Postmeet Notes: NCAA Athens Regional

April 5, 2014

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• Michigan will make its 21st appearance at the NCAA Championship.

• This is Michigan's 11th NCAA Regional championship. The last time U-M won back-to-back NCAA Regional titles was 2005-06.

• U-M tied for the fifth-highest score in program history at an NCAA Regional Championships (196.750 from 1999).

Nicole Artz won the all-around for the first time in her career. She is the ninth gymnast in program history to win the NCAA all-around title, joining Beth Wymer (1992, 1994), Heather Kabnick (1998), Sarah Cain (1999), Bridget Knaeble (2001), Elise Ray (2002, 2004), Calli Ryals (2003), Tatjana Thuener-Rego (2007) and Kylee Botterman (2010-11).

Nicole Artz is the fourth gymnast in program history to win an NCAA Regional title on balance beam, joining Beth Wymer (1995), Elise Ray (2002, 2004) and Katie Zurales (2013).

Joanna Sampson won her fourth NCAA Regional title. She previously claimed titles on vault in 2011 and 2012 and on uneven bars in 2012.

Joanna Sampson was named NCAA Northeast Region Gymnast of the Year for the second consecutive year. She joins Elise Ray (2004-05) and Lindsey Bruck (2006-08) as the only repeat winners in program history.

• Michigan scored 49.575 on floor exercise, a program record for NCAA Regional competition.

• U-M has scored above 49.500 on floor exercise in four of the last five meets (49.550 on Feb. 28 vs. Kent State/BYU, 49.650 on March 7 vs. UCLA/Utah, 49.700 on March 22 at the Big Ten Championships). The Wolverines have eclipsed that total five times this season.

• U-M failed to score 49.400 or higher on uneven bars for the first time since Feb. 28 vs. Kent State/BYU.

Briley Casanova returned to the balance beam lineup for the first time in nearly a month. She missed the last two meets after recovering from a sprained ankle. Prior to Saturday, her last routine in a meet came on March 7 vs. UCLA/Utah.

Joanna Sampson has scored at least 9.900 in 10 of her 12 floor exercise routines this season.

• The last floor exercise routine for Talia Chiarelli was Feb. 21 at the Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City. Her score on Saturday (9.850) was tied for a career best.

Natalie Beilstein scored above 9.900 on vault for the fourth time this season. She was the anchor on that event for the first time this season.

Sachi Sugiyama led the team off on all three of her events (vault, uneven bars, floor exercise).

Lindsay Williams had only been in the lineup on uneven bars twice this season (9.750 on Feb. 7 at Illinois, 9.800 on Feb. 28 vs. Kent State/BYU). Her score of 9.850 was a new career high by half-a-tenth.

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