April 20, 2014
Site: Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex)
Event: NCAA Championships (Individual Event Finals)
U-M Team Standing: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Senior Joanna Sampson (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) and junior Sachi Sugiyama (Keller, Texas/Keller) represented the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team on the final day of the season on Sunday (April 20) in the Individual Event Finals of the 2014 NCAA Championships, held inside the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.
Sampson ended her phenomenal four-year career on two events, very nearly winning back-to-back national titles on floor exercise. In the final routine of her career, Sampson, the defending champion on the event, shined on all three tumbling passes, bookended with a powerful double layout on the first and a double pike on the third. She was the second-to-last gymnast to go in the order and was tied for the lead with Oklahoma's Maileana Kanewa and Haley Scaman at 9.950, before Arkansas' Katherine Grable scored 9.9625 in the final spot to overtake all three.
Earlier in the meet, Sampson competed on uneven bars, going 10th (of 12) in the order. She appeared to not cast her first handstand hard enough but hit the second with great verticality. She got great height and power on the Tkatchev release off the high bar before finishing the routine with an upgraded dismount, a full twisting double layout. She took a step on that landing, however, scoring 9.7625 to take 11th.
Sugiyama was actually the first up of the two, performing her patented Yurchenko 1.5 on vault. Up fifth in the order, she got good height and distance off the table but took a slight step on the landing, scoring 9.8667 to finish tied for ninth in her first NCAA Individual Event Finals appearance.
Michigan wraps up the 2014 season with a 28-8 record, winning the Big Ten championship and an NCAA Regional championship and qualifying to the NCAA Championships -- where it finished 10th -- for the 20th time in the last 22 seasons. The Wolverines will lose five seniors -- Sampson, Shelby Gies (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central), Reema Zakharia (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables Senior High), Natalie Beilstein (Butler, Pa./Knoch) and Teresa Arthur (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley).
Individual Event Finals Scores
Vault 1. Rheagan Courville, LSU 9.975 Katherine Grable, Arkansas 9.975 3. Haley Scaman, Oklahoma 9.9670 4. Maileana Kanewa, Oklahoma 9.9417 5. Lindsay Mable, Minnesota 9.9333 6. Bridget Sloan, Florida 9.9167 Lindsey Cheek, Georgia 9.9167 8. Olivia Courtney, UCLA 9.875 9. Georgia Dabritz, Utah 9.8667 SACHI SUGIYAMA, MICHIGAN 9.8667 11. Brandie Jay, Georgia 9.850 12. Ashleigh Gnat, LSU 9.825 Uneven Bars 1. Bridget Sloan, Florida 9.9375 2. Samantha Shapiro, Stanford 9.925 3. Kristina Vaculik, Stanford 9.900 4. Mackenzie Caquatto, Florida 9.8875 5. Rheagan Courville, LSU 9.850 Alaina Johnson, Florida 9.850 Kim Jacob, Alabama 9.850 Lindsey Cheek, Georgia 9.850 9. Shona Morgan, Stanford 9.8375 10. Taylor Spears, Oklahoma 9.825 11. JOANNA SAMPSON, MICHIGAN 9.7625 12. Sam Peszek, UCLA 9.100 Floor Exercise 1. Katherine Grable, Alabama 9.9625 2. Maileana Kanewa, Oklahoma 9.950 Haley Scaman, Oklahoma 9.950 JOANNA SAMPSON, MICHIGAN 9.950 5. Diandra Milliner, Alabama 9.9125 6. Kim Jacob, Alabama 9.9375 7. Lara Albright, Oklahoma 9.9125 8. Lauren Beers, Alabama 9.900 Emily Wong, Nebraska 9.900 Jessica Savona, LSU 9.900 11. Becky Tutka, Utah 9.850 12. Brandie Jay, Georgia 9.7875 13. Nansy Damianova, Utah 9.7375
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