Wolverines Tied for No. 1 in First National Rankings
Bev Plocki

Jan. 11, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fresh off its win at the Cancun Classic to open the 2013 season, the University of Michigan women's gymnastics team is tied for No. 1 in the nation in the first set of GymInfo/Troester rankings, released Friday morning (Jan. 11). The Wolverines scored 196.575 in their opening meet last Friday (Jan. 4) in Cancun, tying Florida for the highest score in the country through the first week of competition.

"I am very pleased and excited for this season," head coach Bev Plocki said. "The team has been driven and determined to make this season one of the best we've ever had here at Michigan. The No. 1 ranking is only a starting point, but it's obviously a great place to start."

The rankings will be released every Monday morning. A team's ranking is determined by its season scoring average until Feb. 25, at which point it will switch to Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). The Wolverines (2-0) are ranked in the top 10 on all four apparatuses, including No. 1 on balance beam (49.275), No. 3 on floor exercise (49.250), No. 6 on uneven bars (49.075) and No. 9 on vault (48.975).

Several individuals are also highly ranked in the first batch of rankings, including the Wolverines' three all-around competitors. Junior Joanna Sampson (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) is tied for the fourth-best all-around score (39.425) and is tied for third on balance beam (9.875). Sophomore Sachi Sugiyama (Keller, Texas/Keller) is tied for seventh in the all-around (39.300) and tied for fifth on floor exercise (9.900). Senior Katie Zurales (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South) is ninth in the all-around (39.275) while also holding the nation's top individual balance beam score (9.925).

The Wolverines will open up their home slate Saturday (Jan. 12), facing Nebraska at 4 p.m. inside Crisler Center. General admission tickets can be purchased by going to MGoBlue.com/tickets or by calling the Michigan Athletics Ticket Office at (866) 296-MTIX.

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