Jan. 4, 2011
MICHIGAN OPENS SEASON WITH RIVALRY QUAD MEET AT MICHIGAN STATE
Friday, Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m. -- at Michigan State with Iowa and Western Michigan (East Lansing, Mich.)
The preseason No. 9 University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) starts the 2011 season against three rivals, hitting the road to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Michigan State (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten), Iowa (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) and Western Michigan (0-0, 0-0 MAC) on Friday (Jan. 7) at 6:30 p.m. at Jenison Field House. Michigan State, Iowa and Western Michigan all received votes in the GymInfo preseason poll. The Hawkeyes finished third at the 2010 Big Ten Championships and the Spartans took fourth, while the Broncos finished sixth at the MAC Championships. In the preseason Big Ten poll, Iowa was voted to finish fourth in the conference while MSU was picked for sixth.
The Broncos have two U-M connections in the program. Head coach Dave Kuzara graduated from the University of Michigan and was an assistant coach with the program from 1991 to 1993 during three of Bev Plocki's first four seasons with the Wolverines. Kuzara is in his second season at the helm of the Western Michigan women's gymnastics program. Western also features former Wolverine gymnast Taylor Zondervan, who transferred to WMU following the 2010 season. She will compete in her final season of gymnastics this year.
Michigan is 52-32 all-time against Michigan State (winning the last nine meetings dating back to March 3, 2007), 37-7 all-time vs. Iowa (winning the last nine meetings dating back to the 2004 Big Ten Championships) and 33-4 all-time vs. Western Michigan (winning the last 22 meetings dating back to Jan. 14, 1990).
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
Michigan Ranked Ninth in GymInfo Preseason Poll
The Wolverines were voted ninth in the Gyminfo preseason coaches' poll, tops among Big Ten programs. The Wolverines advanced to their 19th straight NCAA Regional in 2010 and won the program's fourth straight Big Ten title.
Michigan Picked First in Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll
The Wolverines topped the list of preseason Big Ten favorites in the second-ever Big Ten preseason coaches poll. Michigan was picked to finish first ahead of Illinois, Penn State, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State and Ohio State.
A Look Back at 2010
Nine months ago the Wolverines captured their fourth straight Big Ten title, adding an 18th Big Ten Conference championship banner to the rafters. Michigan advanced to its 19th NCAA regional in a row and finished 10th in the nation. Seven Wolverines earned All-America honors, led by two-time All-American Kylee Botterman (vault and all-around), Natalie Beilstein (floor), Brittnee Martinez (vault), Kelsey Knutson (beam), Sarah Curtis (all-around) and Jordan Sexton (beam).
Michigan welcomes its largest freshman class in 20 years with seven newcomers ready for action in 2011: Teresa Arthur (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley), Stephanie Colbert (Naperville, Ill./Nequa Valley), Shelby Gies (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central), Tori Kane (Mickleton, N.J./Glouchester County Institute of Technology), Kristin Nagle (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington), Joanna Sampson (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) and Reema Zakharia (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables Senior High).
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The Michigan Women's Gymnastics Yearbook is Online
Check out the brand new Michigan women's gymnastics yearbook. The fully interactive online publication features the athletes and coaches, Crisler Arena, the Donald R. Shepherd Gymnastics Training Facility and covers the storied history of Michigan women's gymnastics.
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