March 22, 2014
It is Michigan's 21st Big Ten championship (20 meet, one regular season) and first win at the Big Ten Championships since 2011. U-M shared the regular-season title in 2013.
This is the fourth time Penn State has hosted the Big Ten Championships (1994, 2000, 2007, 2014). U-M has won the Big Ten title every time the championships meet has been held at Penn State.
It is the Wolverines' second-highest score of the season.
U-M has scored at least 197.000 in back-to-back Big Ten Championships meets for the first time since 2003-04. It scored 197.225 last season in East Lansing, Mich.
The Wolverines' score of 197.550 is the third-highest ever for the program at the Big Ten Championships, behind 197.850 (2000) and 197.800 (2004).
The previous program record for floor exercise was 49.650, set two weeks ago vs. UCLA/Utah (March 7). The Wolverines' score on Saturday (49.700) is also a postseason record.
Joanna Sampson won the program's 79th and 80th Big Ten individual titles with her performances on both uneven bars and floor exercise. It is the first and second Big Ten individual titles of her career. Michigan has now crowned at least one Big Ten champion in 24 consecutive conference championships meets, dating back to 1991.
The last U-M gymnast to record a 10.0 on floor exercise was Calli Ryals in 2002 (at Ohio State).
U-M gymnasts have recorded 66 perfect 10.0 routines in program history: 27 on vault, 19 on uneven bars, 18 on floor exercise, two on balance beam.
Prior to Saturday, the program record for individual high score on floor exercise in the postseason was 9.975, set by current volunteer assistant coach Sarah (Cain) Williams on three separate occasions: 2000 Big Ten Championships, 1997 NCAA Regionals, 1999 Big Ten Championships.
U-M increased its RQS from 196.900 to 197.105, dropping its 196.550 from the very first meet of the season (Jan. 10 at Iowa State) and replacing it with the 197.550 from Saturday. The Wolverines will be seventh in the next edition of the RQS, released on Monday (March 24).
Michigan entered the Big Ten Championships as the highest-ranked team. It was competing in the afternoon session based upon its third-place finish at the Big Ten Quad from last Saturday (March 15).
U-M has scored 49.300 or higher on vault seven times this season. Additionally, U-M has gone at least 49.00 on uneven bars in three consecutive meets (four times this season).
Austin Sheppard scored 9.950 on vault in four consecutive meets and for the fifth time overall this season. She is the third consecutive U-M gymnast to score 9.950 on vault at the Big Ten Championships, following teammates Sachi Sugiyama (2012) and Katie Zurales (2013), who won the Big Ten title in those years.
Nicole Artz was in the vault lineup for the third time all year and for the first time since Feb. 28 vs. Kent State/BYU. She tied a career high on Saturday (9.750). She scored 39.375 in the all-around.
Sachi Sugiyama tied a season high on uneven bars (9.900).
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