Jan. 5, 2010
MICHIGAN OPENS THE SEASON AGAINST IOWA AND BOWLING GREEN
Saturday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m. -- vs. Iowa & Bowling Green (Crisler Arena)
Live Video | Live Results | Promotional Video
The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) kicks off the 2010 season with a tri-meet against Big Ten rival Iowa and Ohio foe Bowling Green on Saturday (Jan. 9) at 6 p.m. at Crisler Arena. Iowa is receiving votes in the GymInfo Preseason Poll, finishing seventh at the Big Ten Championships in 2009. Bowling Green placed fourth at the Mid-American Conference Championships in 2009. Wolverine assistant coach Shannon Welker was an assistant coach with the Falcons during the 2008 season.
Posters and pocket schedules will be available for all fans as well as the first series of Michigan women's gymnastics trading cards. Select gymnasts will be available after the meet to sign autographs.
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
Michigan Ranked 12th in the GymInfo Preseason Poll
The Wolverines are ranked 12th in the Gyminfo Preseason Coaches' Poll, second among Big Ten programs behind No. 11 Penn State but ahead of Illinois, Ohio State, Minnesota, Michigan State and Iowa. The Wolverines advanced to their 18th straight NCAA Regional in 2009, competing in the South Central Regional at Arkansas.
The All-Around: The Official Podcast of Michigan Women's Gymnastics
The second episode of "The All-Around" is live in the All-Access Player on MGoBlue.com and in the MGoBlue.com Podcast Center for download to your iPod or MP3 player. The All-Around is a fast-paced interview with U-M coaches and athletes covering life on and off the competition floor. Check back every Monday for a new episode.
In the second episode of The All-Around, senior captain Kelsey Knutson touches on season openers, what it means to be a U-M captain and what her New Year's resolution is. [ Full Episode ]
1,041 and Counting
When meet day rolls around, the Wolverines will not have lost to a Big Ten program in 1,041 days. U-M's last loss to a Big Ten school was February 16, 2007. U-M has racked up 28 straight Big Ten wins over that span.
17 Big Ten Championships Lead the Way
U-M captured its 17th Big Ten Conference title in 2009, giving the program the most conference titles for any Big Ten women's team in any sport.
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. [ Check it out today! ]
Three freshmen join the Wolverine lineup this season: Natalie Beilstein, Brittnee Martinez and Katie Zurales. Natalie hails from Butler, Pa. (home of head coach Bev Plocki!), is a six-time state champion and is one of three adopted children in a family of seven kids. Brittnee is from Colorado Springs, Colo., was a 2009 state, regional and USAG national champion on the uneven bars. Katie is from Wheaton, Ill., was a two-time national team member and 2007 USAG national champion on vault.
Oh Captain, My Captain
The team named its three captains for the 2010 season: senior Kelsey Knutson, senior Jordan Sexton and junior Trish Wilson.
Get Your Season Tickets TODAY
Season tickets to Michigan women's gymnastics are available through the U-M ticket office for affordable prices. Catch top-flight gymnastics talent all season long with visiting schools like five-time defending national champion Georgia (March 12), perennial powerhouse Utah (Feb. 19), 2006 Big Ten champion Minnesota (Feb. 13) and in-state rival Michigan State (Jan. 20).
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Contact: Richard Retyi (734) 763-4423