Sampson Ties for National Runner-Up on Floor Exercise
Joanna Sampson

April 20, 2014

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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

 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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