at the 2000 Big Ten Championships.
U-M scored 49.650 on floor exercise, the highest score for that event in program history. The previous high was 49.625, set in 2013 vs. Penn State and 2002 vs. Denver and Washington.
U-M scored 49.275 on balance beam, its highest of the season on that apparatus. Its previous high was 49.250, set on Jan. 25 vs. Ohio State.
Over the last three weeks, U-M has averaged 49.441 on vault. Its floor exercise score has also gone up every week (49.125 on Feb. 21, 49.550 on Feb. 28, 49.650 on Friday).
In addition to it being the highest team score of the season, the Wolverines set season highs on vault (49.475), balance beam (49.275) and floor exercise (49.650) on Friday.
Joanna Sampson has scored 39.000 or higher in 28 career meets. She has scored 39.600 or better in three meets this season (six times in her career).
Of the team's 24 routines, 21 went at 9.850 or higher.
U-M improves to 6-2 vs. ranked opponents this season.
Briley Casanova has won balance beam in back-to-back weeks.
Several athletes set new career-high scores on Friday: Nicole Artz on UB (9.875 - tie) and FX (9.950); Natalie Beilstein on FX (9.950 - tie); Briley Casanova on BB (9.950); Talia Chiarelli on BB (9.875 - tie); Shelby Gies on BB (9.925 - tie) and Austin Sheppard on VT (9.975 - tie) and UB (9.900).
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